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Our Father

The one true God—the God of the Bible—is not an impersonal force, nor is he a disinterested observer of his creation. He is a father to his children, who are personally and intimately loved and enjoy all the privileges of sons and daughters.


If properly understood, this Trinitarian relationship—unity in Trinity and Trinity in unity—will inspire and teach us how to relate to the God of Scripture, who is both personal and transcendent. In fact, Jesus was the one who taught us that we could call God “our Father” when he instructed his disciples to pray with these words. “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name” (Matt. 6:9). These words imply that Jesus’ disciples are not only allowed to pray to God, but we are specifically instructed to pray to God as “Father.”

Understanding the Trinitarian relationship and the role of the Father is not just a matter of theory but a central pillar in the life of every Christian. As Helmut Thielicke reminded us, the parable of the prodigal son is perhaps better understood as the “Parable of the Waiting Father,” because in this passage we see a picture of God’s personal, saving, and lavish care for those who repent and turn to him. By union with Christ the true Son, we also become sons of God. And as Paul reminded us, if we are sons then we are also heirs of the kingdom of God (Gal. 4:7).

—Albert Mohler, The Apostles’ Creed (Crossway, 2019), 6–7.

Posted 2020·02·04 by David Kjos
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