What we believe about The Father (July 2013)

We believe the FATHER is the initiator[i] of all creation.

All creation was conceived and finds its purpose in him (Genesis 1:1-2; Psalm 68:5; Isaiah 9:6).

We believe the Father is first among equals within the Godhead.

The unity and oneness of Father, Son and Holy Spirit are clear in the Bible and it is inconsistent to see any member of the Godhead as “superior.”  Yet we do see that Jesus demonstrated constant submission[ii] to his Father in heaven, and clearly states that he only does what he sees the Father doing or commanding him to do (Matthew 26:36-46; Luke 23:46; John 5:19, 30; 10:29; 14:31).  And The Holy Spirit also obeys the Father and causes us to also look to the Father as we follow Jesus Christ (Galatians 4:6; Romans 8:15-16; John 14:26).

We Believe the Father is sovereign over all creation.

“He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous”  (Matthew 5:45 NIV; also Matthew 6:26, 10:29; 1 Corinthians 8:6; Ephesians 4:6).

We believe The Father is the ultimate forgiver and is merciful.[iii]

“If you forgive men… your heavenly Father will also forgive you.  But if you do not forgive…your Father will not forgive your sins”  (Matthew 6:14-15; also Luke 6:36, 23:34).

We Believe the Father is the initiator in our relationship with Christ.

“No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him, and I will raise him up at the last day”  (John 6:44; also John 6:65; 8:28, 42; 14:16, 26; Colossians 1:12; I John 4:14).

We believe the Father is the ultimate giver of all that is good and perfect.

“Every good and perfect gift is from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows”  (James 1:17; also Ephesians 1:3, 5:20).

We Believe the Father is glorified (declared good and true) when we live and share God’s Kingdom[iv] with others.

As we follow Jesus Christ and live according to His Word, we glorify God and show others the love and character of God (Matthew 5:16; John 15:8; John 17:5-26).

We Believe the Father will determine the time and place, and the outcomes of the End Times.

Jesus himself said that only the Father knows when heaven and earth will pass away and the end will come (Matthew 24:35-36). And we see the Father seated on the throne (a place of authority) holding the “book with the seven seals” (the plan for the end times) that Jesus will use to bring about the Last Things (Revelation 5:7). (See “LAST THINGS” for more information.)

[i] Initiator – one who is responsible for beginning something.

[ii] Submission – the act of surrendering to the will of another; a quality of obedience.

[iii] Merciful – full of compassion; when kindness exceeds all expectations, especially if punishment is deserved.

[iv] Kingdom – the reign or rule of God who is active in history and human events. The kingdom of God (or kingdom of heaven) was inaugurated by Jesus Christ and will be completed in the new heavens and new earth.