Don’t Waste Your Fathering

Ray Ortlund | January 5, 2016

Ultimate reality is not cold, dark, empty space. Ultimate reality is the Father reaching out and gathering in sinners as his own dear children through the grace of Jesus the Son.

Graciously, our heavenly Father shares the wonder of his fatherhood with us men. To be a father, therefore, is a sacred privilege and a high calling.

Unique to the Bible is the vision of the one God as the Trinity—God the rejoicing Father, God the obedient Son, and God the loving Spirit as the Presence between the Father and the Son. It is amazing but not surprising, then, that such a God would create us fathers on earth to embody something of his glorious fatherhood above.

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What does the Bible say about God as our Father? The Old Testament says surprisingly little. Though it clearly calls God “Father” a few times (e.g., Isa. 63:16; 64:8; Jer. 3:19; Mal. 2:10), the writers lay greater emphasis on our distance from God and the reserve we should feel before him. God is revealed more as separate from us and beyond us, and he is seen less as intimate and close to us.

This Old Testament view of God is true and wonderfully humbling…

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