You can then know God as your Father. You can talk directly to Him. You become “child-like” in your trust of God your Father (Matt 18:2-4).
Christ’s work – when believed on and received – restores mankind back to relationship with God the Father. Christ’s work also opens the way for us to participate with God in His restored Kingdom purposes.
As Christians, we can join with our Heavenly Father in fellowship, reconciliation and a holy purpose for our lives. We can draw near to God with assurance of faith, and enter in to His presence (Heb 10:19-22).
FELLOWSHIP WITH THE FATHER
The concept of Fatherhood that Jesus introduced to His disciples was strange and new. God had seldom been revealed to the Jews in this loving and intimate term. He had been called the Father of the Nations, but He was not considered to be one’s own Father.
Jesus is the Son of God, and can call God His Father. Because of what Christ has sacrificed and accomplished for us, we too can know God as our own Heavenly Father (John 1:12; Gal 3:26; Gal 4:1-7).
However, it is possible that this loving Name for God – Father – may seem just as difficult or strange for you to grasp as it was for the Jews. Perhaps you never had a model of a loving earthly father. Or perhaps you never understood that you are a treasured child of God, and that Jesus gave His life in order for you to be restored to your rightful place – as a child of God who is in constant fellowship with His Heavenly Father.
But it is true! If you have believed on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, you now have complete access to God. You are His child, and He is your Father in Heaven! For, “you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, ‘Abba, Father.’ The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God” (Rom 8:15,16).
God loves you. Because you have been made righteous by Jesus’ work (Rom 5:19), you can come before God’s presence. He wants you to talk to Him; and He desires to make His will known to you.
It is true that God is the Sovereign Lord of all creation. He rules over all the universe, for all eternity. The Good News of the Gospel is that you can be forgiven of your sins and be restored to this Great and Sovereign God as His child! You can be part of God’s family, and join with your spiritual brothers and sisters in worship, prayer and service to our Great Heavenly Father.
You can joyfully submit your life to God daily, trusting in His love for you. Through prayer and the study of God’s Word, the Bible, you can receive God’s help and instructions for how to be a faithful son or daughter. You can join in Your Father’s Kingdom purposes, and be part of His plan to bring this Good News to every tribe, tongue and nation. You can pray “my Father” – and, with joy and confidence, receive His loving answers and invite your Father God’s rule into every circumstance of your life.
ENTHRONED IN HEAVEN
Jesus taught His disciples another principle of prayer when He spoke, “Our Father in heaven” (Matt 6:9).