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Sunday, June 19 2011

Father Of The Faithful

As the Creator (a task that The Father assigned to the first Son of God i.e. "the firstborn among many" Romans 8:12 KJV; see Christ The Creator), God has always been our Father. When the LORD God physically created humans "in His own image," He also instructed them to thereafter create more humans of themselves.

"1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. 1:28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply" (Genesis 1:27-28 KJV)

The Spirit of God nevertheless remains the sustenance of all of the physical life that He created. The connection was never lost or abandoned.

"34:14 If he set his heart upon man, if he gather unto himself his spirit and his breath; 34:15 All flesh shall perish together, and man shall turn again unto dust." (Job 34:14-15 KJV)

The direct family relationship between God and physical humans was maintained for a purpose - a design that, while we all have human fathers (with the exception of the first two humans, who in themselves prove the point; see Who Was Never A Child?), God is in the process of producing His own spiritual children, from the children of physical fathers, which includes all human physical fathers themselves. While human fathers may be lost, God The Father is always with His children, through His Spirit, which engenders them as His children (see the Fact Finder question below). It is that Spirit of God that guides and corrects us.

"12:5 And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: 12:6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.

12:7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? 12:8 But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. 12:9 Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? 12:10 For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness. 12:11 Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby." (Hebrews 12:5-11 KJV)

"Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I AM"

Abraham was and is a key example of how obedience to God, not mere physical ancestry, is required to be born as a spiritual child of God, in due time (see Born Again, How and When?). As stated by John the Baptist:

Abraham's Journey

"3:8 Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance [see Friends Of Jesus]: 3:9 And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham. 3:10 And now also the ax is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire." (Matthew 3:8-10 KJV)

Jesus Christ, while Himself a physical descendant of Abraham ("1:17 So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations; and from David until the carrying away into Babylon are fourteen generations; and from the carrying away into Babylon unto Christ are fourteen generations" Matthew 1:17 KJV and "2:16 For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham" Hebrews 2:16 KJV) explained that it was the righteousness, the obedience to God, that made Abraham not merely the father of a nation (many nations actually, Israelite and Arab - see Abraham Wasn't A Jew), but the father of all people who may be born as the spiritual sons and daughters of God, if they strive to obey God as Abraham did (see What Made Abraham Righteous?). Note carefully how those who refuse to repent and obey God are the "children" of another "father" - the devil.

"8:31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him [see also 'His Blood Be On Us And Our Children'], If ye continue in my word [see The By-The-Book Messiah], then are ye my disciples indeed; 8:32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

8:33 They answered him, We be Abraham's seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free?

8:34 Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin. 8:35 And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever. 8:36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed. 8:37 I know that ye are Abraham's seed; but ye seek to kill me, because my word hath no place in you. 8:38 I speak that which I have seen with my Father: and ye do that which ye have seen with your father.

8:39 They answered and said unto him, Abraham is our father.

Jesus saith unto them, If ye were Abraham's children, ye would do the works of Abraham. 8:40 But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God: this did not Abraham. 8:41 Ye do the deeds of your father.

Then said they to him, We be not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God.

8:42 Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me. 8:43 Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word. 8:44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. 8:45 And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not. 8:46 Which of you convinceth me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me? 8:47 He that is of God heareth God's words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God.

8:48 Then answered the Jews, and said unto him, Say we not well that thou art a Samaritan, and hast a devil?

8:49 Jesus answered, I have not a devil [see The Devil Cure]; but I honour my Father, and ye do dishonour me. 8:50 And I seek not mine own glory: there is one that seeketh and judgeth. 8:51 Verily, verily, I say unto you, If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death.

8:52 Then said the Jews unto him, Now we know that thou hast a devil. Abraham is dead [see The Sleep Of Death], and the prophets; and thou sayest, If a man keep my saying, he shall never taste of death. 8:53 Art thou greater than our father Abraham, which is dead? and the prophets are dead: whom makest thou thyself?

8:54 Jesus answered, If I honour myself, my honour is nothing: it is my Father that honoureth me; of whom ye say, that he is your God: 8:55 Yet ye have not known him; but I know him: and if I should say, I know him not, I shall be a liar like unto you: but I know him, and keep his saying. 8:56 Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad.

8:57 Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham?

8:58 Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am [see 'Before Abraham Was, I AM']. 8:59 Then took they up stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by." (John 8:31-59 KJV)

Fact Finder: How is God creating children from the physical children that God Himself created "in the beginning"?
See Spiritual Conception; also No Children In Paradise

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This Day In History, June 19

325: The month-long Council of Nicea closed. Known as the first ecumenical council in the history of the Roman Church, it formulated the Nicene Creed and established the method for calculating their "Easter."

1269: King Louis IX of France ordered all Jews to wear a yellow badge in public (centuries later, the Nazis under Adolf Hitler issued the same order; see also Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).

1536: Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII's second wife, was beheaded.

1566: James VI of Scotland was born. Upon the death of Elizabeth I in 1603, he ascended the English throne as James I. He is best remembered for authorizing the publication known today as the King James Version (KJV) of the Bible.

1610: French forces under Samuel de Champlain battled the Iroquois near the mouth of the Richelieu River in Quebec.

1793: The Upper Canada legislature passed an act prohibiting the importation of slaves into the colony, the first such law in the British Empire.

1821: The Battle of Dragasani between the Ottomans and the Greeks (listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire).

1867: Archduke Ferdinand Maximilian, emperor of Mexico, was executed by firing squad.

1917: During the First World War, King George V ordered members of British royal family to dispense with German titles and surnames, and to assume the name Windsor (listen also to our Sermons The European World Wars and The Balfour Declaration).

1953: Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were executed in the electric chair at the "Sing Sing" Prison in New York after being convicted of transmitting atomic bomb secrets to Russia. Their execution had been originally scheduled for 11:00 pm on a Friday, however after an appeal by their lawyers saying that an execution during the Sabbath would offend their Jewish heritage, the Federal Government changed the execution time to 8:00 pm, about an hour before the Sabbath was to begin. According to official witnesses, while Julius Rosenberg died as expected, it was discovered that Ethel Rosenberg was still alive, so the unconscious woman was strapped back into the chair and electrocuted further until smoke from her head filled the execution chamber.

1961: Kuwait declared independence from the United Kingdom.

1976: The U.S. Viking 1 went into Martian orbit after a 10-month flight from Earth.


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