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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.
"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:
"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.
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.