Summary: This message deals with the fact that God the Father disciplines those who are true children of God.
A Picture of God at Home
Today we will be studying the beautiful picture that God has given us of Himself, our earthly Father. Dads, you should be very aware of the fact that you are the first picture of God that your children will see.
This Father’s Day we will spend a few moments of reflection about just who God is and how He relates to us. For some, God seems to be a distant deity with whom it is impossible to have a close relationship. Today we will see that as you look at Dad, you have a picture of God right at home.
I. Fathers teach us about our unique relationship with God
A. Before salvation
1. We had an abusive father
John 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.
2. We were separated from God by our sin and guilt
Romans 3:10,23 - 10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: 23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
3. Jesus offered a way out
Romans 5:8-10 - 8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. 10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.
a. Jesus paid our sin debt
b. Jesus saves us from God’s wrath
c. Jesus changes our status with God
B. After salvation
Romans 8:15-17 - 15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. 16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: 17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.
John 1:12 - But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
1. Our relationship to God is changed from Judge to Father
2. We change from being a condemned sinner to a favored son
C. We have a unique standing
1. Abba = Daddy
2. Only four people in the entire world can call me Daddy
3. Only adopted people can call God Daddy
II. Fathers teach us about God’s protection
A. Safe in the Father’s hand
John 10:27-30 - 27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: 28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. 29 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. 30 I and my Father are one.
B. Don’t mess with God’s children
Matthew 18:6 - But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.