Summary: As a Witness to the covenant, the Father blesses His children, causes us to be born again, and comforts us in tribulation.
We’re in a study on the Godhead and our main verse is First John 5:7—“For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.” These Witnesses bear record that we’ve overcome the world and that we have eternal life. They bear record to the covenant of grace.
We’ve seen how the Holy Spirit is involved in this and how He gives us life, teaches us truth, makes us walk in holiness, comforts us, and keeps us until the last day. Last week we started with the Father and we learned that He’s called that because of His part in giving the inheritance to His Son and to all His children. This week we’re going to press on a little further and try to see some other specific things about Him and how He helps His children:
He is the Creator of all things, and He is over all
The Holy Spirit was certainly involved in creation, but He wasn’t alone. Remember He said, “Let us make man in our image” (Gen. 1:26). The New Testament shows us that the Father is also involved:
But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him (I Cor. 8:6).
One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all (Eph. 4:6).
This is important as it relates to the covenant because it shows He has the right to give the inheritance to the Son. He is over all and everything is “of” Him.
So, look at what He does as the God and Father of all:
He reveals the “plan” to His children
Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven. 21In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes: even so, Father; for so it seemed good in thy sight. 22All things are delivered to me of my Father: and no man knoweth who the Son is, but the Father; and who the Father is, but the Son, and he to whom the Son will reveal him (Lk. 10:20-22).
Jesus instructs His disciples not to rejoice that the enemy is subject to them; rejoice instead because there’s a record in heaven with their names on it. Think of it: there are three that bear record in heaven, and they testify that we’ve overcome the world and have eternal life. Don’t rejoice that the demons are subjected to you; rejoice that you’ll receive life because of the covenant! And then He goes on to to show that the Father has hidden this plan from the world but He’s shown it to the children. The Spirit bears witness with our spirit that we are the sons of God!
That brings us to the next point:
He sends the Holy Spirit and the Son as Witnesses of the covenant
Speaking in terms relating to the covenant, the Father sends the Son and the Spirit out to His people:
But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you (Jn. 14:26).