Good Good Father
Colossians 1:13-14 NKJV
He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, (14) in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.
Eph 2:19 NKJV
19 Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God,
2 Cor 5:20 NKJV
20 Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God.
John 13:34-35 NKJV
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. (35) By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”
- We are citizens of the Kingdom, we are ambassadors, we are kings in the kingdom of God, called to reign in this life. (Eph 2:19; 2Cor 5:20; Rom 5:17)
The Kingdom functions on the LIFE of Christ, in and through the Kingdom- In the Word of God we find everything that we need in order to reign with Him in this life, and we also find everything that we need in order to be an integral part of “Thy Kingdom come”.
In the Word we find how to live this life, how to pray, how to think, how to behave, how to operate, in order for us to be the ambassadors God called us to be.
- How will the world know Christ? By us loving one another! But we do get offended sometimes by family member and…true, but remember that God has transferred you into the kingdom where transformation takes place. He has empowered you to overcome challenges and live in His victory!
The MOST important thing about the Kingdom is that it is all about Jesus. And the Body needs to see and understand that. From Him, to Him and through Him are all things! Romans 11:36.
Jesus Christ is perfect in every way, He is perfect beauty, He is perfect power, and He is perfect humility- the list of His wonderful characteristics and virtues is endless- He is the will of God personified.
John 14:9 NKJV
Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?
Hebrews 1:1-2 NKJV
God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, (2) has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds;
AMP (3) “…and He is the perfect imprint and very image of [God’s] nature,”
The two are exactly alike and God is now speaking through the Person and the work of Jesus. This is what is so new about the New Testament- God is seen clearly in Jesus Christ!
DISCUSSION POINTS – JESUS CAME TO REVEAL THE FATHER
Three beneficial uses of the OT:
- The OT gives us an awareness of our sinfulness…the Apostle Paul says in: Romans 4:15 “…where there is no law, there is no transgression”
- The OT Law is the tutor that leads us to Christ. In Galatians 3:24-25 we read: “Therefore the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith. (25) But after faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor.”
- In that the OT leads us to Jesus, it naturally portrays the King in His Kingdom
The New Covenant reveals the Father clearly in the Person of Jesus (John 14:9 above)
What did Jesus come to do on the earth?
There are many Scriptures that show us what Jesus did:
- He came to save us from our sins,
- He came to take our punishment on Himself,
- He came to destroy the works of the devil,
- He came that we might have abundant life,
- He came to give us the keys of the kingdom- open up the way of the awareness of the Kingdom,
- He came to save people’s lives and not destroy them.
The list goes on and on, but the main reason why Jesus came to the earth was to reveal the Father- He came to show us the Father.
Matt 4:23 NASB
Jesus was going throughout all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every kind of disease and every kind of sickness among the people.
Luke 4:18-21 NKJV
18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,
Because He has anointed Me
To preach the gospel to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives
And recovery of sight to the blind,
To set at liberty those who are oppressed;
19 To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.”
20 Then He closed the book, and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all who were in the synagogue were fixed on Him. 21 And He began to say to them, “Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”
Luke 9:55-56 NKJV
But He turned and rebuked them, and said, “You do not know what manner of spirit you are of. (56) For the Son of Man did not come to destroy men’s lives but to save them.” And they went to another village.
We desperately need to see Who Jesus really is:
- He healed everyone that came to Him
- He stilled every life-threatening storm they encountered.
- And every person that came for deliverance was delivered
This is Jesus, and this is the Father…exactly!!!
Big difference between the goodness of God seen in the life of Jesus and what we see in the Church today. Because of our modern-day beliefs it is easier for us to believe that the standard that Jesus set is completely unattainable, or that it is theologically to accept those standards for today. We tend to change our interpretation of the content and intention of Scripture rather than to seek God until we receive answers.
SCRIPTURE AND DISCUSSION
John 20:21 NKJV
So Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.”
Jesus started something that we are to complete. Jesus said, “As the Father sent Me, I send you” (John 20:21). It’s not complicated; it’s just expensive – it costs us everything!