Have you ever wondered why we call God “Father”? God is spirit (Jn 4:24) and spirits do not have gender, why then do we call God Father? Jesus even taught us to pray “Our Father in heaven” (Mt 6:9). So maybe it is important for us to understand why we call God our Father, and who truly has that right. In order to understand the term spiritually, we should examine the physical characteristics of a father first.
In a physical marriage the father (husband or groom) is the one with the ‘seed’. His seed ensures his family line will continue. The father (groom) gives his seed to his wife (bride) and then from that seed his wife bears children. This is the physical logic.
Now let’s look at the spiritual logic: As previously mentioned (in The unwrapping process: Part 1), God’s seed is his Word (Lk 8:11). John 17:8 says, “For I gave them the words you gave me and they accepted them…” Here we can see that God’s word (his seed) was given to Jesus, and Jesus then gives it to his disciples, who believe and accept the word. God (the groom) gives Jesus (his bride) the word (his seed), and through the word the disciples become true children of God (1 Pt 1:23). The ‘wedding’ or union between God and Jesus took place as recorded in Mt 3:16 “As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting on him.” And in Jn 10:30 Jesus says, “I and the Father are one.”
At the time of the first coming only those who believed in Jesus and accepted his words were considered children of God. John 1:12-13 describes this saying, “Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God – children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.” Therefore, in order for the Pharisees, Scribes, and Jews to claim they were God’s children, his chosen people, they had to believe in and accept Jesus’ words. Here we see how the physical Israelites (born of physical seed, Abraham’s lineage) had to become spiritual Israelites (born of spiritual seed, God’s fulfilled word). They had to recognize and accept the one whom God sent, and who had God’s word, in order to have the right to call God Father. (Read Jn 8:33-44 and Gal 3:29)
Believing that Jesus was the fulfillment of the promises in the Old Testament was what the Jews and Pharisees, at the time of the first coming, had to believe in order to be able to call God Father. But what about us? What do we have to do, who do we have to believe in order for us to have the right to call God Father?
The New Testament is full of parables, warnings, and promises about Jesus’ return, the “end of the age.” Just like the Pharisees had to believe in Jesus, the fulfillment of the Old Testament prophecies, we have to believe in the fulfillment of the New Testament prophecies. We should make sure that we know the New Testament parables and prophecies so well that we recognize, believe in, and accept the fulfillment of those promises. Only then can we truly be called children of God, and in return have the right to call him Father.