What does it mean when the Bible tells us that God is a Father? It’s important that when Jesus began His public ministry, with the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5, He began talking about the Fatherhood of God almost immediately: “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the sons of God.” And He continued, “ Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”
Throughout His ministry, and many times in the Gospel of John, the Son of God pointed to His Father and revealed His character again and again. I’ll deal more with the doctrine of the Fatherhood of God in later posts, but in this one, I want to talk about the human need each of us has for a Father Who is also our Creator and God.
In America in 2012, we live in a culture where fatherhood is a commodity much needed. 41% of children are born with no father in the home. Nearly half of marriages end in divorce, so children are often left without a full-time father in the home. And many fathers who stay with their families don’t understand the biblical principles that create a godly home with a husband and father as a godly spiritual leader.
Taken together, these statistics and facts mean that very few children come to adulthood understanding fatherhood in the way God planned it. This makes it imperative that we, as believers in Jesus, learn about the New Testament teaching that God is a Father and that Christian fatherhood flows from Him.
So I invite you to watch this blog over the next few weeks as we explore the teaching of the Fatherhood of God. Even if you grew up in a godly home with a good father who was a spiritual leader, you need to learn about the best of fathers, the one Who is perfect in love, in power, in faithfulness and in grace. There is no father like Him.