Invited into Relationship with the Father

I preached this last Sunday on the relationship of Jesus with his Father and with the Holy Spirit. The gospel of Luke distinctly shows how Jesus’ ministry was influenced by his relationship with the Holy Spirit, and the gospel of John uniquely demonstrates how Jesus’ ministry was influenced by his relationship with his Father. One of the things I have been stunned by is how believers are invited into a similar kind of relationship with the Father and the Spirit by virtue of their being in Christ.

One of the ways this landed home for me was in reading the book of John, and how the Son of God, Jesus, highlights the influence of his relationship with the Father continuously. Jesus does the deeds of his Father, he does the will of his Father, he speaks the words of his Father, he prays to his Father, he loves his Father and his Father loves him, he glorifies his Father and his Father glorifies him, etc. The relationship of the Father and the Son intersect, interconnect, and influence one another.

The saving work of the Son of God has brought about an unhindered relationship for the sons of God with the Father.

As we come to the end of the gospel, Jesus dies and rises again establishing a new creation. And just before his ascension back to the Father, Jesus says the following mind-blowing statement, especially when taking in context with the connection between the Son and the Father revealed in this book, for Mary to relay to the disciples:

“…but go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.'” John. 20:17

Jesus’ work in death and resurrection, as Hebrews puts it, has brought many sons to glory (Hebrews 2:10).  The disciples, and all who trust the Son, now relate to God as Father and are his sons and brothers to Jesus. The saving work of the Son of God has brought about an unhindered relationship for the sons of God with the Father. If you trust Jesus, you can now walk in this kind of relationship. You are NOT divine like Jesus, but you have been called into the multiplicity of privileges of relationship with his Father–“my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.”

2 thoughts on “Invited into Relationship with the Father

  1. I’m taking a theology class this summer and the proff repeatedly uses the term “Like Father, like Son”, He talks about how you can’t underestimate the cultural context of the son always stepping into his father’s place (If your father is a carpenter, you will be a carpenter, etc.) further supporting the fact that when Jesus claims to be God’s Son He is saying much more than people might at first realize in our cultural context, I thought that was interesting and it helped me understand some of the passages you are referring to in a new, fresh light. Great post!

  2. Pingback: Another Jaw-Dropping Purpose of John 17 | 5:21

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