GOD THE FATHER
God the Father (Theology): There is a rationale for developing and offering the material in God the Father, God the Son and God the Spirit; a reason why particular studies about God are presented. Assume a writer has the audacity to write on a number of topics. Why does he or she choose certain subjects out of thousands? What prompts selectivity? The answer is simple. Logically, more important subjects demand primary consideration. Of course, those of us who love God never tire of learning more about the One who exceeds all understanding. This is true even though every attempt to more fully comprehend God becomes a reminder that God looms so far above us that our intellectualism is infantile before Him. Over a century ago the English preacher C.H. Spurgeon made an observation that still has power: “He who often thinks of God will have a larger mind than the man who simply plods around this narrow globe.” As one might examine a multifaceted diamond, we seek to examine the Biblical teaching about God from different angles for the light that each reflects.
A major theme in studying God the Father, God the Son and God the Spirit is that one’s view of God will ultimately shape one’s religion and life. As we enter a new millennium, fear has arisen among believers and nonbelievers alike. But through the fullness of God we have attempted to unfold the saga of God’s relationship with man as a wondrous story of God’s redemptive love and offering of reconciliation to all humanity, showing how fear is not what is required but respect and humility as we watch and participate in God’s plan for us.
God the Father presents the limitlessness of God’s presence, knowledge, and power. He is shown to be creative, historical, and moral. As Father, His relationship with us is revelatory, inspirational, and loving. As Father, He is eternal but creative, universal but selective. As Spiritual Father, He deals with our problem of separation by His process of preparation, His progress in revelation, and His plan of redemption. This section shows God to be transcendent while immanent, expansive while intimate. The language is designed to promote communication between reader and subject, teacher and student.
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The Universal God Became Specific
God’s Morality Implemented – His Nature Revealed
God Is Inspirational and Loving
The Fatherhood of a Loving God (1)
The Fatherhood of a Loving God (2)
Background for God as Our Spiritual Father
The Father’s Plan of Redemption