It is a shame how little is known of Father in the modern church.
John 15:21 – But all these things will they do unto you for my name’s sake, because they know not him that sent me.
At the very beginning, let us acknowledge that we belong to ONE God, manifest in three persons; Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. We know them as God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost. And while They are ONE, each member of what we call our Triune God-head, or the Holy Trinity, carries on different function and purpose in and through the church. We can worship all Three and commune with all Three, but we should at the same time recognize the distinction of each member of the God-head and function towards them within the parameters set forth in the Scriptures
Father – He is the Creator. He sent and gave His Son. He has gifts stated in Romans 12 that are without repentance. He it is to Whom we bring our petition and supplication. Jesus said that in that day, the day of the church, that we should ask nothing of Him, but that we should convey our prayers to Father in the Name of Jesus. Father is He Who upholds the Son on His right hand, and upholds all things by the Word of His power.
Jesus, the Son; the Word made flesh – He is seated on the right hand of Father, ever living to make intercession for us according to the will of Father. Jesus is Lord of the Church, and it is in His Name that we bring out petitions to our Father. It is in His Name that we have and exercise our power in the earth as sons of God. It is to the Son that the believer confesses any sin he/she may commit, and by that confession, be cleansed from it by His blood. But we do not bring our petitions and supplications to Jesus.
Holy Spirit, or Holy Ghost – He is our Comforter. We do not pray petition or supplication to Him; rather He helps us pray in the Spirit. He is our Teacher, Revealer, Convicter, Convincer, Corrector, Guide, Leader, and remembrance giver of all the Lord has spoken to us. He is the member of the God-head before Whom one confesses Jesus as Lord, believing He has been raised from the dead, so that one can be saved, or born again.
While this is in no way intended to be exhaustive in its content, it does present a foundation for differential recognition of Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. We need more than to know ABOUT Them; we need TO KNOW Them distinctly and deferentially so we can experience a fuller, clearer, more powerful, and more meaningful relationship with each. Take the time in the Word and in communion to know Them, for those who do not know Father, Him Who sent Jesus, will bring attacks upon the Church.
Manna for Today – John 15:18-27; Matthew 5:1-12; John 10:30; John 17:22; Romans 12:1-9; Ephesians 4:11-12; 1 Corinthians 12; Hebrews 1:3; Hebrews 7:25; 1 John 1:7-9; Romans 10:9-10
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