The Greatest Father In History

The Greatest Father In History June 12, 2019

God is seeking those who will worship Him in spirit and in truth (John 4:24), but He’s also seeking godly fathers after His own heart.

A Protective Father

Scripture is clear about God and His nature as a protective Father. The Bible says that He is “Father of the fatherless and protector of widows is God in his holy habitation” (Psalm 68:5). God also knows how to answer our prayers; it can be yes, no, or not now. It might even be, “I’ve got something better for you,” or “No, you’ll hurt yourself. All we need to do is to “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent” (Matt 7:7-10)?  Verse ten points out that God will not give us something that will hurt us. We can ask, seek, and knock, and He still won’t give us a scorpion. A stone and bread may have looked similar in Jesus’ day, so we may not always recognize if something we’re praying for is really good for us. God always knows. Human fathers are protective fathers, but none approach God as a Father, so “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” (1 Pet 1:3).

The Return of the Prodigal Son (1773) by Pompeo Batoni.

A Forgiving Father

In the Parable of the Prodigal Son, it’s easy to overlook the fact that the father was waiting and watching for his son to return…knowing that in time, he’d come. Jesus says that the prodigal finally “arose and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him” (Luke 15:10). Rather undignified in the day to have a father running out to meet a returning prodigal. Instead, fathers would be waiting to give the boy a lecture and the dreaded, “I told you so,” but not so with a forgiving father, as God the Father is. The Apostle John writes, “But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God” (John 1:12). It’s not hard to find places in Scripture where it shows “what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him” (1 John 3:1). Earthly fathers are forgiving, but not in the way that God the Father is.

A Blessing Father

God blesses us beyond measure in Jesus Christ, so we must rightly say, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places” (Eph 1:3). Believers understand that “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change” (James 1:17). The Apostle Peter writes, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” (1 Pet 1:3). If we just look around us, we can see that God as He cares for His creatures. A simple example is to take a “Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they” (Matt 6:26)? Of course you are.

A Disciplining Father

Love and discipline go hand in hand. That’s why we’re told to “not despise the LORD’s discipline or be weary of his reproof, for the LORD reproves him whom he loves, as a father the son in whom he delights” (Prov 3:11-12). Rather than despise God’s discipline, we should recognize that “Blessed is the man whom you discipline, O LORD, and whom you teach out of your law” (Psalm 94:12). The Book of Proverbs is rich in the study of discipline and love, but so is the New Testament. You often see one with the other, like in Hebrews 12:6 which says, “My son, do not despise the LORD’s discipline or be weary of his reproof” (Heb 12:6). At times, it might feel like “The Lord has disciplined me severely” (Psalm 118:18a), but in reality we know that “he has not given me over to death” (Psalm 118:18b). The fact is, “the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives” (Prov 3:11).

A Comforting Father

I hope you had a comforting father. If not, we know that God the Father is comforting. He was thinking of us by sending His Son as a ransom for many (Mark 10:45), so God is a comforter. The Bible says that it is “the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God” (2 Cor 1:3-4). God comforts us in our afflictions, but He uses others as a means to do so. He may also use us to comfort others in the same way we received comfort when we needed it. Just as a human “father shows compassion to his children, so the LORD shows compassion to those who fear him” (Psalm 103:13). We can also take comfort in the fact that “God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Thess 5:9).

Conclusion

God made mankind radically different from the rest of His creation. The Triune God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth” (Gen 1:26). God’s relationship with mankind is infinitely different than animals. We can know God through Jesus Christ. The Apostle Paul quotes the Old Testament prophet Hosea (1:10), writing, “And I will be a father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to me, says the Lord Almighty” (2 Cor 6:18). Still not sure about what the Father is like? Jesus says “Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’” (John 14:9b). When we read about Jesus, we read about the Father. He is a protective Father; a forgiving Father; a blessing Father; a disciplining Father; and a comforting Father…and abundantly, a Father of love (1 John 4:8, 16).

Article by Jack Wellman

Jack Wellman is an ordained elder of the Brethren Church and a Pastor and Prison Minister in the State of Kansas, but also a writer at Christian Quotes and What Christians Want to Know which address questions about the Bible, and a published author of four books. He also plants ministries like nursing home ministries, Outreach for the poor, and other evangelistic activities, and check out his book Teaching Children the Gospel available on Amazon.

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  • pud

    LOL…censoring again…fuck you! lol

    • Wacka Troll

      If you knew how to have a rational conversation you’d probably not get censored. Sorry you’re so hateful. Maybe it’ll get better if you rage more on random people you disagree with.

  • Jack Wellman

    These trolls filthly and hateful words betray what’s in their hearts. Pray for them. Especially Mrs. Pud.

    • pud

      They are only “words” jack…just words. At least I don’t make my pitiful wretched living lying to and indoctrinating children into a deranged cult.

      • Wacka Troll

        Jack I’m pretty sure it’s Mr. Pud. Also known as, “Reprobate” by those closest to him. Or his superhero name, “Captain Rage Face Troll Master” able to slam his face down on the keyboard at only the slightest mention of Christianity. His face basically looks like a keyboard because of how often it’s being slammed on his computer in absolute RAGE!
        We’re working on a theme song. It’s gonna be good….

        • Jean Camille

          At one stage, I spent two 10-hour sessions with Pud.

          The upshot is that he believes he has no beliefs and uses logic but denies its existence. He claims to be ‘scientific’ but rejects the ABC of Cognitive Therapy (the research-based formula that Actions are mediated through our Beliefs to produce Consequences in our emotions). That is, he is given over to confusion.

          I asked the Lord for understanding. From what else Pud has said, the most reasonable inference is that he is crippled, confined to a wheelchair and is bitterly resentful of those who should have cared but didn’t. This would be his present justification for a lifetime of selfishness.

          So, while our details will vary, at heart he is no different from the rest of us. “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?” (Jeremiah 17:9, NIV).

          Reminds me of Matthew 7:21-23, sobering thoughts. Thankfully, the rest of chapter 7 and Matthew 25:34-45 give us a straightforward way through it all.

          • pud

            “logic” doesn’t “exist” only “objects” exist. “Logic” is descriptive not prescriptive.

            Why didn’t you ask a jug of milk? You would have received the same answer…yes, no, mabye later or the milk jug has something else in mind for you

            Rode my bike 19 miles yesterday…one more thing for you to assume wrongly

          • Wacka Troll
          • Wacka Troll

            Here’s the explanation why I do what I do… It’s a bit long and repetitive, but…. it’s superior to your video in every way.

          • Jean Camille

            Ꙭ ?

        • pud
          • Jean Camille

            For one who claims to be so rational, it is a pity he ignores the straw man problem when talking about Christians.

          • Wacka Troll

            Yeah Jean, Pud doesn’t need straw men, we are demon-stribly full of delusion. Gheeze get woke. Pud’s basically the only person on earth with a brain, clearly. You can tell by how demeaning he is that he’s totally smart. I’ve learned so much by reading his dribble and rage.

  • Yes, the story of the prodigal son is inspirational and educational for everyone. But why doesn’t God act that way? The father in the parable just forgives his son. That’s it–no strings attached, no “you gotta believe this weird thing.” Just forgiveness. That’s what you’d expect from a perfect god father, but Yahweh doesn’t work that way.

    The enormous effort Christians must do on the ground to explain away his actions (and inactions) highlights the problem. It’s like he’s just not there.

    • Jack Wellman

      He has already acted this way (John 3:16-17)…no strings (Eph 2:8-9).

      • John 3:16-17: The whole “everyone’s sinful and must be redeemed” thing makes no sense, so this passage is a sacrifice for no purpose IMO.

        Eph 2:8-9: This isn’t offered to me. I don’t have faith.

        If you actually want no strings, the verses you want are Rom. 5:18-19: “just as one trespass resulted in condemnation for all people, so also one righteous act resulted in justification and life for all people. For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.”

        • Jack Wellman

          Thank you Mr. Seidensticker

        • Jean Camille

          “No strings” means that whatever we have done wrong will be forgiven (not be held against us) when we change our mind about it. The point of forgiveness is so we can make a fresh start as often as we need it. If we wilfully continue sinning (walking away from God), there is no change of mind, no desire for a fresh start and so forgiveness is irrelevant.

          “No strings” does not necessarily mean free of consequences. The prodigal son was received without demands but the father assured the elder son, “Everything I have is yours.” That is, the prodigal had a fresh start, but from scratch.

          The word ‘faith’ in the Bible, it is close to our word ‘trust’. In paraphrase, the Bible message has Jesus saying, “You may not realise it, but you are going around in circles; you are lost. Trust me (Have faith in me). follow me and I will show you the way home.” Jesus is not going to coerce us because he gave us the freedom to choose. So logically, if we do not trust him enough to follow him, he will not show us the way home.

          IMO. Rom. 5:18-19 and John 3:16-17 refer to the same events. The Bible position is that evil is in the world because our forebears decided to be independent of God (they ‘sinned’). In that act, they cut off from the life of God and died spiritually. “The wages of sin is death.” They could not pass on what they did not have, so we are all without spiritual life to this day. For us to regain spiritual life, it had to come form somewhere. That’s why Jesus Christ had to give his life for us to have life. And because God is not play acting, Jesus had to go through the blood and guts reality of it.

          Given the Biblical premises, it makes sense to me.

  • Why have you blocked another one of my comments and it was on this article, this time?

    • pud

      Because they are cowards who know full well that their cult “beliefs” cannot stand the light of reason shined upon them. They run like cockroaches when confronted with reason and have to block comments or hide under their blankets for fear of their ridiculous cult being exposed for the make believe that it is

      • Yes! Disqus has my comments that Jack blocked. What “hateful words” did they have? Jack claims that the trolls are using filthy and hateful words.

        • pud

          He’s no doubt referring to me not you but the censoring has begun like all the christian blogs do when confronted. Shows how fragile their absurd cult really is and how cowardly they are. Shows too how desperate they are to cling to their delusions …they can’t conduct reasoned debate so they run away and hide…and “pray” a ton hoping to change the almighty’s perfect plan! lol

          • Wacka Troll

            Pud, you’re the most angry atheist I’ve ever seen online. Your nonsensical rage toward Christianity is entertaining. I actually enjoy the fact that you spend what seems to be a fantastic portion of your day arguing like a two-year-old with people whom you disagree. I can only imagine what you’ll be like when you’re an old man. If God lets you live that long. What will you do when you can’t harass people who don’t subscribe to your narrow thinking? Enjoy your misery while you can I guess!

          • pud

            No anger…contempt. Contempt for the liars to children and those who indoctrinate them into your sick death cult

          • Wacka Troll

            lol, you mad bruh. I can see it now.
            (Pud reads a Christian article…
            thinks about all the children…………………….
            AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
            Yeah, all my hate stems from my love of children too bruh.

          • Wacka Troll

            lol, “They’re lying to CHILDREN!!!!”

    • Jean Camille

      It may be the Spambot. I’ve had a few posts blocked when I copy in pre-typed material or stuff that looks too much like what spammers write. A bit of a catch 22, since spammers are trying to mimic genuine text.
      Also long posts can get caught up at times.

  • pud

    All about the missing dad figure. The children just can’t, won’t, haven’t or don’t want to ever grow up. The word “infantile” comes to mind

    • Wacka Troll

      “Pud,” “the” “captain” “of” “quoting” “words” “that” “don’t” “need” “quoting”. “Also” “loves” “to” “overuse” “the” “word” “‘infantile'”.

      • pud

        Is that the best you’ve got? Can you posit a rational argument showing anywhere that I’m wrong? I thought not.

        • Jean Camille

          Efficiency says to give it what it deserves. He did that.

        • Wacka Troll

          Pud, I’m going to need you to calm down sir.

        • Wacka Troll

          You get proven wrong all the time, I’m not here for an honest discussion, because you don’t participate in those. I’m just enjoying your rage. Please continue enjoying your miserable life by attacking random people for no reason whatsoever. I bet you hate random objects too. lol So much rage. I play D&D and you’ve made it into my campaigns as a virus that ruined an entire town of peaceful children. Everyone basically turned into secretly hateful people. They couldn’t act like it in public, but in their homes, oh my…. I still maintain that you deserve your own documentary, like they do on deep sea creatures. “Here’s pud.. as you can see, he changes colors when he’s angry, his strobe like pattern is beautiful in its own way….. oh… now he’s typing on his computer to combat against those “infantile” children hating Christians… You know.. the ones who are responsible for many hospitals and orphanages… thoooose Christians…. oh look, now pud is entered into a rhythmic like spasm… someone must have take his bate, and entered into conversation with him… pud doesn’t actually consider his prey’s perspective, he simply waits… and grows in anger…. then lashes out in another fit of rage and namecalling… truly an amazing creature…”

          • pud

            Demonstrate one time that I was “proven wrong”…..waiting…

          • Wacka Troll

            Really? That’s all you heard? You don’t even care that I added you to my game… Shame… shame on you… and the documentary? I feel like i’m wasting my time 🙁
            I’m enjoying the new phrase though “waiting”
            you should add “… and watching….”

          • Wacka Troll

            “now watch as pud is waiting… and watching for any random person to bite… see how he slowly changes from one color to the next expressing his dominance and anger… as pud patiently awaits for an innocent passerby to take his bate of ‘entering into an intellectual conversation’ he readies himself to sternly ignore whatever is presented to him and reply on behalf of all the children of earth who have basically been murdered by Christianity… oh look! pud expressed ‘prove me wrong’… will his enticement work before he … oh… no.. he already answered ‘didn’t think so’… the pud needs to wait a bit longer to sucker an unsuspecting victim into conversation… these creatures are truly amazing and evidence of God’s design…”

  • pud

    “God also knows how to answer our prayers; it can be yes, no, or not now.”

    I’ll post my reply AGAIN seeing as the last one was CENSORED because it showed what a buffoon you are!

    I “prayed” to a can of corn this morning….I’m waiting for a reply…I requested a pony….If I get it, don’t get it, get it later or don’t get it at all because “god” has something better in mind….IT WORKED!

    The “heads I win tails you lose” mentality of the delusional janitor! No matter what he babbles to himself in “prayer” there will always be vindication!

    This so perfectly demonstrates your irrationality and delusional mind. There are short circuits in your head jack or you are totally incapable of reason….now run along and “pray” your guts out! You’ll get an answer or not or later or different! What a miracle!

  • Emily Elizabeth Windsor-Cragg

    I never had an earthy, physically-present father, not with me. God-in-Heaven is the only Father I have ever known; and by His Holy Spirit he has suffered and refined me into a sort of person I never met before, who says what she does and does what she says; who has place for all lives and all matters. God My Father is not just an Ideology or a Book or a set of Traditions. He has led me to do His Will, which is to do Good and speak Truth without partiality. I hope you have enjoyed and endured the same sort of Godly-Fatherly relationship as I have been privileged to experience.

    • pud

      Make believe is a poor substitute.

      • Wacka Troll

        Don’t worry Pud, the dishonest academics who push evil-lution will have to admit they’re lying soon enough. They keep discovering too many things about the reality of God. It’s unfortunate they keep “make believe(ing)” as you put it. No worries though! Save those infantile childrens!

        • pud

          1. No one “pushes” the theory of evolution
          2. List 5 things “they” have “discovered” about the “reality of god”

          Waiting….

          • Wacka Troll

            No one hu? lol Cause that’s definitely not what you’re doing. Calm down with your demands bro. Nobody gives me lists of things to do except my wife. Am I right? Of course not lol, nobody’s right but you! My bad!

          • pud

            As expected. You won’t because you can’t. cheers!

          • Wacka Troll

            Won’t is not equal to can’t. I like the 4th grade argument though. It’s totally in line with your other arguments.

  • pud

    2000 people are dead in Congo as Ebola spreads across the border. Why is this jack considering that the dead family members are stealing the bodies from the morgue so they can attend “PRAYER” meetings. I’m sure it’s way too difficult for you to make the connection between your superstitious cult and the spread of Ebola which your “heavenly father” simply watches….guess these Ebola “prayers” are yes, no, maybe, maybe later or something else huh? This is the true horror of religion..that people by the billions “believe” what only lunatics could “believe” on their own

    • Wacka Troll

      Thanks for supporting our church with your donation Pud!!! We will certainly be able to reach more children and infantiles with your donations!

  • Sebatian

    The prodigal son truly confessed his sin to his father but I couldn’t find that he sought forgiveness … can someone explain it but remember no twisting of word outside the Bible… no assumption of your opinion as well…

  • “God also knows how to answer our prayer;. it can be yes, no, or not now.”

    This presupposes the existence of a god who answers prayer. Let’s suppose that such a god exists. If god doesn’t answer our prayer now, how long do we have to wait before you know that he said no? Do you have to wait until you die? And if our prayer is answered, how do we know that God answered it or that it happened by chance? And if medicine was involved in healing, how do we know if God played any role or not?

    • pud

      Silly…you just have to “believe” on “faith”! No need for that silly proving stuff. Go ahead, make a wish…it it comes true the easter bunny granted it…if it doesn’t then maybe the easter bunny will bring you something else…maybe? lol

  • Jean Camille

    Jack, two of my posts are awaiting moderation by Christian Crier, one for two days. What is that about?
    I found Patheos Terms of Service but cannot find CC guidelines. These stumbling blocks are irritating but I don’t know the triggers to avoid them. Some explanatory notes would help.