Saturday, December 30, 2006

Who you are in Christ

The Holy, Mighty, Powerful, Creator, God has allowed you and I the priviledge to call Him Father. Think about that for a minute. Listen to Galatians 3:26-27, "You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.." Let it soak in. Father. If you are a Christian you are His son or daughter. You have a Father relationship with God. You can call God dad. The relationship you have with God is a love relationship with a Father who loves you more that you can begin to understand or even imagine.

So the questions I have are:
Knowing that we are sons and daughters of God, how should that affect our view our of God? How should that affect our prayer lives? The amount we spend in His Word? Affect our worship? Our faith? How we live? How? Why?

What do you think?
Share your thoughts.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

10:30 AM  
Blogger Laymond said...

Preacherman- you may; notice I said may, be taking this description (father) of God the almighty Father our creator, and ultimate savior a little farther than intended when you say we are free to call our Creator and Heavenly Father dad, and with a small "d" at that. Just the thoughts of an old Christian who believes we should call no man father,nor our God dad.

1:46 PM  
Blogger Paula Harrington said...

I wrote a Bible class curriculum called "Daddies Girls" for middle and high school girls a year or so ago and offended a boat load of people.

Apparently, some don't take to calling God dad. I feel it's because some had or have terrible relationships with their earthly fathers.

I agree with you but know you're opening a can of worms here with some people. Good luck. :)

5:43 PM  
Blogger Benjamin Potter said...

Glad to have you back, and back to your deep thoughts. Sometimes I believe we run the risk of doing the same as the ancient Hebrews who would not even pronounce the name of YahWeh for fear of taking the name in vain. However, I believe the Scriptures to be the record of God's desire to draw all men to Himself. He wants to have a deep and personal relationship with us.

Rather than separating ourselves from Him by putting up false barriers (man-made ones, I should say), we ought to be looking for ways to draw closer to Him. For a first point, I'd say He is God--we'll never be like Him althought He made us in His image. Moving on, I'd remember that He wants us to be part of His family. He's made arrangements for our adoption. Those who have said, "yes" to the adoptive process made available through Jesus Christ are part of that family. God is our papa.

The Bible leads us to know Him better. Our walk with Him should increase our intimacy with Him. I like the tradition in Russian that requires believers to address God with the familiar you as opposed to the formal You. It brings out the family relationship of a child and their papa.

11:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think we need to carry that Father "relationship" to an absolute degree. The more you know, the more you 'converse' with, the more you consider, the more you listen to- your Father the stronger the relationship.

And, I must live fully that relationship. He as Father and me as His child. But the relationship must be a very respectful one. Yes, Abba Father... but Abba reminds us Old and New Testaments to "honor" our Father.

Good post...glad you're back.

12:17 AM  
Blogger Laymond said...

Well if I am wrong it won't be the first time. I was taught children don't call their parents by their first mame. And you don't call God by any name other than in the bible.
Unless you have a god diffrent than the one spoken of in the gospel. I was taught that we hold God as sacred--(sacred-entitled to reverence and respect)

1 : a technical and not necessarily intrinsically outrageous violation (as improper reception of a sacrament ) of what is sacred because consecrated to God
2 : gross irreverence toward a hallowed person, place, or thing
As for me and mine we will continue to call God heavenly Father.

2:06 PM  
Blogger Messianic Gentile said...


The first time Israel is called God's Son is in Exodus 4:22. At that time, the children of Israel had been in bondage and slavery to Egypt for a very long time. The king had begun a slow genocide against them. God had not had a son since Adam (if you go by Luke's genealogy). And in 4:22 God effectively tells Pharaoh, "That's my kid your messing with!"

I think that statement came as a shock to Israel. When I was a kid, I lived in an orphanage briefly. Nothing turned those kids on like a visit from a parent. I think the orphanage is a good analogy for what is happing in Ex 4. Israel is like an abused orphan in a criminal orphanage. Suddenly, the father shows up to take custody. Israel suddenly finds her father.

When Paul tells church in the Galatian letter that they are sons, the amazing thing is that he is talking to Gentiles. A Jew saying that to Gentiles is a disturbing idea -especially for other Jews. He is telling them that they are part of the family now too. The Exodus story is their story now too -and not by birth in the Jewish ethnicity, but by being immersed and clothed in Christ.

Thus, I think the real thrust is that Christ makes Gentiles sons too. The old boundary markers of ethnicity are pointless in light of Christ. He makes us all family.

Many blessings...

9:54 PM  
Blogger Messianic Gentile said...


One more thing... unrelated to yours...

I am trying to raise jet pack deficiency awareness this year, since it is 2007 and we still don't have them.

I invite you and your readers to stop by and lend your support.

Thanks, and many blessings...

10:37 PM  
Blogger preacherman said...


Abba Father. Abba. Daddy Father. Close relationship. Jesus cried it out in Mk 14:36. Jesus. Romans 8:15 And by him we cry out Abba Father... Gal.4:6"The Spirit who calls out Abba Father..
Abba The word Abba "Daddy" close personal relationship with God as daddy Father. How personal can you get? Non less respectful, no less disobedient.

I respect my dad. I love my dad more than anything. Just because I call my dad, dad doesn't mean I love or respect him any less. He is still my authority over me.
The word father seems distant.
The word dad seems close and personal.
How many of you call your dads, father?
How many of you call your dads,dad, daddy, pop, papa?

The same goes with God.
God has allowed us to have a son/daughter relationship with Him.

11:46 AM  
Blogger Laymond said...

PM- When we see our spiritual family as we see our human family if we call God dad; in order to have a functional family as some see it would we not need a spiritual mother if so who would it be.?

Just what was paul saying here?

1Tm:1:2: Unto Timothy, my own son in the faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord.
Was he admitting to being Timothy's dad, or was he just saying he had been Timothy's spiritual leader.?
May God Bless

12:26 PM  
Blogger Paula Harrington said...

Doesn't Romans 8:15 say that we have received the Spirit of adoption by whom we [can] cry out, "Abba, Father"?

Abba is a more intimate way of calling God Father, right?

4:26 PM  
Blogger Laymond said...

I believe there were many who had the right to refer to God as their spiritual Father. Even before Romans was written.
Jer:31:9: They shall come with weeping, and with supplications will I lead them: I will cause them to walk by the rivers of waters in a straight way, wherein they shall not stumble: for I am a father to Israel, and Ephraim is my firstborn.

Isa:63:16: Doubtless thou art our father, though Abraham be ignorant of us, and Israel acknowledge us not: thou, O LORD, art our father, our redeemer; thy name is from everlasting.

Isa:64:8: But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.
But I have yet to see where one called God dad.

7:26 PM  
Blogger preacherman said...

Abba means daddy

The church should function as a family.
God the father.
We are his sons and daughters.
Mother isn't mentioned in the Bible but if I would describe how mother functions in the Bible etc: it would the Holy Spirit. The comforter, counselor, one who speakers to the father on our behalf when our words can't express with words how we our feeling.

8:43 AM  
Blogger Laymond said...

PM-We need to do a little research

Abba - This Syriac or Chaldee word is found three times in the New Testament ( Mark 14:36; Rom. 8:15; Gal. 4:6), and in each case is followed by its Greek equivalent, which is translated "father." It is a term expressing warm affection and filial confidence. It has no perfect equivalent in our language. It has passed into European languages as an ecclesiastical term, "abbot."

Hitchcock's Bible Names Dictionary
Abba, father

American Heritage Dictionary Abba 1: Bible In the New Testament, God.
2: Used as a title of honor for bishops and patriarchs in some Christian churches of Egypt, Syria, and Ethiopia

9:57 AM  
Blogger Alan said...

Hi Preacherman,

Great to have you "back in the saddle!"

Through being a father I feel like I have gained some understanding of how God views us. It is a great comfort to know that he loves me in the same way that I love my children. I know he is a much better father, and loves more deeply and purely than I. What a wonderful place to be, in God's family!

8:29 AM  
Blogger preacherman said...

Thanks it feels so good to be "back in the saddle".
Your thoughts on the subject perfectly said brother.

9:54 AM  
Blogger Josh said...

I think that one of the biggest factors affecting Christian's view of Father God is their view and relationship with their earthly father.

Motivation for me to be the best dad possible.

12:33 PM  
Blogger preacherman said...

You are so right.
Many don't have a good relationship with their earthly fathers and it does affect the relationship that they have with their heavenly father.
We need to understand that God is the perfect Father. Earthly fathers mess up and a make mistakes when God our father does not. Isn't a wonderful thing to think about?

1:15 PM  
Blogger Bill said...

Dear fellow-blogger,

Hopefully, your 2007 is getting off to a fantastic start. My prayer is that you will be blessed by God with many opportunities for fruitful service in the Lord's kingdom in the new year.

I wanted to let you know that I've listed your blog on my blogroll at The Spiritual Oasis' web site. If you have additional blogs that you would like to see listed or would like to recommend others, please send word to:

To view The Spiritual Oasis' blogroll click the following link:

The Spiritual Oasis Blogroll

7:34 PM  
Blogger Laymond said...

Preacherman- what was it Paul said about changing the image of an uncorruptable God into that of corruptable man.

May God bless and forgive us all.

7:28 AM  
Blogger Matt said...


Just a couple of things. The Bible is full of examples of calling God "father." It is equally descriptive of viewing the church as a family. If that is how God labels himself to his people, how are we disrespecting him by calling him that?

Why does having a spiritual father necessitate a spiritual mother?

How are we changing God's image by calling him by what he identifies himself to us as?

How do you respond to what Jesus said in Matthew 23:9 - "And do not call anyone on earth 'father,' for you have one Father, and he is in heaven."

Doesn't that imply that we can call God father?

9:49 AM  
Blogger Laymond said...

Matt-How do you respond to what Jesus said in Matthew 23:9 - "And do not call anyone on earth 'father,' for you have one Father, and he is in heaven."

Doesn't that imply that we can call God father?

It does and I do, I call my God and creator "Heavenly Father" every night at bedtime, but I must admit I can't remember ever once calling him dad.

10:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I want to thank you for reminding us of the relationship that we have with God. It is personal. It is a son/duaghter relationship. How close can you get than son/daughter?

5:04 PM  
Blogger oakleyses said...

gucci outlet, louboutin outlet, longchamp handbags, tory burch outlet, longchamp outlet, true religion jeans, louis vuitton outlet, air max, oakley sunglasses, louis vuitton outlet, louis vuitton, jordan shoes, burberry outlet, tiffany and co, louis vuitton handbags, michael kors outlet, kate spade handbags, ray ban sunglasses, air max, oakley sunglasses, michael kors outlet, louboutin, tiffany and co, oakley sunglasses cheap, kate spade outlet, michael kors outlet, prada outlet, burberry outlet, michael kors outlet, nike shoes, coach factory outlet, nike free, louboutin, polo ralph lauren outlet, louis vuitton outlet stores, chanel handbags, christian louboutin shoes, prada handbags, michael kors outlet, polo ralph lauren outlet, coach purses, michael kors outlet, coach outlet store online, true religion jeans, ray ban sunglasses, longchamp handbags, coach outlet

8:09 PM  
Blogger oakleyses said...

lululemon, nike tn, polo ralph lauren, hollister, vans pas cher, air max, nike air max, sac burberry, true religion outlet, nike roshe, oakley pas cher, michael kors, sac hermes, nike blazer, abercrombie and fitch, michael kors, converse pas cher, nike free, north face, ralph lauren, timberland, longchamp, louboutin, nike trainers, michael kors pas cher, sac guess, ray ban sunglasses, sac longchamp, air max pas cher, nike free pas cher, vanessa bruno, hollister, north face, louis vuitton uk, new balance pas cher, nike roshe run, louis vuitton, air max, air jordan, barbour, sac louis vuitton, sac louis vuitton, hogan outlet, mulberry, air force, true religion outlet, ray ban pas cher, polo lacoste

8:12 PM  
Blogger oakleyses said...

insanity workout, north face jackets, giuseppe zanotti, chi flat iron, ugg boots, p90x, birkin bag, longchamp, ferragamo shoes, rolex watches, herve leger, hollister, canada goose, babyliss pro, ugg australia, canada goose, canada goose jackets, reebok outlet, ghd, soccer shoes, ugg, nfl jerseys, nike roshe run, north face outlet, valentino shoes, mont blanc, celine handbags, nike huarache, new balance shoes, canada goose outlet, ugg boots, canada goose, mcm handbags, beats by dre, bottega veneta, wedding dresses, soccer jerseys, marc jacobs, canada goose uk, mac cosmetics, ugg pas cher, vans shoes, jimmy choo outlet, instyler, uggs outlet, asics running shoes, lululemon outlet, abercrombie and fitch

8:18 PM  
Blogger oakleyses said...

lancel, canada goose, timberland boots, pandora charms, thomas sabo, moncler outlet, hollister, canada goose, moncler, hollister clothing store, converse, ray ban, louis vuitton, rolex watches, iphone 6 cases, oakley, juicy couture outlet, vans, karen millen, pandora jewelry, ugg, moncler, air max, supra shoes, swarovski crystal, swarovski, pandora charms, moncler, moncler, converse shoes, gucci, ugg, louboutin, montre homme, air max, hollister, coach outlet store online, links of london, baseball bats, juicy couture outlet, ralph lauren, parajumpers, moncler, toms shoes, wedding dresses, moncler

8:26 PM  
Blogger ninest123 Ninest said...

ninest123 09.09
oakley sunglasses, tiffany and co, cheap ugg boots outlet, ugg outlet, prada outlet, cheap ugg boots, ugg australia, jordan shoes, replica watches, replica watches, christian louboutin shoes, nike air max, louis vuitton handbags, burberry outlet online, tiffany jewelry, nike free, christian louboutin, nike air max, michael kors outlet online, louis vuitton outlet, polo ralph lauren, michael kors outlet online, red bottom shoes, cheap oakley sunglasses, nike outlet, prada handbags, burberry outlet online, ugg boots clearance, michael kors outlet store, michael kors outlet, polo ralph lauren outlet, louis vuitton, christian louboutin outlet, oakley vault, louis vuitton outlet, longchamp outlet online, ray ban outlet, tory burch outlet online, michael kors handbags, louis vuitton outlet online, longchamp handbags, longchamp outlet, gucci handbags, michael kors outlet online sale, ray ban sunglasses

10:05 PM  
Blogger ninest123 Ninest said...

nike free pas cher, air max pas cher, guess pas cher, true religion jeans, kate spade outlet, coach outlet, hermes pas cher, kate spade outlet online, true religion, vans pas cher, coach purses, ray ban pas cher, michael kors, nike roshe run, tn pas cher, michael kors uk, lacoste pas cher, timberland pas cher, scarpe hogan, longchamp, true religion outlet, michael kors outlet online, nike air force, north face pas cher, air jordan, oakley pas cher, longchamp pas cher, north face, true religion outlet, sac vanessa bruno, new balance pas cher, coach outlet, coach outlet store online, burberry pas cher, converse pas cher, hollister uk, nike air max, ray ban uk, hollister, chanel handbags, nike blazer pas cher, lululemon outlet online, michael kors canada, louboutin, ralph lauren pas cher

10:10 PM  
Blogger ninest123 Ninest said...

chi flat iron, new balance outlet, soccer shoes, nike air max, instyler ionic styler, beats headphones, jimmy choo shoes, hollister clothing store, mac cosmetics, herve leger, nfl jerseys, abercrombie and fitch, nike free, abercrombie and fitch, asics shoes, ferragamo shoes, vans outlet, nike roshe, lululemon outlet, valentino shoes, soccer jerseys, reebok shoes, hollister, ralph lauren uk, insanity workout, p90x workout, mulberry uk, nike trainers, nike air huarache, celine handbags, birkin bag, longchamp, north face jackets, north face jackets, air max, wedding dresses, nike air max, babyliss, mcm handbags, nike roshe, mont blanc pens, bottega veneta, giuseppe zanotti, baseball bats, ghd

10:12 PM  
Blogger ninest123 Ninest said...

michael kors handbags, sac louis vuitton, pandora jewelry, swarovski uk, pandora jewelry, air max, marc jacobs handbags, links of london uk, abercrombie, ugg, vans, coach outlet, gucci, louis vuitton uk, converse, michael kors outlet online, louboutin, oakley, louis vuitton pas cher, uggs canada, juicy couture outlet, converse shoes, wedding dress, pandora charms, doke gabbana outlet, louis vuitton canada, toms outlet, hollister canada, pandora uk, replica watches, louis vuitton, supra shoes, thomas sabo uk, montre femme, swarovski jewelry, sac lancel, ugg, karen millen, ray ban, ugg boots, juicy couture, michael kors outlet, timberland boots, iphone case, ugg soldes, ralph lauren
ninest123 09.09

10:15 PM  
Blogger 艾丰 said...

nike soccer shoes
coach outlet,coach outlet online,coach outlet store
true religion jeans,cheap true religion jeans,true religion jeans wholesale,true religion outlet,true religion sale,true religion outlet online
oakley sunglasses wholesale
michael kors handbags sale
ugg boots
oakley sunglasses cheap
ray ban sunglasses outlet,ray ban usa,ray ban sunglasses,ray ban,rayban,ray bans,rayban sunglasses,cheap ray ban,ray ban outlet,ray-ban,raybans,ray ban wayfarer,ray-ban sunglasses
barbour clothing
nba jerseys wholesale
oakland raiders
hollister shirts
michael kors handbags clearance
michael kors handbags wholesale
michael kors uk
canada goose outlet
true religion jeans
ysl outlet online
chanel outlet store online
pittsburgh steelers
san antonio spurs
louis vuitton bags on sale
longchamp outlet online
cheap ray ban sunglasses
canada goose sale
calvin klein,calvin klein outlet online,calvin klein wholesale,calvin klein shoes,calvin klein underwear,calvin klein coats,calvin klein handbags
michael kors outlet sale
tory burch handbags
prada handbags
puma shoes
michael kors handbags wholesale

11:53 PM  
Blogger Minko Chen said...

longchamp handbags
new balance shoes
michael kors outlet online
true religion jeans
air jordan 11
cheap ray ban sunglasses
calvin klein outlet
michael kors outlet online
ferragamo outlet
tiffany and co
michael kors outlet
ralph lauren outlet
cheap ugg boots
oakley sunglasses uk
michael kors handbags
gucci,borse gucci,gucci sito ufficiale,gucci outlet
barbour jackets
omega outlet
coach outlet store

11:43 PM  

Post a Comment

<< Home