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Vic Biorseth, Monday, July
From the Old Testament, we know that our God is the God of Noah, the God of Jonah, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and the God of Moses. He revealed His name to Moses to be "I Am", written down in Hebrew as YHWH, leaving out the vowels lest any man accidentally pronounce it out loud, forbidden in Old Testament times.
In the Christian New Testament, He is most often referred to as our Heavenly Father, or, our Father Who is in Heaven. He is the personage of God Who is distant from us, who most frequently speaks to us through Angel messengers, or through the Holy Spirit, His Third Person, Who remains active in the world. He Revealed His final Truth to us, in its fullness, through His only begotten Son, Who is God's Word, and His Second Person: Jesus Christ.
It was He, God the Father, who spoke to Zechariah in the Holy of Holies, through the Angel Gabriel (Luke 1:11-20).
It was He, God the Father, Who spoke to Mary, the virgin mother of our Lord, through the Angel Gabriel (Luke 1:26-38). And it was He Who spoke to Joseph, again through an Angel (Matt 1:20-22). And again, He sent an Angel to Joseph, to have him take the Child off to Egypt (Matt 2:13). And again, when Herod had died, He sent His Angel to Joseph to instruct him to return to Israel (Matt 2:19).
Jesus - God Personified - instructed His disciples to fast and pray more privately than publicly, as recorded in Matt 6, because prayer and fasting was for the Lord, not for public display or reward, and, "Your Father, who sees in secret, will reward you" and He will hear your prayer.
So God in Heaven is our Father. Protestants, having broken away from the true faith, make make much of Matt 23:9 - "And call no man your father on earth, for you have one Father, who is in heaven." because Catholic Priests continue to hold the title "Father", as they have from the beginning. But our Lord was speaking of Heavenly things, not earthly. God is our Spiritual Father; we still have an actual worldly father, and we are not forbidden to call our father "Father". Count the times, after this verse, that Scripture refers to mere earthly men as Father, or Fathers, if you can.
Paul sets the tone for Priests being spiritual fathers, in 1 Cor 4:15 "For though you have countless guides in Christ, you do not have many fathers. For I became your father in Christ Jesus through the gospel."
And again in 2 Phil 22 "But Timothy's worth you know, how as a son with a father he has served with me in the gospel."
And again in Phlm 1:10 "I appeal to you for my child, Ones'imus, whose father I have become in my imprisonment."
When a Priest teaches spiritual things he deserves the respect of a father. At two times - when he consecrates the Eucharist, and when he grants absolution for sins - he stands In Persona Christi - in the person of Christ. If anyone is worthy of the Title Father, it is Jesus, who is One with the Father.
When the Apostles asked Jesus to teach them to pray, the beginning of the prayer Jesus taught them was this, "Pray then like this: Our Father who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. ..." --Matt 6:9.
John makes it quite clear, in his first letter, chapter 3, that we are to make of ourselves "children of God", and embrace him as our Father in Heaven.
See what love the Father has given 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.
Beloved, we are God's children now; it does not yet appear what we shall be, but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.
And every one who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure.
Every one who commits sin is guilty of lawlessness; sin is lawlessness.
You know that he appeared to take away sins, and in him there is no sin.
No one who abides in him sins; no one who sins has either seen him or known him.
Little children, let no one deceive you. He who does right is righteous, as he is righteous.
He who commits sin is of the devil; for the devil has sinned from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil.
No one born of God commits sin; for God's nature abides in him, and he cannot sin because he is born of God.
By this it may be seen who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not do right is not of God, nor he who does not love his brother.
For this is the message which you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another,
and not be like Cain who was of the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his own deeds were evil and his brother's righteous.
Do not wonder, brethren, that the world hates you.
We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love abides in death.
Any one who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.
By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.
But if any one has the world's goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God's love abide in him?
Little children, let us not love in word or speech but in deed and in truth.
By this we shall know that we are of the truth, and reassure our hearts before him
whenever our hearts condemn us; for God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything.
Beloved, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God;
and we receive from him whatever we ask, because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him.
And this is his commandment, that we should believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he has commanded us.
All who keep his commandments abide in him, and he in them. And by this we know that he abides in us, by the Spirit which he has given us. --1 John 3
The book of Revelation is still quite mysterious to me, but I am no great Scripture scholar. It is God the Father who sits upon the throne; but, it says also that the Lamb - Jesus - is in the center of the throne. In my relatively uneducated mind, that might mean that the Father and the Son are combined on the throne, and fully one in being. Yet, still spoken of in Revelation separately.
But there is no mistaking that the throne of God, with the Father upon it, will be the center of the new reality.
Then he showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb
through the middle of the street of the city; also, on either side of the river, the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.
There shall no more be anything accursed, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and his servants shall worship him;
they shall see his face, and his name shall be on their foreheads.
And night shall be no more; they need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they shall reign for ever and ever.
And he said to me, "These words are trustworthy and true. And the Lord, the God of the spirits of the prophets, has sent his angel to show his servants what must soon take place.
And behold, I am coming soon." Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.
I John am he who heard and saw these things. And when I heard and saw them, I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who showed them to me;
but he said to me, "You must not do that! I am a fellow servant with you and your brethren the prophets, and with those who keep the words of this book. Worship God."
And he said to me, "Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is near.
Let the evildoer still do evil, and the filthy still be filthy, and the righteous still do right, and the holy still be holy."
"Behold, I am coming soon, bringing my recompense, to repay every one for what he has done.
I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end."
Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and that they may enter the city by the gates.
Outside are the dogs and sorcerers and fornicators and murderers and idolaters, and every one who loves and practices falsehood.
"I Jesus have sent my angel to you with this testimony for the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, the bright morning star."
The Spirit and the Bride say, "Come." And let him who hears say, "Come." And let him who is thirsty come, let him who desires take the water of life without price.
I warn every one who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if any one adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book,
and if any one takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book.
He who testifies to these things says, "Surely I am coming soon." Amen. Come, Lord Jesus! --Rev 22
Blessed be the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, forever.
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