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The Father In Whom We Hope

Devotional studies on the nature of God the Father from the Gospel of John. This morning's entire reading can be found here. But I will not accuse you before the Father. Your accuser is Moses, on whom your hopes are set. John 5:45 Two things to say here: They will (and we will) have to give an account to God of our lives. He is the highest authority and the one to whom we'll answer. We are to set our hopes on him. I will hope in him. Jesus says to the Pharisees 'you've set your hopes (for rescue and national revival) on Moses' The reason that's a problem is becaise the Father is the only one we should hope in for those things. He is our deliverer and the one who will rescue us. Father. Yours is the name above every name, yours is the will I seek and the on I choose today to set me hope in. You alone can rescue.

The Father Affirms

Devotional studies on the nature of God the Father from the Gospel of John. Scripture This morning's entire reading can be found here. But the testimony that I have is greater than that of John. For the works that the Father has given me to accomplish the very works that I am doing, bear witness about me that the Father has sent me. John 5:36 Observation As I begin reflecting on this verse I'm reminded again how wildly different the revelation of God as seen in Jesus is from anything else in world religion. In Jesus we see a God who is a Father. This is really good news for us. Let's walk through this verse together and look at what it teaches us about the Father: 'For the works that the Father has given me...' The Father has given the Son works to do and these works were different to the works John (the Baptist) did, they were specific and unique to Jesus. There was also a clear intention behind them. The works were designed to announce, to all who'

The Father Who Honours the Son

Devotional studies on the nature of God the Father from the Gospel of John. Scripture This morning's entire reading can be found here. The Father judges no one, but has given all judgement to the Son, that all may honour the Son, just as they honour the Father. Whoever does not honour the Son does not honour the Father who sent him. John 5:22 Observation The Father is mentioned three times in this short verse and each one contains some glorious truth about who he is and what he's like. First of all. Think  for a moment about how arrogant Jesus must have sounded when he first spoke these words: ...that all may honour the Son... whoever does not honour the Son, does not honour the Father...  when he mentions 'the Son' he's talking about himself. Here is Jesus, a poor, wandering (often homeless ), preacher from Galilee declaring that unless people honour him they're not really honouring the Father . How can a mere man make a statement like this? Rathe

The Father Who Raises the Dead

Devotional studies on the Father from John's Gospel Scripture This morning's full reading can be found here . 'For as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, so also the Son gives life to whom he will.' John 5:21  Observation As an example of the sort of 'marvelling' Jesus is referring to in verse 20 he makes this statement: The Father raises the dead. That's sort of thing our Father does and will do. Jesus is either referring to the examples in the Old Testament of people being brought back to life, or he is speaking in general characteristic terms as in - 'he's the sort of God who's willing and  able to raise the dead.' Or else Jesus is speaking with the resurrection (both his and the final one) in view. Either way the statement can be trusted. God the Father raises people up from the dead, back to new life. Actually, I like the way Jesus puts it - 'the Father raises the dead and gives them life.' The Father

The One the Son is Tethered To

Devotional studies in John's gospel Scripture This morning's full reading in which the Father is mentioned several times can be found here:  John 5:19-47 The context is picking up from the issues raised in the previous verses. Since Jesus speaks as one who has authority over the Sabbath, the question is raised - where does his authority come from? To which Jesus answers with the following: v19 'truthfully I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does that the Son does likewise. For the Father loves the Son and show him all that he himself is doing.' Observation These are remarkable words that reveal a lot about who the Father is and what the Father is doing. I'm struck by a couple of key ideas here: Firstly it's clear that the Son is tethered to the Father. By that I mean that he is a servant of his who lives to 'do his bidding' (to put it crudely). It isn't o