From the book
SURPRISING THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT GOD
A Heavenly Father
The Father is recognized as God. A brief scan of the New Testament reveals the numerous times and roles in which the Father is identified as God. "Paul, an apostle—not from men nor through man, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised him from the dead" (Gal. 1:1 NRSV; see also John 6:27; Rom. 1:7).
Father—a distinguishing title of the New Testament.
To Israel, he was revealed as Jehovah, and the patriarchs revelled in such triumphant names as God Almighty and Lord of Heaven and Earth. But in all the divine names or titles disclosed in Scripture, there is no revelation of the fatherhood of God until his beloved Son taught his disciples to pray, "Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name" (Matt. 6:9).
Old Testament references to the Father are figurative.
Only a few references to God's fatherhood are mentioned in Old Testament Scriptures and they are mainly figurative and used as illustrations. "Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him" (Ps. 103:13). It is in this way that he also likens himself to a mother. "As one whom his mother comforteth, so will I comfort you" (Isa. 66:13).
God reserved his role of Father. We see glimpses of God's relationship to his redeemed people as in the song of Moses where we find the question, "Is not he thy father that hath bought thee?" (Deut. 32:6). He also speaks of himself as "Israel's Father" in Jeremiah (31:9) and refers to Israel as his "firstborn" (Exod. 4:22; Hosea 11:1). But scholars hold that God reserved his role of Father to express his unique relationship founded only on the accomplished redemption of the coming Messiah. Jesus said, "No man cometh unto the Father, but by me" (John 14:6 KJV, emphasis added).
A tender name. Of all the divine names, none is more full of comfort or more touching to the heart than that of Father. In the Gospels alone, we find that Matthew mentions "the Father" 44 times; Mark, 5 times; Luke, 17 times; and John, 122 times. John's is especially the Gospel revealing the Father, and a definite aspect of God's role is emphasized in each chapter where this name is mentioned.
[IT IS JOHN WHO ALSO SAID, “NO MAN HAS SEEN GOD AT ANY TIME, THE ONLY BEGOTTEN SON…..HE HAS DECLARED HIM” (CHAP. 1:18). IT IS GOD THE FATHER WHO HAS NEVER BEEN SEEN BY ANY HUMAN, THAT ALSO INCLUDES MOSES AND ELJAH. I PROVE IN OTHER STUDIES AS JESUS ALSO SAID, “NO MAN HAS EVER ASCENDED INTO HEAVEN, BUT ONLY HE THAT CAME DOWN FROM HEAVEN, EVEN THE SON OF MAN…..” (CHAP. 3:13). THE GOD OF THE OLD TESTAMENT THAT DID APPEAR TO HUMANS WAS THE MEMBER OF THE GODHEAD THAT BECAME THE JESUS CHRIST OF THE NEW TESTAMENT - Keith Hunt]
Aspects of Father. The identifying terms used by the Son of God in the New Testament Scriptures are: the Father, Father, my Father, your Father, our Father, Holy Father, Righteous Father, Abba Father. Added to these are several relative expressions in the epistles that, along with those found in the Gospels, emphasize the many-sided character inherent in the fatherhood of God:
God the Father
God our Father
God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ
Father of mercies
Father of spirits
Father of lights
Father of glory
“Jesus said to them, 'If God were your Father, you would love me, for I came from God and now am here. I have not come on my own; but he sent me’” (John 8:42). God is the Father of those who believe in him; he is the Creator of all, but the Father of the elect.
[AND AS JESUS ALSO SAID, THE ONE SENT IS NOT GREATER THAN THE ONE WHO SENT HIM. BY READING THE GOSPELS WITH A CHILD’S MIND AS I DID WHEN 8, 9, 10, 11, YEARS OF AGE, IT IS EASY TO SEE GOD THE FATHER IS SUPREME IN AUTHORITY IN THE GODHEAD, EVEN AS PAUL ALSO EXPLAINED IN 1 COR. 11:1-3 - ALSO VERY SIMPLE TO READ AND UNDERSTAND, THE CONTEXT MAKING IT SIMPLE - Keith Hunt]
“‘You do not know me or my Father’ Jesus replied. ‘If you knew me, you would know my Father also’” (John 8:19). The Father cannot be known unless it is through the Son. You cannot know the one without the other.
"If you [believers] then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!" (Luke 11:13). The heavenly Father's greatest gift to his redeemed people who have experienced Christ's atonement is the Holy Spirit.
The Father. As the is emphasized in this title, God's own personal glory as Father is conveyed wherever it is used. The exclusiveness of his being and behavior as our heavenly Father is prominent here. In the Gospel of John, this title is used several times to illustrate the Father as the one above all other fathers, as the source of all things. "He that hath seen me hath seen the Father" (John 14:9 KJV; see also 1:14; 3:35; 4:21; 6:44; 12:49; 14:24; 14:26; 16:27).
[JESUS ALSO TAUGHT US TO PRAY TO THE FATHER IN HIS NAME; THAT IS OUR MAIN FOCUS. IT MAY NOT BE WRONG TO TALK TO CHRIST FOR BREIF PERIODS OF TIME, I SOMETIMES THANK JESUS WAS COMING AND DYING FOR ME AND ALL MANKIND; I SOMETIMES ASK JESUS TO GUIDE AND DIRECT HIS CHURCH IN ALL THINGS - Keith Hunt]
Father. While Jesus often spoke about God, he only addressed him once as such: "My God, my God" (Matt. 27:46). Apart from this exception, Christ addressed him as Father—the single most intimate term for the relationship existing between the Father and the Son. His first recorded use of Father was when at age twelve Jesus spoke to Joseph and Mary about being in the temple (Luke 2:49). And the last occasion was on the cross, where his final prayer was, "Father, into your hands I commit my spirit" (Luke 23:46).
[NO THE AUTHORS MISSED IT—— JESUS DID REFER TO GOD AS GOD ANOTHER TIME….. “…GO TO MY BRETHREN, AND SAY UNTO THEM, I ASCEND UNTO MY FATHER, AND YOUR FATHER; TO MY GOD AND YOUR GOD” (JOIHN 20:17). JESUS GAVE PRE-EMINENCE TO THE FATHER GOD; “MY GOD AND YOUR GOD,” CAN ONLY MEAN JESUS ACKNOWLEDGED GOD THE FATHER AS HIS GOD, AS HIS SUPREME IN AUTHORITY IN THE GODHEAD. JESUS SITS AT THE RIGHT HAND OF GOD THE FATHER, NOT INSIDE HIM, NOT ON TOP OF HIM, BUT AT HIS RIGHT HAND; THE FATHER GOD SITS ON THE THRONE IN HEAVEN, NO ONE ELSE BUT HIMSELF ONLY. JESUS ALSO SAID NO ONE BUT THE FATHER KNEW THE DAY THAT JESUS WILL RETURN TO EARTH, AS JESUS SAID, “BUTG MY FATHER ONLY” (SEE MATT. 24: 36). NOT EVEN JESUS KNOWS THAT DAY. A LITTLE MORE PROOF GOD THE FATHER IS SUPREME IN AUTHORITY IN THE GODHEAD - Keith Hunt]
The mystery of the incarnation is that Jesus was "conceived of the Holy Spirit, and born of the virgin Mary." He came as the son of man, but not as a son of man. Though he was foster parented by Joseph, he was God's only begotten Son. He had only one Father.
[AND THAT FATHER WAS GOD THE FATHER, NOT SOME “GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT” AS IT WOULD BE IF THE TRINITY WAS CORRECT, FOR IT WAS THE HOLY SPIRIT THAT CAME UPON MARY TO BEGET HER WITH JESUS. BUT OF COURSE SOME WILL ARGUE THE TRINITY IS NOT UNDERSTANDABLE ANYWAY…. SO MUMBO-JUMBO-POOMOOK- THEOLOGY KEEPS ROLLING ALONG, FROM PLANET PLUTO - YA YOU GOT IT I’M BEING SARCASTIC - Keith Hunt]
My Father. Spoken only by Jesus, the pronoun of personal possession—my—expresses not only an eternal relationship between him and God the Father, but also in the fellowship of mutual love and action on behalf of the believers. "Neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. . . . No man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand. I and my Father are one" (John 10:28-30).
[YES THEY ARE TWO SEPARATE BEINGS BUT ONE GODHEAD, JUST AS GOD SAID TWO HUMANS COMING TO MARRIAGE WOULD BE TWO BECOMING ONE - GENESIS 2. THERE IS ONE GODHEAD MADE UP OF TWO INDIVIDUAL BEINGS WITH FORM AND SHAPE - THE FATHER AND THE SON - SIMPLE JUST AS PAUL SAID IN 1 COR. 11:1-3 - Keith Hunt]
Your Father. Fourteen times in Matthew's Gospel alone does this particular combination occur, bringing with it responsibility to the Lord and to others. The privilege of being God's children through the finished work of Christ brings a certain obligation. "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven" (5:16 KJV, emphasis added).
Our Father. In response to the request of his disciples, "Lord, teach us to pray," Jesus guided them with a model to follow, opening with "Our Father which art in heaven" (Matt. 6:9 KJV). But this was not the language of Jesus and his disciples, meaning joint relationship. This prayer was intended for the family of the redeemed rather than a prayer that Jesus himself prayed. Why? Jesus had no evil to be delivered from and no trespasses to be forgiven.
Holy Father. In the prayer recorded in John 17, Jesus used the title of Father different ways. First, he repeated the single name, Father, four times (vv. 1, 5, 21, 24), while speaking to God about his past glory, present life, approaching sacrifice, and future glory. But in verse 9, he begins to pray for the believers, "I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine" (KJV). His burden was that his redeemed ones might be kept from evil in the world. He interceded for their sanctification, so the term Holy Father was most fitting.
Righteous Father. Why did Jesus use "Righteous Father" in John 17:25 and not "Holy Father"? In the last verse of this most remarkable prayer, Jesus said, "I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it" (17:26). With his approaching death, Jesus knew divine righteousness would be manifested. Here he cries out to his Father who knows his ultimate purpose.
Abba Father. Abba is an Aramaic word that describes simple affection for the Father (Mark 14:36; Rom. 8:15; Gal. 4:6). In Jewish and old Christian prayers, it was a name by which God was addressed. Abba is the name a child would use and Father expresses an intelligent realization of the relationship. The two combined express the confident love and growing intelligence of a child.
The Son, a Savior
The Son is recognized as God. The doctrine of the deity of Christ is crucial to the Christian faith. "What think you of Christ?" is the paramount question of life (see Matt. 16:15; 22:42). Jesus Christ is the greatest of all men, but he is infinitely more than mere man. He is Immanuel, God with us. Matthew explicitly applies the passage from Isaiah 7:14 to Jesus (Matt. 1:22-23).
Jesus reflects God. Christ was moved at the sight of the straining, clueless crowds—but a millennium earlier it was written of Jehovah: "As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him; for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust" (Ps. 103:13-14). We know Jesus took pity on orphans, but Hosea said of the Father, "In you the fatherless find compassion" (Hosea 14:3). Yes, Jesus wept at the tomb of Lazarus, but of the Father we learn, "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints" (Ps. 116:15).
The "Angel of the Lord" is a recurring phrase in the Old Testament and has special reference to the preincarnate second person of the Trinity. [SECOND PERSON OF THE GODHEAD IS THE CORRECT WAY TO PUT IT - Keith Hunt]. His appearances in the Old Testament foreshadowed his coming in the flesh. The Angel of the Lord is identified with the Lord and yet distinguished from him. He appeared to Hagar, Abraham, Jacob, Moses, Israel, Balaam, Gideon, Manoah, Elijah, and David. The Angel of the Lord slew 185,000 Assyrians, stood among the myrtle trees in Zechariah's vision, defended Joshua the high priest against Satan, and was one of the three men who appeared to Abraham.
[YES, I HAVE STUDIES ON THE PERSON OF GOD IN THE OLD TESTAMENT AS HE APPEARED TO MEN - Keith Hunt]
…… Matthew's and Luke's Gospels tell the story of the virgin birth, the humble beginnings of Jesus, and the joyous celebration set off in heaven when Christ was born. Though missed by many, God allowed both great (the magi) and humble (the shepherds) to join in the celebration.
The baby Jesus was like any other baby—he was human and had the same needs as babies do today. He cried to be held and fed, needed his diapers changed, and learned to talk as any other baby does.
Jesus did not receive his name, which means "the Messiah" or "the Christ," until his eighth day when he was circumcised. The name had been given to Mary by the angel before she conceived, but the practice was to officially name the child when he was circumcised.
At twelve years of age, Jesus already demonstrated that he was aware of his life work. His parents had taken him to the Passover feast in Jerusalem. When they left, they thought he was with them, but he had stayed behind in order to speak with the teachers at the temple.
His ministry began when he was in his late twenties. [AT AGE 30 IS THE CORRECT TIME - Keith Hunt]
John the Baptist was serving as a "voice in the wilderness" and calling the people to remember that their Savior was coming, that the time had come to repent.
The demons never failed to recognize Jesus as the "holy one of God" or "son of the Most High"; only human beings questioned his identity.
[AH NOTICE THE “MOST HIGH” - YES THE FATHER IS THE MOST HIGH - HE IS THE SUPREME ONE IN AUTHORITY IN THE UNIVERSE - Keith Hunt]
The Lord's preaching took him all over the area for three years. He traveled throughout Galilee, Judea, and Samaria. He healed the sick and brought hope to many through miracles. He often spoke in parables to the people to help them better understand what his ministry was all about.
[NOT SO, HE SPOKE IN PARABLES TO HIDE THE MEANING, SO THEY WOULD NOT UNDERSTAND; YES THAT TRUTH IS IN THE GOSPELS IF PEOPLE WILL ONLY READ IT AND BELIEVE IT - Keith Hunt]
Jesus spent much of his ministry life in and around the Sea of Galilee. Galileans in Bible times were considered country hicks by the more cosmopolitan residents of Jerusalem. Jesus spoke primarily to the humble people who labored on the land and were familiar with the animals and plants around them. His parables are filled with images of the natural world.
To the devout Jews who accepted Jesus, he was the promised Savior who fulfilled the promise expressed in their Scriptures of a coming "Messiah" or "anointed one" from the line of David who would deliver the Children of Israel and usher in a new age of peace under God's rule. Though he was later called the "Christ," this is not a name but a title. Christos comes from the Greek meaning "anointed one" or "Messiah."
As Christ rode a donkey into Jerusalem, he was hailed by the people with palm leaves and shouts of "Hosanna!" The people celebrated him as their king. They did not want the greatest gift that Christ offered and that they needed most. They wanted freedom from the Romans and a nation of their own instead, and thought that was what Christ brought, despite the many warnings and explanations given of his ministry.
Satan provoked Judas to betray Jesus, as it is stated in the Gospel of John. The treachery of Judas has provoked some speculation over motives, including the notion that he might have been an anti-Roman zealot who was disappointed that Jesus had not proved to be the rebel leader many were expecting. In Mark, Judas went to the chief priests to betray Jesus before being offered a bribe, suggesting that he had some other motive besides money. Matthew specifically states that Judas asked how much he would be given, and he was paid "thirty pieces of silver" in fulfillment of ancient Hebrew prophecy.
After the Last Supper, Jesus spent his last night of freedom in the Garden of Gethsemane on the slopes of the Mount of Olives. The name means "olive presses." In Jesus' time, the Mount of Olives was covered with a luxuriant growth of these trees, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem often rested there to seek relief from the sun.
"This day, even in this night, before the cock crows twice, you will deny me three times" (Mark 14:30). On the way to Gethsemane, Jesus told his disciple Peter this prophecy. The roosters first crowed about midnight, and they were so punctual that Roman soldiers used the sound as a signal for changing the guard. The roosters crowed a second time about three o'clock in the morning, which awakened the second watch of soldiers.
After Jesus was resurrected, he appeared several times to various disciples. His resurrection fulfilled every prophecy he and all the Old Testament prophets had made concerning the Savior of the world. Though some doubted, many believed and were brought to a saving understanding that Jesus was truly their Savior and the King of Kings.