||Is God the Father good?|
“Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God … (1 John 3:1).”
“And I will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty (2 Corinthians 6:18).” It is awesomely true. We are in the family of God. We are His sons and daughters!
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life (John 3:16).” That promise includes a fulfilling life on the earth of peace, joy, and fulfillment. What an enormous price the Father paid in “giving” his Son, Jesus, to die for us.
“He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things (Romans 6:32).” God is passionately seeking ways to bless us not punish us.
Jesus Himself Reveals the Nature and Character of God, the Father, through
His own Life and Works
In John 14:7, 9 Jesus said, “If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him. … He that hath seen me hath seen the Father . . .”
In John 14:10-11, Jesus says, “Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. … Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works’ sake.
In John 10:32 Jesus answered them, Many good works have I shewed you from my Father; for which of those works do ye stone me? Is it possible we have also been “stoning” Father God with our unbelief and accusations against Him? … Don’t we focus often on what He “has not done” instead of focusing on what He has done? I have been guilty more often than I would like to admit! How about you?
In Jesus we see a perfect reflection of the Father, a God of sacrificial love, who is always good.
It is Satan who steals, kills, and destroys not God.
John 10:10-11 Jesus says, “The thief (Satan) cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. … I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.”
Yes, the nature of the Father is perfectly seen in Jesus Christ. The Father is always a good, loving God, one who even gave His only Son that we could become sons and daughters of God—part of His family. He is perfect in character, wisdom, love, and power. And all He has is available to us—through the Blood Covenant.
Why are we angry at God, the Father?
What an awesome Father! And yet because we haven’t known the Father’s heart, we still ask, “Why God? Why God? Why God did you permit that to happen? We all know you are an all-powerful God. You can do anything. You know everything. Why do you permit so many bad things and even tragedies to happen? Why did you let me be sexually abused as a child? Why did you let my young child drown? Why did you let my husband leave me? Why did you let my home be foreclosed?”
And on and on, in our bible ignorance, our complaints continue! “Why do you permit floods, earthquakes, and tornados that destroy thousands of lives? And how about the murders, rapes, wars or other tragedies? Why God? Why? Why? Why?”
Most of us have been angry at God and have asked these questions. Haven’t we? Many of us are still angry at God. We need to deeply repent and open our hearts to a God of love, who is always, always good, who is not angry at us, but is passionately looking for ways to prosper us in every area of our lives. Yes, that is what our loving God, the Father, is like!
Are we really correct that God can do anything!?
Since God the Father is omnipotent—all-powerful surely the answer must be “Yes.” Or is it?” “What are you telling us, Rev. Chappell?” Let’s ask ourselves these questions. “Can God do anything that violates His principles or His laws of: 1) love 2) justice, 3) truth, or 4) free will?” Of course, the answer is “no” to each of these four questions!
These are things even God cannot do! He has given us free will so we can become sons and daughters of God. Can He violate our free will and force us to be obedient—to become robots?” No, He can’t! Can He break His love motivated laws? Again the answer is “no.”
Are we beginning to see with new eyes now? Yes, there are many things He cannot do—because of His perfect nature of love, justice, and truth! God, the Father is love. God, the Son is love. And, yes, God the Holy Spirit is love. The triune God is one God and He is love. And we, you and I, are the objects of His infinite, all-embracing love. Isn’t that awesome—wonderful—and joy-producing!?
God passionately desired to have sons and daughters. For this to be possible He had to give Adam (and all of mankind) free will to choose to become His sons and daughters or to reject Him. Adam and Eve had perfect unity with God, knew His infinite love, and still made the decision to believe the lie of Satan that God was withholding something better from them. With their sins of rebellion and distrust of God, sin came into the world and upon all of us. Through His grace, His empowerment, we can increasingly be conformed to His image. That is His purpose for each of us.
Through His Infinite Love Our Father God Gave His Son, Jesus, to Die for our Salvation
Because of his desire to have us in His family, as His own sons and daughters, to love us and be loved by us, God permitted free will—at the cost of an excruciating death of His only Son, Jesus, on the cross and the pain of bearing the sins of the world. Through free will you and I are given the incredible privilege of becoming Sons of God, having God as our Father! We are part of His family!
Jesus, who is the reflection of God the Father, also passionately desired this so much that “ . . . for the joy that was set before him he endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God (Hebrews 12:2).” What love, what passion, the Son and the Father have for us. We are loved people. You are God’s beloved child!
Within the framework of His love, wisdom, mercy, and justice Father God is able and does prevent a multitude of tragedies from coming into our lives—including accidents, disease, tragedies, death of loved ones, heartache, and poverty. He also will not permit any trial to come into our lives that we cannot bear but will make a “way of escape (1 Corinthians 10:13).” And He will bring good and restoration out of every trial or tragedy in our lives (Romans 8:28).
Through His death on the cross, He purchased provision for all of our needs, including forgiveness of sins, healing of our bodies, deliverance, financial provision, and healing of relationships.
Each time we read of what Jesus said or did, we are beholding
the nature of God, the Father!
Jesus is truth, the living revelation of God, Himself , the complete expression of the Father’s invisible Glory. When Jesus speaks, we are listening to God, the Father. When Jesus acts, we are seeing the works of the Father. Yes, God is always, always, always a good, loving God. Do you agree that we need to repent and ask Him to forgive us for such a lack of gratitude and for even “slandering Him.” We plead guilty, Father God. Please do forgive us, and thank You for opening our eyes to what you are really like.
Those of us who don’t see God the Father through the New Testament revelations, view our loving God as angry, looking for an opportunity to punish us, which we now see is incorrect. He is always looking for a way to bless us, not punish us!
On the other hand, we must be aware of a teaching believed in varying degrees that God through “grace” either ignores sin or treats it lightly. However, not only does He not overlook sin, but His standards of conduct in the New Testament are higher than in the Old Testament! But, He gives us the Grace, the empowerment to live and even enjoy a life of holiness, power, and purity—a life of fulfillment, joy, and peace. This comes from an intimate relationship with the Father through His Son, Jesus because of the gift and presence of the Holy Spirit.
Commandments and Laws Exist to Bless Us
When God gave the Hebrew people commandments and laws to live by, they assumed (as we often do) that He did it to burden them with rules and make their lives harder. But they were mistaken. Every commandment and law God gave to the Israelites (and to us) was designed to protect them and enable them to live in victory. The regulations He gave them about cleanliness, diet, and washing and preparing their food, were meant to protect them from germs and bacteria and keep them healthy. Those regulations were so far ahead of their time, it wasn't until thousands of years later that the rest of the world caught up with the Jews and realized that washing properly can stop the spread of disease.
The financial laws concerning tithes and , He gave the Israelites, were intended to help them handle their money so they could prosper and be blessed. The agricultural rules He gave them showed them how to cultivate their land so their crops would produce abundant harvests without depleting the soil. He gave them rules for dealing with everything from leprosy to mildew and every one of those rules was for their good.
God was giving them the requirements for victorious living in a world order of sin and death. In His high standards of holiness in the New Testament He is doing the same for us.
In Father God’s infinite love for us, and desire to have us as His children, He gave His only Son, Jesus to die for us. Through His Blood Covenant with Jesus, the Lord Jesus, took our sins, pains and sorrows upon Himself, providing a plan of perfect salvation, and restoration.
Our Father’s desire and plan for each of us is prosperity, peace and joy—a life of perfect fulfillment. Let’s surrender fully to Him and enter into His perfect destiny for our lives.
John R. Chappell
The Chappell Ministries, Inc.