Posted in IDENTITY

LIKE SON, LIKE FATHER


Dude!
You’re just like your dad!

Hopefully, you paid attention to the title of this article. It is not a mistake. I have titled it “Like Son, Like Father” for a reason.

That is a twist on what we normally say, isn’t it?

Like father, like son.

We’ve all heard and maybe even said that line.

What we mean is, “Dude! You’re just like your dad!”

We usually hear or say it when the son is doing something off-the-wall that reminds us of his father. However, it is often more true than the joke reveals.

It is especially true when we consider Jesus.

We have looked at the human side of Jesus and His ability to be tempted. But, what do we know of His divine side?

We probably don’t even think about it, but we believe that Jesus is just like His Father.

Guess what?!? He is!!

He is so much like the Father, that we are told we cannot know the Father except through the Son. …and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him. [Mat 11:27c]

You have been chosen by the Lord to be able to know the true God. How do I know that? Because you are reading this concerning what the scriptures say about Jesus and the Father.

There are some things that we should understand about God the Father as we enter into this revelation of Jesus.

The first thing is that no one has ever seen God.

NO ONE HAS EVER SEEN GOD

No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known. [Jhn 1:18]

But,” he said, “you cannot see my face, for man shall not see me and live.”
[Exo 33:20]

Then the LORD spoke to you out of the midst of the fire. You heard the sound of words, but saw no form; there was only a voice. [Deu 4:12]

No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us. [1Jo 4:12]

 (God) who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see. [1Ti 6:16]

Of course, Jesus is the exception. …not that anyone has seen the Father except he who is from God; he has seen the Father. [Jhn 6:46]

Not only has Jesus seen the Father, but He has also shown us what the Father is like as we saw in the first scripture, Jn. 1:18—Jesus has made the Father known

This is an extremely important fact to recognize. It is Jesus who has shown us the Father and His nature.

It is Jesus, and not the OT.

Most of our thoughts about who God is, or what God is like, come from our reading in the OT.

We see Him as the people of old saw Him—vengeful, angry, judgmental, ready to swat you down like a fly if you step out of line.

QUESTION—is that how you view Jesus? Is He ready to exact punishment on anyone?

That may be what we have been taught, but is it the truth?
For the Father judges no one, but has given all judgment to the Son, [Jhn 5:22]

You judge according to the flesh; I judge no one. [Jhn 8:15]

The same Greek word is used in all four instances of those two verses. It is used in a variety of ways in the Bible, and both Thayer and Strong agree with how it is used here
—passing judgment on the words or deeds of others.

The Father does not judge.
Jesus does not judge.

Why? Because the law of sowing and reaping is already and always at work.
Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. [Jhn 3:18]

The word translated “condemned” is the same word we just looked at translated “judge.”

So, let’s try to eliminate the concept of “God’s gonna get you for that” from our thinking about God the Father. Instead, let us try to begin seeing the Father through the Son.

Like Son, like Father.

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. [Col 1:15]

He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, …
[Heb 1:3a]

In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. [2Co 4:4]

Jesus is the image, the exact representation of the Father.

Anything you believe about God must be able to be said about Jesus.

Jesus is the one who told the woman caught in adultery, “Neither do I condemn you.”

Jesus is the one who told the woman of Samaria that He knew all about her life, but He said not one negative thing to her.

Jesus is the one who told Zacchaeus that He wanted to have fellowship with such a scoundrel.

Jesus is the one who looked with pity on Peter when Peter had denied Jesus for the third time, and later asked Peter to take care of the others.

Jesus is the one who caught Saul in the act of dragging believers off to prison, and told him to go preach the gospel.

What have you done that is so much worse?

What has anyone done that excludes them from the love of Christ?

What has anyone done that should place them outside the mercy of God?

Even the OT tells us of God’s love. The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; [Lam 3:22]

There are many more, but we haven’t the time to go through them.

For some reason which I do not completely understand, we have chosen to focus our thoughts, our interpretation, our concepts of God on the verses of the Bible which seem to showcase God’s anger.

Yet, we have left out anything which would contradict that negative image.

Rather than argue whether that is true, all we need to recognize is that there is a difference between the Old and New Covenants.

Jesus brought us the New covenant, which is entirely different from the Old.

He also brought us a new understanding of the Father, which is entirely different from the old. Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? [Jhn 14:9]

Jesus has shown us the Father. Everything that Jesus was or is, is what the Father is. Anything that does not fit a description of Jesus cannot fit a description of the Father.

There are only three places in the Bible where we are told specifically who/what
God is.

God is merciful [Psa 116:5]
God is spirit [Jn. 4:24]
God is love [1 Jn 4:8]

The first is an attribute, an aspect of His character.

The second is His being.

The third is His nature.

His nature is love. Anything outside of love is not God. Any concept of God that negates love is not of God.

Jesus came to give us the true understanding of God the Father.

If you can see Jesus, you can see the Father.

Like Son, like Father.

Posted in Daily Word

HONOR YOUR FATHER AND MOTHER

Ed & Lorraine Hill
50th Anniversary
May 8, 1996

Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the LORD your God is giving you. (Exo 20:12)

These two wonderful people are no longer with us here on this plane. They served their time here with honor. Each of them gave me parts of who I am today.

From my father I learned loyalty and consistency. You could set your clock by his return from work at the Naval Air Station, Pensacola. There was no stopping off for a beer with the guys after work. He came home. Every night.

I also learned from him that I could do anything I put my mind to. I was just a young teenager when he decided to add on to the house they had purchased in 1952. He would spend his evenings drawing up plans for how the addition would look.

He had taken classes in mechanical drawing when he first got out of the Army, so the drawings for the house were precise. That part of the process did not amaze me. It was the actual construction for which I stand in awe to this day.

He was a sheet metal mechanic employed in civil service at the Navy Yard. In my mind, they worked with metal. He was in a building where they repaired jets and helicopters damaged from crashes. That had absolutely nothing to do with carpentry and brick laying.

There was no Youtube back then with instructional videos like there is today. But, somehow he managed to learn how to lay concrete block and do the necessary carpentry for this 24×28 addition to our modest 3-bedroom home. He also knew how to incorporate the help of his two teenage sons. We helped at his direction. I do not recall daddy ever getting upset with our ignorance.

I could spend the remainder of this post just describing all that was involved with that project, but I won’t. There were only two aspects of the construction that he hired out—the concrete floor and the finished floor, which was also poured.

As I look back on that time, there was one part that was quite risky. We were putting in a 6-foot patio door. The lintel for that door was solid concrete, 7-foot long, 8 inches wide and 8 inches high. HEAVY, to say the least. We hoisted that thing up onto our shoulders and walked up the ladders to put it in place. Even though I was the athlete in the family, my brother was always stronger than I. Still, that was quite a load for the three of us.

It was many years after I left home before I discovered my course in life. I can recall sitting out under the oak tree that we had dug up when it was barely 6-feet high—now a huge shade giver. Daddy and I were talking. I do not remember how the subject came up, but I clearly recall what he said.

“I don’t care what you want to do with your life. The only thing I require is that even if you choose to be a bum, be the best damn bum you can.”

That was it. Personal excellence was all that he ever expected from me. I often feel as if I failed him in that area, as I have only managed to rise to a high level of mediocrity in my many pursuits.

My mother brought different strengths from which I have benefitted. She was a Catholic, and I learned personal devotion from her.

She was also very creative with art, crafts and cooking. She grew up in an abusive environment, so she never was given the opportunity to learn those things. Everything she accomplished in those areas was due to her learning as an adult.

She learned secrets about making potato salad that garnered her awards and articles in the newspaper. The same was true for her iced tea, which never turned cloudy. Many of you may not be able to relate to that concept in today’s time of pre-packaged everything, but there was a time when iced tea was made with loose tea leaves. If left too long, the tea would turn cloudy. Mama’s stayed clear until the next batch was called for, because of one little secret ingredient.

She was a good southern cook always preparing a nice evening meal, and extravagant Sunday dinners. My brother has almost perfected an imitation of her fried chicken recipe. More than once, though, I heard the story of how she couldn’t even boil water when she got married.

She took classes at the junior college and applied what she learned to canvas. I’ve got more than one piece of her artwork hanging in our house. She learned to use a sewing machine to make many of our clothes when we were growing up. She learned how to do needle crafts, though I don’t think she ever learned to knit.

I miss their presence, but I still hear their voices in my head guiding me and encouraging me to “go for it.”