Jesus is Our Father

Some of us are cringing at that statement. No, I am not affirming Sabellianism or Oneness doctrine. I am simply emphasizing a Truth about Our Lord that cannot be emphasized enough. Jesus is Our Father.

Is. 9:6 –

For to us a child is born,
    to us a son is given;
and the government will be upon his shoulder,
    and his name will be called
“Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
    Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (RSV-CE)

Isaiah 9:6 is understood by Christians to be fulfilled by Christ himself. Jesus is called “Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace”. These are titles that Jesus bears. Jesus is the Everlasting Father. Some try and distort this text to mean that this is just simply describing Jesus’s eternal characteristic as a Father or possessor of eternity and some distort this to mean that Jesus is the person of the Father.

The text means that Jesus is the Everlasting Father. A Father to all of us, his children, who will be our Father forever. We shall not be fatherless if we lean on Jesus because he is Our Father. But nevertheless, Jesus has a Father himself who he relates to.

This is also an important aspect of the Trinity. The Trinity is stumbled upon based on revelation and cannot be made known without the aid of divine reason. No human can understand the exact nature of the Trinity but the Trinity is a lived experience of relation. The Son can only be Son in relation to a Father and the Spirit is the Spirit only in relation to both. These are not mere titles or characteristic attributes of the Trinity but rather these are describing a relational God.

Hence why I have no problem declaring Jesus to be my Father at all because he is my Father. In relation to Jesus, he is my Father and a Father to me and to all his creations because Jesus is our creator. In relation to His Father who is also my Father because Jesus is also my brother (Rom. 8:29) we see the Triune God. And this is the mystery. For we experience God only at a relational level and God experiences God only at a relational level. The Trinity is not the Trinity unless it is relational and the Son relates to His Father in the Trinity. But this in no way denies the fatherhood of Jesus or asserts that Jesus is not our Father as well for to think otherwise would be to misunderstand the ways in which Christ relates to us.

My godmother was orphaned very young. Her mother died when she was an infant and her father died years later when she was 12. But through this tragedy, God led her to a very mysterious grace. Though her earthly parents were both gone, she was not truly an orphan. For Mary, the Mother of God, became a mother to her but Mary was always her Mother being the Mother of God and God became a Father to her via his Son. Of course, Jesus is also a Father to both my godmother and I but we also know that he is our brother.

Another profound mystery my godmother and I have been experiencing is the husbandship of Christ to us (2 Cor. 11:2). My godmother is a divorcee whose earthly husband left her but the reality is that her husband did not leave her at all. It was in the will of God that her earthly husband do this to her but this was to help her to further realize (along with me) that we are the bride of Christ and that the only husband we truly need is Jesus.

This lady’s earthly husband was called to be with Jesus. Her two sweet daughters have a daddy in heaven now. But her daughters are not without a father for Jesus is always a father to his creatures. He says especially of children, “let the children come! such belongs the kingdom of Heaven!” (Matt. 19:14). It is very important to understand that Jesus does not allow any one to be fatherless. Farthest from it! He has appointed their departed father I am certain as a guardian angel for both of them. Further, it is even more important to understand that widowhood is not something that those who lean on Christ will face either.

Rev. 18:7-8 –

As she glorified herself and lived luxuriously,
    so give her a like measure of torment and grief.
Since in her heart she says,
    “I rule as a queen;
I am no widow,
    and I will never see grief”,
 therefore her plagues will come in a single day—
    pestilence and mourning and famine—
and she will be burned with fire;
    for mighty is the Lord God who judges her.’

The widowhood of this character in the book of Revelation is a punishment for her ascending above the will of God and for her wickedness. Widowhood is something that is a punishment for wickedness. But those who lean on Christ who lose their earthly husbands to death are not wicked. Which means they do not experience widowhood though sometimes the pain of their grief makes them conclude this. It is important to understand that Jesus is ultimately the one who we are wed to and will be wed to. He does not leave us widowed and as long as we cling to him, even if our entire family is taken from us by plagues and death (God forbid!) we will not experience widowhood of any sort for Jesus is our husband, our bridegroom.


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14 Responses to Jesus is Our Father

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  2. Mike Gantt says:

    If I understand you correctly, you believe in the Trinity and that both the Father and the Son are our fathers. How can we have two Fathers? To which of them are you speaking when you say, “Our Father who art in heaven?”

    • Hi Mike Gantt,
      The Trinity is the great mystery of the Christian faith. Abraham though is also a father to all Christians (Gal. 3).

      What I am saying is that the entire Trinity is our Father though and we often forget that in the relation the Trinity takes as our creator all three are our one Father as much as all three are our one God. So when we pray “Our Father who art in heaven” we are praying to the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

      The terms/names of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit within the Triune identity talk about how they relate to each other. So Jesus is our Father and his Father is our Father but this is due to their partaking wholly in the Trinity so we are not to say two fathers but one Father.

      • Mike Gantt says:

        So the Father is our Father, Jesus is our Father, and the Trinity is our Father – all three are our Father? I was confused when I thought you were saying we had two fathers – now it sounds like you’re saying we have three!

      • No. Just one. The Trinity is one God. Jesus is our God, the Holy Spirit is our God, the Father is our God–they are all wholly God, yet not three Gods but one God. It’s not really something that can be humanly understood.

      • Mike Gantt says:

        Trinitarian doctrine states that there is one God but three persons. In fact, there is a graphic that is frequently used to express this, called “The Shield of the Trinity” (which you can look up on Wikipedia). You are contradicting it, in more than one way. Study it and you’ll see what I mean.

        Don’t feel bad, however. It’s impossible for anyone to believe in the Trinity without contradicting himself.

      • Yes. The Trinity shield is quite helpful. I am not contradicting it though.

        Here is a picture of the Trinity shield–

        I have not taught otherwise. I have simply pointed out that when Trinitarians speak of the members of the Trinity they are referring to the names Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in how they relate to each other in the Trinity. But the entire Trinity is one Father in relation to humanity. One God in relation to humanity. Etc. I have not contradicted the Trinity shield. Rather you seem to misunderstand the Trinity. I write here:

        “The Son can only be Son in relation to a Father and the Spirit is the Spirit only in relation to both. These are not mere titles or characteristic attributes of the Trinity but rather these are describing a relational God.”

        When we refer to the “persons” of the Trinity we are referencing how they relate to each other within the Triune identity.

      • Mike Gantt says:

        If you’ll use an English rather than a Latin version of the shield, it will be easier for people to see clearly that the shield says “The Father is not the Son.” We contradict it when we call the Son “Father,” and when we call the Trinity “Father.”

        Oddly, the Trinity shield itself lacks a statement that the Trinity is God.

        I don’t expect you to unravel all this. No one can. People are just told to accept it or else they are defying God.

      • “If you’ll use an English rather than a Latin version of the shield, it will be easier for people to see clearly that the shield says “The Father is not the Son.””
        Latin’s fine. If people need me to translate, I can translate for them.

        “We contradict it when we call the Son “Father,” and when we call the Trinity “Father.””
        The Trinity shield is not the full teaching of the doctrine of God. It is a helpful illustration of the Triune relationship. As I have said, the “persons” of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are called these things in relation to each other, not to humanity. But God is called God in relation to us, a Father in relation to us, and is a Spirit in the sense that he is beyond being (which actually is qualities all three have). I am not saying the Son is the begetter by any means as it is only in the context of his relation with the Father (the begetter of the Son) that he is the Son and it is only in relation with being the Spirit of the Father and the Son that the Holy Spirit is called the Holy Spirit. This does not mean they also hold the roles of being “father” in relation to humanity. You are confusing the economic Trinity with the immanent Trinity.

        “Oddly, the Trinity shield itself lacks a statement that the Trinity is God.”
        As I stated, the Trinity shield does not express the complete doctrine.

  3. Mike Gantt says:

    Are you aware that the Father “begetting” the Son is not a reference to the origin of the Son but rather to His resurrection from the dead? See Acts 13:32-33.

    • Um, no, not at all. Scriptures tell us that Jesus was the Son of God long before the resurrection (Matt. 3:16-17). He was the Son from eternity. Did God give his Son or did he give someone who would become his Son (John 3:16)?

      You are in the wrong my friend 🙂

      • Mike Gantt says:

        I think you are missing the point of Acts 13:32-33, but there’s no point in my pressing the point further. I’ll leave you to your views.

        Thank you for engaging with me.

      • Acts 13:32-33 reads:
        “And we bring you the good news that what God promised to our ancestors he has fulfilled for us, their children, by raising Jesus; as also it is written in the second psalm,

        ‘You are my Son;
        today I have begotten you.’”

        You are saying that this is the reference to the when the Son was begotten? I do not see this in this passage.

        Psalm 2:7 where it is mentioned refers to the eschatological trampling of the Son over his enemies as “when” the Son was begotten. However, what it is is a divine conversation between two beings one saying “today I have begotten you”. But if God is timeless, then Jesus is eternally begotten.

        Nay, “begotten” is not referring to an “origin” of the Son for the Son’s origins are of eternity past but the Father is eternally begetting him such that he is eternally begotten and the Father is eternally begetter.

  4. Rob says:

    You have this stuff right Jesus says to the apostles that He will send the Holy Spirit when h=He leaves them so that they will not be orphans – hence He teaches the Spirit will be a father to them – seems clear to me.

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