Drawing from the Well, 8/29/16

For an introduction to the series, read this.

Today we continue working our way through Cornerstone’s statement of faith with the second part of Article II on God:

Statement of Faith Article for the Week

GOD THE FATHER

God as Father reigns with providential care over His universe, His creatures, and human history according to the purposes of His grace. He is all-powerful, all-knowing, all-loving, and all wise. God is Father in truth to those who become children of God through faith in Jesus Christ.

Thoughts for Discussion with Children

The statement of faith mentions that God is “Father in truth to those who become children of God through faith in Jesus Christ.” Since it says, “Father in truth,” that must mean that, even though in one sense God is the Father of all people, he must be the Father of those who believe in Jesus in a deeper sense.

The Bible says that all people are made in God’s image. That means all of us, no matter who we are, reflect something of what God is like. In that sense (and because he is the one who made us), we are all God’s children. But we are not all children of God in the sense that we will live with him and under the blessing of his love forever. In fact, the Bible is very clear that we are, apart from Jesus, under the threat of God’s judgment. On the last day, many people will face God, not as a Father, but as a judge who will send them to Hell because of their sin and their refusal to turn from it.

But if we trust in Jesus Christ, who is the ultimate Son of God, we become his brothers and sisters. So, if Jesus is God’s Son, and you are his brother/sister, what does that mean about you? You are also a child of God! God loves his Son more than anything, and if you are in his Son, that same love is given to you. This is what it means for God to be “Father in truth” to those who believe in Jesus. Trust in Jesus, and thank God that he loves you as his own child.

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