Written on October 16th, 2004 - 2:57AM Last Updated: January 29th, 2005 - 7:06PM
Before everything, He was.
When time had no meaning, He was.
While you and I were only a thought, He was.
He is the Yahweh the Father. He is the Source of all things, the Creator of everything that has been made.
The first reference in the New Covenant, specifically of the Father, is in Matthew:
Even so, let your light shine before men; that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 5:16)
The Father's Son, Jesus, is teaching His disciples about the true way of life. Those who have come into covenant with the Maker of the Universe have the duty and joy of openly showing forth the good works that their Father prepared for them to do.
The Father is a Planner. Ages before events happen, He has planned them to perfection; He works everything after the counsel of His own will (Ephesians 1:11).
All his works are known to God from eternity.' (Acts 15:18)
The joy of life, which we can all experience, is entering into that communion—that partnership—with the Father! Of what He has planned, we can be a part! His works are foreordained, and we, with His Spirit's help, accomplish them on earth and in the heavenlies.
For we are God's fellow workers. You are God's farming, God's building. (1 Corinthians 3:9)
As the apostle Paul said before this verse, one may plant and another may water, but it is God—the Father—who gives the increase; it is the Father who causes the fruit to be borne. In this, we are His fellow workers.
Moses called Bezalel and Oholiab, and every wise-hearted man, in whose heart Yahweh had put wisdom, even everyone whose heart stirred him up to come to the work to do it: (Exodus 36:2)
One can see this truth in this verse from the story of the gathering of materials for the building of the Tent of Meeting.
Moses by inspiration of the HolySpirit makes the two clauses equivalent—those whose heart stirred them up to come and do the work were the ones in whom Yahweh the Father had put the wisdom to accomplish the work.
The Father is the One who enables us to fulfill the call He has placed upon our lives. He equips us to do that good work, and puts within us the desire to accomplish it.
For it is God who works in you both to will and to work, for his good pleasure. (Philippians 2:13)
Through the Son of God, the Father's Planning comes to fruition. It is our position within Christ that enables us to fulfill the calling of the Father.
in whom also we were assigned an inheritance, having been foreordained according to the purpose of him who works all things after the counsel of his will; (Ephesians 1:11)
The end of this glorious planning and fulfillment is that we stand firm as living reflections of the glory of Yahweh! We who have hoped in Jesus have come to be for the praise of His glory.
to the end that we should be to the praise of his glory, we who had before hoped in Christ: (Ephesians 1:12)
God the Father is truly an awesome Person, planning from all eternity for a glorious manifestation of His sons!
As you read this site, you will hopefully come to know Yahweh more fully.
But all of this continuing knowledge is useless unless and until you come into union with Him. I use the word union because it is truly a marriage. It is that deep connection we all seek, for which we most often look in other people. However, the truth is that our hearts will only be fulfilled when we enter that union in fullness with the One Who made us.
This is the grace of God, that He has not stayed distant for us only to worship as Creator. But He has come unto us, even become one of us—in His Son, ChristJesus—in order to share an intimate union with us. He desires such closeness that it truly will envelope our entire life, transforming us into something new and wonderful.
You may have already entered this union with Him and only seek to know Him better through reading here. But if you have not, as you do read, let this Gospel sink into your heart as you read it now.
God loves you, and has cast your sins into the sea. He has sent His only Son as the Savior of the world—that includes you.
That Son, JesusChrist, was born as a man through a virgin who had given her life to Yahweh; He lived without sin, reflected the glory of His Father, God, in all His words and deeds, and was persecuted even unto death because of it.
His death upon a cross was the powerful explosion that separated you from your life of death. It remains for you, now, to enter into that death with Him. As you die to the one you are now, a person separated from God from your many sins, you will be born anew, with a nature predisposed to live rightly. This gift is free to you, with nothing you can do to earn it. It is the mercy of God to offer it to you, as He loves you so much! All you must do is receive it by trusting Him to have delivered you. Simply place your life in His hands and embrace the freedom that came through that death on the cross.
The Gospel is that Jesus did not remain dead, but rose again on the third day after His crucifixion! Death could not hold Him, as He was without sin. And so death will not be able to hold you, as you identify with Him fully through your trust in Him. Let go of yourself and confess Him as Lord of your life. The power of His death and resurrection will work in you all that your Creator has destined for you. You will truly enter a new life and experience that intimate union you have been seeking all of your life.
So ponder these words as you read here of this great God—Yahweh—and all that He has revealed to His creation. Let His Spirit testify to your heart that these words are true, that God is Love, and that He sent His Son so that you might receive the life that is unbound by time and space. As you feel that witness in your heart, simply believe and receive what He is offering to you, even now, and begin your new life as a child of God.
Please write to me and let me know when you take this step, as I will be your brother in Christ—we will be one in Him!
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14I am the good shepherd. I know my own, and I'm known by my own; 15even as the Father knows me, and I know the Father. I lay down my life for the sheep. 16I have other sheep, which are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will hear my voice. They will become one flock with one shepherd. 17Therefore the Father loves me, because I lay down my life, that I may take it again. 18No one takes it away from me, but I lay it down by myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. I received this commandment from my Father." (John 10:14-18)