Our Lord Jesus Christ came to earth to reveal the reality of God’s fatherhood and man’s sonship. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He made Him known and declared Him that all men may know their divine origin. We are all the offspring of God. For God is a family. The Psalmist writes: “You are gods, and all of you are children of the Most High” (Psa. 82:6, also see Joh. 10:34-36). Paul also declares: “For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named” (Eph. 3:14-15).
Truly, to know God as our Father and to enter into union with Him is what redemption is all about. This is a return back to the glory which we had in our original state of being in the Father. We are now on a journey of remembering and returning as we become liberated out from the flesh consciousness of the natural-mind to enter into the conscious awareness of our Father. More and more, we are becoming mindful that we are of the God kind, born of God, brought forth in His image and likeness.
Many saints today have been awakened to the reality of their heavily Father. But there is yet a deeper consciousness of the Father needed among us. One of the greatest needs for understanding concerns the relationship of all men to God. Surely, God is my Father but what is He to the unbeliever? If the heart of the Father has truly taken root in me then I should not only know Him but I should also know who my brothers and sisters are that make up this God family. For only then can I be really acquainted with His heart and purpose for mankind.
There is a general assumption among many believers that God is only the Father of born-again Christians. These assume that God’s fatherhood began when they received the Holy Spirit. But, the idea that God is only Father to the Christian is not only unscriptural but it comes from a divisive, sectarian and pharisaical mindset which our Lord Jesus detested. Sectarianism is an evil epidemic, it’s like a miasma that permeates everywhere. Those of us who have grown up under the influence of religion have for so long suffered from an “us four and no more” syndrome. But, this is not the heart of the Father.
Every man is valuable in sight of God. The Psalmist asks: “What is man that You are mindful of him, And the son of man that You visit him? For You have made him a little lower than God (Greek: Elohim), and You have crowned him with glory and honor” (Psa. 8:4-5). Man is the offspring of God, made in His image and likeness. God is Spirit and in the image of Spirt has He birthed all men. Is this not why He is called the “Father of spirits” (Heb.12:9) and “the God of the spirits of all flesh” (Num. 16:22). The energizing life force in every person is the spirit in them (Jam. 2:26) and it is “God the Lord…who gives breath to the people on it and spirit to those who walk on it.” (Isa. 42:5).
Jesus taught saying: “do not call anyone on earth your father; for One is your Father, He who is in heaven” (Mat. 23:9). Who was Jesus speaking to? He was speaking to both the multitudes and His disciples. That vast throng gathered around Him were being told that “one was their Father”. These were not born-gain Christians. The essence of what Jesus was teaching here was to point men to recognize that their life did not begin with their physical birth, that their true father is their Heavenly Father. Similarly, Paul twice declared to the men of Athens that they were “the offspring of God” (Acts 17:28,29). Again, Paul was not talking to born-again Christians. Rather, he was referring to the fact that there is a spirit in man — in all men — and God is the Father of spirits, the God of the spirits of all flesh. This fatherhood is what gives purpose and meaning to our life. It is the very foundation of the value of every man’s life and reveals why Jesus came to redeem all men by His own precious blood!
Despite this, perhaps some may say: “but man has to believe”. But, man’s unbelief does not negate God’s fatherhood. There is a popular belief in Christendom that one becomes a child of God when they accept Jesus Christ and become born-again. Perhaps it is this error that has also caused pride and a sense of entitlement to rise up among some. Even in the natural, no one becomes a son by their own action or doing. Consider the prodigal son. When did he become his father’s son? Was he not a son when he left his father’s house and indulged in lustful living? On the contrary, was it not because he was a son that he could always go back to his father? Surely! But, despite being a son, his rightful standing and relationship with his father was established only upon returning to his father. This is an example of our adoption as sons.
Please reflect on this carefully. It is not the Holy Spirit coming into us that makes us God’s sons, but Paul plainly states that “because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father” (Gal. 4:6).” “Even so we, WHEN WE WERE CHILDREN, were in bondage under the elements of the world. But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons” (Gal. 4:4-5).
Dear saint may it be established in your heart that there is “ONE GOD and FATHER OF ALL, who is above all, and through all, and in you all” (Eph. 4:6). The prophet Malachi asked: “have we not one Father? Has not one God created us?” (Mal. 2:10). Surely, God is not just the Father of the Christian, He is the Father of the prodigal be it the Muslim, the Hindu, the Buddhist the agnostic and atheist. Rest assured, God has no illegitimate children in His family. Sure, there are many who have an orphan mindset and a rebellious heart. Unlike the prodigal son, many have yet to come to themselves and to awaken to the reality of their heavenly Father. But their unquickened condition in the spirit does not change the fact that God is their progenitor. For before the foundation of the world, before those divine words; “let there be”, were ever uttered, there we all were in the Father in the heights of the spirit realm in God.
To this some may contend that God is not the Father but the creator of all mankind. Here, we need to rightly divide the origin of man’s flesh and his spirit. Jesus clarified this when He said: “That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit” (Joh. 3:6). Flesh begets flesh and Spirit begets spirit. “God is spirit” (Joh. 4:24) and can only father spirit beings after His kind. God is the Father of my spirit because He is the “Father of spirits” (Heb.12:9). On the other hand, God created (not birthed) flesh into which he breathed the energizing life of spirit.
Others may argue that God is not Father to all because Jesus himself said to the scribes and Pharisees: “You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do” (Joh. 8:44)? But, what did Jesus mean? Did He mean that there is a category of people whose origin is the devil while other have God as their origin? Consider the foolishness and demeaning nature of such a notion. How is man an offspring of the devil? Would this not contradict the scripture we have considered where it states that God is “the God of the spirits of ALL flesh” (Num. 16:22)?
So, what did Jesus mean? Indeed, the devil is also a father in the sense that there are many who walk after his nature and mindset. Those who live according to the flesh bear fruit of the devil. To be fathered simply means to partake of the same nature. I put forth to you that it is Adamic nature – the carnal mind in every man that is fathered by the devil. It was this nature that was exemplified by the scribes and Pharisees of Jesus’ day. Bear in mind that Jesus was not merely talking about a group of people who lived in that day. Dear saint, is the book not written for us today? If so, is there not a Pharisee in you and me? One that is legalistic, religious and absorbed with self, one that refuses to submit completely to Christ. This is that aspect of man that is fathered by the devil. Remember on one occasion Jesus said to Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men” (Mat. 16:23). Was Peter Satan? Of course not, it was the mind form which he expressed those thoughts that was of Satan. This carnal mind, which is enmity to God, is fathered by the devil and we have all been partakers of it.
Dear reader of these lines, how do you receive this message? Perhaps you are receiving it with joy if you share the heart of the prodigal son’s father. Yet there may be some who, like the prodigal’s brother, are agitated by this good news. It is ironic that those who claim to love and seek lost souls, promote outreach and evangelism would become defensive and outright angry with the message that God is the Father of all men. How is it that we have grown so comfortable with dismissing our fellow brothers and sisters to defend our lifeless doctrines? I tell you religion is a chief adversary of reconciliation and how it makes cruel men of the Lord’s people.
Majority of the world today does not know their heavenly Father. They have not been quickened to remember their origin in God the Father. But rest assured, “all the ends of the world SHALL REMEMBER and TURN unto the Lord: and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before thee. For the kingdom is the Lord’s: and he is the governor among the nations” (Psa. 22:27-28). All nations and indeed all men shall be gathered to the Father. Surely “all nations whom You have made shall come and worship before You, O Lord, and shall glorify Your name” (Psa. 86:9).
Dear saint, when our consciousness is raised high enough in the spirit, then we will see the whole picture. We will not only see our heavenly Father as He truly is but we will also see as He sees concerning all of mankind. For only then can we minister reconciliation to creation.