- Discuss your relationship to God the Father, Jesus Christ the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
1a. MY RELATIONSHIP TO GOD THE FATHER
1 John 3:1 (NET) (See what sort of love the Father has given to us: that we should be calledGod’s children—and indeed we are! For this reason the world does not know us: because it did not know him. — We as believers in Christ are God’s children! My relationship to God the Father is that of a Beloved Son, because of God’s Only Begotten/Unique (Generated, or proceeding from God, not created) Son. In the book called “The Lutheran Difference,” page 89 states that “The unique teachings and emphases of Jesus have not only taught the world about the Fatherhood of God but also have encouraged our modern ideas about justice, freedom, and mercy, because these are characteristics of our Father in heaven.” The very first words of the Lord’s prayer are directed to the Father: Matthew 6:8-10 New English Translation (NET Bible) 8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. 9 So pray this way: Our Father in heaven, may your name be honored, 10 may your kingdom come, may your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Through baptism, we’ve been adopted as sons and daughters by the Father. I now understand why Lutherans baptize infants. We baptize infants so that they can come into a relationship with our Heavenly Father as early as possible. Plenty of biblical passages, such as Jeremiah 1 and Psalm 71 describe children being known by God at a very young age, even from birth. Lutherans also hold to the three eucemenical creeds: the Apostle’s Creed, Athanasian Creed, and the Nicene Creed. Each of these documents describe the Triune Godhead and our relationship to the Father. The Father is our provider, as the classic hymn “Great is Thy Faithfulness” by Thomas Chisholm (1866-1960) states. The Father gives us good gifts according to James 1:17: James 1:17 (NET) All generous giving and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or the slightest hint of change. The Father is my Preserver and Protector. He is blessed forever, amen!! The ultimate self-disclosure of our Heavenly Father is none other than the Incarnation of His Beloved Son. We will explore my relationship to the Son in our next paragraph.