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God The Father

The first person of the Triune God, is God The Father.  This study looks at who this person of the Trinity is.

First we need to recognize The Father in scripture (John 6:27; Romans 1:7; 1 Peter 1:2).

Second we see a subordination of the persons in the Trinity.  We see that The Son and The Holy Spirit us subordinate to The Father ( Luke 22:42, John 5:36, John 20:21, 1 John 4:14).  This is NOT to say that The Father is greater than the other two or that the other two are some way inferior to The Father.   Nor does it deny the divine nature of any other person of the Trinity.  It does however reveal a kind of relationship perfectly unifying the persons into one essence, God.

Third, in the clear uniqueness of each person there are different purposes and tasks. 
  1. The Father is the absolute and ultimate cause of all reality  (1 Corinthians 8:6; Revelation 4:11). 
  2. The Father is responsible for divine revelations  (Revelation 1:1). 
  3. The Father is responsible for salvation of believers (John 3:16-17). 
  4. The Father is the source of Jesus' human works (John 5:17; 14:10).
Jesus reveals this person of God and describes him using fatherly descriptions.  This is God condescending himself so that man, in our finite understanding, can grasp who this person of God is.  He is our Heavenly Father.  He brought us into existence, made us his child, and reveals truths to us so that we can know and love our father more personally and close.  It is no accident Jesus chooses to describe this person as "father" and not like our "business manager".  He is closer than a business manager to us; he is our father. 

Also read The Triune God of Christianity

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