The Story Ashland - Who is God: God the Father

Key passage: John 17:24 (ESV)

24 Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory that you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world.

Key Points:

  • Although creation is the first act we see of God in the scriptures, Creator is not His primary identity.
  • If such was the case, He would need a creation in order to be who He truly is.
  • What was God doing before creation?
  • Before God ever created anything, God was a Father who was loving His Son.
  • Gods primary eternal identity is a loving Father.
  • Your Heavenly Father wanted you even if your earthly father didn't.
  • Those who grew up with an absent dad have a present Heavenly Father.
  • God the Father is so loving that you cannot know Him without yourself becoming loving.
  • The God who is love is the Father who sends the Son.
  • Love is not something God the Father has, or one of His moods, rather He is love!
  • God is love because from eternity past he had a perfect love for His eternal Son. 
  • Jesus invites us into the same personal intimate relationship that He had with God the Father. 
  • God has made a way for us to call Him Father by adopting us into His family through Jesus!
  • The Fathers act of adopting us into His family is the greatest evidence of how much He loves us. 
  • God love for us is not a response to our love for him. 
  • God the Father has an eternal uncaused love for each and every one of us.  

Other verses:

Psalm 68:5,
1 John 4:7-9,
John 3:35,
John 5:20,
Matthew 6:9,
Ephesians 3:5,
Galatians 4:4-7,
1 John 3:1,
John 15:9,
1 John 4:19,
John 3:16.