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Fatherhood of God

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Primarily signifying God’s paternal relationship to Jesus Christ, the term also refers to God’s fatherly relationship to his creation, especially to believers as the “children of God”.

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Aspects of the fatherhood of God

He is the Creator and provider

1 Corinthians 8:6 NASB95
yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom are all things and we exist for Him; and one Lord, Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we exist through Him.
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He shows love and compassion

Hosea 11:1 NASB95
When Israel was a youth I loved him, And out of Egypt I called My son.
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He exercises his providence and care

Psalm 68:5 NASB95
A father of the fatherless and a judge for the widows, Is God in His holy habitation.
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He disciplines and corrects

Deuteronomy 8:5 NASB95
“Thus you are to know in your heart that the Lord your God was disciplining you just as a man disciplines his son.
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God as the Father of Jesus Christ

Matthew 3:17 NASB95
and behold, a voice out of the heavens said, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased.”
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1 Peter 1:3 NASB95
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
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God is the father of Israel

He cares for his covenant people

Jeremiah 31:9 NASB95
“With weeping they will come, And by supplication I will lead them; I will make them walk by streams of waters, On a straight path in which they will not stumble; For I am a father to Israel, And Ephraim is My firstborn.”
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He is the father of the kings of Israel

This description of God’s fatherhood involves the maintenance of a special relationship between God and David’s descendants, which ultimately includes Jesus Christ.
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God is the father of Christian believers

He has an intimate relationship with believers

Matthew 6:9 NASB95
“Pray, then, in this way: ‘Our Father who is in heaven, Hallowed be Your name.
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He adopts believers into his family

John 1:12–13 NASB95
But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.
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The fatherhood of God has implications for the church

Character: children are to reproduce the Father’s likeness

Matthew 5:48 NASB95
“Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

Unity: one Father means one family

Ephesians 4:3–6 NASB95
being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all.
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Status: believers are related to Jesus Christ

Matthew 12:50 NASB95
“For whoever does the will of My Father who is in heaven, he is My brother and sister and mother.”
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Inheritance: believers are heirs of the Father’s kingdom

Romans 8:17 NASB95
and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him.
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Submission: believers are to revere the Father

1 Peter 1:17 NASB95
If you address as Father the One who impartially judges according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves in fear during the time of your stay on earth;
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