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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Father of Spirits


We read in, Hebrews 12:9;

“Furthermore, we had earthly fathers to discipline us, and we respected them; shall we not much rather be subject to the Father of spirits, and live?”


Fathers of our flesh (τοὺς μὲν τῆς σαρκὸς ἡμῶν πατέρας) - Earthly fathers; those from whom we have derived our being here.

To the Father of spirits (τῷ πατρὶ τῶν πνευμάτων) - They are contrasted here with God, who is called “the Father of spirits,” not because the father does not sustain the paternal relation to the soul as well as the body, but to designate the nature of the dominion over us.

The dominion of God is what pertains to a spiritual kingdom, having more direct reference to the discipline of the soul, and being designed to prepare us for the spiritual world; that of the earthly father pertains primarily to our condition here, and the discipline is designed to subdue our unruly passions, to teach us to restrain our appetites, to inculcate maxims of health and prosperity, and to prevent those things which would impede our happiness in the present world.

O God, the God of the spirits of all flesh (אֵ֕ל אֱלֹהֵ֥י הָרוּחֹ֖ת לְכָל־בָּשָׂ֑ר)

In Numbers 16:22, Moses and Aaron fell facedown and cried out “O God, God of the spirits of all mankind”. God is called “the God of the spirits of all flesh”. The earthly father is parent to the man as mortal; God is the Father of man as immortal. God is himself a spirit. Angels and human souls, therefore, may be represented as especially his offspring.

Jehovah God is the Maker of all men, as of their bodies, which are flesh, so of their souls or spirits, which are immaterial and immortal; therefore He is called “the Father of spirits”. He is our Heavenly Father as taught by our Lord Jesus and we even call Him, “Abba Father” which simply means, “our Daddy” or “our Papa”(I don’t mean the holy man in Vatican City).

 

Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior, we praise You for being our Eternal Father, Mighty God! Amen.

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