Jim Wilson is the retired director of Community Christian Ministries in Moscow, Idaho. He will be posting regularly, so check back in soon!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

The Father

I would like to draw your attention to many paragraphs in Scripture. The content will be self-evident. These are from the first two chapters of 1 Corinthians.
Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I always thank my God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus…. God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord…. I thank God that I did not baptize any of you except Crispus and Gaius…. Where is the wise person? Where is the teacher of the law? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe…. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him. It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption…. My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power…. No, we declare God’s wisdom, a mystery that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began…. “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived”—the things God has prepared for those who love him—these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. For who knows a person’s thoughts except their own spirit within them? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us…. The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit.
The appearances of “God” and “Son of Man” appears often in the Gospels. The word “Father” appears 105 times in the Gospel of John, in addition to the word “God.”

Here is an assignment. You may receive much Christian literature. I want you to look for the words Jesus, Jesus Christ, and look for the words God and Father. Keep on reading the Scripture and Christian literature. Christians think that they belong to an evangelical church if they use the name of Jesus. If they suddenly came across the words God or Father, they would think they might be reading something liberal and not evangelical.

Feel free to disagree with me.

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