To truly comprehend God, it’s necessary to observe how He interacts with his creation; thus the Bible depicts Him as our Father.
Jesus taught that there is only one true Father in heaven and to call any man on Earth your “Father,” because human paternity was simply an imperfect reflection of divine paternity.
God is the Creator
God created the universe, according to our faith. The Bible testifies this truth on multiple occasions – including seventeen references in Genesis alone!
Scripture uses the Hebrew term bara, commonly translated into English as create, to refer to this creative act. This concept also appears in the second commandment where God is described as our heavenly Father who brings into being whatever He desires – an extremely powerful reminder of both his power and love for us all.
One essential element of this concept is that the Bible teaches that God created all things from nothing – an idea known as creation ex nihilo or creation ex nihilo – which emerged during the 2nd century theological development, when church fathers opposed ideas found in pre-Christian creation myths and Gnosticism.
This doctrine also echoes the biblical depiction of God as all-powerful, all-knowing and omnipresent – attributes which cannot be separated. Furthermore, creation is intrinsically tied to this notion – God exists everywhere He creates and all that He creates is good – meaning He is fully responsible for what happens on this Earth!
Jesus often used metaphors such as a mother hen swooping down on her chicks (Luke 13:34) or fathers soothing their child (Isaiah 66:13) to illustrate our Heavenly Father as someone who cares and nurtures us – something the image of a caring parent God helps us grasp better.
Bible teaching also establishes that God is Father to those united to Christ by faith through the Holy Spirit and saved through Jesus Christ; His salvation plan extends grace and salvation for all, which demonstrates His depth of love and care for humanity; hence Jesus calling God “Abba”, which is an intimate form of paternal address.
God is the Parent
God is often referred to as Father because of the special bond He shares with Israel. Father imagery can be found throughout the Old Testament to demonstrate this special connection (Gen. 1:2; Dt 32:6; Isa. 64:8; Jer 3:4, 19 and Mal 1:1).
Though this comparison has some anthropomorphic elements, it goes deeper. Just as a father is the source and principal of his offspring, so God is the Source and Principal of everything (cf. Col. 2:19). Just like parents know their offspring better than anyone else does (i.e. their children know them better than anyone else knows them themselves), God knows us even better than we know ourselves (Psalm 68:5).
Jesus, as the second Person of the Trinity, used an intimate term for God called Abba, Father; this scandalized Jewish leaders because it seemed that Abba referred more closely to a human father who begot their son than to an eternal Father who created all things (cf. John 15:26).
Human fatherhood can only ever be an imperfect reflection of Divine Fatherhood; that’s why Jesus cautioned against confining our love and care of one’s father solely to people (Mt 23:9).
God as our Parent also has profound ramifications for our faith and relationship with Him. Some individuals may find it difficult to relate to the idea of Him being their Father due to negative experiences with their earthly fathers – such as abuse, neglect or absence – so understanding that a healthy relationship with the Heavenly Father can heal these wounds while providing joy and peace into life. Furthermore, He will never disappoint or abandon us!
God is the Spirit
The Bible teaches that God is Spirit and that worshippers must honor him in spirit and truth. This idea stems from Jesus’ teaching in John’s gospel where he says: “God is spirit; they that worship him must worship in spirit and in truth.” While this might sound confusing at first, keep in mind that this doesn’t imply He doesn’t exist physically at all times; in fact He can be reached anytime; rather it simply means worshipping Him appropriately with pure motives and intentions.
It is essential to recognize that God is a person with human characteristics such as emotions. He feels love and hate; sometimes even anger. Although he possesses power over our world, he uses it in a constructive way – using his might to benefit ourselves and enrich everything around him with divine perfection in all forms.
God may seem detached from the world around Him, yet this does not indicate an absence of emotion or empathy. Philosophers like Aristotle and Aquinas believed that his perfection prevented Him from experiencing anything outside himself; however, modern philosophers such as Moltmann and Kitamori have challenged this view by suggesting He can experience His divine essence directly and experience this world around Him.
Scripture also shows us that God is alive, interacting with humanity in many different ways. For instance, Scripture describes how He creates things out of nothing with His spoken word or heals and raises people from death – clear evidence of his spiritual nature.
Finally, the Bible teaches that God is infinite and eternal. According to scripture, this means He was around before any material form existed and will continue existing whether or not there is any universe present. This powerful truth should help shape how we relate to our spiritual Father.
God is the Son
Jesus used “Abba Father” when praying in Gethsemane Garden (Mark 14:36). To him, this wasn’t simply an endearing phrase: it signified his relationship to both God as his heavenly Father, as well as himself being God Himself: they shared exactly the same characteristics – He understood himself to be a divine son!
God was often described in the Old Testament as being “Father of Israel”, in terms of their choosing and provision by Him; making them spiritual children in terms of their destiny (Ex. 31:6; Ps. 68:5; 89:26). Later revelation connected this fatherhood to hope for a Davidic king (Dt 32:6; Isa. 63:16, 64:8; Jer. 3:4, 19; 31:9 Mal 1:6, 2 Samuel 7:14).
However, according to Scripture one can only enter this intimate father-son relationship with God through being born again through faith in Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit’s work within them.
Note that the Bible never refers to God as mother or wife – this is because, unlike human father-son relationships, He has always been there as Son’s parent rather than vice versa – with both having enjoyed an eternal, everlasting union between themselves.
Christianity stands out among world religions by virtue of the unique relationship between God and His Son, Jesus. While most cultures worship one god or the other, only Christianity features both father and son divine figures as gods in its narrative. Religion stands out from all other faiths by virtue of its unique and authoritative position within society. Christians’ unique relationship with their heavenly Father motivates countless individuals to strive to draw close, and serve Him best, ultimately leading them down a path towards Heaven and being saved from hell. Love and devotion between Christians will eventually determine our eternity with each other, whether or not hell exists for us; also determining its scale within heaven itself.