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The Father Almighty

Not to overlook these
posted by John

Before coming to the more tangible “Maker of Heaven and Earth” statement, we first arrive at two words that describes the nature of our God – Father Almighty. As a science guy who does not buy into over-dramatised evolutionary theories of man and world (well, most people do actually), I would not have trouble with the next statement, but perhaps, I should not overlook these two very powerful characteristics of God as well.

In January 1855, A young 20-year-old Charles Spurgeon preached his sermon about God. He started off in his introduction:

It has been said that “the proper study of mankind is man.” I believe it is equally true that the proper study of God’s elect is God; the proper study of a Christian is the Godhead. The highest science, the loftiest speculation, the mightiest philosophy, which can ever engage the attention of a child of God, is the name, the nature, the person, the work, the doings, and the existence of the great God whom he calls his Father.

Interesting. Being a “child of God”, we are called to the attention of almost everything which concerns God the Father, whom we have affectionately called “Father”. How often have we mentioned “God the Father” or “Abba Father” in our prayers to Him? How often have we come into acknowledgment that our God is one who is like a father to us? It is not an easy concept that can be readily grasped by all. There were also stories of friends who had struggled with such a seemingly blatant idea due to their personal experiences with their earthly father. In fact, most of the Scriptures is about the Father God.

J.I. Packer in his book “Knowing God” says that, the whole of New Testament teaching and the knowledge of God is summed up in the “fatherhood of God”. I think it’s also important to get the right context of the fatherhood of God. Through His grace, we have been “adopted” into His family, and he has become our Father through this act of forgiveness and acceptance. We are all His “children through faith in Christ Jesus” (Gal. 3:26).

The second word “Almighty” simply describes God’s omnipotency and sovereignty over all things. Rev. Fritz mentioned too that even though He is all-powerful, that does not mean He can do literally anything. God cannot do things that contradict his will, moral character and holiness. He also cannot “square a circle” (make a circle to be a square) as it contradicts the science and nature of his creation (unless of course, a ‘circle’ was named a ‘square’ to start off with). God is also not limited by man’s choice or creative power. All work that He intends to accomplish will not be hindered by what we choose to do, even if we’d gone against His will.

God is also sovereign over evil. Perhaps, the most famous question of all is that if God is so all-powerful, why doesn’t he put an end to all evil and suffering in this world? I will not go on further to debate on the different views on this (as we’re now talking about the Apostles’ Creed, not this issue per se), but I can say that Rev. Fritz has a clear explanation of how God is actually removing evil in this world, but not as fast as our impatient minds would like it to. This is the very crippling question that punctured Charles Templeton, once Billy Graham’s pulpit partner and close friend, into having a cynical, doubtful view of Christianity and eventually becoming an atheist (Further reading: Case For Faith by Lee Strobel). After all, our finite human mind tempts us again and again about the little earthly discomforts, as Romans 8:18 says, “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.”

I sense a call to continue appreciating and digesting these characteristics of our God that I find so easily taken for granted.

Indescribable You
posted by Mei Sin

It never seizes to amaze me how preachers like Rev. Fritz can preach a whole 40-minute long sermon based on only 3 words, “the Father Almighty”. That made me realized that to describe the awesomeness and the sovereignty of the Almighty, maybe we need a lifetime for that!

Back to “the Father Almighty”, I see the hidden message of grace behind this. We are just mere creation, lowly creatures…..but given the opportunity to be part of the Creator!! I think all theist out there would not have a problem identifying to the concept of “God the Almighty” (it makes sense, if not why would he believe in a God in the first place?). But “Father Almighty”??!! It is something totally out of this world, totally separating Christianity apart from all other religion.

As I write this, I sense a gush of gratitude, joy and love welling up in me. The maker of heaven and earth calls us as His Own, His children, His loved ones!

I think I can never say enough of this, “I LOVE YOU, MY ABBA FATHER!!”

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