“But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.” —Isaiah 64:8
Even the lost man can call Jehovah God Father, but his confession is as lifeless as a ancient tomb. When Jesus confronted the envious religionists, those who desired to murder Him, He told them that they did the deeds of their father (the devil). They objected and replied, “We have one father, even God” (John 8:41). Yet, we know that they couldn’t possibly know the heavenly Father, nor was it possible for them to have a relationship with Him because they denied Jesus Christ altogether; and Jesus told His disciples later, “No man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6). More over, Jesus also said, “All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him” (Matthew 11:27).
If we are saved by God’s grace through the precious, atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ, the LORD God is our heavenly Father. In Christ we have a distinct and intimate relationship with Him, as it is written in John 1:12,
But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
As we grow in our relationship with the heavenly Father, we recognize His sovereignty in and over and through our lives. We see that He indeed is the Potter and we are but clay. It becomes clearer to us that we are the work of His hand as well as the workmanship of His delight and good pleasure. The closer our bond is to the Father, who decrees the ultimate plans and purposes, the more illuminated is our view that this almighty Sovereign also orders the very details of men’s lives so that “all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28). The sovereignty of God in whatever issue, whether election, creation, providence, predestination, or second causes, becomes less a matter of question and more a matter of trust: “Do I trust the LORD, my Father, because we are clay in the heavenly Potter’s hands?”
Do all who are saved see this with the same clarity? Certainly not. Even Philip, after walking with the Lord Jesus for three years, couldn’t see it clearly (John 14:8). A youth may know and understand his earthly father in a far greater way than a toddler or infant; likewise, according to the measure of faith does the spiritual son or daughter know and understand his or her heavenly Father. As they grow, by God’s grace, they will know; and as they know, they will trust.
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