Knowing God


We have concluded our visit to Ephesians 2 and now we begin our adventure of looking closer at our Father God, Abba, as He calls Himself. We will look at His heart for us, His children, what motivates Him, what we can expect from Him, and how to grow in intimacy with Him.

Before we begin I want to share with you this quote from the classic book "Knowing God" by

J. L. Packer:

You sum up the whole of New Testament teaching in a single phrase, if you speak of it as a revelation of the fatherhood of the holy creator. In the same way, you sum up the whole of New Testament religion if you describe it as the knowledge of God as one’s Holy Father. If you want to judge how well a person understands Christianity, find out how much he makes of the thought of being God’s child, and having God as his Father. If this is not the thought that prompts and controls his worship and prayers and his whole outlook on life, it means that he does not understand Christianity very well, at all. For everything that Christ taught, everything that makes the New Testament new, and better than the old, everything that is distinctively Christian, as opposed to merely Jewish, is summed up in the knowledge of the Fatherhood of God. “Father” is the Christian name for God.

With this in mind, I want to ask you to answer the following questions:
Do I understand my adoption?

Do I value it?

Do I remember daily that I am His utterly dependent child and that He is the Parent?

Do I take time daily to receive and return His love?

Does the family likeness appear in me?

If you are less than thrilled with your answers, I am confident our study of the upcoming weeks will be a blessing to your relationship with Abba. He desires nothing more than growing the intimacy between you and Him.



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