Foundation Scripture:

Philip said to Him, Lord, show us the Father [cause us to see the Father — that is all we ask]; then we shall be satisfied. 9 Jesus replied, Have I been with all of you for so long a time, and do you not recognize and know Me yet, Philip? Anyone who has seen Me has seen the Father. How can you say then, Show us the Father? John 14:8-9 AMPC

  1. Jesus Showed Us the Father.
    • God is known by many names in the Old Testament, each of which reveal aspects of His character. 
    • Jesus further revealed Who He is and introduced Him to us as Father.
    • In the New Testament, He is called: My Father; Heavenly Father; Lord of heaven and earth; Holy Father; Righteous Father; God our Father; God the Father; the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ; Father of mercies; Father of glory; Father of spirits; Father of lights. 
    • Father God is the Head of the family (Ephesians 3:14-15; Matthew 23:9; 1 Corinthians 8:6). 
    • Sinners are not children of God and cannot know Him as Father.
    • To become a child of God and have the authority to call Him Father, you must be born again of the Holy Spirit and be adopted into His family.
    • Matthew 12:50 KJV — For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother. 
  2. The Father’s Plan.
    • He is compassionate and forgiving (Psalm 145:8-9; Isaiah 55:7).
    • He is good to all—He takes care of the just and unjust (Matthew 5:45). 
    • He is no respecter of persons (Romans 2:11; Ephesians 6:9; Colossians 3:25). 
    • The Father sent Jesus and the only way to the Father is through Jesus (John 1:12; 1 John 1:3; 2:23; 4:14; Romans 5:1-2). 
    • The goodness of God causes people to repent (Romans 2:4). 
    • His gospel program is universal; He is willing to save all, or He would not have invited all (Isaiah 45:22; John 3:16; Romans 10:11-13; 1 Tim. 2:4; 2 Peter 3:9; Rev. 22:17). 
    • All who accept the invitation will be saved and pardoned (John 1:12; 1 John 1:9; Psalm 103:8-14; Isaiah 1:18).  
    • He requires of us that we: Follow Him; walk in His paths; cleave (cling) to Him; reverently fear Him; keep His commandments; obey His voice; serve Him.
  3. The Father’s Character.
    • God is Love (and Love is what motivates Him).
    • 1 John 4:16 KJV — And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.
    • He loved us SO much, He sacrificed His one and only begotten Son to save and redeem us (1 John 4:9; 4:14-21). 
    • We didn’t love Him first—He loved us first; He loved us when we were still unworthy (1 John 4:10).
    • He didn’t send Jesus to condemn or judge the ungodly, but to save them (John 3:16-18; Romans 5:6-9).
    • We must recognize how great this love is, that has paid the ultimate price and bought us the privilege to be called His children (1 John 3:1). 
    • Nothing can separate us from His love—which is boundless; endless; fathomless; exhaustless; measureless (Romans 8:31-39). 
  4. The Father’s Heart.
    • I know God as my Father because: He loves me; He adopted me; He knows what I need; He hears and answers my prayers; He provides everything I need: help, comfort, healing, deliverance, provision, protection; He teaches and instructs me; He brings correction when I need it; He is forgiving when I repent; He will never fail me.
    • He is a Father to the fatherless (Psalm 68:5-6). 
    • It was His will and plan to redeem and adopt us into His family—even from the foundation of the world (Ephesians 1:3-7; Galatians 1:3-4). 
    • We are no longer servants, but sons (Galatians 4:1-6; Romans 8:14-15).
    • Not only are we adopted as sons, but we are entitled to the same inheritance as His Son, Jesus Christ (Romans 8:16-17; Galatians 4:7; Ephesians 1:11; 1 Peter 1:3-4). 
    • He shows mercy and pity to His children; understands our weaknesses and need of His help (Psalms 103:8-14).
    • He comforts His children (2 Corinthians 1:2-4). 
    • He loves His children; therefore, He corrects and disciplines them (Proverbs 3:11-12; 13:24; Hebrews 12:5-11; Revelations 3:19).
    • He rewards obedience (Deuteronomy 11:27; Job 36:11). 
    • 2 Chronicles 16:9 KJV — For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him.
    • God’s hand is against His enemies, but never against His children (John 10:10).
  5. The Father’s Provision. 
    • God loves His children more than do earthly parents.
    • He knows what you need (Matthew 6:8; 26; 31-34). 
    • He hears and answers all prayers (Matthew 6:6, 33; 7:7-11; 1 Peter 3:12; Hebrews 11:6).
    • He gives only good and perfect gifts—to those who ask Him (James 1:17-18; Luke 11:11-13).
    • Psalm 84:11 KJV — For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly. 
    • He is for us and freely and generously gives us all things (Romans 8:31-32).
    • The Lord is good to those who trust Him—they will lack no good thing (Psalms 34:8-10; 1 Timothy 6:17 AMPC). 
    • He is well able to save us and to keep us (1 Peter 1:5; Jude 1:24; 2 Thessalonians 3:3).
    • He will NEVER fail you, forsake you, or let you down (Deuteronomy 31:6; Hebrews 13:5-6 AMPC).