“And I will be a father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to Me,” says the Lord Almighty.
2 Corinthians 6:18
It is very difficult to grow up lacking a father figure. For some of us, the parent passed away during our childhood or was never present at home. Others were born and abandoned or given into adoption without ever knowing their biological parents. Lacking a father, especially for men, means growing up without male modeling, which can be a source of disruption in future behavior. Whatever our story, there is a beautiful promise in 2 Corinthians 6:18: God will be our Father.
There is much biblical evidence about God’s fatherhood toward us. Everything begins in the way in which we become children of God. John 1:12-13 explains how we became children of God, But to all who did receive him, he gave them the right to be children of God, to those who believe in his name, who were born, not of natural descent, or of the will of the flesh, or of the will of man, but of God. God shows greater interest in being our Father than we in being His children. The requirement is so simple: to receive Jesus Christ, and we refuse to do so.
God is not obligated to recognize His paternity over us. He willingly makes us His children and adopts us as such. Romans 8:15 says, For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, “Abba! Father!” Receiving Jesus Christ we become children of God and He becomes our Father. Being His children, we can confidently approach Him without fear of being rejected. As a good Father, He will always be willing to receive us.
Our Heavenly Father is always interested in giving His children all the best. James 1:17 says, Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. And among all those good and perfect gifts that come down from above and give us our Father are the Holy Spirit (Matthew 7:11) and His Kingdom (Luke 12:32). Perhaps you would think that a good and perfect gift is to give you a million dollars to solve your problems; but the Kingdom and the Holy Spirit are more than a million.
What we consider to be good is not always good; but God, our Father is not mistaken and knows what is best for His children. And he will always do this because he loves us. 2 Thessalonians 2:16 says, May our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, who has loved us and given us eternal encouragement and good hope by grace. And so great is His love that He spared no surrender to His Son to give us the opportunity to be saved and become part of His family.
Our Lord makes a grave warning in calling our Father someone other than our God. Matthew 23:9 says, Do not call anyone on earth your father, because you have one Father, who is in heaven. So no human being has the divine authority to use the name father, apart from our progenitor of course, and to occupy God’s representation on earth. So there is no such thing as a Holy Father or spiritual father.