“Our Father which art in heaven” – Q&A #4

Our Father which art in heaven,
Our Father-Mother God, all-harmonious

Question: What did Jesus teach about the Fatherhood of God?

Answer: Jesus demonstrated his relationship to God, as Father and Son, by word and example. He expected his followers to do likewise. This idea of a close, loving parent-child relationship
was a new concept to most at that time. So, Jesus, who is our Wayshower, gave us examples of how to think, speak, act, and pray as children of a divine and loving Father. Mrs. Eddy explains:

“Jesus acknowledged no ties of the flesh. He said: ‘Call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.’ Again he asked: ‘Who is my mother, and who are my brethren,’  implying that it is they who do the will of his Father. We have no record of his calling any man by the name of father. He recognized Spirit, God, as the only creator, and therefore as the Father of all.” (S&H 31:4)

When the disciple Philip asked Jesus to show them what the Father was like, Jesus responded, “He that hath seen me hath seen the Father . . . the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the work.” (John 14:9-10)

In your study of the Bible, perhaps you can look for examples of how Jesus taught his disciples the nature of God, and man’s relationship to Him. Can you think of any now? Have you learned the Beatitudes yet? Do you remember this:

“Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.” (Matt. 5:9)

(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume Three: The Lord’s Prayer,”  Copyright 2005.  For information explaining this book and blog, please read the About page.)

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Our Father - Q&A #4

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