God The Father: Alive & Life Giving

Devotional Studies on the Father from the gospel of John


Scripture


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As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever feeds on me, he also will live because of me.
John 6:57

Observation

What can we observe about the Father from this short verse? Well, it seems to me that the word ‘live’ appearing three times offers us a clue. Jesus is trying to emphasise something about The Father. The Father he tells us is living, alive, and also the giver of life.

The first thing Jesus says about the Father is that he is ‘the living Father’. God is the living one. The Father is alive. He is the living one. That means that he’s not dead. He is active and involved and he is the source of life in all its liveliness. He provides life.

Jesus says ‘I live because of the Father’. Our second point to be made then is that the Father sustains the Son. He is the reason that the Son exists.

Such is the nature of God the Father. He is living but also life giving, to such an extent that Jesus could say ‘the only reason I live is because of him.’ This is more than saying ‘he’s my reason to live’ or, as we sometimes use the expression, ‘I live for it…’ Jesus is speaking literally:

‘I have life in my veins and breath in my lungs because of God the Father. He puts it there and ensures it stays there.’

God is the living Father, and the life giving Father.

Application

This is our Father. Do you see it? Do you see the life giving, alive and empowering Father? Come to him and have life in his name. When you get near this Father, when you receive his Son Life is the inevitable consequence. He is liked an overflowing fountain that if you get too close to you get drenched. The Father oozes life and as Christians we come to him and receive life in his name and with his permission.

Praise the one who paid my debt and raised this life up from the dead.

Prayer

Thank you Father. What can I say? I’m in awe of you and I realise that so many of my thoughts about you aren’t accurate. Often I think of you as stingy and cruel or if not those things, then far off and distant. It’s not true, I see that. Thank you that you give me life, both kinds of life; temporal and earthly but also full and eternal. 

God The Father: Draws to the Son

Devotional studies in the Father from John’s Gospel


Scripture


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Jesus answered them, ‘Do not grumble among yourselves. No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him.’
John 6:43

Observation

In this Bible verse we learn that the Father is both the gatekeeper of the Son and also the one who initiates salvation. What I mean is this:

  • God the Father draws people to the Son (‘No one can come… unless the Father… draws him’) and is therefore out and about in people’s lives bringing individuals to the Son.
  • The very fact that there is a salvation on offer at all is a result of God the Father sending the Son (‘The Father who sent me…’).

We have this strange double-idea in salvation. The Father draws people (and no one who comes to Christ comes unless the Father draws him), but also elsewhere Jesus says ‘I have come to seek and save the lost’ (Luke 19:10).

Jesus is looking for those that the Father is drawing to the Son. He is looking to see where the Father is working. There is a sense in which the Father and the Son are labouring together, each doing a distinct role. They are a partnership and team.

It is this relationship that we’re invited into.

So, we have seen:

  1. It’s the Father’s desire that all who look to the Son for life are saved.
  2. No one who comes, comes unless the Father draws him.
  3. Jesus only ever does the will of the One who sent him.
  4. Jesus is seeking and saving the lost. 

The next verse says this:

‘Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to me.’

John 6:44

Once God the Father speaks to people they’re drawn to Jesus. It’s as though this is the inevitable outcome of being spoken to or taught by the Father.

Application

The Father speaks and says ‘See my Son!’ or he speaks in such a way that we find ourselves lacking in satisfaction until we get to Jesus.

The Father who made all things could tell us any number of mysteries and perform any amount of wonders but his priority is to tell us about the Son. He wants us to learn from, be near to and be around the Son.

Do you see what the Father sees in the Son?

The Father always gives us what we need most of all and for him step one of a thousand mile journey must always begin with the Son. All other steps besides this one are missteps that will need to be repeated.

This Bible verse also gives me confidence and comfort. It gives me confidence that evangelism (the act of sharing the gospel) isn’t a fruitless endeavour since the Father wants people to come to him. It gives me comfort because I’m reminded that the reason I came to the Son and became a Christian was, in the first instance, because the Father willed it. The Father chose me, he chose you and he’s choosing those we live around, desiring that all of them and us see the Son as he does.

Prayer


Thank you Father. Thank you for choosing me, for bringing me to the Son. Thank you that you found me and having found me you didn’t punish me; instead you punished Jesus in order that I might be free and forgiven and have life in his name. I love you Father and am so grateful for your calling of me.

God The Father: Eternal Life

Devotional Studies on the Father form the Gospel of John

Scripture

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All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out… For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life.

John 6:37 & 40

Observation

The Father gives to the Son and gives him people and those people receive life in Jesus’ name. Again we see both the Father’s generosity and his desire for people to have eternal life. But we also see how the Father’s highest delight is in the Son. Jesus says: ‘Look on the Son‘, ‘believe in the Son,’ & ‘given to me [the Son]’.

We learn that Jesus will not & does not lose any people whom the Father gives to him. Salvation and eternal life are not just found in Jesus, they are secured in him as well. Jesus’ grip on those the Father gives him is secure and permanent.

Application

This morning allow your minds eye to see the God who is Father. See the Father who is giving you rescue and new life, secure and true. See the Father who wants you to find rescue in Jesus. He wants for you to be safe and secure. He wants you to come to eternal life and not to lose it.

This is what he’s like. He’s a rescuing and protecting Father. In the words of an old hymn:

‘let me no more my comfort draw, from my frail hold of thee.
In this alone rejoice with awe, thy mighty grasp of me.’ 

Where is your confidence this morning? Is it in yourself to remain in Christ and so be saved by your own will and effort, or is it in him and his ability to keep hold of you? God doesn’t lose any who come to him for rescue, he’s not about to start now.

Prayer

Father this is really good news. You’re a good Father,  but I can also see that you’re a safe Father. You are strong and able to protect me and look after me. Help me today to trust you and celebrate the fact that you’ve not only saved me in the present tense but that you’ll save me in the final sense. You will keep me safe all the way. Thank you.

God The Father: Provides

Devotional studies in the gospel of John


Scripture


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Jesus said to them ‘truly, truly I say to you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven, but my Father gives you the true bread from heaven.

John 6:32

Observation

Jesus taught his followers a model for their prayers by giving them what has become known as the Lord’s Prayer. That prayer begins with the words: Our Father in heaven… and goes on to request that God give us today out bread for the day.


God is the provider of all things. He gives us life and breath and clothing and food. Jesus points to this reality when he says ‘it was not Moses who gave you bread in the wilderness but my Father‘.

In the Old Testament, in Moses’ day it was bread from the Father, in the form of physical food during the time of wilderness wandering (Ex. 16). Now, in this scene in John’s gospel, it is the true bread from heaven, the Bread of Life himself that the Father has given . The Father gives the gift of his son to us freely and gladly. He gives his son as a way of providing bread for the entire human race.

Application

Today the daily bread I need most of all is Jesus. He is the one who satisfies my soul (‘as with fat and rich food’ Psalm 63) and it is he whom the Father has provided for me; for us.

This is what our Father is like. The Father of all life is generous, so generous in fact that he provided for all when he sent his son into the world.

In calling himself ‘bread’ Jesus is of course talking in metaphor, we aren’t literally going to eat his skin and bones. He is talking symbolically but he is speaking about a very physical and tangible reality. Our soul’s hunger can and is satisfied by him and him alone.

Have you ever experienced him filling your soul’s deepest need? The Son is here by his Spirit to comfort, strengthen, forgive and enrich. He is here to give our soul’s the feeling of being full to bursting. If you’ve never experienced him like that before, stop and ask him to do so today.

Prayer


Thank you Father. 


Thank you for every good thing in my life. Everything I have comes from you and is a gift given by you, the best of all and most satisfying of all gifts, is the gift of your Son. Please help me to seek my satisfaction in him today. So often I turn to other things to meet my deepest needs, but I know it’s you that I need most of all. Please help me. Amen.