Tuesday, January 12, 2010

So, you want to be my father?

1 Corinthians 4:15 "Even though you have ten thousand guardians in Christ, you do not have many fathers, for in Christ Jesus I became your father through the gospel."


Gee, think about that for a second, it’s profound...

Paul didn't say...

...through the church I became your father or
...through the system I became your father or
...through hierarchy I became your father or
...because I am an apostle I am your father or
...through the laying on of hands by other men I became your father or
...because I tell you I am your father I am your father...

No, he says I became your father "through the gospel"...plain and simple.

How many Pastors out there want to be "fathers" but don't have a clue of what the gospel is all about...all they know is system, leadership, perfection, model, business...and by virtue of their position they enforce their "fathership" ... If they are not preaching the gospel but something that essentially is not the gospel, how can they possibly be biblical fathers at all?

No..those "relationships" strain with the slightest of pressure, with the slightest disagreements they break down and reveal what they really are, nothing but suedo- "ties" that do not bind...

When the gospel of grace is preached in its purest form, the natural progression, the fruit is, "fathers" and "sons”…...ties that have the strongest bind...that never break...sincere, full of love...this is what Paul is speaking about when he says…for..."I became your father through the gospel."

5 comments:

jul said...

That is very profound...thanks!

Rejoice said...

This is so true

Peter said...

WOW!

The Righteousness of God said...

Its great Craig. Reminds me of Jesus in John 8 telling the religious leaders 'You are of your 'father' the devil and the lusts/works of your 'father' you will do. I heard Rob Rufus say those works of the devil were the self-righteous dead works people do under the law who pride themselves on 'their obedience' not Jesus' obedience, Rom.5:19. The works of the devil are sinful, but they are more than deep dark obvious sins, religions 'father,' the devil, has his 'children posing as 'ministers of righteousness whose 'end' is according to 'their self-righteous dead works,' which will never come close to the righteousness we have through/by Jesus Christ, Who IS the Grace of God. God Abba Daddy says "Your righteousness is OF ME says the Lord" whereas demonic 'fathers' of religion says "Our righteousness is of US," but God declares, 'their END is according to their works' which wil always fall short! In the name of Jesus Craig, we look at you as our 'father in the faith for you reveal the Grace of God, Jesus Christ!'

Craig Glenn said...

Gee, thanks Richy...honoured.