Our Father

By: William C. Hinn

           Jesus - our savior, our brother, our friend, our redeemer, our source of life. The winds obeyed Him, the seas supported Him, and darkness trembled at His presence. My perfect Jesus came as a man under law to show me what a real man looks like. What amazes me is that everything Jesus did, He did as a man. Now, I am not saying Jesus wasn't fully God because I believe He was yet He humbled and confined Himself to the flesh to save us and show us what man was intended to be like. Hebrews 5:7-9 declares "who, in the days of His flesh, when He had offered up prayers and supplications, with vehement cries and tears to Him who was able to save Him from death, and was heard because of His godly fear, though He was a Son, [yet] He learned obedience by the things which He suffered. And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him," This man Jesus felt every weakness and struggle we could ever experience yet became the author of our salvation through the things He suffered. He overcame it all and modeled for us what is possible as a man that is in right relationship with the Father. If Jesus did everything on earth above the law as God that still would be simply amazing and put me in a state of awe before Him. However, the fact that He did everything on earth as a man under the law puts me into a greater state of awe yet makes me hungry for something that seems impossible.

         What could life be like if grace was fully embraced in right relationship with the Father? In order to answer this question correctly we first must know what grace is. The meaning of grace is commonly know as unmerited favor and although that is true, there is so much more too it than just that. In the Greek grace fully means - Divine influence upon the heart and the reflection of that life. Grace is NOT a license to sin but actually the complete opposite; grace is a license to completely rid your life of sin and walk like Jesus walked. Grace empowers us to be "As He is, so are we in this world." 1 John 4:17. Our hearts should be so influenced and taken over by the Spirit of Jesus that reflecting Him isn't something we have to work but rather something that we become. Romans 8:29 declares, "For whom He foreknew, He also predestined [to be] conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren." What that verse is telling me is that Jesus came to introduce me to OUR Father. Jesus came to earth as the first born son to bring many sons into His glorious family and reveal our Father to us. Now all those who would believe in Jesus are received into this family and Jesus no longer has to be an only child. Romans 8:16-17 says it like this, "The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs -- heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with [Him,] that we may also be glorified together." 

        This family has all authority and power over creation. Just as the world and everything in it responded and obeyed Jesus so the world ought to respond and obey you. You are either in the same family carrying the same power or you're not, there should be no inbetween. In the midst of your sin and shame God said, I want that one. He takes us from sinners to sons, from outsiders to family. WHAT GRACE! All of creation is eagerly waiting for the SONS of God to take their rightful place and live as the redeemed of the Lord. To live in that rightful place is to be the authority over your world. We come as the Fathers authority in the earth because we now carry His name upon our hearts. It's time we step into who our Father says we are and represent well with all power and authority. 

"Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all things that [pertain] to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption [that is] in the world through lust." 2 Peter 1:2-4