Most people know that the God in Heaven is called Father. From that, the natural assumption would be that since He is the Father, then all people are His children.
The Lord’s Prayer, which is commonly quoted, chanted and sung, begins, “Our Father, Who art in Heaven…” This beautiful piece of Scripture was intended as an outline to instruct His followers in how to pray, but has become a rote prayer. Though some love the experience of repeating this in unison, we must understand that lip service alone to these words “our Father” is sounding brass or clanging symbol.
Believing that God is your Heavenly Father apart from saving faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, is like crashing someone else’s family reunion.
You don’t belong.
You aren’t a part of that family just because you show up and go through the food line and shake some hands.
You need to be born into or adopted into a family to be a part of that family. We are not physically born into God’s family. We are created in His image, but not born into His family. You need a spiritual birth to become a part of the Heavenly family.
When the words “our Father” are used in the New Testament in reference to the God of the Universe, they are always used in conjunction with His Son, most often the Name, “the Lord Jesus Christ.”
You can’t have God as your Father apart from the Son.
Long before we understood this, God determined that whoever would come to Him by faith in His Son, would be adopted into His family.
We have the privilege to have the God of Heaven welcome us into His family through faith in His Son and adopt us as His true children.
Is the God of Heaven YOUR Heavenly Father?