Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.'” John 20:17 New International Version
One of the greatest revelations a believer can have is when they personally come to the realization that God is no longer and primarily “just God” to them, but that He is indeed their Father just as much as He is Jesus’s Father. In the above scripture Jesus Himself acknowledges this. I have said this before and I want to point it out again, that God our Father is thee most purposeful and deliberate being there is and so is His Son. Having said that look at the order of the acknowledgement in the scripture. Is God mentioned first or is Father? The Father is because He is your Father first!!! This is very important for us to know. Jesus in His High Preistly prayer in John 17 had much to say along these lines. In that prayer alone the name Father is mentioned at least five times.
You need to know that God is your Father and you need to acknowledge Him as such and grow to the point where you call Him Father more than you call Him God. Not from some ritualistic point of view or because I said so but because this is Who He is and this is what Jesus calls and acknowledges Him as. And since He is a good and great Father in many cases when a Father and a child have a good relationship, eventually the Father will also become a Friend. This is what happened with Abraham and he was called the Friend of God. Our Father is not some stick in the mud old man with a white beard sitting on the throne. He is the youngest, most vibrant, most honest and dependable Father and Friend you could ever have. Using your faith to discover this side of Him will be one of the greatest joys of your life. I encourage you to discover Him in this capacity. He has promised in His Word to be a Father to you.
And I will be your Father, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the LORD Almighty.” 2 Corinthians 6:18 New Living Translation
All the ‘blessed’ to you! Shalom!!!