Scriptures to the Witness of God being the Father of ALL, and Jesus being the Savior of ALL. Part 7
Ok, let's explore to see if the people who accuse me of not using scripture verses in my post because there is none to support God being the Father of All and Jesus being the Savior of ALL.
So He got into a boat, crossed over, and came to His own city. Then behold, they brought to Him a paralytic lying on a bed. When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “SON, be of good cheer; your sins are forgiven you.” (Matt. 9:1-2) is a strong passage supporting forgiveness. Notice the man doesn't confess, repent, cry out, mourn, or beg, yet Jesus forgives him as a representative of His loving Father. Did you take note of the word SON! This man is not "born again". This is pre-cross, yet Jesus lets the man realize he needs to know the Father forgives him...before he asks. Jesus also lets him know that he is a son and belongs to the family of God.
Now this he did not say on his own authority; but being high priest that year he prophesied that Jesus would die for the nation, and not for that nation only, but also that He would gather together in one THE CHILDREN OF GOD who were scattered abroad. (John 11:51-52) In this prophetic word by Caiaphas, he unknowingly becomes the high priest who kills Jesus. Yet, according to John, Jesus was going to use this to gather those who were His children...who were not Jews. Does not this represent ALL humanity? We know from the writings of Paul that in Christ there is neither Jew nor Gentile but ALL are gathered into one.
"And OTHER sheep I HAVE which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they will hear My voice; and there will be one flock and one shepherd." (John 10:16) Does this not indicate ALL humanity as belonging to God?
“Therefore do not be like them. For YOUR Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him. (Matthew 6:8) Before the cross, before the new covenant, before any confession of any kind, Jesus Himself speaks to the crowd of people (some of whom may very well be in the crowd that later shouts crucify him!) and says "God is YOUR father!"
Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet YOUR heavenly FATHER feeds them. Are YOU not of more value than they?" Matthew 6:26) On the testimony of two or three witnesses every truth is established according to Jewish Law. So yet again as He is speaking to His disciples, to a crowd of believers, unbelievers, Pharisees, Scribes, sinners, and yet before His death, burial, and resurrection He is saying to them ALL...God is YOUR Father. See also Mt. 9:20-22).
Luke 15 describes how the Pharisees were complaining because Jesus was not separating Himself from "the sinners". The word Pharisee itself means "separatist". Yet Jesus revealed the Father was near to all and not distant from the least of these. In response He tells three parables, all about lostness: the lost coin, the lost sheep and the lost son. In each, his point is that just because something is lost doesn't mean that relationship ceases. The coin still belonged even though it was lost. If someone stole it, then they would be called a thief because it didn't belong to them. The sheep still belonged, even though it was lost. Then Jesus told a story about two sons. "Then He said: 'A certain man had two sons.'" The prodigal never ceased to be a son just because he was lost and wayward.
Jesus came to redeem, recover and reveal Himself to lost sons. God wasn't lost...humanity was. In fact, do you remember when Gabriel appeared to Joseph and said, "And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save HIS people from their sins.” (Mt. 1:21) There is a lot packed into that verse, but suffice for us to note that they were HIS people before He came. They belonged before they believed.
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) Wait! The red lettered words of Jesus said the disciples and Mary were sons and daughters of their Father BEFORE they confessed, believed, repented, or experienced a new covenant conversion. (That includes "doubting" Thomas.)
..."one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in all." (Ephesians 4:5-6) The Mirror Translation says, "There is only one God. He remains the ultimate Father of the universe. We are because He is. He is present in all; He is above all, through all, and in all."
Just as there is one Lord, and one faith, so too there is only one Father of All. This one Father, is the originator of All humanity. He is not a spiritual father to some and a natural father to others. He is the source of ALL, natural and spiritual, who is higher in quality (holy, holy, holy) than ALL, works through ALL people, and is in ALL people. God is everywhere present, that means that there is nowhere He is not... He is even inside the unbeliever.
Paul continues by saying it is the one Father who is the origin of all the families of the earth, therefore everyone's Father. "For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named" (Eph. 3:14), or as the Mirror Bible translates, "Every family in heaven and on earth originates in him; his is mankind’s family name and he remains the authentic identity of every nation."
Paul in Acts17, is very clear as to God being the Father of ALL. Therefore, the One whom you worship without knowing, Him I proclaim to you: “God, who made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands. Nor is He worshiped with men’s hands, as though He needed anything, since HE GIVES TO ALL LIFE, BREATH, AND ALL THINGS. And HE HAS MADE FROM ONE BLOOD EVERY NATION OF MAN TO DWELL ON ALL THE FACE OF THE EARTH, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings, so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though HE IS NOT FAR FROM EACH ONE OF US; for IN HIM WE LIVE AND MOVE AND HAVE OUR BEING, as also some of your own poets have said, ‘FOR WE ARE ALSO HIS OFFSPRING.’ Therefore, SINCE WE ARE THE OFFSPRING OF GOD, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, something shaped by art and man’s devising.
I trust you got that. The origin of all humanity has come from and is sustained by God and therefore since we are all also from one blood (Adam) then we are all brothers and sisters. Not only that, Paul profoundly declares to these Gentiles that they, along with Paul are ALL the offspring (God's children) of God. Indeed we live and move and have our very essence within him. Like fish living in the life of the ocean, maybe unaware of the concept of "water", so too all humanity lives in Christ.