2008-11-04 - Praise the Father Also
Jude 1, To those who are the called, beloved in God the Father, and kept for Jesus Christ.
We are here given this phrase of giving thanks to the Father. It is something that we maybe we need to consider. We hardly need to be reminded to give thanks to the Son. We hardly need to be given a nudge, so that we remember the significance of the Holy Spirit in our lives. If there is any One person of the Trinity we are most prone to forget, it is the God the Father. Some might even fall into the wrong-headed idea that love is a quality of the Son, but the Father is all about justice and wrath. Are there any who make the mistake of thinking that our salvation is the more result of the working of Son and Holy Spirit than of the Father? Let us not forget that we are as indebted to the Father for our fellowship with God, as we are two the Son and the Holy Spirit. He is worthy of our praise, and to the Father, we should give thanks. Colossians 1:12, Giving thanks to the Father.
Have you ever considered that many of the works that are attributed to the Holy Spirit in the New Testament are also attributed to the God the Father? We say that it is the Spirit that quickens the sinner who is dead in their sin (John 6:63). We will find, in John 5:21, that it is a work of the Father and the Son to quicken sinners. We say that sanctification and calling are the work of the Holy Spirit. The verse we started with places calling as something the Father does also does. Christ prays that the Father might be the sanctifier in John 17:17. The Spirit comes from the Father (John 15:26), and therefore whatever works that are done by the Spirit are performed by the Father, because it is the Father who sends the Spirit. In Ezekiel 37:1-10, it is the Father who tells the dry bones to live, but it is the Spirit that gives those bones life (37:10, 14). It is true that our hearts are sealed by the Holy Spirit (Eph. 1:13), but it is the Father who puts the stamp on the seal. The Father works by the Spirit, and we therefore ought to return our thanks to the Father.
Have you ever considered the works of the Son of God have a very close connection to the Father? Does the Son come into the world? He has been sent by the Father. Has the Son called a people unto Himself? Those He has called to Himself have been given by the Father. Has the Son redeemed a people unto Himself? Who is it, but the Father, who gave up His Son to redeem us? God the Father sends His Son into the world, that we may have life in Him. The old doxology many sing in worship is very true. Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
Let us give our praise to God in His whole being. The Father is to be praised. It is the Holy Spirit that enables us to do this, and it is the Spirit who leads us to Christ, where our hearts are knit because of His sacrifice. Praise is to be triune. It is to be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost - let none be neglected.
Soli Deo Gloria,