In your relationship with God, is He more your "Maker" or your "Father"? Your
"Master" or your "Friend"?

This story illustrates what we mean: A victorious emperor returned from war.
At the victory parade soldiers were hardly able to hold back the jubilant
masses. The emperor approached the royal stand where his wife, the
empress, would welcome him. Suddenly a small boy ran out of the crowd
toward the emperor. A brawny soldier scooped up the boy, saying, "You can't
go out there. Don't you realize that is the king himself!" Struggling loose, the
boy replied, "He may be your king, but he is my father!"

No special prophet is needed to reveal that God is great. To anyone willing to
listen, all creation shouts that God is Maker and Master (Psalm 8; 19; Romans
1). God did use His prophets especially to reveal that He is Father and
Friend. Through Moses God revealed Himself as:

The LORD, the LORD, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger,
abounding in love and faithfulness (Exodus 34:6).

Jesus Christ taught us to pray, "Our Father" (Matthew 6:9). Through Him God
revealed the full extent of the truth: "God is love." (1 John 4:8)

Some say that God cannot forgive, cannot forget, cannot welcome you. He
hates sin and despises sinners. They even seek support from important
elements of truth.

He is the Rock, His works are perfect, and all His ways are just. (Deuteronomy

Your eyes are too pure to look on evil; you cannot tolerate wrong. (Habakkuk
Impossible with man,
possible with God.
Then He suffered trials and crucifixion that "He might taste death for
everyone" (Hebrews 2:9). He absorbed every blow. He served our full
sentence. He proved these things by again doing the impossible-rising from
the grave! The Bible boldly announces:

God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners,
Christ died for usFor if, when we were God's enemies, we were reconciled
to Him through the death of His Son, how much more, having been
reconciled, shall we be saved through His life! (Romans 5:8,10)

To be "reconciled" means to stop being enemies and start being friends.
The Judge Himself fulfills the demands of justice and clears our record. He
turns out to be the very "Friend" we need. "Come to Me, all you who are
weary and burdened, and I will give you rest" (Matthew 11:28). He is the
"Father" who fulfills His plan for us "to be adopted as His sons through
Jesus Christ." (Ephesians 1:5)
These great, unchanging truths seem to trap God into perpetual anger at us. True
humility before God, however, admits that He cannot be trapped. He can even
overcome the problem of our sinfulness! Disciples once asked Jesus, "Who then
can be saved?" Jesus looked at them and said, "With man this is impossible, but
not with God; all things are possible with God" (Mark 10:26-27).

Who doubts that God's just judgment must find us guilty? "For no one living is
righteous before You" (Psalm 143:2). Sin's chains bind all of us. Yet the Judge
Himself is free; He can do as He wishes. Who will stop the Judge if He decides to
come down and take the convict's place? God did that very thing-that impossible
thing-for us.

As God the Son (also called the Word), He "became flesh and made His dwelling
among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from
the Father, full of grace and truth." (John 1:14)
How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that
we should be called children of God! And that is what we
are! (1 John 3:1).

A child develops confidence if his father is dependable. In
the same way, we should find and feel safety in our
Father's love. (1 John 4:17-18)

Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence,
so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in
our time of need. (Hebrews 4:16)
To doubt God's ability and care is to dishonor Him. To dodge the terms of His invitation is to rebel. To truly honor Him
is to trust and obey (Matthew 7). As God directs, we enter Christ's saving death in baptism (Romans 6; Mark 16:16;
Acts 22:16). We live with Him and so continue to be cleansed.

If we walk in the light the blood of Jesus, His Son, purifies us from all sin. (1 John 1:7)

What stain remains to distance you from your Father? He snaps every sin-chain and casts away "ALL sin!" Thus the
Almighty breaks the accuser's trap.

Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies! (Romans 8:33)

John agrees:

I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.
(1 John 5:13)

You can "know." What positive assurance! You can "have." What a possession-with much more to come! World Bible
School helps you learn the message of the Maker and Master so that you can meet Him as Father and Friend!