1. God is the provider of all:
Matthew 5:45: … He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.
2. He sees all things and rewards goodness:
Matthew 6:4: … your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
3. He’s fully aware of our needs:
Matthew 6:8: … your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
4. He’s better than human fathers at giving His children good gifts:
Matthew 7:11: If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!
Also Luke 11:13
5. His Spirit speaks through us when we are persecuted:
Matthew 10:19-20: When you are arrested, don’t worry about how to respond or what to say. God will give you the right words at the right time. 20 For it is not you who will be speaking—it will be the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.
6. He knows all the details of our lives:
Matthew 10:29-31: What is the price of two sparrows—one copper coin? But not a single sparrow can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it. 30 And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. 31 So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows.
7. He reveals truth to us:
Matthew 16:17: Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven.
Matthew 18:10: See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven.
9. He answers our prayers:
Matthew 18:19: if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.
10. The Father decides who will have places of honor with Christ:
Matthew 20:23: Jesus said to them, “You will indeed drink from my cup, but to sit at my right or left is not for me to grant. These places belong to those for whom they have been prepared by my Father.”
11. When we forgive others, He forgives us:
Mark 11:25: when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.
12. The Father decides the timing of events:
Mark 13:32: But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.
13. He reveals things to people who have child-like faith and conceals things from the proud:
Luke 10:21: At that time Jesus, full of joy through the Holy Spirit, said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do.
14. We cannot know the Father except through Jesus:
Luke 10:22: “All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows who the Son is except the Father, and no one knows who the Father is except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.”
See also John 1:18
15. He seeks true worshipers who worship Him in spirit and in truth:
John 4:23: true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.
16. The Father is always at His work:
John 5:17: “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I too am working.”
17. The Father and Son are One:
John 5:19: Jesus gave them this answer: “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.
See also John 12:50 and John 14
18. He leaves judgment to Christ:
John 5:22: the Father judges no one, but has entrusted all judgment to the Son…
Because this is a complex role, please read “Did Jesus Come to Judge or Not to Judge.”
19. We come to Jesus through the Father:
John 6:44: “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them, and I will raise them up at the last day.”
20. He honors those who serve Christ:
John 12:26: Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.
21. When Christ came to earth and temporarily gave up His full rights as God (Philippians 2:5-11), the Father was greater than Christ:
John 14:28: “You heard me say, ‘I am going away and I am coming back to you.’ If you loved me, you would be glad that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I.”
22. The Father required the death of Christ for our sake, and Christ obeyed out of love for the Father:
John 14:30-31: “I don’t have much more time to talk to you, because the ruler of this world approaches. He has no power over me, 31 but I will do what the Father requires of me, so that the world will know that I love the Father. Come, let’s be going.
23. The Father answers requests in Christ’s Name (i.e. in and through Christ, according to His will):
John 15:16: …whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.
See also John 16:23
To get a balanced view of this passage, please read “Ask & Receive”
24. The Father loves those who love Christ:
John 16:27: the Father himself loves you because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God.
25. We tell small children who accept Christ that they “have Jesus in their hearts,” but we actually have the entire Trinity, Father, Son and Spirit (John 14:15-17):
John 17:21: Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.
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