We are all fatherless.
According to the Bible, every human being is conceived fatherless.
Adam was created as the “son of God” (Lk. 3:38), but he essentially alienated him from his Father when he chose to disobey.
When God came looking for him, Adam hid (Gen. 3:8). Adam’s withdrawal reverberated in the punishment for sin imposed upon him and his children.
God banished the man who hid from the garden. The garden used to be the place where God met and walked with him.
The apostle Paul even quoted the pagan poet Aratus’s description of all people as God’s offspring.
28 For ‘In him we live and move and have our being’; as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we too are his offspring.’
29 Since we are God’s offspring, we ought not to think that the deity is like gold, or silver, or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination of mortals (Acts 17:28–29)
According to the verse above, every human being knows something of the fatherhood of God simply by being created and from his providential care. Nonetheless, the same apostle tells the Ephesians that they were not children of God by nature but “children of wrath, like the rest of mankind” (Eph. 2:3). Every human individual yearns for a divine Father.
Apart from the grace of God, every human being after Adam, except Jesus himself, is by nature in a state of fatherlessness.
Why is there so much suffering in the world?
If we want somehow to make sense of the problems in this world, this spiritual kind of fatherlessness is inestimably more significant than even the absence of a human father. Having said that, since the Fall of Man, human history was not exactly a picture of universal health and happiness.
According to Scottish theologian Sinclair Ferguson, sonship is the
“apex of creation and the goal of redemption.”14 Jesus alone is the eternal Son of the Father, but by being joined to him, we come to share his status of sonship. He has natural sonship. We derive and depend on Jesus to become children of God. Everything rides his life, death on the cross, and resurrection. God is our Father because, first, Jesus is the Father of the Son.
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