Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Who is God?

Ron Frost reflects on our relationship to God as Father:
"In what he shared of his faith there was no reference to God as one who is personal to him—of God as his Abba, Daddy. Instead the man spoke of his confidence in his training and his devotion to the truths of the faith as the measure of a sound Christianity. My thought, by contrast, was that a new life in Christ has a real impact on someone."
It's a common enough observation of much Christianity - confidence in truth and truths, and yet rare sense of personality and relationality in Christianity. I talk with Christians who can speak readily of God as Creator, as Sovereign and yet is God not fundamentally love? Didn't his love precede his creating? And isn't any authority and power he has formed by his gospel-shaped love that makes it less power-wielded and more power-yielded through the potency of a life-giving Father, the self-giving of the Son and the intimacy that we have through the ministry of the Spirit living within us?.

Frost ends with more questions:
"So let me ask this question: what are the true marks of a Christian? Is a sense of personal intimacy with God among them? Or is it just an option for some of us but not for all?"


  1. The Spirit causes us to cry 'Abba, Father!' does it not?

    So, I guess I'm saying my answer to your (Frost's) final question is 'yes - personal intimacy is a mark of the Christian.'

    I'd want to make sure we're getting our expectations of the shape of that intimacy right and biblical of course (for e.g., remembering that, as an example of our intimate dependency on him, the verse I quoted from Romans 8 is a cry made in the context of the fight with sin, suffering, etc.), but the basic answer has to be 'yes,' right?

  2. Suffering is certainly the context - the clearest moment Jesus cries 'Abba' is in Gethsemane.