The Divine Fatherhood -- By: J. W. Ross

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 062:248 (Oct 1905)
Article: The Divine Fatherhood
Author: J. W. Ross

The Divine Fatherhood

Rev. J. W. Ross

Can there be a question of greater importance to man than that of his relation to his Creator, Preserver, and Sovereign Lord? Men’s indifference to the fearful importance of this question, as it applies to each individual, is an indication of a moral and spiritual state that ought to excite our wonder. Men are often amazed at each other’s mental abilities; and well they may be. But the disparity that is often seen between moral and intellectual greatness in the same person gives rise to most perplexing questions. Dissimilitude between men’s mental and moral abilities, however, is too common to excite much surprise.

We usually divide the human family into two classes, and call them good or bad; but the exact separating line is so delicate that no finite being can judge his fellow with exact justice. Difficult and delicate as judging other people’s state and relations to the Infinite Creator may be, it is still more difficult for us impartially to judge our own motives or actions. especially when near the line that divides between exact righteousness and unrighteousness.

The Scriptures, however, definitely inform us that God takes exact account of the hidden motives of ail actions, and consigns to the side of absolute justice all his creatures, whether good or bad.

God’s judgment of men was announced long ages ago, and has often been repeated in ail our ears: “All have sinned, and

come short of the glory of God “(Rom. 3:23). Though all have sinned and come short of glorifying their Maker, yet some have been made free from sin, and are bearing fruit unto holiness, and are enjoying a life that is, in its nature, everlasting (see Rom. 6:18, 22).

The Object Of This Paper

is not to give judgment on men, but rather to inquire after the Scripture teaching concerning the relations that exist between those who have not been made free from sin, and their Creator, Preserver, and absolute Sovereign.

In Genesis 1:27 we read these words: “God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.” This account of the origin, primitive nature, and relation of man to his Creator is satisfactory to a hundred fold more wise and learned men than any other conception ever set forth for human consideration.

Then when we read: “And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest f...

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