Ephesians 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: (KJV)
This very statement expresses the axis upon which our faith turns. It sees God as the very source of all blessing. He is the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus Himself told us that He came to reveal the Father, that "Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father (John 14:9)." Jesus lived His life in complete submission to the Father. Jesus gave them this answer: "I tell you the truth, 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. For the Father loves the Son and shows him all he does. . .(John 5:19, 20)." This is more than just a servant doing the bidding of a master, though He is our Master. God is more than just absolute thought or good, more than just an abstract force. No, He is a Father, One in relationship with another. Jesus, the Son, reveals to us a relationship He has with God, the Father, as a relationship that He invites us into. In coming to Christ, as we believe on His Name, we are born again into this family (from which we had fallen and lost our identity previously). God, the Father, invites us to draw near to Him as a Father and then imparts to us His very life. He doesn't just call us to blind obedience, though He does call us to obedience. He doesn't call us to be unfeeling, unthinking robots who simply mimic a Creator. No, He invites us to experience life directly from Him, the source of all life, in a vital living relationship with a living God. Wow! This is the abundant life He came to give. And this is where we experience it, even in relationship with the One to whom Jesus taught us to pray, Our Father. . . .