Our Father Speaks: God’s Masculinity

Jesus asked His disciples: “Who do you say that I am?” They replied, “some say you are John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and still others say Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” Jesus pressed further, “but who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, Son of the Living God.” Jesus answers, “Blessed are you Simon, Son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven.”

Likewise, Moses asked God: When I go and tell the Israelites the God of their ancestors have sent me and they ask me your name, who do I say has sent me? God replies, “I AM WHO I AM.” Say this to the people of Israel: I am has sent me to you.” God also said to Moses, “Say this to the people of Israel: Yahweh, the God of your ancestors—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob—has sent me to you.

Unlike idols, and man-made gods, the Creator of the Universe tells us who He is. He speaks. He is not a mute God. He does not leave us without revelation. Peter did not know who Jesus was because he innately knew. He knew because the Father revealed this truth to Him. Moses knew the names of the Egyptian gods and goddesses, but who is this God? This One who speaks? This One, not named by man? God reveals who He is to Moses. Yahweh is a specific God, The Creator of the Universe, not to be confused with man-made and named gods. He is the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. The patriarchs of both Jews and Christians.

When we attempt to rename God, to give him pronouns He did not give Himself. We not only create a new god of our own making; we create a new identity contrary to the design of God for humanity.

The gender wars are imploding. The feminist movement tried to make women into men to qualify us for equality. The gay/lesbian movement took the issue further and blurred the line between the two to where it led to the transgenderism perceived to be rampant in today’s cutting-edge culture. Now theologically confused believers try to do what many movements have tried to do and go all the way back to beginning to alter the origins of God so that they can legitimize the new borderless existence of man. Thus, the modern philosophy of secular man gets thrown back through history to question the theology of God as the Father.

God said that He created man and woman in His image. Notice we must borrow from Scripture even in our theology to disagree with Scripture. People argue from this passage that God is both male and female, but to do so they use Scripture to try and defeat Scripture.

God made Adam. Saw that it was not good for him to be alone. Out of Adam, God fashioned Eve. Adam alone did not have what was needed for companionship, for fruitfulness. Adam needed an Eve. God made woman for man to work together to tend the garden and to be fruitful and multiply. Eve came out of Adam but is not Adam. Adam was not also Eve.

Both man and woman are created in the image of God. But God is Father. God is He. Jesus told us to pray, “Our Father” – Jesus does not pray to His Mother, He gave the honor of mother to a human woman – Mary. Jesus prays to His Father. Father forgive them. Father do not forsake me. My Father in heaven . . . Hallowed be HIS Name. God tells us in Scripture Who He Is and invites us to know Him one on one and not just remotely through the Scriptures about Him. We require both His written revelation and the Person who is Revelation Himself. Together with what is written and what is known spirit to Spirit we get a picture of who is this Mighty God we serve. That picture will always fall short of His actual Majesty. He is grander than our greatest imaginings of Him.

However, God has given us His revelation. He gave us the language – even teaching us to pray Our Father and not – here is the distinction – not Our Mother. Our Mother is not a prayer He taught us to pray. If this is the language God communicates to His people, this is the language we are to use. Man did not name God. Patriarchs did not decide God was going to be the Father of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob rather than saying “Mother of Sarah, Rebecca and Rachel.”

Women have gotten confused about who we are. We think we need to be man. We think we need God to use our gender pronouns to legitimize us as equal of worth and esteem. We are destroying all that gives us our precious feminine identity. The more we strive to be the same as men, the more we destroy who we are. The more we try to make God into our image, the more we reduce Him from the God who gave us our image. There is a reason He uses the masculine to describe Himself. He is the initiator. The Creator. The Father over life. He is ultimate strength, warrior, defender, protector. These are not the dominate roles of women even though they can manifest in some manner in a woman.

God made us women to be beautiful. He endowed us with loveliness. He delights in our femininity. He did not want a whole world that only exhibits masculinity. He wanted male and female. He called both male and female good. We do not need to create a new theology for our purposeful existence. He already gave us theology for our being woman and not also man. Man is incomplete without Woman. God is not incomplete. He did not create out of incompleteness. He created out of His goodness.

Technically, God has no gender the way man and woman have gender as He is Spirit. However, He reveals Himself – giving revelation about Himself – through the language and form of masculinity. That is something we cannot and ought not change. God speaks. He tells us who He is. We can only tell Him what He reveals to us about Him just as Peter spoke His revelation when he answered Jesus. What we believe He tells us by spirit, must line up with what He has written in the Scriptures or else is it is not good doctrine. God tells us who He is, and we worship Him in spirit and in truth when we believe and communicate that true revelation of the Father.

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