An introduction to Christianity can be confusing. After all, we worship Jesus, who is the Son of God, but also God. Because He was God, He was able to live a perfect life yet died on the cross to bear the punishment for our sin, suffering the wrath of God. He was raised from the dead by God, yet claimed that He and the Father are one (John 10:30) and often referred to Himself as “I Am,” the identification of God in Exodus 3:14 (John 6:20, 8:58, etc.).
This is the mystery of the trinity that we identified the past two weeks. Our God is one, yet He has existed eternally in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Spirit. They are all the same God, yet different persons with different roles. How do they differ?
It turns out that we already know much about the Father. In fact, any of the attributes of God that we have discussed in the preceding weeks rightly describe the Father. He is the God who is not limited by space or by knowledge and who does not change. The Father is both just and loving, abhorring sin yet delighting in us. His love for us runs deeper than we know.