by Carron Lake -

What does The Scriptures teach us about GOD The Father?
And how did GOD The Father, WHO is INVISIBLE reveal HIMSELF to this world?

From the study of the first topic in this series, we have understood "...that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake [as they were] moved by the Holy Ghost" (2 Peter 1:20,21). They were men, who were connected to GOD, not by any direct connection by their own efforts, but by The Spirit of GOD, Who moved upon their hearts, to Testify and reveal HIS TESTIMONY of HIMSELF through them, to the hearts of men, who would receive HIS Word of Understanding in them. For it is written, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not" (John 1:1-5).

Some might say, "Why could we not connect directly to GOD, to see and hear HIM for ourselves? HE has already answered by HIS Word in the second study of this series. HE has revealed that our sins are like a covering of darkness, which has separated between our God, and us and like death, our sins have hid HIS face from us that we cannot see, or hear HIM, because we are spiritually dead in our sins and are disconnection from HIM. For HE said by HIS Word, "I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living" (Matthew 22:32).

Before GOD created this earth in the beginning, as a dwelling place for man, HE had already created a dwelling place in heaven, to dwell among the angels, who were created long before man came into being. And although the angels, or the inhabitants of heaven were dwelling in The Light of HIS Glory, HIS Word has revealed The Light of His Understanding, saying that "...the earth was without form, and void; and darkness [was] upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that [it was] good: and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day" (Genesis 1:2,3).

Notice that the evening always comes as a result of an eclipse of the source of light, or as a result of turning away from the source of light. Notice also that GOD had divided, or HE had separated the darkness from dwelling with The Light long before HE created the sun to shine light upon the earth, which was not yet formed in the beginning of the creation of this world. HE was revealing something more important to our understanding through HIS work of creation of this world. For it is written, "...there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him" (Revelation 12:7-9). After spreading his darkness against The Light, he was cast out of heaven.

Notice the connection, or the comparison between the dividing of the darkness from the light of heaven and the casting out from heaven the great dragon, or the serpent of old, who fought against Michael and His angels in heaven. Satan was cast out of heaven because he prevailed not against Michael and his angels. And although GOD has revealed to us that there was war in heaven between Light and darkness, or between Michael and the dragon, who has continued his war against GOD here on the earth, between life and death; we need to look back to the beginning, to comprehend the cause of the war in heaven, to understand the cause of our wars here on this earth that we by The Power of GOD might prevail against the enemy, who wars against The Light and Life of GOD. But how do we do this, if we are the living dead on this earth for nearly six thousand years after the fact, after the war in heaven had taken place, even before the earth was created? How would GOD reveal to us The Truth that we might prevail against the works of darkness and death to live The Light of Life in this world?

GOD The Father has revealed all that we need to know, to prevail against the works of darkness and death right here on the earth, by The Power and Light of HIS Word, Who dwells with us and in us, who believe in HIS Word. To overcome the enemy of darkness and death, we must join with The Holy One, Who prevailed with His angels against the serpent of old, in the war between Light and darkness. But it is written, "In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not" (John 1:4,5). It was to reveal, not only to men on earth, but also to the angels in heavens that GOD sent HIS Only Begotten Son to reveal HIS GLORY to both men and to angels. For John wrote and said, "That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life; (For the life was manifested, and we have seen [it], and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;).

"That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship [is] with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full. This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all" (1 John 1:1-5). For Jesus came to reveal The Truth of The Father to all, who would believe on HIM by Him, saying, "Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out. And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all [men] unto me" (John 12:31,32).

All, who believe in GOD The Father, believe on HIM, because of what HE has revealed to us through HIS Son, Whom HE has sent in HIS NAME. The Light of GOD'S Judgment by HIS Word has shown us The Way of Light and Life from the ways of darkness and death. To His friends, who followed Him, Jesus said, "...I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven. Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven. In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes: even so, Father; for so it seemed good in thy sight. All things are delivered to me of my Father: and no man knoweth who the Son is, but the Father; and who the Father is, but the Son, and [he] to whom the Son will reveal [him]. And he turned him unto [his] disciples, and said privately, Blessed [are] the eyes which see the things that ye see: For I tell you, that many prophets and kings have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen [them]; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard [them]" (Luke 10:18-24).

As we have read before in the previous study, GOD had revealed a key to the church in Rome by HIS Word through His friend Paul, saying, "...that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed [it] unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, [even] his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse" (Romans 1:19,20). From this key of understanding, we read that "...all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come" (1 Corinthians 10:11)." "For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope" (Romans 15:4).

The literal creation of this world in six days, reads like an index to a book, which reveals the spiritual things of GOD through the physical things HE has made. Through the creation of this world, GOD has been revealing The Truth of HIS Glory to the universe, which came under darkness to The Knowledge of HIS Glory by the hidden things of dishonesty by the serpent of old, who to some extent have repeated the same spiritual war of darkness against The Light, with physical consequences, which leads to death on this earth. The same work of darkness, for which he was cast out of heaven, will come to an end right here on this earth by The Power and Light of GOD'S Word. For it is written, "The thing that hath been, it [is that] which shall be; and that which is done [is] that which shall be done: and [there is] no new [thing] under the sun" (Ecclesiastes 1:9). However, it is also written, "The LORD [is] good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him. But with an overrunning flood he will make an utter end of the place thereof, and darkness shall pursue his enemies. What do ye imagine against the LORD? he will make an utter end: affliction shall not rise up the second time" (Nahum 1:7-9).

As you can see, although this world is a lesson book for both heaven and earth, to learn the cause of sin and the results of sin, HE, WHO by HIS Word created all things, HE has revealed by HIS Word that affliction shall not rise up the second time. For it is written, "...God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful. And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death." (Revelation 21:4-8).

From The Light of HIS Word to our hearts, GOD has revealed that there was darkness upon the face of the deep, and HE by HIS Spirit had divided the darkness from among the inhabitants of Light. When HE said, "Let there be Light" HE began the work of revealing to the whole universe The Light of HIS Glory through the creation of this world and the revealing to man The Power of HIS Word. From His friend David, the question was presented, saying, "O LORD our Lord, how excellent [is] thy name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens. Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger. When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour. Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all [things] under his feet" (Psalms 8:1-6).

Out of the mouth of babes, who are still being nurtured by HIS Hand, HE by HIS Word through those, who receive HIS Word have revealed that HE is The SOURCE of The Fountain of The Water of Life, and not the enemy, who sought to overcome The Light of Glory with his darkness of deception. Through Paul, GOD demonstrated The Power and Wisdom of HIS Word, saying, " speech and my preaching [was] not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God. Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought: But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, [even] the hidden [wisdom], which God ordained before the world unto our glory: Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known [it], they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.

"But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed [them] unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know [them], because they are spiritually discerned. But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ" (1 Corinthians 2:4-16).

Before the creation of this world, GOD had ordained that by HIS Spirit in man, HE would reveal to the whole universe The Truth of HIS Glory and the cause and results of sin for those, who choose the path of rejecting HIS Light and Life, to walk in darkness and death. For Paul said by GOD'S Word, saying, "Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not; But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God. But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake. For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to [give] the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us" (2 Corinthians 4:1-7).

As we behold The Treasures of Christ by faith through the vessels
of GOD'S Living Word, we see Him, Who reveals The Invisible
to us that we might glorify and honor The Father in The Son Name.

It was revealed to Paul by GOD through HIS Word that the serpent of old, who was cast out of heaven, had deceived man that he might become the god of this world to represent himself again in the courts above. To keep the minds of men blinded from receiving The Truth of GOD, he needed to distort The IMAGE of GOD in our hearts that we might not reflect and present The True IMAGE of The Godhead in our lives. By including himself in The Godhead with The Father, WHO created all things by HIS Son, the serpent of old imprinted the wrong image of god upon the hearts and minds of both men and angels, to worship GOD as a Trinity, and not The Father and Son, WHO works by HIS Son in all things, as it is written in HIS Word. As a result darkness has spread upon the face of the deep, including man upon the face of the earth. And although Jesus has made it clear to men, "...saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth" (Matthew 28:18), many still do not realize that He is The Holy One through Whom The Father works to give Power to overcome the power of the enemies' deception.

Through His friend John, GOD had revealed in a vision a message to be given to His church on earth. John testified and said, "...I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals. And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof? And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon. And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon. And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof" (Revelation 5:1-5).

No one, but One was found worthy to take The Book from HIM, WHO sat upon the throne, to loose the seals of Understanding in opening The Book, to reveal The Things written therein, to fulfill the command of The LORD to "Let there be Light", to let The Light and Power of HIS Word be imprinted upon the heart of His bride, to give The Light of The Knowledge of The Glory of GOD, as HE is revealed through HIS Son--Jesus Christ, Who is The Only One, Who can reveal The Truth Image of The Father to all, whose face is in darkness to The Light of The Father's GLORY. But This Treasure of The Knowledge of GOD is reveal by GOD in earthen vessels that the excellency of The Power may be of GOD, and not of us. It was to keep us from receiving The Image and Glory of GOD upon our hearts that the serpent of old, who was cast out of heaven, came to cause sin between us and our Heavenly Father that The True Image of GOD might not be seen and be reflected in the hearts of the whole universe above the earth.

For it was The LORD our GOD, WHO revealed and instructed The Only One through Whom, and by Whom HE created all things, saying "...Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl [that] may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven. And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that [it was] good. And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth. And the evening and the morning were the fifth day. And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so. And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that [it was] good.

"And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his [own] image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth" (Genesis 1:20-28).

Notice that The LORD God created the living creatures that flew in the air, and those, that moved upon the earth, and that moved within the waters of the seas, and He blessed them and gave them the gift of reproduction, to reproduce after their own kind, and HE saw that it was good. HE then made man after HIS OWN Likeness, after HIS Own Image, to follow and worship HIM by HIS Example--The Holy One Who was born after HIS Kind. But the enemy of GOD wanted man to follow and worship after his kind, to rebel against GOD in following after his dishonest ways. "And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die" (Genesis 2:16,17).

Man was ordained of GOD before the foundation of the world to testify and reveal The Glory of GOD by The Power and Fruit of HIS Word. From the testimony borne by His friend Luke, Jesus defined to His disciples and to the multitude that sat before Him, the types of trees that are revealed in this world. He said "...a good tree bringeth not forth corrupt fruit; neither doth a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. For every tree is known by his own fruit. For of thorns men do not gather figs, nor of a bramble bush gather they grapes. A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh" (Luke 6:43-45).

As GOD'S Example to man, The Word and Fruit of GOD bore Fruit through the offspring of His friend John, saying "I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every [branch] that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye [are] the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast [them] into the fire, and they are burned. If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.

"Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love. These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and [that] your joy might be full. This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you. Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and [that] your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you. These things I command you, that ye love one another" (John 15:1-17).

Notice that The Perfect Example of GOD to man was being revealed to us through The Vine of HIS Holy Word. As The Only Vine, through Whom The Father bears Fruit to cleanse the hearts of those, who have received and connected to HIS Word, Jesus Testified of The Father and made it clear that we cannot bear The Fruit of GOD'S Word unless The Father has cleansed our hearts, by The Saving Connection of HIS Word, Who abides in the hearts of those, who believe in Him. We cannot reveal The Father NAME if we are disconnected from The Vine of HIS Word. If HIS Vine connects us to The Father, then HE will be glorified by HIS Word in our hearts, to bear much Fruit unto the glory of GOD by HIS Word in us.

All, who are connected to The Father by The Vine of HIS Word, will be bearing HIS Fruit of Love One for another, which is The Fruit of keeping The Father's Commandments of Love for GOD and Love for our fellow man. If men are not bearing The Fruit of keeping The Father's Commandments of Love for GOD and Love for our fellow man, then it is evident that The Saving Connection of The Vine of HIS Word has not taken root to cleanse the heart from being separated from HIM. For it is The Fruit of Joy and The Glory of The Vine of GOD'S Word, to bear Fruit in making known and revealing The Light of The Father's Glory to all, who are connected to Him, to shine to all, who are in darkness to The Father's Glory, Which is revealed through Him.

The Father has shined The Light of HIS Glory through HIS Word--The Rod
of HIS Mouth to give The Light of Truth to shine to all in darkness to HIS Glory.

A True Revelation of GOD The Father is HIS CHARACTER of LOVE expressed in the giving and the revealing of HIS Son to both heaven and earth. For out of The Good Treasure of HIS Heart, GOD gave and revealed The Fruit and Power of HIS Word, Who and by Whom HE created first the things of heaven, then the things of the earth to express and reveal The IMAGE and Glory of GOD. But there was one, who sought to receive The Glory of GOD to himself, who misrepresented The IMAGE and Character of GOD by his words of dishonesty, to both the heavens above, and then again to the earth beneath. To help both the heavens and the earth to comprehend The True IMAGE of GOD, to be revealed in our lives, The Word of GOD has revealed to His friend Moses The True CHARACTER of GOD, when The Father spoke through Him saying, "I [am] the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness [of any thing] that [is] in heaven above, or that [is] in the earth beneath, or that [is] in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God [am] a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth [generation] of them that hate me; And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments" (Exodus 20:2-6).

Notice that it was Christ, Who made The Father's Law know to Moses. For HE said, "If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love" (John 15:10). When Moses requested to see The Father's GLORY, it was through Christ that The Father said to Moses, "...I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy" (Exodus 33:19).

Although it was The Father, WHO said by HIS Word to Moses that HE would make all HIS GOODNESS to pass before him, it was Christ, Who manifested and said to Moses that He will proclaim, or make known The NAME of The LORD, WHO is invisible before him. Moses later testified that "...the LORD descended in the cloud, and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the LORD. And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear [the guilty]; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children's children, unto the third and to the fourth [generation]" (Exodus 34:5-7).

This is The IMAGE of our LOVING GOD, WHO has revealed HIMSELF to us through HIS Son. As we behold HIM through HIS Son from day to day, it is my prayer that HE will imprint The IMAGE of HIS NAME upon our hearts by The Light of HIS Word, Who shines The Father's Name upon our hearts. The only problem is that many Christians, and none Christians alike, who take HIS NAME to be called the children of GOD, they follow and worship the image of the enemy, who caused darkness to move upon the face of the deep. We have been created by GOD through HIS Word, to fear GOD, or to respect HIS Will to receive Life, to give Glory to HIM, WHO has revealed The True IMAGE of HIS NAME by The Light of HIS Son that we might worship HIM, by allowing HIM to imprint and manifest HIS NAME of LOVE and MERCY by HIS Word flowing as a fountain of the water of life freely through us, to those, who are in darkness to The LIGHT of HIS GOODNESS and GRACE. Can we worship HIM and reflect HIS IMAGE while breaking HIS Law of LOVE? Let us take heed to hear the call of GOD by HIS Word, to enter The Kingdom of HIS Only Begotten Son. Amen.

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