Archive of Pastor Darby's Sermon Notes, transcribed from his original typewritten documents
JESUS' VIEW OF GOD
Aug 15, 1947
BE YE THEREFORE PERFECT, EVEN AS YOUR FATHER WHICH IS IN HEAVEN IS PERFECT. MATT 5:48
Jesus revealed to us God the Father. This was the purpose of His incarnation. He showed us God's attitude both toward man and sin. He showed us God's perfections and graces. Up to that time there had been faulty conceptions; these He exposed. Since He had come to reveal the Father, we do well to inquire into His revelation of Him.
I. GOD AS FATHER.
Here is the idea of God's tenderness. He is not only a moral governor but a loving parent. As for himself, Jesus points out that He is the only begotten Son of God. God is a sympathetic Father; He is loving and compassionate and approachable. He will protect His children, provide for them, even sacrifice to supply their needs. There is honor and oy in being His children. The great Apostle John had that fact in mind when he said, "Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: Therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew Him not" (I John 3:1)
II. GOD AS UNIVERSAL WORKER
Jesus describes the Father as a busy person. He Himself had no leisure, even to eat. He withdrew from the crowds in order to get a rest, but was interrupted. He hurried from city to city, touching more and more souls. The universe is not a mere clock, wound in the beginning and left to its own devices. God is still busy directing and maintaining. There is great comfort in knowing that God still controls. He is still providing for His creatures; He is still at work in the interest of redemption; He is still responsive to His children.
III. GOD AS ABSOLUTE POWER
There is nothing that can be done which He is not able to do. He has sufficiency of both power and greatness. That power is manifested particularly in the creation of the universe. He performed miracles that shows His control over nature. By His miracles He indicated His power over wickedness and physiological defects. He showed His power over life by raising the dead, and over devils by casting them out. He is good, wise, holy, and perfectly so. His power is manifested always in the interest of what is good and righteous.
IV. GOD AS FORGIVER
Until the coming of Jesus, God had been viewed as One who brings calamity. Many thought that He was cruel and that He rejoiced in the helpless sufferer. Instead, He is a forgiving Father, willing to cleanse us from our sins. On our confession He blots out our transgressions. To this end, He gave His Son to die. He, therefore, wants us to be God-like and to have the same spirit toward our enemies and the depraved. The world is waiting for us to demonstrate that spirit and holy character. The world wants us to be perfect, even as He is perfect, and we should be like Him in service. Jesus came as a servant, not to be served. He was very humble; He even washed His disciples' feet. We are to serve in that same Christlike spirit.