The Calgary Bible Training Center is a place to be transformed by the love of the Father, through Jesus Christ the Son of God and by the Power of the Holy Spirit. Simply put, it is a place to be transformed by the love of God. God is love and everything He does begins and ends in love (1 John 4:8). He has perfect love for all His sons and daughters.
In the Garden of Eden, God as the Father of creation started a small community of sons and daughters that was supposed to grow with time. He visited man every so often in the cool of the day to have fellowship with man. He was the Father of mankind and wanted it to stay that way. When the devil tempted man and we fell into sin, the original plan of God for mankind was reversed. Man became a slave to sin and the devil. The Father did not just sit back and watch things go from bad to worse, he had created man to be His sons and daughters and was going to do everything to restore His original plan for us. He sent His only begotten Son; Jesus Christ, to the world in the fullness of time to restore what was lost at the beginning. Jesus did not just come to make a way for salvation but to restore us to the love of the Father. Jesus said that He is the way, the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father except through Him (Jn.14:6). This leads us to the revelation that a very important part of Jesus’ assignment on earth was to reconcile us to the love of the Father God that was lost at the fall in the Garden. Therefore, we now have access to the love of God as before. The Bible tells us to come boldly to the throne of grace to obtain mercy and find grace to help in times of need (Hebrews 4:16).
Understanding the Father’s love at a deeper level is the key to functioning at our best. The Father was not on a vacation when Jesus came on earth to save mankind. The Bible tells us that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself (2 Cor. 5:19). So, the Father was in the Son reconciling the world to Himself. Throughout Jesus’ mission on earth he kept on reminding the disciples of the love of the Father. Jesus made it clear to the disciples and to us that His doctrine was not His own but the Father’s, who sent Him (John 7:16). He only spoke what the Father commanded Him to say (John 12:49). Furthermore He only spoke how the Father asked Him to speak (John 12:49-50). The miracles that Jesus did, He said concerning them, that He only did what He saw the Father do. He said as the Son sees that Father raising the dead even so he gives life to whoever He wills (John 5:21). The Father who dwells in the Son was doing all the works (John.14:10).
The Bible tells us that God at various times and in various ways spoke to the fathers through the prophets but in these last days He has decided to speak to us through His Son whom He has appointed heir of all things (Hebrews 1:1-3). The Son is said to be the brightness of the Father’s glory shining forth for the world to see. He is equally the express image of the Father’s personality shining forth for the world to see. So the Father is not angry and distant and is not punishing us. He is close at hand. His thoughts of us are not thoughts of evil but thoughts of good to give us a hope and a future (Jer.29:11). The Father is interested in us. He says all things work together for good to them that love God, to them that are called according to His purposes (Rom.8:28). In Matthew 11:27 Jesus makes it clear that he came to reveal the Father to the world. That was a very important aspect of His mission.
The disciples who walked close to Jesus during His earthly ministry got the message loud and clear. They even confirmed that they truly had fellowship with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ (1 John 1:1-3). John who is widely known as the Apostle of love confirmed that what God planned at the beginning was restored to them through Jesus Christ.
So now more and more we are discovering the love of the Father and it is transforming us. The world and the devil have painted a wrong picture, that the Father God is distant, angry and responsible for our trials. However, we are seeing more and more that this message is an eternity away from the truth. We are loved by Father God because He is love. He cares about us. He will never leave us nor forsake us. He is always speaking to us even when we are not listening. All we have to do is tune into the right frequency of His love, and then we will hear Him loud and clear. What He tells us personally must agree with the Word of God revealed in the Bible.
So it is good for you to come to the revelation that you are not a spiritual orphan. You have a Father, the best Father you could ever have. He is the perfect Daddy, an Everlasting Father, the God and Father of creation as our Father. The Almighty God, the Most High God is our Father and He is in charge. That means that everything will be alright. That is why we can rest assured that all things will work out for good in our lives. Even when we go through trials, we are sure that it will be an opportunity to show the Father that we love Him also (James 1:1-2). Trials are no doubt the times we feel the most distant from the Fellowship we have with the Father. However, we are seeing the Father’s love in the midst of trials and seeing that He is responsible for calming the storms in our lives and not causing them. Now, we know who causes our storms and tries to get us to blame our Father God. The Bible says the thief comes to steal to kill and to destroy, but Jesus came that we may have life and have it more abundantly (John 10:10). We know who is on our side because God said I will never leave you nor forsake you. The devil causes us pain and wants us to place the blame on God. Not anymore would we blame our Father God for our temptations. In James 1:13. We are told that let no man say when he is tempted that he is tempted by God, for God cannot Himself tempt anybody. Furthermore, God cannot allow us to be tempted beyond our ability to overcome and with every temptation He will make a way of escape for us.
In conclusion, we are loved by the Father, God. The Bible says behold what manner of love the Father has given unto us, that we should be called the children of God (1 John 3:1). He wants us to be His sons and daughters and such understanding is transformational. We need to have a different perspective of the Father’s love and that will change everything. It changes how we relate to Him, how we have fellowship with Him. It changes our perspective of who we are and gives us our true identity. We know we are loved and cared for. We know His plans are not evil concerning us but good to bring us to an expected end. He even promises to do for us exceedingly abundantly above all we can ever ask or pray for (Eph.3:20).
So let His love transform you through and through. Let His love give you a new perspective of your true identity. Let His love be to you an anchor for your soul, even when everything else fails, know that He will never fail you. So find rest in His love. Lay down the heavy burdens and let Him carry them for you. Receive His love in your heart as an anchor for your soul and you will see how thankful you will become and how peaceful your life will be, knowing that you are dearly loved by your spiritual Father in heaven.
May His love, grace and peace fill your heart and may your whole being reflect His love for you.
You are loved.
God bless you!