And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6b NIV).
Everlasting Father. It shows God’s unchanging nature towards His children. Yes, God loves to have a loving relationship with you. Have you yet realized it? The Christian life is miserable when you think of it in terms of doing some things and not doing some things. Even if you are successful in obeying all the rules that God has given and all the sub-rules you’ve made; you will fail to know the joy of the relationship you have with God your Father. That relationship is characterized by freedom. This freedom is not used as a license to sin. But it is a freedom from fear and full expression of love (see 1 John 4:18).
The Bible talks about this great love the Father has lavished on us so that you and I should be called children of God (see 1 John 3:1). It is not just an emotional love but divine with legal authority (see John 1:12). So, the promised child would make it possible for humanity to understand God as Father. And that relationship does not end with life on earth. It goes beyond time. It is everlasting. And a time is coming when this Everlasting Father will make His dwelling with men and live with them and “will wipe away every tear from their eyes” (see Revelation 21:3, 4)
But God has not kept a promise like that far away and left us today without nothing. The Bible says that God has sent His Spirit into our hearts which cries out “Abba, Father” (see Romans 8:15, 16; Galatians 4:6, 7). This most intimate cry (Abba can only be possibly translated as my dearest daddy) to God; let it rise up from our hearts continually. It is an expression of our freedom from fear in approaching God. It talks about the fact that we are no longer slaves to sin; but sons and daughters of God. Therefore, listen to His loving words: “Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you.” “I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters” (see 2 Corinthians 6:17b, 18).
His love for you goes beyond time. It stretches forth into never-ending eternity. That is why Jesus said: “In my Father’s house are many rooms . . . I am going there to prepare a place for you” (see John 14:2). He is preparing something for you, which again the Bible says, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him” (1 Corinthians 2:9).
So, rejoice in your privilege to have God as your Everlasting Father. Call Him Abba today!