Right off the bat, it easy to understand why it hasn’t always been Father-time. It’s because He hasn’t always been a Father. God was always here, but it was a long while before He sent the Word to become flesh: Jesus, the only begotten son of God. It’s just like in the natural, a man was already here doing his thing, but he was not called a father until we heard the voice of that little one arriving on the scene. John 1:1, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” You see, God unspoken (the complete, and vast unknown will of God), and God spoken (the specific, and known word of God), were here together at the beginning. If we move the scene to Jesus time here on earth, in his role as son, he mentions His relationship as Word with God from the beginning in John 17:5. It reads, “And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.” So we are talking about the same one God today, that was here at the beginning.
Now, here’s the thing. God loved us from before the time of man’s creation. He wanted us to love him back. God tried in every way possible through out the years to show us his love, and have us to love him back. He first put Adam and Eve in the garden with the tree of life. God required only one stipulation from us in which he would equate as love: do not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. They were unable to do the one thing that was important to God. Acts of love from God continue to go on, and on with Him looking here and there to find something that man could survive, and show God love. Noah building the Ark didn’t last, coming through the Patriarchs didn’t do it, giving the people Judges and Kings didn’t do it, Moses with the Law and all those animals sacrificed didn’t do it, but God didn’t give up. He had a plan working that would save us: at the same time through all of these acts of love along with the many other acts of love that I did not name, it came down to the final act. Think about it, everything had come up short to save us. The love extended by God was just not enough to get it done: He had to go beyond Love.
What does it mean to go beyond Love? It means to do something that cost you a lot. I like the way the Bible says it in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son,………….” While we were still yet sinners, God sent us the Christ. He went beyond Love, and had to “So” Love us: we had showed no sign, and had given God no hope that we would ever change. So he sent one that could pay the price, and show the Love: This is when He became Father.
The Body of Christ began with Jesus, and the Apostles. At this stage, the Body was not ready for Father time because it was in its infant stage. 1 Peter 2:2 describes the infant stage the best. It says, “As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby.” Well, Jesus left the five-fold ministry here to continue to feed the Body of Christ the word so it would grow, and develop. When Jesus left, it was still not time for Father yet. The development of the Body of Christ would take time to develop just as a natural child takes a lot of time to develop. The key to remember here is that each of the God Head comes to oversee the stage of its authority. Jesus was the Word part of the one God. So the Word was here first to establish His authority.
Now, the Body of Christ has to grow in that Word. Next, when Jesus left, God, now called Father, sent the promise to the Body of Christ: The Holy Ghost. Jesus told the Apostles that they would need Power to carry out the Word that he left for them to carry out. Just like back in the day before Jesus, when the Word went forth, the Spirit would move on it to bring it to pass. In the Body of Christ, it still works the same way, when the Word goes forth, the power (the Holy Ghost) of the one God moves on it to bring it to pass. So, the Word (Jesus) has been here, the Power (The Holy Ghost) has been here to oversee the authority that is His for the Body of Christ. Over all these years the Body of Christ has finally developed, and matured to the place where we are ready for the final level of maturity, and authority: the authority of Father.
So the reason why it is now Father-Time is because the body of Christ is ready for that final level of development. That can only be done by the one with the Final authority: Father. The times and seasons to finish all work are in His authority. We, the Body of Christ, need Father to finish our work before Jesus returns in the near future. We have been developing in the Word, and learning to walk in the Power of the Holy Ghost since Jesus left, and the Holy Ghost came: Now it’s time to know FATHER.
More on Father next time.