I truly believe that you will never know who you are until you know who the Father is. But you will never know who the Father is until you walk in the identity of the Son, Jesus Christ. Jesus declared this truth Himself, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father but by Me.” (John 14:6) Jesus didn’t say that no one gets to heaven but by Him. He said no one gets to the Father. Heaven isn’t the point or the goal…the Father is. And Jesus declared that He was the way to the Father. He is the truth—the fullness—of who the Father is. And He is the life…both the life that was sacrificed to redeem us to the Father, and the life we unite ourselves with in covenant with the Father.
God is love, and everything that He has done has been done because of love. Unity with Christ is the way into that love. He is the full expression of the Father’s love, and the life we live out experiencing that love.
Knowing the Father’s love is about knowing (uniting with) Jesus. Because as Jesus said, “If you have seen Me, you have seen the Father.” (John 14:9) But herein is our disconnect: We haven’t seen Jesus…at least not physically. So, how then can we know the Father? How will we know His love? The answer to this is still, “Through the Son”…but…by the Spirit. And Jesus even said that this was a better way. (John 16:7) Instead of looking upon the Son, or upon God on top of the mountain, we are learning who Christ is and being transformed into His image by the very Spirit of God inside of us.
Look at it this way: It is the Spirit that searches and reveals the depths of God. (1 Corinthians 2:10-14) It is this same Spirit by which we are adopted as sons and daughters. (Romans 8:15) And it is this same Spirit that works through us to accomplish infinitely more than we can ask or imagine. (Ephesians 3:20)
Now, there is a practical point that I am trying to get to. It is my singular purpose to help you know the Father’s heart towards you…that you would know your identity in Christ and live it out so that God’s love is perfected in you, as well as through you into others. I want you to walk in God’s power and love, and daily bring it to others. But here’s the thing: If you try to perform as the Son in order to get to the Father, you will only live in condemnation and failure…or arrogance. Because living by performance is not living by the Spirit. Living by the Spirit is trusting the Father’s heart—that He already loves you. He already desires you, and wants to draw you deeper into intimacy with Him. When you embrace this fact, you will understand that following the Spirit in order to become like Christ is in itself a mutual act of love. And in this place, you will reach out to others—you will step out in audacious faith—because of the Father’s love, and not for it.