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I Believe in God the Father Almighty

August 11th, 2019

Minoh International Church
Pastor Joseph Ricohermoso
Isaiah 40:21~22, 25~26
Matthew 6:9~10


Throughout Scripture we find analogies that point to God’s ability to reveal Himself in ways we can understand, using illustrations we can handle.

For example, to Moses, God showed Himself in the burning bush (Exodus 3:1~10); to Elijah, He was manifested through wind, earthquake, fire and a delicate whispering voice (1 Kings 19:11~12); and, to Isaiah, a vision of God in the holy temple (Isaiah 6:1~4).
例えばモーゼには、燃える炎の中に神様ご自身の姿を現しました(出エジプト記 3:1-10) エリヤには、風、地震、火、そしてささやくような細い声で神様が現れました(列王記Ⅰ 19:11-12)イザヤには、神殿において神様が現れました(イザヤ書6:1-4)

These scriptural images of God are easy to visualize and remember, yet on further reflection they convey important and profound truths concerning God.

If we didn’t have access to the Bible, we can still know about God from the world around us.

Think of a place in God’s creation where you find yourself especially aware of God’s presence. It could be a particular location, a familiar sight, a work of art or the presence of another person. Why do you feel especially aware of God there?

For me, when I get close to nature. I remember going to Canada and I had the opportunity to see and experience Niagara Falls several times. The cascading torrent of six million cubic feet of water goes over the crest of the falls every minute. The sheer power it generates is both overwhelming and amazing. I can’t help but think of God who made it and the other wonders of nature that He created.

Have you not known? Have you not heard? Has it not been told you from the beginning? Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth? It is He who sits above the circle of the earth, And its inhabitants are like grasshoppers, Who stretches out the heavens like a curtain, And spreads them out like a tent to dwell in.

Isaiah 40:21~22


イザヤ書 40:21-22

“To whom then will you liken Me, Or to whom shall I be equal?” says the Holy One. Lift up your eyes on high, And see who has created these things, Who brings out their host by number; He calls them all by name, By the greatness of His might And the strength of His power; Not one is missing.

Isaiah 40:25~26


イザヤ書 40:25-26

The doctrine of creation allows us to feel at home in the world. It reminds us that we, like the rest of creation, were fashioned by God.

We are here because God wants us to be here. We are not alone but are in the very presence of the God who made and owns everything. He knows us and cares for us. Behind the apparently faceless universe lies a Person.

Still, there is a limit to what can be known about God from nature (so-called general revelation).

Christianity points to the biblical record culminating in Jesus Christ, especially His death and resurrection, as the supreme demonstration of the existence and character of God (so-called special revelation).

The biblical witness to God both confirms and extends any knowledge of God available from nature. The ultimate demonstration of God’s continuing concern for and involvement in His creation is His act of redemption in Jesus Christ. Creation is the theater in which the great drama of redemption is played out.

  1. The Apostles’ Creed expresses belief in “God as Almighty.”

The word almighty is problematic to some. It is helpful for us to consider several points.

  1. Because God is Almighty, all power and authority in this world derive from God

Rulers, governments and Christian leaders all derive authority from God and are responsible to Him for the way they exercise it.

Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves.

Romans 13:1~2


ローマ人への手紙 13:1-2

So, what do you think of the Arab Spring or the current demonstrations and rioting in Hong Kong?

We subject ourselves to governing authorities because they are appointed by God and serve a purpose in His plan. God sets a nation’s leaders, but not always to bless the people. Sometimes it is to judge the people or to ripen the nation for judgment.

Please take note that Paul wrote this during the domination of the Roman Empire. It was not a democracy, and was specially cruel to Christians – yet he still recognized their legitimate authority. He neither denied nor reviled the “authority”!

Since governments have authority from God, we are bound to obey them – unless, of course, they order us to do something in contradiction to God’s law. Then, we are commanded to obey God before man (as in Acts 4:19).

  1. Because God is Almighty, things that seem impossible to us are perfectly possible for God.

The angel who came to Mary reminded her of this truth.

“For with God nothing will be impossible.”

Luke 1:37


ルカの福音書 1:37

It is very easy for us to underestimate God; the creed reminds us that He is able to do far more than we think, ask or imagine.

Blaise Pascal (19 June 1623 – 19 August 1662) a French mathematician, physicist, inventor, writer and theologian said:
“The greatest single distinguishing feature of the omnipotence of God is that our imagination gets lost when thinking about it.” 

  1. “Almighty” does not mean capricious or whimsical.

Scripture stresses the reliability of God; having made a promise, God stands by His word.

The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul; The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple; The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes;

Psalm 19:7~8


詩篇 19:7-8

The fact that He is almighty doesn’t mean that He can or will suddenly change His mind about this. In His power and wisdom, God has chosen to achieve our salvation and has committed Himself to us in this way.

“God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or, has He spoken, and will He not make it good?”

Numbers 23:19


民数記 23:19-24(JLB)

  1. The Apostles’ Creed expresses belief in “God the Father”

What comes to mind when you think of God as Father?

The statement “God is our Father” means that God is like a human father. In some ways He is like a human father, and in others He is not. Like all analogies, the analogy of God as Father breaks down at points. However, it is still an extremely useful and vivid way of thinking of God.

Any idea of God as an impersonal being or force is immediately discounted when we speak of God as Father. To talk about God as our Father is to speak of His authority and care, but it is also to speak of His creativity.

We are here because God brought us into being. Everything we see in the world was created by God and belongs to God. The universe reflects the wisdom, power and majesty of our Father God who brought it into being.

In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

Matthew 6:9~10


マタイの福音書 6:9-10

  1. Thinking of God as Father is especially helpful in prayer

When the creed speaks of God, it is not dealing with some philosophical ideas of God but with the God who revealed Himself in Scripture and supremely in Jesus Christ.

It does not refer to some abstract idea about God but to the living and personal God whom Christians worship and adore. This enhances our approach to God in prayer.

Tim Hansel
One day, while my son Zac and I were out in the country, climbing around in some cliffs, I heard a voice from above me yell, “Hey Dad! Catch me!” I turned around to see Zac joyfully jumping off a rock straight at me. He had jumped and then yelled “Hey Dad!” I became an instant circus act, catching him. We both fell to the ground. For a moment after I caught him I could hardly talk. When I found my voice again I gasped in exasperation: “Zac! Can you give me one good reason why you did that???” He responded with remarkable calmness: “Sure…because you’re my Dad.”

The child’s whole assurance was based on the fact that his father was trustworthy. Zac could live life to the hilt because he knew his father. Isn’t this even more true for a Christian and in our prayer-life?

  1. What about unanswered prayers to our heavenly Father?

Most human fathers, despite their weaknesses and shortcomings, wish the best for their children. How much more does God wants to give the best for us!

“Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!”

Matthew 7:10-11

『魚が食べたい』と言う子どもに、蛇を与える父親がいるでしょうか。いるわけがありません。 罪深いあなたがたであっても、自分の子どもには良いものを与えたいと思うのです。それならなおのこと、あなたがたの天の父が、求める者に良いものを下さらないはずがあるでしょうか。

マタイの福音書 7:10-11

But every now and then a child may ask his or her father for something that is totally inappropriate. The father’s failure to give this to the child does not mean that he did not hear the request or that he has ceased to care for the child. Rather, it means that his care and concern for the well-being of the child prevents him from fulfilling that request. He may give something else instead, something more helpful and appropriate.

Perhaps we could say that God answers the prayers that we ought to have prayed.

  1. Lesson on parenting.

The analogy of God as Father also indicates what human fathers ought to be like.

The same care, compassion and commitment God shows toward us are meant to be reflected in the attitude of human fathers toward their children.

  1. Jesus Christ in the flesh. Remember that the best way to think about God is to think about Jesus Christ.
    イエスキリストの生けるお姿 私たちが神様の事を考えるもっとも良い方法は、イエス様の事を考える事だと言う事を思い出してください

“Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father”

John 14:9



Think of the love, care and kindness you see reflected in the face of Jesus. That is what the love of God for you is like.


Because God is Almighty, there is no one greater or stronger than Him. We can depend on Him for protection, rest on His promises and enjoy His blessings.

Because God is our heavenly Father, we can ask Him to meet our needs in every area of our life. Let’s thank Him for creating and sustaining us in His love.

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. Of His own will He brought us forth by the word of truth, that we might be a kind of first fruits of His creatures.

James 1:17~18

すべての良いもの、完全なものは、光を造られた神から来るのです。神にはわずかの変化もくもりもなく、いつまでも輝いています。 神は御心のままに、真理のことばによって、私たちに新しいいのちを与えてくださいました。こうして私たちは、神の新しい家族の最初の子どもとされたのです。

ヤコブの手紙 1:17-18