In today's fast-paced environment, we all have a tendency to lean toward opinions we acquire on a variety of topics, then accept those beliefs as reality over time. Indeed, if I base this on the studies I've done on comparable ideas and opinionated comments from many Christians at all stages of their spiritual walk over the decades. The truth is that they delve into what they build as a belief system without exposing themselves to the facts that Bible Scholars would spend time and effort researching.
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This article, on the other hand, was not meant to disparage anyone or to point fingers or to claim that one person, little or large group or meeting, or even church teaching, is superior.
It's all about assisting people in growing spiritually in their relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ and becoming more dependant on the Holy Spirit as they study the meaning of ancient scripture.
I started posting this article since I get a lot of mail on my Facebook groups, which is understandable given that I have over 140,000 members on my groups and pages. Most of the time, I manage because I pray about a lot of what I get before I give a reader an answer or a suggestion. One of the persons I've been prompted to communicate with recently was Elizabeth, a kindhearted lady with a desire for God – and that's all I'll say about her since I don't want to shame or expose her here.
In our correspondence, she mentioned that her pastor had mentioned to some members of the congregation that he was willing to take on the position of Spiritual Father in order to teach and guide some of his members. That irritated Elizabeth, who responded with Matt 23:8-10, 8. “However, you are not to be addressed as ‘Rabbi,' because you have only one Teacher and are all brothers. 9 And do not address anyone on earth as “father,” since you only have one, and he is in heaven. 10 You are not to be called instructors, because you only have one, the Messiah.”
Now, before I get into the heart of this message, I'd like to give a few direct quotes from our correspondence over the next few days.
On the last point about becoming a spiritual father, I wrote: I'm not sure if that particular reference occurs in scripture, but Paul refers to Timothy as his son numerous times in books 1 and 2 of Timothy. Spiritual Fathers are people I refer to as such. Many of the people I contact with on Facebook refer to me as their Spiritual Father or Pappa.
Elizabeth, was my response at the time. I recommend that you conduct some research on Matt 23 and perhaps obtain some suggestions from other Bible commentators and commentaries about how this fits in with the rest of scripture. I don't have time to complete it right now, but I will in the coming days. It's not always wise to take things at face value without first understanding the context in which they were written. I'll contact you.
The Apostle John describes three different levels of spiritual growth in 1 John 2:12-14. He refers to his readers as “dear children” throughout the message. He does, however, stray from his customary address here, adding “fathers” and “young men” to his standard “loved children.” When you take a look at the book as a whole, it appears that this passage doesn't belong where it is. Despite this, verses 12-14 contain two references to “beloved children,” “fathers,” and “young men.” Repetition was employed to convey emphasis in Hebrew culture and Greek language; the writer was emphasizing, “This is really essential, don't miss this.” As a result, we'll take a deeper look at this message to discover what John had to say to both his contemporaries and us, today's readers.
“I write to you, my children,” John begins in verse 12, “because your sins have been forgiven on account of his name.” “I write to you, fathers,” he says, “since you have known him who is from the beginning.” “I write to you, young men, since you have vanquished the evil one,” he concludes the progression. John distinguishes disparities in levels of maturity among Christians by utilizing chronological age terms. John not only revisits the categories, but he also arranges the levels in a non-chronological order. The “fathers” are once again sandwiched between the “loved children” and the “young guys.” Why would he do such a thing? I believe that as we continue to study the passage, it will become evident that God has something special to say to us about the role of the father in particular.
“Children” have come to a saving knowledge of Christ; “young men” are strong in the Word of God and have successfully waged the spiritual fight; and “fathers” know God intimately and have had a deeper and broader relationship with the “I AM”-the God of eternity (see Exodus 3:14-15). Let's look at why I believe the Spirit of God led John to communicate the levels in a different order than they were supposed to be communicated.
God is exposing a crucial aspect of being a spiritual parent in this passage. We will miss the essential point if we do not notice it. This crucial fact is that your mature features and intimate contact with the “I AM” do not make you a spiritual parent. The child and father were brought together by John so that we might observe the importance of reproduction in reaching and expressing maturity. Because you've also been used to generate spiritual children, you're a spiritual father. A spiritually mature man has no spiritual children and cannot be regarded a spiritual father unless he reproduces and disciples Christlike maturity in others. Spiritual children having a deep and intimate relationship with God the Father are the offspring of a spiritual father. These youngsters and young men's spiritual development must continue in order for them to become spiritual dads who reproduce spiritual offspring.
We must develop children who have been saved into young men who know God's Word and can fight spiritual battles, and fathers who have walked closely with God for a long time and have been used to reproduce the next generation of spiritual fathers. If males aren't reproducing spiritually, they haven't reached complete spiritual maturity and aren't reproducing.
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Where did the term spiritual father come from?
“My'spiritual father,' Prophet Kamadzi (not real name), has enabled me to be established in Jesus Christ,” Kadotho (not actual name) informed a friend.
Among born-again Christians in the country, the term “spiritual father” is widely used. Christians nowadays look to spiritual dads or moms for prayers, breakthroughs, and blessingsbasically anything from God.
Kenneth Kamundi, a teacher at Chanza Primary School in Chiradzulu and a member of the Church of Central Africa Presbytery (CCAP) in Ngolonje, stated he had never seen such a description in the Bible.
People use this catchphrase because it is not about physicality, according to Kamundi, who has a spiritual father.
“If it's in the Bible, I haven't found it yet, but the Bible hasn't held any relevance for me thus far. “There is a father in the Bible,” he stated, citing 1 Corinthians 2 as an example.
A'spiritual father,' according to Kamundi, is a mentor who helps you grow in the Lord. Including: “I've been with this man, whom I refer to as my “spiritual father,” for five years. He's always been there, pointing me to Jesus.”
Spiritual does not mean “of spirit,” but rather “of spirit.” Is God a spiritual being? Kamundi stated that the Holy Spirit exists, that the Lord is spirit, and that the term “spiritual father” is not used.
“Timothy was even referred to by Paul as his son in the Lord, and Timothy may have written, “Paul, my father in the Lord.” He answered, “That's the name.”
Clement Kafoteza, a faithful member of Michiru CCAP in Blantyre, believes there is only one spiritual fatherGod.
“God is clearly identified as the parent in Matthew 23. I've heard stories about spiritual women and husbands who are actually devils. Is this man a spiritual father of God or not?” Kafoteza inquired.
When asked who provides mentorship and assists someone in becoming completely formed in Christ, he said “instructors.”
According to Tony Kasale, a BCA resident of Bangwe, Blantyre, there is no definite word for'spiritual father' in the Bible, although various Bible activities are equated to the term.
“There is no such thing in any of the Bible editions I've looked through. “The way Paul spoke to Timothy, the son in the Lord or in faith, has an element of'spiritual father,'” he stated.
But there is faith, and the texts are basic and easy. When Paul refers to Timothy as a son in the Lord, where does the word “spiritual” come from? He defined the term as “human thinking” in order to distinguish it from “physical thinking.”
Kasale stated: “Despite several tutors, Paul stated in 1 Corinthians 4:15 that he became the father through the gospel in Christ. God, Himself, or Paul could be the father here.”
Christians who embrace the term “spiritual father,” according to Thundu CCAP member Ben Benson in Blantyre, have lost focus.
When asked if the Bible recognizes a parent and if this contradicts what Jesus Christ says in Matthew 23, Benson answered that most Christians do not focus on the Bible.
“Are'spiritual dads' from God, even if there is only one father in a family? God is the only thing we have. “Those who recognize'spiritual fathers' should re-establish their Christian lives,” he advised.
The term “spiritual father” is biblical, according to Prophet Francis Samuel of Light of Life International Church (Lolic) in Chemusa, Blantyre.
“People don't get it because they haven't read the tale of Elijah and Elisha in 2 Kings 2, where the term'mentor' is used.
“You agree to learn his culture if you submit to him. The spiritual father can be from your own country or from another place. “Elisha's spirit was with Gehazi when Gehazi collected items from Naaman,” he remarked, referring to the account of Naaman in 2 Kings 5.
When asked about Matthew 23, which forbids calling anybody father, Samuel responded that you can't know God without knowing a man.
He said that a spiritual father is the same as a spiritual father in the Lord.
“Moses had never heard of the God of Israel before leaving Egypt. Jethro was the one who led him to the God of Abraham. He maintained that “Jethro tutored Moses.”
“Dads that lead their children astray are spiritual illness, not spiritual fathers. “Be careful who you surrender to; spiritual fathers abound, but God's presence is not,” he cautioned.
When it comes to anointing, people who have been anointed by their spiritual fathers look for justification in John and Jesus' baptism. According to Samuel, John was only there to fulfill the scriptures, not to mentor Jesus.
“It's impossible, because John is the light's witness. What role may a witness play in mentoring the primary light? Impossible. “They say things like that to fit their own agenda,” he explained.
The term “spiritual father” is biblical, according to Pastor Gift Tikiwa of Faith Life Church in Limbe, however it is translated as “father in the Lord” in the Bible.
“The presence of spiritual fathers is unavoidable. The Israelites used to refer to God as “the God of our Fathers.” The Bible teaches us to honor our parents in the Lord, the dads, in Ephesians 6, stated Tikiwa.
He explained that the term “spiritual father” is used in our modern culture to imply spiritual fatherhood rather than biological fatherhood. In 1 John 2:13-14, the Lord is described as a father figure. This is the one from whom you will receive direction and mentorship from the Lord.
The Bible, according to Tikiwa, declares that we all fall short in His eyes, and that only God is above judgment.
He stated that man is spiritual, whereas God is spirit. He continues by quoting 1 Corinthians 3:1: “And I couldn't speak to you as spiritual people, but as carnal people, as babes in Christ.”
“They permit worship, but we must remember that we have a heavenly Father to whom we must all obey. Some people refer to me as their spiritual father, yet I've never been close to them when it comes to spiritual matters. He emphasized, “Being a father entails a lot; don't get carried away; others are educators.”
What is a spiritual parent?
Second, a spiritual parent's purpose isn't to invent a new way to construct your own kingdom; it's to follow the biblical model of deploying and releasing individuals in God's Kingdom. In biological families, some parents find it difficult to let go of their children. They want them to be able to realize their own unmet aspirations and desires. This is never a good idea. Conversations with mature children are significantly different than guidelines for toddlers and teenagers. This type of discipleship that I'm writing about is done with adults. I have a number of spiritual fathers to whom I go for guidance, counsel, and prayer. I don't always go to ask for their permission. Each of them provides me with something unique. We can't expect our spiritual dads to be everything for us; they can only be themselves and the gifts that God has bestowed upon them. It is listening to and comprehending Jesus' followers, rather than attempting to mold them into your image. They have a divine destiny; your goal is to assist them grow into the image of Jesus, not to mold them into your image.
Finally, every child requires both a father and a mother.
When both parents are absent, a single parent's child requires aunts, uncles, grandparents, and close family friends to help fill in the gaps.
Many people might be offended by this, but I feel it is psychologically necessary to understand why the Catholic Church perceives Mary the way it does.
We all require both a father and a mother.
I believe that the father/mother traits are present in the Trinity, not just in male and female designations.
You can't help but think about the Holy Spirit, the God of all comfort, the Spirit living in us, and a slew of other analogies – as well as Jesus and how he loves.
Paul is definitely neither male nor female when he writes.
I occasionally need to hear my mother's voice.
We shall become lop-sided if we only hear the male side of God.
Fourth, spiritual parenting entails spiritual sons and daughters accompanying you in your environment to observe you.
We all have things we do without thinking that are second nature to us, but they are not to others.
I'm a voracious reader, but I'm not an intellectual.
To understand something, I need to get my hands on it and do it.
Reverse engineering has been a big part of my education.
I'd start trying something, and it'd work well enough that I knew I'd hit on something, so I'd read nonstop.
Having your spiritual offspring present in various situations gives them a variety of lessons.
What do you mean by spirituality?
Spirituality is defined as the awareness of a feeling, sense, or belief that there is something more to being human than sensory experience, and that the greater total of which we are a part is cosmic or divine in nature.
What do the Bible say about a father?
- “Fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord,” says Ephesians 6:4.
- “Hear, my son, your father's instruction, and do not forsake your mother's teaching,” says Proverbs 1:8.
- “And I will be your father, and you shall be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty,” reads 2 Corinthians 6:18.
- “As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has mercy on those who fear him,” according to Psalm 103:13.
- “Start youngsters beginning on the right path, and they will not stray even when they are old,” says Proverbs 22:6.
- 7:14-15 in 2 Samuel: “To him, I will be his father, and he will be my son. When he does anything wrong, I'll reprimand him in the regular methods, avoiding the dangers and stumbling blocks that come with mortal life. But I'll never abandon him to my gentle affection.”
- “Listen to your father, who gave you life, and do not scorn your mother when she is old,” says Proverbs 23:22.
- “The father of a righteous child rejoices greatly,” says Proverbs 23:24. “A man who fathers a wise son rejoices greatly.”
- “You are my hiding place,” says Psalm 32:7-8, “and you will guard me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.”
- Proverbs 4:1112 (NIV): “I will lead you down the path of wisdom and uprightness. Your steps will not be impeded when you walk, and you will not stumble when you sprint.”
- “But while he was still a great way off, his father saw him and was moved by compassion for him; he raced to his son, put his arms around him, and kissed him,” Luke 15:20 says.
- “There you saw how the Lord your God carried you all the way until you reached this location, as a father carries his son,” Deuteronomy 1:31 says.
- “He will convert the hearts of fathers to their children, and the hearts of children to their dads,” Malachi 4:6 says.
- 12:7 (Hebrews): “Accept adversity as a form of discipline; God is treating you like sons. What father does not chastise his son?”
What are the qualities of a godly father?
The bible is the manual that comes with fatherhood. Abraham was a guy with incredible faith in God.
Abraham possessed exceptional abilities. God put Abraham to the test on several occasions, and Abraham displayed amazing faith, trust, and obedience to God's will. In his field, he was well-liked and successful. He also had the bravery to stand up to a formidable adversary coalition.
Abraham, like everyone else, had flaws. Abraham's flaws in the biblical account of his life include impatience, fear, and a proclivity to lie under duress.
Isaac was the prodigal son; he obeyed God, yet he had the same flaws as Abraham. He lied and told half-truths.
Noah was a good person. Noah stands out among the Bible's fathers as a man who adhered to God despite the evil that surrounded him. What could be more timely in today's world? Noah wasn't perfect, but he was kind and kind toward his family. He valiantly completed the mission that God had entrusted to him. Modern fathers may feel like they have a thankless job, but God is always grateful for their sacrifice.
Moses was the one who gave the law. Moses had two sons, Gershom and Eliezer, but he also acted as a father figure to the entire Hebrew people during their exodus from Egypt. On their 40-year trek to the Promised Land, he loved them and helped discipline and provide for them. Moses appeared to be a larger-than-life figure at times, but he was merely a man. He demonstrates to today's fathers that if we stay close to God, we can do even the most difficult duties.
Joseph, Jesus' natural father, was undoubtedly one of the Bible's most underappreciated fathers. Joseph was Jesus' foster father. He went to enormous lengths to safeguard his wife, Mary, and their child, and then he took care of Jesus' education and necessities as he grew older. The carpentry skill was taught to Jesus by Joseph. Joseph is described in the Bible as a good man, and Jesus must have admired him for his calm strength, honesty, and kindness.
The father and creator of all is God the Father, the first person of the trinity. His only son, Jesus, demonstrated a fresh, intimate manner of relating to him. It gives our lives a whole new meaning when we regard God as our heavenly parent, provider, and protector. Every human father is a creation of God, and every human father has the potential to become a son of this all-powerful God, who is a constant source of strength, knowledge, and hope.
If there's one thing today that's in short supply, it's real men who take responsibility for their actions and look after their families' financial, spiritual, and emotional well-being. Real fathers serve God, are men of action, prepare their children for adulthood, take responsibility, and are dependable. Using the alphabet F-A-T-H-E-R, I'll discuss six characteristics of excellent and godly fathers today.
What is the difference between spiritual father and mentor?
The most important distinction between a mentor and a spiritual father is that a mentor, in general, leads the mentee through a specific stage of life. A spiritual father has a closer relationship with his “kid” and concentrates on spiritual enrichment and development throughout their lives.
How many types of father do we have?
According to a survey, there are now three types of modern fathers: Provider Dads, Super-Sub Dads, and Carer Dads.
Who is a spiritual daughter?
Sinttal, which means “spiritual daughter,” is a phrase used to describe a female shaman who has been accepted into her spiritual mother's divine lineage.