“I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.” So starts out the Apostle’s Creed. In actuality, all three Persons of the Godhead were involved in the Creation: to create the universe was the thought of Father’s heart, it was spoken into existence by the Son, Who is the Word, and the Holy Spirit carried through what the Word had spoken into material substance.
What the Apostle’s Creed tried to convey is that God the Father is the Originator of the plans of the Godhead. His thoughts, His ideas are the beginning point. He communes with the other two Persons of the Godhead over what shall be done (“Let us make man in our own image” — Genesis 1:26; “Let us go down and there confound their language” — Genesis 11:7), and They are in complete agreement and harmony with each other, but the Father is the Source.
We see Father as the Originator in how Jesus related to Him while on earth. Jesus said, “He who sent me is true; and I speak to the world those things which I have heard of him” (John 8:26), and, “I do nothing by my own choice, but as my Father has taught me, I speak these things (John 8:28), and, “The Son can do nothing of himself, but only what he sees the Father do: for whatever he sees the Father doing, those things the Son likewise does” (John 5:10). The Father sent Jesus, He gave Jesus what to say, and He showed Jesus what He should do. And Jesus waited for His Father to show Him. He never moved without His Father’s say-so.
The Father is the Master Architect, and ultimately, all His plans will come to fulfillment. Job said to Him, “I know that you can do everything, and that no thought can be withheld from you” (Job 42:1). The NIV puts it, “No plan of yours can be thwarted.”
Father is not only the Originator of plans for the universe as a whole. He is also the originator of very detailed plans for each of us individually. He designed the details of our DNA before we were conceived (Psalm 139:16), and He has wonderful destiny for each of us. “Many, O LORD my God, are … your thoughts toward us; they cannot be reckoned up in order to you. If I would declare and speak them, they are more than can be counted” (Psalm 40:5).
We can safely trust our Father — our Source and Originator of good things for us.
Excerpted from Before Whom We Stand: The Everyman’s Guide to the Nature of God — available in print from Full Gospel Family Publications and Amazon and in e-book form from many fine ebook sellers.