Hebrews 12:9 speaks of Jesus as “the Father of spirits.” This is, of course, because Jesus is the “Lord” who was spoken of in the preceding verses 5 and 6 who exhorts His “sons,” and because He is the one upon whom we were exhorted to “fix our eyes” in verses 1 and 2. It is also because of what the prophets said about Messiah.
Though Isaiah prophesied that the Messiah would die childless (Isaiah 53:8), he also prophesied that Messiah would eventually have an abundance of children (Isaiah 54:1-3). Isaiah also prophesied that Jesus would be “a Mighty Father” (Isaiah 9:6). And besides, how could it ever be that the obedient seed of Abraham would ever remain childless anyway? (Genesis 17:4-5)
From where did Jesus receive these children? Isaiah says He inherited them from His Father (Isaiah 8:17-18; Hebrews 2:13). (See also The Father Died and Left All to the Son and The Transfer from Father to Son…Who Became Father.)
During His earthly ministry, Jesus had explained that a birth from above was necessary (John 3:3-8). Only by being born from above would heaven ever become humanity’s ultimate home (Everyone Is Going to Heaven). For this reason Jesus was raised from the dead and ascended into heaven, that we might be born from above (1 Peter 1:3). For this reason also we cry out to Him “Father!” He is the Father of our spirits. And whatever is spirit is eternal (2 Corinthians 4:18).
Apart from Jesus we have no place or inheritance in heaven. With Him we are joint heirs of all things (Romans 8:17). No wonder we call Him “our Father.” All things come Him.
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