Easton's Bible Dictionary: M. G. Easton, M.A., D.D.

Father

A name applied

  1. to any ancestor (Dt. 1:11; 1 Ki. 15:11; Mt. 3:9, 23:30, etc.); and
  2. as a title of respect to a chief, ruler, or elder, etc. (Judg. 17:10, 18:19; 1 Sam. 10:12; 2 Ki. 2:12; Mt. 23:9, etc.).
  3. The author or beginner of anything is also so called; e.g., Jabal and Jubal (Gen. 4:20,21; comp. Job 38:28).

Applied to God (Ex. 4:22; Dt. 32:6; 2 Sam. 7:14; Ps. 89:27,28, etc.).

  1. As denoting his covenant relation to the Jews (Jer. 31:9; Isa. 63:16, 64:8; Jn. 8:41, etc.).
  2. Believers are called God's "sons" (Jn. 1:12; Rom. 8:16; Mt. 6:4, 8, 15, 18, 10:20, 29). They also call him "Father" (Rom. 1:7; 1 Cor. 1:3; 2 Cor. 1:2; Gal. 1:4)


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