The Heart of the Father – Dr Marty Folsom

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Dr Marty Folsom Jesus came from the Father to explain Him to us. (John 1:18) Specifically, it says Jesus comes from the bosom or heart of the Father. Does this matter? Does the heart of the Father speak? Does Jesus’ exegeting or explaining the Father in fact take heart issues and turn them into head issues?

One who “speaks from the heart” goes beyond definitions and descriptions. A poet is such a person. They use language as a kind of dance, an artistic invitation to know the mystery of another. Calvin spoke of Jesus as Prophet, Priest, and King. We could add to that list that Jesus is the Poet and the poem, the working of God’s mystery in the world so we might swim in a love that is foreign to us. The heart of the Father is expressed in the Kingdom coming. It is born from a will to love that also sees the creative strategies that will lead us towards that end.

The heart of the Father is a heart of love. It is not only a source of love; it is a penetrating love that goes out to and through the Son and Spirit to speak to our hearts. He calls us home. He calls us His own beloved children. He loves us to death with a sacrificial love that gives all and never gives up. Jesus explains the Father’s heart, not merely in words, but in the daily love extended to sinners as friends. He takes away the sin of the world by bringing an unstoppable love that will not be satisfied until our defenses, shame, fear, and self-absorption are overcome by His extending of His Father’s heart to us.

Worship today runs amiss when we try to talk at or about God, but fail to come to experience the heart of the Father as Jesus opens it to us. He offers a new covenant that bids us eat as friends who know whose we are and in whose heart we have found our heart’s true home. To hear the heart is to listen to the deepest commitments and covenants that another extends to weave our lives together. The Poet of God calls us into the mystery that bids us inhale the Spirit’s breath and cry out, “Abba, dear Father.”