The Lord Almighty father (2 Cor. 6:18)

“‘I will be your father.

You shall be

My sons

And daughters.’

Says the Lord almighty.”

καὶ ἔσομαι ὑμῖν εἰς Πατέρα, καὶ ὑμεῖς ἔσεσθέ μοι εἰς υἱοὺς καὶ θυγατέρας, λέγει Κύριος Παντοκράτωρ.

Paul indicated that God the Lord almighty (Κύριος Παντοκράτωρ) said (λέγει), “I will be your father (καὶ ἔσομαι ὑμῖν εἰς Πατέρα).  You shall be (καὶ ὑμεῖς ἔσεσθέ) my sons (μοι εἰς υἱοὺς) and daughters (καὶ θυγατέρας).”  Paul combined two texts.  The first is from 2 Samuel 7:14, when Yahweh spoke to Nathan the prophet in a vision, as he said “I will be a father to him.  He shall be my son to me.”  In Deutero-Isaiah, chapter 43:6, Yahweh said, “Bring my sons from far away! Bring my daughters from the end of the earth!  Bring everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed, whom I made.”  Yahweh God, using the first person singular in Second Isaiah, wanted to ransom the Israelite offspring from the east, the west, the north, and the south.  He would gather his sons and daughters from the ends of the earth.  He would have everyone who called on his name and gave him glory ransomed, since he had formed and made them.  Paul combined these two texts to indicate that God was now the father of these Corinthian Christians as they were the sons and daughters of the Lord almighty.  Once again, the new Israelites were the followers of Jesus Christ.  Do you feel like a child of God?

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