Hugh Latimer on the privilege of calling God our Father.

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CERTAIN SERMONS MADE BY THE RIGHT REVEREND FATHER IN GOD, MASTER DOCTOR LATIMER, BEFORE THE RIGHT VIRTUOUS AND HONOURABLE LADY KATHERINE, DUCHESS OF SUFFOLK, IN THE YEAR OF OUR LORD, 1552

"Our Father, which art in heaven." - Matthew 6:9

"Our Father.” These words pertain not to the petitions: they be but an entering, a seeking favour at God’s hand: yet if we well weigh and consider them, they admonish us of many things and strengthen our faith wondrous well. For this word, “Father,” signifieth that we be Christ’s brothers, and that God is our Father. He is the eldest Son: he is the Son of God by nature, we be his sons by adoption through his goodness; therefore he biddeth us to call him our Father; which is to be had in fresh memory and great reputation. For here we are admonished how that we be reconciled unto God; we, which before-times were his enemies, are made now the children of God, and inheritors of everlasting life. This we be admonished by this word, “Father.” So that it is a word of much importance and great reputation: for it confirmeth our faith, when we call him Father. Therefore our Saviour, when he teacheth us to call God “Father,” teacheth us to understand the fatherly affection which God beareth towards us; which thing maketh us bold and hearty to call upon him, knowing that he beareth a good-will towards us, and that he will surely hear our prayers.





Latimer, Hugh. (1844). Sermons by Hugh Latimer. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
 
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