Knowing God the Father by Russell Stendal
A Commentary on the Gospel and Epistles of John
And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. – John 17:3
The writings of John have a very special focus on God the Father. Many people who know Jesus, or claim to know him, have a limited or nonexistent personal knowledge of God the Father. It is, of course, essential for us to know Jesus, but his fervent desire is that we may also know the Father so intimately that we can ask him for whatsoever we will in Jesus’ name and our prayers may be granted. By the Holy Spirit, we can have such deep and intimate communion with Jesus and the Father, that seeing our love for one another, everyone shall know that we are his disciples (John 13:35).