The Israelites often referred to God as “The God of our Fathers.” This reference was first used by God himself when he spoke unto Isaac saying “I am the God of Abraham thy father…” [Gen 26:24] Jacob had a similar experience while dreaming of the angels going up and down on a ladder that reached to heaven. Yahweh said to him, “I [am] Yahweh God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac…” [Gen 28:13].
When God met Moses at the burning bush, he said to him, “I am the God of thy father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, the God of Jacob.” [Ex 3:6, 13, 15, 16 & 4:5]. Forty years later, after rehearsing the Ten Commandments in the ears of the children of Israel, and prior to stating the greatest of all commandments, Moses said, “Hear therefore, O Israel, and observe to do [it]; that it may be well with thee, and that ye may increase mightily, as 👉Yahweh God of thy fathers 👈 hath promised thee, in the land that floweth with milk and honey. Hear, O Israel: Yahweh our God is one Yahweh and thou shalt love Yahweh thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. [Deut 6:3-5]
Various other times throughout the Old Testament scriptures, God was referred to as “The God of our Fathers; The God of Abraham, Issac, and Jacob.”
[Deut 26:7, Judges 2:12, 1 Chron 29:18, 2 Chron 20:6, Daniel 2:23]
So then it should come as no surprise that Peter, when preaching to the Jews in the beginning of his ministry as an Apostle, referenced God in that same manner saying, “The God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our fathers, hath glorified his Son Jesus [*]; whom ye delivered up, and denied him in the presence of Pilate, when he was determined to let [him] go.” [Acts 3:13]
And later, after being imprisoned for the preaching of the Gospel and miraculously set free, Peter and the other Apostles stood before the council and high priest and said,
“The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and hanged on a tree.”
Brothers and Sisters, I submit unto you that the God of [their] fathers, The God of Abraham, Issac and Jacob, is none other than the God and Father of our Lord Jesus The Christ. They didn’t preach Jesus was that God, but rather they preached Jesus was the Son of the God of their fathers.
Now we can understand why Peter would write….
“Blessed [be] the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead…” [1Pet 1:3]
There is One God, the Father…and One Lord, Jesus the Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love. Amen.
SOURCE: Dolson T Gould
[*] The Greek word used in this verse is pais – which means servant – so in actuality the verse is stating that GOD has glorified His servant i.e.
The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified His servant Jesus, the one whom you delivered and disowned in the presence of Pilate, when he had decided to release Him. – Acts 3.13 NASB