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Who is God?

Posted by Scott on December 30, 2009

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

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The question of who God is comes up often. I was asked to write an article about the subject for a writers site I am a member of which caused me to think how I could describe who God is within such a brief span of time. Fact is, I can’t do that. However, people cannot see Him and most do not really know Him and any visual I can bring out on paper to help someone experience the slightest glimpse of our God is worth the attempt. Over the past several years I have developed a personal and in-depth relationship with my heavenly Father. It is from this thirty two year relationship I draw this small amount of commentary on who I believe God to be.

First, let’s look at the visible signs of who God is. We can see in His creation through nature God is the master painter and poet. The colors, the landscape, the variations of plants, animals, clouds, sky, and water are all a testimony to who God is. He is the creator of all things large and small. God is the sustainer of all things large and small. The Bible tells us God feeds the birds of the air, “Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.” So, we can see just in one tiny aspect of nature a Creator who cares for His creation and sustains His creation.

Have you stood at a distance looking up at majestic mountains before? Some with snow caps, rocky ledges, and trees scattered about their slopes. Other mountains seem to be covered by low flying clouds or the image of smoke veiling their majestic peaks. Only a God who creates all things could possibly make something so beautiful. From a prayer of Moses we find this, “Lord, You have been our dwelling place in all generations. Before the mountains were brought forth or ever You had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting You are God.” Here according to Moses, God has been God since before the formations of the earth. God created the heavens and the earth as Scripture tells us.

I remember picking up a very small rock one time to find on the bottom settled into the rock a tiny creature fossilized into the rock. The creature that made up this fossil was once alive, breathing, moving about the earth. Humanly speaking, I could only visualize what my finite mind could imagine this creature looked like and how it moved about only a few thousand years ago. I have no real way of knowing if what my mind would let me see was actually fact or not. However, God was the Creator of this tiny being and He saw it as it was moving about and breathing brand new on the earth. The fact is God gave that tiny creature its very breath and heartbeat to live by. God also, knew the very last breath it took and how it died. God in His vastness observed every living creature on this earth and knows were all of them from thousands of years ago are buried. Our God who reigns supreme over all the earth is also in the tiniest details of our life.

Since we have established Him as creator let’s look at something He created in His own image. This should, also, help us to understand who God is. In Genesis 1:26 “Then God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth. So, God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; both male and female He created them.” We find two interesting documentations of truth here. First, God is speaking in terms of “Us” making man in “our” image. Wow! The implications are huge in this fact of Scripture. This is not saying more than one God existed. What it is stating clearly is God comes in more than one part. We find the first concept of the Holy Trinity in these verses as God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. In plain English, the Father is speaking to His Son about the creation. Secondly, we find humanity is not an animal or a plant. God here has given man dominion over all the animals and mammals. God, our supreme authority, has endowed us humans with authority as well. We are to view God’s likeness through the example of the Son, Jesus Christ, as He walked and lived here on the earth.

This brings me to a main point of who God is. However, let me make something clear at this point. No human being can contain the depths or the heights as to who God really is within any volume of papers. God is beyond huge and there is no end to His depths. So, this is a small attempt to give the reader a mere glimpse at who God is. Now, Jesus taught His disciples if you have seen Him then you have seen the Father and vice versa. Many teach today a distorted view of Jesus. The portrayal of Jesus in most people’s eyes is a man without deity, without authority from God, and just one of us on a spiritual journey while leading others to do the same. I want to assure you Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was not merely just one of us. Sure He came to earth through the birth canal of His mother Mary. She conceived Jesus by a miraculous conception only to be understood by God Himself. However, Jesus was still full deity, fully God with our human skin wrapped around Him.

Jesus walked on this earth teaching grace, love for our neighbors, taking care of the poor and hungry, but most importantly He taught first we must repent of our sins and follow Him. Jesus spoke often about repentance, sin, hell, and the kingdom of God. We find here God is serious about sin. He wants sin out of our lives as far as having control over us. As part of our Christian life, God wants us to exemplify in our life the love of God for His people. We do this by feeding the poor, clothing them, and loving on them while sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ at the same time. Food, clothing, and shelter is not the gospel nor will it get these people to heaven, however, it is a doorway by which you have the opportunity to share the gospel with them and glorify God by your testimony to them. The gospel is we are a sinfully depraved humanity in need of a Savior otherwise we are doomed to an eternity in hell. God is a righteous judge, but He loves His people so much He provided His Son as a sacrifice for our sins in order for us to be reunited in relationship to Him in a way He no longer would have to turn His back on our sinfulness. Jesus became for us the mediator between humanity and God the Father. By placing our trust in Jesus Christ as our perfect Savior and mighty Lord, and believing that Jesus Christ did come back to life on the third day as Scripture tells us, we are then saved from eternal damnation in hell and have the full power to be obedient to God. We are at that moment a son of the living God. God adopts us at the moment we place a total loyal trust in His Son, Jesus Christ.

Do you still wonder who God is? Well, without a personal relationship with Jesus Christ you will never have a good understanding of who God is. By knowing Jesus, the Son of God, over time you will start to understand just how vast God is. You will understand that for a Believer suffering is a part of life yet God directs every aspect of the suffering. Nothing in all His creation is out of His reach. God is a loving God, true! God is, also, a just, holy, and righteous God too. He hates sin and hates sin in His people’s life. God hates sin so much, He was willing to sacrifice His only begotten Son in order for those who believe His Son can have eternal life. In John 3:16 we observe both the wrath and judgment of God while at the same time we discover the grace, mercy and love of God.

In a one sentence statement to help someone begin to think about who God is: “God is loving, our creator, gracious, Almighty judge, perfectly righteous, completely holy, Sovereign over all things and events, full of mercy, our protector, supreme healer, omnipresent, Infinite, Immense, good, Immanent, and so much more”. As I said before, I cannot within the pages of any book explain who God really is. This is a very brief glance at who God is. The understanding of our finite glimpse at God comes only when our Infinite God has accepted us in a relationship with Him.

Colossians 3:1-4 “If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.”

To know God is to know the Son, Jesus Christ. Trust in the Son today and begin a tremendous relation with the Father you will never regret in all eternity.

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I Enjoy the Psalm’s!

Posted by Scott on April 18, 2008

I thoroughly enjoy reading in the Psalm’s.  It is my habit to study and read in Psalm each morning.  Along with my studies I try to go to the Hebrew meanings of many of the words used within the text.  What I learn by studying this way is what the writer was thinking and trying to say to us….what God was conveying through these writers thousands of years ago.  I want to be as close to the mind of the writer of the text as I can be.  It does not matter what any verse says to me or what I “think” a verse is saying.  What matters is what the original writer intended each verse of scripture to mean.  Any opinions of mine is really not worthy of printing or using my breath on.

In studying Psalm 36 David is delivering an oracle concerning the sinful wickedness of the day he was living.  An oracle is a “divine speech or comment”…it comes from God through the heart and mind of the writer.  During this time people were living willfully in sin without any thought towards their own sinfulness.  These people thought they were very cute, so to speak, flattering themselves and could not see their own sin.

After a brief scolding of the wickedness, David tells us about God’s love.  This love spoken about in verse 5 is a loyal, covenant, faithful love that each of us as believers can count on without fail.  The Lord loves each of His people with this kind of love.  Then he ask God to preserve both man and beast.  You know God’s wrath could have fallen heavy upon this land and these people…wiping out each living person and all living creatures, but He did not.

Then David goes into a short, but very indepth look at just who our God is.  “How priceless is Your love”.  This is excellent, merciful love…no greater love than the love of our God.  Can you see why David was constantly speaking of the awesomeness of His God, our God?  Although David was living in such a wicked land among very wicked people, he could still see and experience a great God. 

Do you ever find yourself looking for a place of refuge, a place to rest upon something or someone mighty and huge?  Our God is such a place we can take refuge in. Both the heavenly celestial beings on high, the angels,  to God’s chosen people here on earth we can find refuge in the shadow of His wings.  He will cover us, protect us, allow us to rest under His wings.

“They feast on the abundance of Your house; You give them drink from Your river of delights.”  

What an awesome God we have that we can delight or be satisfied in Him.  He has overflowing abundance to the point we can find our fullness feasting at God’s table.  This is a prophetic promise of God.  Can you imagine drinking or drawing from the river of God’s great pleasure, His delight?  God desires that we delight in Him.  “God is most glorified in us, when we are most satisfied in Him…”  by John Piper.  It is in the times that are most difficult in our lives that we must find our delight in God…not just when times are good.  Most of life on this earth will be difficult, so to live out this life victoriously our satisfaction must be found in nothing less than our Lord. 

“For with You is the fountain of life; in your light we see light.” 

Ah, the depth of the well or fountain of God is never ending…this living water will never stop flowing to His people.  The satisfaction it brings, the purity found in this “living” water, life itself is found here.  If you want to “awaken to your life’s purpose”, then look no further than our awesome God, “Elohim” the all powerful, supreme God and “Adonai” the sovereign, divine master Lord.  David experienced God in such a tremendous way.  For as he looked upon the light of God which is the brightness of God’s face he experienced and enjoyed the true happiness of God. 

I can imgane David not even taking a breath during this brief glorification of God.  As David pondered on these thoughts about God how could one really even take a breath…our God is breath taking!  Then after a huge sigh, David ask God to continue His love to the believers and His righteousness to those believers upright hearts.  In the end of all this wickedness he describes God tells us through David that these people who live in wickedness will not stand for they have fallen, thrown down and cannot get up.  Why can they not get up?  Because God has crushed them under His feet.  Why do worship any other person or being?  Why do think so little about our God.  The Lord “Adonai” sovereignly guides us, has a plan for our life that will not be altered by any of our actions.  He will work His perfect plan to the end.

In Christ,

Scott

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