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I was born in Washington D.C. and raised in Laurel, Maryland. I served in the United States Air Force for 20 years then retired. Then God led me to become a pastor. I was converted to Christ in the summer of 1966. I enjoy the company of my wife, children and grandchildren. I live with my three cats Hobbs, Taz, and Chloe.

Friday, June 26, 2009

"His God Is God."

"His god is God." That was quote from Yul Brenner in the movie "The Ten Commandments." God had just defeated the Egyptian army and Yul Brenner as the Pharaoh Ramses was lamenting to his wife the defeat of his army. He summed up the entire battle with those four words.

Over and over in the Bible we are told that there is but One True God. Only One. There is no other God but Him. He is not like anything that exists. He is totally 'other' than His creation. He is so different that men are forbidden to make any image and either call it "God" or say that it is a likeness of God. Nothing we can image, in any medium, could capture the image and essence of the Person of God. In this, God is perfectly holy. Holiness is the quality of being separated and God is completely separate from His creation. As I said, He is totally "other."

God is also a mystery to us. All that we know of Him is what He has chosen to reveal to us. He describes Himself to us in human forms and word pictures. We call these "anthropomorphism's." It means to give some non-human human like qualities. We speak of leaning on God's everlasting arms. But God does not have arms like we do. We speak of His eyes looking into the hearts of men. But He does not have eyes like we do. But God uses terms like these because we humans could not even begin to comprehend what He is really like. Even in giving us holy Word, the Bible, God uses words we can understand. He has to accommodate Himself to us. Otherwise, we would not know Him at all.

His Being is a mystery to us. He is three Persons. They are co-eternal, co-existent, and co-substantial. Each One is 100% God. Yet, the Three together are the One True God. That is One God, not three gods. How can this be? Who can tell? Yet, it is the teaching of the Bible. We do not understand it. But we believe it. Al Mohler said it well when he said that a god who could be comprehended by men wouldn't be a God at all.

His knowledge and power are mysteries to us. He saw all the creation in His mind and then spoke it into existence. And, there it was, from quarks to for flung massive galaxies, all in one moment and all right on the first try. He is truly a God who is "worthy of worship, worthy of praise."

For all this, He is not a God who is far off, but the Bible presents Him to us as "our" God. Especially the God of His people. But of course, He is the God of all the world, all the universe. But He is our God. Feel the weight of that ... our God.

Try out that word "God." Feel it a moment. There is a weight to it. You just don't banter it around. It has meaning. It has substance. And not just "God," but "Our God." My God. Like Thomas' pronouncement at the appearance of Jesus ... "My Lord and my God!" It is an awesome thing to claim to be a disciple, a follower of a God. It is more awesome to be a follower of the One, True and Living God. He is God! You just don't call on Him, pray to Him, speak for Him ... lightly and without reverence and devotion.

When Isaiah saw God he saw Him "high and lifted up." Our churches and our Christians are going to be powerless, weak and mediocre until we once again see the Lord God for ourselves "high and lifted up." When we start to worship for Who He really is, then we will see the fire and the power return to our lives and our churches.

Most people today worship a god who is a lot like themselves. Even many professing Christians enjoy a god who conforms himself to them instead of One who calls them to conform themselves to Him. May we all pray that God will open all our eyes to the reality of His true Person. May we all be transformed by the true sight of Him.

1 Comments:

Blogger Dr. Paul W. Foltz said...

To have a mental picture of God or Christ is idol worship.

God has no similitude.

2:19 AM  

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