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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Truth Wednesday - hosted by Anne Morgan - "The Truth Project" part 6 - "Who Is God?"

 
 
Truth Wednesday hosted by
Anne Morgan
"The Truth Project" part 6
 
"Who Is God?"
 

Theology is the study of the existence, nature and attributes of God. We are all theologians. Each of us has our own beliefs and ideas about who God is. The problem comes when we base our theology on information that is not true. So, where do we find the truth about who God is?
If you wanted to learn about Abraham Lincoln or George Washington, you would read biographies on them. Yet, rather than going to the Bible, God's own written “biography”, too many people get their theology from the latest charismatic “preacher”. Or read the latest “Christian” best seller.
Colossians 2:2-3 says “Christ Himself in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” Did you catch that? ALL the treasures of WISDOM and KNOWLEDGE. When we cut ourselves off from the Bible, and solid biblical teaching, we cannot even begin to understand who God is.
Yet, day after day, our bibles lay unopened; week after week our church pews are empty. And we develop an untruthful, errant, view of God. Then, when God moves according to his nature, we shocked and surprised, even possibly angered; because God acted in a way that was contrary to OUR theology.
The fact is, when we know God, we begin to know ourselves.
So, who is God? A good place to start learning that answer is found in the names of God. There are over 200 names of God/Jesus to be found throughout scripture. Each one gives us more insight into who our great God is. Let's just look at four of them for a minute.

Elohim - God (a plural noun, more than two, used with singular verbs)
I AM – The Self Existent One.
El Shaddai – God All Sufficient
Jehovah Rohi – The Lord Our Shepherd

Just from these four names of God we can learn that our God is in fact a Godhead (reason to believe the trinity). He has always existed by HIS own power (reason enough to believe He is all powerful). He is enough for all our needs (reason to trust Him with everything). He cares for us the was a Shepherd cares for his sheep. Study the relationship between a sheep and it's shepherd. You will gain deeper insight into how great our God loves us. (reason to believe and trust in His care)
Most of us would readily accept, and welcome, these truths about God. But God has other names that some would rather forget:

Jehovah Shammah – The One Who is With Us Everywhere For He Is Omnipresent.
El-Quanna – The Jealous God
Jehovah Makeh – The Lord That Punishes Sin
Esh Okhlah – Consuming Fire

God is omnipresent. He is with us when we are serving Him, and when we are disobedient. God is a jealous God. This is a righteous jealousy, born out of love and a covenant. Like that of a husband and wife. Because He is a jealous God, He will discipline His children when they sin against Him. And He is a consuming fire. His wrath will be poured out on those that reject Him.

These characteristics of God are ones that, sadly, many Christians, and certainly the world, down play. We would rather lean into the God of grace and mercy, than one of holiness and jealousy.
It's easier to neglect our bible, or church attendance when we have a merciful God. It's easy to gossip and be unforgiving if we believe God will understand. We don't have to confront sin if we only serve a God of grace. But the truth is, God is all those things and more. He is merciful, and longsuffering, but He also expects obedience rather than sacrifice. He is gracious and understanding, but He knows the true motives of our hearts, and oft times, they break His.

So, what is it that keeps us from understanding and believing God is who He says He is – in EVERY aspect? Simply put – our sin nature. We want God to be what we want Him to be. We haven't destroyed God but we've cast a shadow over His face, and turned Him into a God of love, and left off His holiness.

God is a God of love. He sent His only Son to pay the price for our sins and give us eternal life with Him. Because God gave all for us, He takes the covenant relationship seriously. And He expects us to do likewise.
Who is God? He is all we've ever imagined and more. Ps. 34:8 says “Taste and see that the Lord is good.” Taste Him in all His truth and you will see that who He is, is all you need.

This weeks challenge: Study the names of God.

Next week: Science: What is true?

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