1997-08-09 - Part Two The God of Revelation
The Comprehensive Study Series, Part 7
In the previous study (last Saturday) I mentioned I would undoubtedly have to list some references to scriptures too long to print here. For a better understanding I pray you would read them along with your devotional. As always may the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob open your eyes to behold wondrous things in His Word. Amen.
According to Genesis 1:1 and other passages of the Bible, God created everything in the universe. Think about it. This means God existed in state before there was anything! Let’s boogie back in our brain (sorry, I used to be a hippie, my old man pops out now and then) to a time period where there was a vast expanse of nothingness. This is the GOD who had the might and power to call the universe into being. We depend upon His creation for our air, food, temperature, light and even our bodies. Even our thoughts, in fact our very existence from moment to moment. Space doesn’t mean doodly-squat to God. We are spending much effort and study (not to mention $$$) trying to solve the physical laws of the space which He created. Time also is subject to Gods greatness. Time means much to us. We won’t discuss the rat race. We are given but a few short years here on earth so that we may chose to do as we will.
During this short time, we all decide where we are going to spend eternity. God is free and transcends all limitations. While man must spend eternity in one of the places of God's creation, such as: the lake of fire or the eternal heaven. Read Psalm 148. The eminence of God in nature who created it, is also preserving it and bearing it onward to a great consummation in the future. Also read Psalm 104.
John 4:23-24 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and truth: for such doth the Father seek to be his worshippers. God is a Spirit: and they that worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.
By this we see that God is true Spirit, and being a spirit has life within Himself. This is a far fetch different from all those other gods (idols) which have no life. In referring to God the Father, the Lord Jesus also declared, John 5:26 For as the Father hath life in Himself, even so gave He to the Son also to have life in Himself: These and other passages either state or imply that the eternal God is the source of life.
THE PERFECTION OF GOD
What is meant by the perfection of God? Simply, his moral attributes are what we refer to. Man's actions and conduct depend upon his moral condition in respect to his, intelligence, affections and also his will. IF these are right , he will be a normal person of normal actions. If not, his conduct will be effected by his deficiencies.
In the period of eternity before the creation of the universe, when God alone existed, His infinite knowledge, love and will constituted his absolute perfection. Each of his divine personalities, of the Holy Trinity, found a worthy object of his intelligence, affections and will in the others. (Kind of deep huh?)
God was and is sufficient within himself and from this standpoint, we may be certain that there was no need for Him to do anything or even to create the universe. His perfection is complete and He is not dependent in any way on his creation. Let’s examine three things about God.
God's being and knowledge always perfectly conform to each other. God is truth, and to know Him is to know truth. All truth that man knows in any special realm of investigation, can be designated as a reflection of the truth of God. The truth that dwells in the nature of God is the absolute accuracy of the revelation which He makes to men.
1 John 4:8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
Romans 15:30 Now I beseech you, brethren, by our Lord Jesus Christ, and by the love of the Spirit, that ye strive together with me in your prayers to God for me; (Love of God the Holy Spirit) We must not consider love apart from moral qualities. If we do, loving Satan would be as much of a virtue as loving God. We can look at Gods divine love as the absolute attribute of the Almighty, which is a rational and voluntary affection, grounded in perfect reason and deliberate choice. We can be sure that God's love is pure and genuine and satisfying for all those who accept it.
By His holiness God maintains himself in His excellence. Holiness is the purity of God's substance, both in His Being and also His actions. Not all of God's acts are love, but all are acts of holiness. Psalm 7:11 God is a righteous judge, Yea, a God that hath indignation every day.
Romans 11:36 For of Him, and through Him, and unto Him, are all things. To Him be the glory for ever. Amen.
In His Service,