Wednesday, August 18, 2010

To Live is Christ — and Who He reveals

Theists say that God powers the universe, but He is not personal. Several popular belief systems teach that God is within each person, that each of us is a god, which makes that version of God highly personal.

Obviously, both ideas cannot be true — even though it is also popular to say that each person can decide truth for themselves. That is, what is true for you may not be true for me. In their minds, there is no such thing as objective truth, particularly about things that cannot be proven.

God knows about all our supposing and silliness. He knows we have trouble believing what we cannot see and that we have this ability to make up what we don’t know. That is why He did a remarkable thing. 

God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high (Hebrews 1:1–3).
First, God spoke to people through His prophets. Abraham heard His commands. Moses talked to God. Jeremiah and Isaiah felt inadequate for the job God called them to, and David understood God’s heart. They heard His revelations.

But that was not enough and God knew it. So He sent His Son, heir of all things, the living Word by which the worlds were made. Jesus is the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, the One who keeps everything from falling apart. He is the sin-bearer and the sin cleanser, the revelation of God to the human race.

The ideas about God created by theists, philosophers, spiritualists and ordinary human beings pale in comparison to this powerful statement from God. While He does “power” the universe and while He can live in the hearts of those who invite Him in, God is far more than what people can imagine or devise. That is why He send Jesus to show us what and who He is.

(Jesus) is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence. For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell, and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross. (Colossians 1:15–20)
Again, I am staggered by the wonder of God’s revelation to sinners such as I. Jesus shows me all that I need to know about God.

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