HIS PERSON - Part 1

            We have explored the idea that God must exist, or nothing makes any sense! We have also seen that God has revealed Himself in numerous ways. One of the first is the way God is revealed in His creation - both the living and the inanimate.
            Since we exist in a universe which obviously exists, this testifies to the existence of a Creator; and it leads us to the conclusion that He is the source of what we see and experience. It also tells us some things about His person! Since He is the source of all things, He must have existed before the things created, and therefore He is perfect and infinite. Nothing existed before Him, and He must be above all things.
            At this point, we paused to examine how else God chooses to reveal Himself, rather than to examine some of the things He has revealed. Now I think we are about ready to explore some of the things He has revealed to us. We have much ahead of us, and we may find ourselves in a series of articles to try to cover some of them. Where shall we start?
            There are many things which I like to call, “mind boggling” because they have to do with the infinite! This means that they are really beyond our ability to fully comprehend. It is good for us to stretch our minds to try to take them in; but we must know that we will fully know them only when we see Him “face to face”. They are sometimes designated by such big words as: omniscient, omnipotent, and omnipresent. We can take those one by one later, but let’s begin with some which we more readily accept.
            For instance, we read in I John 4:8-10: He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. In this the love of God is manifested toward us, that God sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
            “God is love”! Could we dare to reverse that, and say, “Love is God”?
Certainly not as long as we don’t consider what that love is, and what it has done! What the world often calls “love” is so far from God that it is ridiculous! The Holy Spirit, speaking through John, does not leave us hanging. Take a look at the end of the quotation above. “This is love...that He...sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins”!
            The kind of love referred to here is impossible for any of us, unless God lives in us, and loves through us! God sent His Son, who is part of the essential essence of Himself; knowing full well that men would reject Him, despise Him, torture Him, and nail Him to a cross! It was foretold! As horrible as that seems; we don’t get the true significance of it until we get a look at the people for whom He died. The whole human race has been steeped in the degradation of sin from the time of Adam, and nothing short of this supreme sacrifice could possibly avail to redeem the unworthy sinner!
            Judgment fell long before this when, of the whole race, only Noah’s family was worth saving. Left to himself, the sinner can only head for further sin, and final judgment. But this God of love arranges to pay the price for him!
            Such love is unfathomable. It operates against all logic and justice.
            I must insert here that there are lesser forms of true love, which may indicate remnants of the love instilled in man before the fall. I refer to the love for a spouse, love of a parent for a child, love for family members, or even love of others for whom one might die. But for enemies, few would even think of dying. It is not considered normal, by any means! It is a “God thing”!

-- Roy Dettwiler