God in His Word Part 3

In our study of God in His Word we have looked at the facts of God and then we looked to His Word to form a definition. We also have looked at His nature and His character as revealed to us through His Word.  In this week’s discussion in God in His Word we will look at how the works of God that are reveled in His Word.

It would be hard for us to understand God apart from His works. What God has done and what God will do flows from who He is. Let us look at the short list of what God has done in the past, the present, and in the future.

God not only created the world, “Thus says God the LORD, Who created the heavens and stretched them out, Who spread out the earth and its offspring, Who gives breath to the people on it And spirit to those who walk in it.” (Isaiah 42:5) but through His work He sustains it. “He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.” (Colossians 1:17) As we read in Genesis that “in the beginning God.” (Genesis 1:1) before anything was there was God and He created all that there is and by His power He sustains it to serve His purpose and to glorify His name.

All of God’s creation was created with a purpose and a plan. It was not crated just for His amusement but to come to an eternal purpose according to His plan. “He made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His kind intention which He purposed in Him with a view to an administration suitable to the fullness of the times, that is, the summing up of all things in Christ, things in the heavens and things on the earth. In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to His purpose who works all things after the counsel of His will.” (Ephesians 1:9-11) There is no fluff in God’s creation, as all have a purpose according to His plan.

As a result of the fall of man in the Garden of Eden part of God’s eternal plan is for the redemption of man. God loves His creation and does not want to see any of His creation lost to the wage of sin. Therefore God sent His Son Jesus to redeem mankind from the curse of sin and death. “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us–for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”– in order that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we would receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.” (Galatians 3:13-14)

Because God is all knowing He draws people to His Son Jesus that they may learn the saving knowledge of His free gift of salvation through His grace. “No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up on the last day.” (John 6:44) Those who become the children of God through His Son, “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.” (John 1:12-13) He disciplines as His children. “For those whom the Lord loves He disciplines, And He scourges every son whom He receives.” (Hebrews 12:6)

After the end of time here on earth all will be held accountable for the words and deeds that were done in the flesh. Those who have not placed their faith and trust in Jesus Christ will face the Great White Throne Judgment. It will be a time when Satan and his angels are removed and all that have died in their sins will face the second death. “Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat upon it, from whose presence earth and heaven fled away, and no place was found for them. And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and books were opened; and another book was opened, which is the book of life; and the dead were judged from the things which were written in the books, according to their deeds. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead which were in them; and they were judged, every one of them according to their deeds. Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.” (Revelation 20:11-15)

The Purpose of God was to redeem man and have a personal relationship with him. Because of God’s love and mercy towards man He became incarnate in the person of His Son Jesus that we can place our faith and trust in Him and receive salvation from the final judgment and the second death. “And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14)

God’s Son Jesus became the Son of Man and therefore formed a bridge between God and man. Because God cannot be in the presence of sin Jesus is the bridge and through Him we can have a personal relationship with God while here in this world and the spiritual realm to come. “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” (John 14:6)

Jesus went to the cross as the Lamb of God, the perfect sacrifice for the sins of men. Man can find forgiveness of his sins only through Jesus the Son of God and the Savior of mankind. “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace.” (Ephesians 1:7) It is through the work of Jesus on the cross that we can have reconciliation between us and God the Father. “For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.” (Romans 5:10) By our faith, trust, and obedience to God’s Word, Jesus, we can have eternal salvation and life. “And I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand.” (John 10:28)

If we desire in our hearts to know our Creator, then we must look to Jesus for He is the fullness of Deity in the form of flesh. “For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form, and in Him you have been made complete, and He is the head over all rule and authority; and in Him you were also circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, in the removal of the body of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ; having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised up with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead.” (Colossians 2:9-12) For us to really know who God is all we have to do is look to Jesus, He is the only way.

Thomas N Kirkpatrick

First Baptist Church of Durant February 1, 2017

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