Bought by the Blood

September 13, 2009

God Is Infinite

God said to Moses, “I am who I am.” And he said, “Say this to the people of Israel, ‘I am has sent me to you.’” – Exodus 3:14

Q. 7. What is God?
A. God is a Spirit, in and of himself infinite in being, glory, blessedness, and perfection; all-sufficient, eternal, unchangeable, incomprehensible, everywhere present, almighty, knowing all things, most wise, most holy, most just, most merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth.

To ponder the infinite nature of God’s being is truly mind boggling. We are finite humans and cannot fathom what it means for God to not be finite.  I remember before I was a Christian one of the things I struggled with was the infinite nature of God.  Where did he come from, how did he come about to be?  His state of being God has always been and He has never been more or less of the God that He is right now.  There is no way to describe or define the infinite nature of God.  Just like how God is the Father from whom every Father gets its name, He is the being from which every created thing gets it being (Ephesians 3:14-15).

What a blessed thing that we trust in an infinite God.  We don’t trust finite man or any created thing, but our trust is in the infinite One who not only has heaven and earth at his disposal, but is the creator of heaven and earth.  The fact that God is infinite should motivate us in our pursuit of knowledge of Him since we can never exhaust the knowledge of who He is.  God’s infinite nature is summed up by Job’s friend Zophar in Job 11:7-9, “Can you find out the deep things of God? Can you find out the limit of the Almighty? It is higher than heaven —what can you do? Deeper than Sheol—what can you know? Its measure is longer than the earth and broader than the sea.”

We most clearly see the infinite nature of God at the cross. At Calvary the infinite justice and holiness of God is expiated when Jesus lays down His life for his sinners.  From before the foundation of the world God ordained that through His Son Jesus He would show His infinite love by propitiating His infinite wrath by Jesus atoning death.  Infinite grace and mercy is made available to sinners at the cross by the fact that for those that God has adopted they can never sin their way out of God’s covenant with them.  This has only be a brief overview and does not include all of God’s attributes, but for a more thorough analysis please see A.W. Pink’s “Attributes of God” and Wayne Grudem’s “Systematic Theology”.

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July 7, 2009

Knowing God

But the Lord is the true God;
he is the living God and the everlasting King.
At his wrath the earth quakes,
and the nations cannot endure his indignation. – Jeremiah 10:10

The most important question that any person can ask themselves is, “Who is God?”  In Jeremiah we find three essential claims to our understanding of who God is.  The first thing we learn about God is He is the true God, there are other gods that will try to take his place, but they are idols which will one day crumble.  Idols such as money, sex, power, fame and other tools of satan and this world which seek to entice, but they are false gods and have no power or eternal worth.  Secondly, we learn that God is living, He is active and sovereign over this world.  Everything is directed by Him and being guided to an end point predetermined by Him where every knee on earth, above the earth and below the earth will bow down and worship Him (Philippians 2:10).  Lastly, in this verse we see that God is the everlasting King.  He rules over this world and He is majestic in holiness (Exodus 15:11), He is the King from which all kings draw their kingship.

The second most important question we can ask is how we can be made right with this God.  To quote Matthew Henry, “Sinners should be afraid.  They have an angry God above thenm a guilty conscience in them, and a yawning hell below them.”  If we are honest with ourselves we are aware that we do not treat this everlasting King with the reverence and adoration He deserves.  None of us seek Him as we should, we are not good and do not do good (Romans 3:11-12).  Therefore, we are all deserving of His wrath and if the earth quakes under His wrath, imagine the effect that His wrath will have on us.  It is a terrifying thought to think of the weeping and gnashing of teeth that we will endure.  We will not be able to endure the outpouring of His wrath on us, although we will not be able to endure it, we will wish for it to end and for our pitiful existence to end, but Hell is real and eternal. Because sin is an infinite offense against God, the punishment is infinite as well.

The way we are made right with God is not through anything that we can do.  We cannot earn His favor, but it must come by grace or mercy.  If we would be able to earn it, then that means that the offense is not infinite.  Since we cannot earn it that means that it comes to us as a free and undeserved gift (Romans 6:23).  The means of this free and undeserved gift is the cross on which Jesus died to redeem sinners. His work on the cross reconciles and brings us near to God because we can’t come near on our own (Hebrews 9:11-22). If we claim His blood as ours then He gives us robes of righteousness to wear, when God sees us wearing Christ righteousness He passes over our sin and sees us as objects of His love.  His wrath was spent on Christ on the cross so that we may be adopted as children of the everlasting King, the true and living God.

January 10, 2009

Starlight cannot compare to the noon-day

Meditating on Exodus 19 has increased my thankfulness for the Gospel.  God is still the same God to the Israelites then as He is to me now.  Because of Christ completed work on the cross, I have the benefits of relating to Him in a fuller and better than way than the people of Israel did.

12 And you shall set limits for the people all around, saying, ‘Take care not to go up into the mountain or touch the edge of it. Whoever touches the mountain shall be put to death.  (V.12)

I am thankful that because of the gospel I get to draw near to God and do not have to be at a distance from Him.  There is no limits to the intimacy that I get to share with my creator.  I was a man with unclean lips, but because I have been washed by Christ blood, I am free to enter His presence.  Death and condemnation I no longer dread because the penalty for my sins  has been paid.  I have been made holy and righteous.  As one who is in Christ, I have free access to the Father and get to dwell with Him for all my days.  In Him I find life to the full, joy to the full and peace that surpasses all understanding.  There is no partiality to my relationship with God, but I get to experience Him fully.

On the morning of the third day there were thunders and lightnings and a thick cloud on the mountain and a very loud trumpet blast, so that all the people in the camp trembled. (V.16)

All that has been said about me has been said at the cross, so I have no need to tremble.  The worst proclamation about my sinfulness, Christ has testified to and I have affirmed it when he died for my sins.  I do not have to tremble at God’s judgement of me, because the judgement has been passed.  I am guilty as charged, but Christ has died in my place and taken my sin upon Himself, so I can be found with no sin.  I marvel at His holiness but am not consumed by it.  Continually I am amazed that He would let a sinner like me experience such grace and forgiveness, but there is no fear because perfect love cast out fear.

The Lord came down on Mount Sinai, to the top of the mountain. And the Lord called Moses to the top of the mountain, and Moses went up. (V.20)

Moses interceeded for the people and spoke to God on their behalf.  There is no longer a middle man between God and man.  He has condescended to my level and made a way for me to be in relationship with the Father.  Christ Jesus is my mediator, and because I am in Him I never have to fear falling out of favor with God.  I do not have to go up to God because He has come down to me in the form of Jesus.  I do not need to do any works or have a person go before God for me because I have Jesus.  Jesus’ death has purchased my salvation and satisfied the requirements of the law.  He has paid my ransom, so I am no longer enslaved to sin, but get to live for for God, purifying my conscience from dead works to serve the living God.

And from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. 17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.  (John 1:16-17)

“Moses was employed by God ‘as a servant,’ to convey to Israel the moral and ceremonial law (Heb. 3:5).  As a servent, he was faithful to Him who appointed him, but he was only a servant.  The moral law, which he brought down from Sinai, was holy and just and good.  But it could not justify.  It had no healing power.  It could wound, but it could not bind up.  It ‘worked wrath’ (Rom. 4:14).  It pronounced a curse against any imperfect obedience.  The ceremonial law, which he was commanded to impose on Israel, was full of deep meaning and typical instruction.  Its ordinances and ceremonies made it an excellent schoolmaster to guide men toward Christ (Gal. 3:24).  But the ceremonial law was only a schoolmaster.  It could not make him that kept it perfect, as pertaining to the conscience (Heb. 9:9).  It laid a grievous yoke on men’s hearts, which they were not able to bear.  It was a ministration of death and condemnation (2 Cor. 3:7-9).  The light which men got from Moses and law was at best only starlight compared to the noon-day.

Christ, on the other hand, came into the word ‘as a Son,’ with the key of God’s treasury of grace and truth entirely in His hands (Heb. 3:6).  Grace came by Him when He made fully known God’s gracious plan of salvation, by faith in His own blood, and opened the fountain of mercy to all the world.  Truth came by Him, when He fulfilled in His own Person the types of the Old Testament, and revealed Himself as the true Sacrifice, the true mercy seat and the true Priest.  No doubt there was much of ‘grace and truth’ under the law of Moses.  But the whole of God’s grace, and the whole truth about redemption, were never known until Jesus came into the world and died for sinners.”  J.C. Ryle

January 3, 2009

God’s Purpose in Trials

In Exodus 14 God reveals three reasons why trials come into the lives of His choosen people

  1. He wants all the world to know His glory
  2. To display His character
  3. To reveal our hearts

God is jealous God and there is no cost to great for Him to accomplish His purpose of being glorified by His people.  God’s plan to harden Pharaoh’s heart led Pharaoh to take his people into the sea, to their certain doom.  In God’s wisdom, He knew pharaoh would do this (14:17-18).  Pharaoh was a responsible individual and was not coerced or forced into his actions.  God is glorious and this is a truth He has gone to great lengths to communicate, from allowing Pharaoh and his men to perish in the Red Sea to offering up His only Son on the cross for the sins of all.  God’s purpose for each individual is to glorify Him, let us pray that we glorify Him like the Israelites and not like the Egyptians.

We see a sovereign God at work in this chapter.  Moses sings in Exodus 15 that God is glorious in power (15:6).  He is a God who is awesome in glorious deeds and doing wonder (15:11).  He controls the winds and effortlessly drives the sea back so that the Israelites can pass through (14:21-22).  There is no sign of worry or fear for the Israelites when they are aware of God at work.  God’s power extends past nature man made things as we see him clogging the Egyptian chariots (14:25).  Our best made inventions cannot prevent God’s plan.  The Egyptians were in a state of panic because they chariots and not the Lord.

When the Israelites see the egyptians their immediate reaction is that of unbelief.  God has revealed in their hearts that they had a larger view of the Egyptians instead of Him.  Instead of affirming truth about God, they complained and were more aware of their circumstances of who God is (14:10-12).  Moses on the other hand reminded the people of truth, he gave them advice that we can eve use today.  There is no place for fear, but to stand firm on who God is.  To look to salvation and the hope we have in God.  Let our hearts be still because God is fighting for us and still at work (14:13-14).  The final product of this trial is that the people believed and feared the Lord (14:31).

February 2, 2008

God of compassion

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 The Lord descended in the cloud and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the Lord. The Lord passed before him and proclaimed, “The Lord, the Lord, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, keeping steadfast love for thousands, [1] forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but who will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children and the children’s children, to the third and the fourth generation.” And Moses quickly bowed his head toward the earth and worshiped. (Exodus 34:5-8)

God of compassion and grace,
You knew that those made in your image
Would forsake you and choose sin,
So before there was time you elected some
To be adopted into your family,
Not on the status of mercy,
But only by your mercy.

I find myself lost in mercy
At the indescribable gift I have
Of salvation through Jesus blood.

I owe it all to your kindness,
You did not have to reach down to me.
There was no good reason for you to choose me.

You were rich beyond measure
But became poor and took the form of a servant
So that I might be able to draw near
And experience the fullness of God,
For my eyes have been opened
To see the invitation to come and worship,
As I draw near I am made rich.

Christ in compassion, laid down His life for me,
Giving me access to the riches of His grace
Making a way for redemption, through His blood
And full forgiveness of sins to all who repent.

I have the inheritance of one day seeing Him as He is.
On that day I shall be glorified in His kingdom.
With sin no longer to tarnish me
I will praise Him forever and ever.

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