Bought by the Blood

December 5, 2009

Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow

he who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, – 1 Timothy 6:15

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.

For God to be blessed means that He is infinitely happy. He is sovereign and all that He purposes is accomplished (Isaiah 46:9-10).  All that God does is for His pleasure and delight (Psalm 115:3).  Even if something He ordains does not seem like it would please Him we have to remember we only have a limited perspective and the  ultimate end that He has in mind will glorify Him.  God does not need you or I for Him to blessed, we are not a blessing to God, He has all He needs in the Godhead to be supremely happy for all eternity (Isaiah 42:1).

We call God blessedness because He is the greatest blessing that we have.  The greatest joy that we can have is to be found in God, no other joy compares to knowing Him.  He is our great reward and His love is better than life (Psalm 63:1).  There is no human being that has lived who was happier than Jesus.  Jesus gave us the description of happiness in the beatitudes when he said who the blessed are and only He has perfectly lived out the beatitudes.

Only through Jesus can we have joy and have it to the full.  James Montgomery Boice once stated, “The blessing of God in an individual life begins with the forgiveness of sin.”  The Gospel is the good news that Christ has paid the penalty for our sins, there is no more striving or work that we must do to earn God’s blessing, but it is freely given to us  (Romans 9:16).  The Gospel opens our blinded eyes so that we can see God as the jewel of great worth (Matthew 13:45-46).  The greatest good and highest enjoyment we can have is knowing God and this is only possible through Christ death bringing us near to God by His blood (Ephesians 2:13).

November 25, 2009

God is glory

After several months off I am finally returning to my “Who is God” series. Expect to see other old favorites of the blog return soon also.

The God of glory appeared to our father Abraham when he was in Mesopotamia, before he lived in Haran, – Acts 7:2

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.

I was created for glory, but so often settle for less.  The only way I can know glory is by knowing God.  His glory is what I live for and hope in.  All other promises of glory are lies.  Every deed that God does proclaims His glory.  God’ glory should give me a sense of worship and ware towards Him for no one and nothing is as glorious as Him.

God’s glory is most clearly seen at the cross where reconciles sinful man to Himself.  I am a glory thief and want His glory for myself.  I have even gone to the length of nailing God’s Son to the cross so that glory can be mine.  Despite all of this God took on flesh to die in my place so that His wrath can be satisfied.  All of God’s glorious attributes are on display in Christ atoning death for my sins.

It is hard to describe God’s glory because it so beyond our finite comprehension.  The implications of God being glory is that it radically transforms our lives.  God is glorious and therefore His call on my life is higher than any other call.  The hope that I have in His glory far surpasses anything else this world offers for me to hope in.  By choosing to wait on God I proclaim that I would rather have what comes from His good and wise will because it is for His glory instead of making things happens for my glory; if I chose the former it will always work out for my good.

September 28, 2009

Matt Redman on God’s glory

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.

I’ve been wanting to write a devotional on the glory of God and haven’t gotten around to it yet.  I may still do that, but until I do, here are some excellent thoughts on the glory of God from Matt Redman!

Glory has to be one of the most used worship words these days (and for good reason) – but because of that, we need to be really clear about what we mean by it. For many people it’s one of those words we kind of know what we’re talking about conceptually, but would find it hard to express the meaning if were asked for a concise definition. That’s where Mr Piper comes in. I love the way he describes to us what the word ‘glory’ is all about:

“ The glory of God is the manifestation of his holiness. God’s holiness is the incomparable perfection of his divine nature; his glory is the display of that holiness.”

So in other words, the holiness of God is everything about God that makes Him matchless, perfect and high above all others – and His glory is the shining of that holiness. Or as Piper goes on to explain:

“ ‘God is glorious’ means God’s holiness has gone public. His glory is the open revelation of the secret of his holiness… The holiness of God is his concealed glory. The glory of God is his revealed holiness.”

I love that – it’s what inwardly and instinctively we already knew, but defined in a few concise sentences that really help get a handle on what we’re talking about.

via THE GLORY OF GOD | worshipcentral.

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”.

September 12, 2009

God is Spirit

God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”-John 4:24

In 2007 the most googled question was “Who is God?”  Using Westminster Confession Faith as my aid I want to tackle this question.  The Westminster Confession of Faith has a 15 part answer, so this will be a 15 part series.

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.

God is not constrained by physical limitations.  He is omnipresent and there is no place where His spirit is not present.  Our human senses cannot touch Him, but because we are made in His image we have a spirit that is made to commune with Him.  There are other spiritual beings in the universe, but only God is “pure Spirit.”  The full meaning of God being Spirit is past our understanding, this should humble us and lead us to worship.  This should drive away all complacency and bring us to a place of awe.  Our view of God should be more exalted then any person or created thing because He is immaterial and cannot be contained by the earth, heavens or even our imaginations.

Saying that God is Spirit shows the incredible condescension of Christ in the incarnation.  In the incarnation the Spirit of God put on flesh so that He could be born in the likeness of man, but without our sin nature.  God the Son was with God in the beginning and is eternal like God, but was born to die in the place of sinful man, so that God’s Spirit can be poured out on those whose spirits God the Father has redeemed for Himself.  Our redemption is for the purpose of our worship.  We are created to be worshipers and spend our lives praising and glorifying God in all that we say and do.  Thus, it is of utmost importance that we understand who God is.

Our view of God as Spirit has huge implication for how we view the trinity, prayer and worship.  If God is Spirit, then we will not try to put him into a finite concept.  If I said I am three persons with one substance, power and eternity you would send me to the looney bin.  God being pure spirit is free to “be three persons, of one substance, power, and eternity.”*  When I pray, I pray to God The Father by the power of the Holy Spirit with confidence because it is through the Son**.  My worship can be any place and any time because the Spirit of God is everywhere.  I do not created images for my worship because no created thing can mirror the Spirit of God, but will only turn into an idol.  The only two requirements for those that are seeking true worship are the Spirit of God and the truth of His Word.

*Westminster Confession of Faith – Chapter 2: Of God and of the Holy Trinity http://www.opc.org/wcf.html
** Ask Pastor John: Does it Matter Which Person of the Trinity we Pray to http://www.desiringgod.org/ResourceLibrary/AskPastorJohn/ByTopic/35/3491_Does_it_matter_which_Person_of_the_Trinity_we_pray_to/

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