Thursday, August 22, 2013

Who Is This God?

Who is this God you have come to worship?  The pagan gods worked in the world as faraway, capricious agents who affected history for petty reasons.  The god of evolutionism is impersonal, a force that drives things by chance, by whims, and by its own commandment – the fittest will survive.  The god of secular humanism puffs up the individual, lets him tell his own story, set his own boundaries, and in the end, cease to exist or to exist in an eternal loneliness and dark despair.

But you have come to worship the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.  This personal God of history  loves sinners enough to send His only Son, to be born of a woman, to be born under the law, and to die on a cross so that they might be saved, so that you might be saved.  Therefore, we approach God as Father and not simply as the impersonal uncreated being or power source.  His personhood, expressed to us perfectly in the person of Jesus Christ is loving and kind, relational and compassionate, strong and secure.

We are invited to come to God our Father in the name of Jesus, His Son.  When we come in His name, united in Him, we are wrapped up in the loving relationship of the Father with His Son.  That love is personal – in fact, that love is a Person Himself – He is the Holy Spirit, and He dwells in those who are found in Christ.  This is too wonderful to fully comprehend – in much the same way the love of a really great human father for his son is hard to fully comprehend – at least it cannot be comprehended like a math problem can be figured out.  Really, it has to be experienced, lived in, lived out – in real time, in real relationship and communion, and over and over renewed with His, the Father’s, kind words – come here, come to Me, come again.  I am your God and you are my people.

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