What do you think of when you think of God? Do you think of an old man in a rocking chair? Do you think of an invisible life force that has no feelings, only power? Do you think of a father who is mean and angry, waiting for you to mess up so he can open the earth up and swallow you alive? Do you think God is a grandmother baking cookies like in The Matrix?
What is really cool is that so many people have different views of God and ideas about him, but none of them are right. The only persons who know who God is are the ones whom God reveals himself to. There is no making up God. You can make up “god”, (little g.) You can have lots and lots of gods in your imagination, but only God knows who God is.
In the gospel of John, Philip said to Jesus, “Show us the Father!” Jesus said, “Don’t you know me, Philip? If you have seen me, you have seen the Father.” Here it is exactly:
Jesus the Way to the Father
5 Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”
6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7 If you really know me, you will know[b] my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.”
8 Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.”
9 Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10 Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. 11 Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves. 12 Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. 13 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.
So, when we see Jesus, we see The Father. We see who he is, we see his heart, his character and his very soul.
He is not old and crotchety or outdated. He is Ancient, eternal, with no beginning and no end. All life comes from him. All newness comes from him. Everything new comes from his very being. It says in Colossians 1:
The Supremacy of the Son of God
Colossians 1:15 The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For in him all things were created:things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. 19 For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.
The Father and The Son are one. When we look at Jesus, we see The Father. We see the never-aging, unchanging, eternal youthfulness of his soul. He is and always will be full of wisdom. From the beginning of time and before time began, his wisdom was complete. All wisdom comes from him, so he doesn’t need to age to attain more wisdom or knowledge. All love and power come from him. Life emanates from him. There is no end to life in our Father. He in not far away. He is very close. He is everything good and everything right.
When we grasp fully who God really is, we see that his eternal nature, his life and his personality cannot be changed. It is not vulnerable. Even on the cross, he was completely in control.
We can have whatever view of God we want to have, but it may or may not be correct. We need to see God through the lens of truth, The Bible. We need to see our everlasting Father who loves us, sent his son for our redemption and is ready to impart new life to us every day.
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