It has been said that truth is stranger than fiction, but truth is also more powerful, more wonderful and more beautiful! Which is why there is a stark difference between the truth of Christianity, and the faiths and religions of the world. Search the faiths and religions of the world and you cannot find two great truths: FIRST: there is no grace. SECOND: There is no way to Know God Personally. These two beautiful truths are only available in Christ. Is it possible to know God personally? Not only is it possible, the world was changed forever because of a personal relationship with God, and your world will change forever by a personal relationship with God!
The Unity and Trinity of God is one of the most mysterious truths about God. The Trinity of God is found throughout the scriptures, but especially in the New Testament, where God is reconciling the world to Himself through Jesus Christ. God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are all involved in our creation, re-creation, salvation and sanctification. The Bible doesn’t explain the complex interworking of the Trinity, but it certainly does affirm it.
“The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen.” (2 Corinthians 13:14)
There is a strange and beautiful paradox in knowing God. The more you know God––the more aware you are of your own sins––leading to humility. The less you know God––the less you are aware of your own sins––leading to arrogance.
Think about the times someone was confronted by the glory of God’s Holiness. Paul was confronted by Christ––which left him grieving over his own sins. Isaiah found himself in the presence of God––and became acutely aware of his own sin. John saw the glory of God holding 7 stars in His right hand and His face shining like the sun––and he fell at His feet as dead. But Jesus put His hand on John and told him, do not be afraid.
God is Holy –– which is amazing and frightening at the same time, because Holiness is the requirement for existence in His presence. Which is why God commands: ‘Be Holy For I Am Holy’ (1 Peter 1:16).
We often think the study of God is academic, that the study of God is for theologians, and not regular Christians––but that’s entirely false! Jesus said, eternal life is based knowing God (John 17:3). God wants us to Know Him! (Jeremiah 9:24).
No other study humbles the mind, expands the mind, or comforts the mind more than the study of God Himself. And one word best describes the majesty of God in all His divine attributes––GLORY. God’s word declares He is the “King of glory,” the “God of glory,” and “the Lord of glory.” “Great is the glory of the Lord,” (Ps 138:5). “His name alone is exalted; His glory is above earth and heaven” (Ps 148:13).
What is the glory of God? How is His glory revealed? Is it visible to us today?
“Therefore consider the goodness and severity of God: on those who fell, severity; but toward you, goodness, if you continue in His goodness. Otherwise you also will be cut off.” (Romans 11:22)
SERIES: KNOWING GOD. Paul calls us to consider the goodness and severity of God. Not only His goodness alone, or just His severity alone––but both. • Both are infinite and perfect moral attributes of God • Both reveal the love and holiness of God • Both were shown at the Cross where Jesus died and paid our debt in full