I have discovered three major truths about God that have shaped my lens of him and how I view His creation. God is life. God is light. God is love. In order to know who God is, we do not begin with any Old Testament verses that splash a vast array of depictions of ‘who’ God is, instead we begin with His son Jesus Christ. If we start anywhere else, we will not have a proper picture of who ‘the Father’ is.
After all, Jesus himself claimed ‘HE’ was the only one who knew the father, meaning, no one else did! Let’s take a look at some significant verses from the Bible that a groundwork for a better and more biblical understanding of ‘who God is.” You could be in for a shock!
The Importance of Oneness from the Beginning:
John 1:1-3 – In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.
The Importance of “Oneness”:
John 10:30 The Father and I are one.”
John 14: 6-11 – Jesus *said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me. 7 If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; from now on you know Him, and have seen Him.” 8 Philip *said to Him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.” 9 Jesus *said to him, “Have I been so long with you, and yet you have not come to know Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father is in Me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on My own initiative, but the Father abiding in Me does His works. 11 Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me; otherwise believe because of the works themselves.
John 17:20-21 – “I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word; 21 that they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me.
The Importance of Jesus being the Gateway to the Father:
Matthew 11:27 “My Father has entrusted everything to me. No one truly knows the Son except the Father, and no one truly knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.”
Luke 10:22 “My Father has entrusted everything to me. No one truly knows the Son except the Father, and no one truly knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.”
John 10:15 – 15 even as the Father knows Me and I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep.
You could be saying to yourself, “yes, but…what about that verse or this verse that seem to show God as angry”? Let me challenge you today to discover that for the first time in HISTORY, we have the clearest picture of who God is and it is revealed by His son! Are you going to trust His Son? Ponder these verses first, and perhaps you will begin to find a more loving expression of the Father in other parts of the Bible.
This revelation can transform so many people’s lives. Imagine having grown up with a picture of God as an angry ticked of deity. A God that feels like you are walking on egg shells around and you better not mess up, or else? If Jesus has come to reveal the Father, then it proves the previous pictures or perspectives were….incomplete or at best skewed!
QUESTIONS FOR THE DAY
- Have you had two different perspectives on who God is? One loving, one vengeful?
- Do you trust the words of Christ?
- If this is true, what impact will that have on your understanding of who God is?
- What is the hardest part about believing that God and Jesus are exactly the same in character?
- Do you think the world needs to see God the Father through the lens of Jesus?
VERSE FOR THE DAY
But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption. 1 Corinthians 1:30
VIDEO FOR THE DAY
Lord, I Need You w/ lyrics By Matt Maher https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gS9e0nxHP-w
Papa God, who are you? I don’t know you. I want to know you. Will you show me who you are, will you show me though your son Jesus? I hunger to know the real you, not the religious god this world has shown me.