How Great is Our God?

God has attributes of goodness and greatness. Attributes of greatness include spirituality, life, personality, infinity, and constancy.

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Spirituality: God is spirit. He is not composed of matter and does not possess a physical nature.

God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.

John 4:24 (ESV)

Life: God is characterized by life. He is a living God and His existence is independent in that He doesn’t need anything else to exist. His very nature is to be.

Psalm 84:2 (NIV) My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the LORD; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.

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Exodus 3:14(NIV) God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I AM has sent me to you.’

Personality: God is an individual being with self-consciousness, will and the capabilities of feeling, choosing, and having a reciprocal relationship with other personal and social beings. God has a name that He assigns to himself and through which He reveals himself.

Infinity: God is infinite. He is unlimited and unlimitable. He is a limitless being, unlike anything we experience.

  1. Space: God is not subject to the limitations of space
  2. Time: God is not limited by time. Time does not apply to Him. He is not bound    by time.
  3. Knowledge: God’s understanding and knowledge is immeasurable. He has access to all information, to all knowledge.
  4. Power: God is all-powerful. He can do all things which are proper objects of his power.

Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come…Revelation 1:4 (ESV)

Constancy:  God is unchanging. There is no quantitative or qualitative change in God.

Ever.

Hebrews 13:8 (NIV)  Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

What do we mean when we say God is free? God does not have the limitations of a physical body. He is not limited to any geographical or spatial location. God is not bound by space or time. He has all power and knowledge. God is infinite.

God is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow.

Always.

How Great Is Our God (World Edition) [feat. Chris Tomlin]

Jesus is There if You Want Him

Recently, I started reading and studying the Gospel of John. The Gospel of John marches to its own drum, different from the Synoptic Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke. Like the writers of the three other Gospels, the author of John does not name himself within the text. There is evidence within the Gospel itself and in the writings of the church fathers that the writer was the Apostle John, one of the original Twelve, that accompanied Jesus on during his earthly ministry.

According to Eusebius, John probably wrote the Gospel while he was ministering to the church in Ephesus, sometime during the 30-year span between A.D. 65 and 95. At the time, Ephesus was one of the largest centers of Christian activity in the Gentile world.

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Compared to the Synoptic Gospels, the Gospel of John places a much greater emphasis on the deity of Jesus. This can be problematic to some who are willing to accept that Jesus existed solely as a historical human teacher and religious prophet. Naturally, the Synoptic Gospels speak to the divinity of Jesus also, but John’s emphasis on Christ’s deity covers the beginning and end lying at the heart of the message: Jesus is God. Many faiths, including Islam and Judaism, accept that Jesus lived. Only Christianity touts Him as the Son of God, from the beginning of time through the end of history. The Gospel of John boldly points to the divine nature of Christ, the Son of God and second person of the Trinity.

In Chapter 1, verse 11, the Scripture makes it clear that Jesus, the Christ, came to His own people and they failed to receive Him. In verse 12, the writer of John declares that all who believe in Jesus as the Son of God, are given the right to become children of God. In verse 13, the author points out that this is not because of our doing, but solely by the grace of God.

11 He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. 12 But to all who did  receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, 13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.

The Gospel of John (ESV) Chapter 1, Verses 11-13

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So there it is in plain sight. Jesus stands at the door knocking. He wants you to receive Him. He stands before you ready for the taking, if only you will have Him. Yes, you can accept Jesus as being a man. He was, after all, fully human. But to stop there and deny His deity leaves you standing alone at the altar. It is not enough to say Jesus was a great man or magnificent teacher or extraordinary healer. In order to receive the full benefits of the Kingdom that God himself has prepared for you, you must receive Christ as your Lord and Savior. Nothing less will do.

Jesus is there if you want Him. Will you receive Him today?

Be blessed and be a blessing.

TDG

 

References:

Constable, Thomas J. (2017). Constable’s Notes: John. Retrieved from Bible. org

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Transforming Dreams into Reality Requires Perseverance

Life plays out on an unequal playing field for all of us. Could it be the only man keeping you down is you? Perhaps you find life oppressing. I get it. Some days it’s like the whole world is conspiring against you. Honestly, odds are good that it is. Living is not a pursuit well-suited for the timid. It will chew up you up and spit you out. Encouraging thoughts, I know.

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Amid the yin yang of your existence, the buck stops at your door. When it comes to turning your dreams into reality, you are where the rubber meets the road. Sure it’s hard. Yes it’s challenging. And certainly, it ain’t fair. But the opportunity to transform your greatest hopes into success lies in your hands. You must be willing to show up and do the hard work. No one can do it for you.

In this life, you’re really not due anything but love and respect. That doesn’t guarantee you’ll get either. Transforming dreams into reality requires perseverance.

So what are you waiting for? Don’t let life pass you by…

I believe in you.

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