Posted by: pastortomvabeach | May 6, 2015

Thought For The Week May 10, 2015

First of all, may I wish every mom out there a Happy and Blessed Mother’s Day. I don’t know where we would be if it weren’t for our mothers. Well, I do know – without a mom none of us would be here! So we owe them our lives in more ways than one!

We began last week to share the Sixteen Fundamental Doctrines which bind the Assemblies of God together in continuing unity and fellowship. The first was that The Bible is God’s inspired Word. That one was obviously first because all of the other beliefs that we hold come from the Word of God, and if we can’t trust that it comes from God, how can we really trust anything we believe from it?

The second of these truths is that there is one and only one true God. God has revealed Himself to mankind as One who has always existed, the only uncaused being in the universe. Isaiah wrote, I am He. Before Me there was no God formed, nor shall there be after Me. (Isaiah 43:10) He is the one who created everything that exists, In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1:1), You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and by Your will they exist and were created (Revelation 4:11).

God has revealed Himself through the things that He has created so that we can know His greatness and power. Psalm 19:1, The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork. When we observe the order and vastness of the universe and the intricacy of design woven into all forms of life, it is impossible in my mind to not see someone with infinite wisdom and power behind all of this. Paul even wrote that mankind has no excuse for not knowing there is one great Creator when they observe what He has made: since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead (Romans 1:20).

He has further revealed Himself in a much more personal way through the Bible which records historical divine encounters such as Moses and the burning bush; times when God spoke through dreams, visions, angels, prophets, etc.; and through the incarnation of Jesus Christ His Son. Hebrews 1:1-2 tells us, God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son. This special revelation of God was necessary so that we may know Him personally and know how to have a personal relationship with Him, these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name. (John 20:31)

The Bible tells us that there is only one God (Hear, O Israel, the Lord you God, the Lord is One, Deuteronomy 6:4) who consists of three distinct, interrelated persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We call this concept of one God in three persons the Trinity. The word Trinity is not found in the Bible but the concept is found throughout. We use this term to better define the fullness of the Godhead in terms of His unity and diversity. Matthew 28:19 is an example, make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Notice that Jesus doesn’t say to baptize in the “names” but in the “name” of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

As the one and only God, the Bible tells us that God is self-existent, all-powerful, all-knowing, and everywhere present. There is nothing that God can’t do except do something against His nature, there is nothing that God does not know, and there is no place where God is not present. He is holy, good, loving, righteous in all His ways, just in all His judgments, and never changes. This God, revealed by the Bible stands alone among the deities revered around the world. The Word says there is none like Him.

It is comforting to know that there is One who is over all things including the unseen spiritual world and that He knows us and wants us to know Him. It is especially good to know that He is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8). That means that when we trust in Him we can be certain He will stand by His word and never change His mind. It gives us great stability.

There is so much more that is taught in Scripture about the person and attributes of God that I could write blogs every week without end and never exhaust His greatness. I’ll leave it to you to dig into the awe-inspiring truths about our one and only God. That will give you a better handle on the truth because you found it yourself. Then you can take what you know and Make Jesus Known to someone else! Just a thought.

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