(Friends: during this series, the messages may frequently be longer than usual due to the subject matter. Thanks for your patience, and I think you will find the considerations interesting, and hopefully, helpful in our walk with the Lord. Glen)
Part 4 – “Something Wonderful”
Relatively few people consciously think of themselves as gods, New Age Movement notwithstanding. The deception nevertheless runs deep in humanity, as evidenced by the natural tendency of every son and daughter of Adam to constitute our own desires as the preeminent motivation of our hearts.
“We all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind” (Ephesians 2:3)
When we trust in the Lord Jesus Christ, God begins a work of overcoming our fleshly tendency toward selfish devotion to ourselves. More importantly, our Heavenly Father incessantly seeks to uproot the delusion of Divinity – “ye shall be as gods” – that produces our innate exaltation of ourselves. We begin the discovery that God alone is God by receiving a gift for which we do nothing other than believe in our hearts and confess with our tongues that the Lord Jesus is risen from the dead (Romans 10:9-10). The new birth results within us, resulting in the Spirit of God infusing our being with His light. “The spirit of man is the candle of the Lord” (Proverbs 20:27).
This illumination bears increasing witness to the transcendence of God and the dependency of ourselves. The Apostle Paul taught that we are both “strong in the Lord,” and “weak in Him” (Ephesians 6:10; II Corinthians 13:4). This references the proper perspective of God and ourselves established by the Holy Spirit whereby He progressively redeems us from the original deception embraced by Adam and Eve (Genesis 3:5). Again, we must know that God is God, and we are not. Moreover, we must know this truth far more than in merely belief and principle. We must increasingly discover it as the guiding light of our existence whereby we live “having no confidence in the flesh,” and “looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith” (Philippians 3:3; Hebrews 12:2).
For those involved in this redeeming process of truth, the recognition that God will not and cannot tell us all about Himself shines within us as a vitally necessary illumination. We understand why the Bible never answers the question, “What is God?” Certainly, we can know much – “the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day” (Proverbs 4:18). But we cannot know all – “the King of kings, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see” (I Timothy 5:15; 16). Of course, such limitation will never satisfy those merely curious about God and Truth. Those consecrated to the Lord Jesus, however, find sublime joy in the mystery of God no less than in His light.
What is God? The trusting heart smiles inwardly when it recalls that no answer will likely ever be forthcoming, or even possible. Our Lord exists in a singular being inexplicable to created minds and sensibilities. He is something wonderful, of that we can be sure. By definition, therefore, the triune God fills with wonder all who look to Him in the realization that a long eternity will shine upon us and within us a Light more beautiful and brilliant than we can imagine. However, that which remains unknown to us graces us with a beauty and brilliance just as sublime. Thereby we know God as He is, and we know ourselves as we are. This is Light, the Light of God that “shineth in darkness” (John 1:5).
“Bless the LORD, O my soul. O LORD my God, Thou art very great; thou art clothed with honor and majesty, who coverest Thyself with light as with a garment.”
Next Week: we address the next question in our series on Wonder. “Who is God?”