(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 15 – “His Who, Our Who”
Who is God? A significant portion of the answer to this question can be found in humanity, originally created in God’s image. “Let Us make man in Our image” (Genesis 1:26).
Much of our experience, particularly the internal and relational awareness of ourselves and others, points to the internal and relational nature in our Creator. Of course, sin severely damaged humanity in the fall of Adam, limiting our capacity to reflect God’s nature, character and way. Too often, we serve as the polar opposite of our Lord, revealing who He is not rather than who He is.
“My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, saith the LORD” (Isaiah 55:8).
This sad fact notwithstanding, the truth remains that glimmers of the Almighty still shine in human experience. Our intellect, emotions, will and desire to communicate all reveal the existence of another Heart and Mind whose structure and function is much like our own (although the content, course and scope is often quite different). As we think, feel, choose and communicate, the Holy Spirit bears witness to the existence of Another from which our “fearfully and wonderfully made” human capacities descend (Psalm 139:14). Again, hints of God’s “Who?” often display themselves in our own “who?”
Such display perfectly shines forth in the Lord Jesus Christ. “God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ” (II Corinthians 4:6). God the Son became the Son of man in order to fulfill His Father’s intention that humanity should reveal and glorify Divinity. The “first man” Adam forfeited this honored place in God’s purposes. The “second man” Christ fulfilled it (I Corinthians 15:45-47). Furthermore, the Lord Jesus makes possible our redemption unto the holy office of existing to reflect the “Who?” of God in the “who?” of ourselves…
“As we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.”
(I Corinthians 15:49)
Tomorrow: further consideration of God’s “Who?” revealed in our own “who?”