(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 7 – “The Personal God”
God is, and has always been a personal being. He thinks, feels, and wills. He is self conscious and aware of His own existence. He also consciously recognizes the existence of others, beginning with the plurality in unity that exists within Himself. The Bible teaches that God is triune, existing as three distinct Divine personalities who relate to each other in the bond and perfection of love.
“Let us make man in Our image, after Our likeness” (Genesis 1:26).
Amazingly, God chose to create others like Himself, in the sense of our possessing capacity for self and others awareness, along with the ability to communicate. To exist as a human being in God’s creation speaks of an honored place and position. Our Lord made us for relationship with Himself in personal terms whereby He knows us, we know Him, and we freely relate to each other intellectually, emotionally, and volitionally. “Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love Me, he will keep My words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him” (John 14:23).
The entrance of sin into the world through Adam greatly damaged the possibility of Divine/human discourse, but the saving grace of the Lord Jesus Christ provides a relationship with God that even Adam did not possess.
“This is life eternal, that they might know Thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom Thou hast sent” (John 17:3).
Such relationship offers to us knowledge of the “Who?” of God. By His Word, His Spirit, and the fellowship of other believers, our Heavenly Father desires to unveil His heart and mind to us. As God, He can tell us very little about what He is. The gulf is far too wide between the Creator and created beings to make such explanation possible. As our Father, however, He can tell us much about who He is. That is, He reveals His character, nature and way to such degree that we are “changed into the same image, from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord” (II Corinthians 3:18). The more this process occurs, the more personal we discover God to be as our hearts become safe havens for “the light of the knowledge of the glory of God” (II Corinthians 4:6).
No greater wonders exists than the truth that God desires relationship with us, and empowers it as we trust in the Lord Jesus. A believing and submitted heart, a consistently read Bible, fellowship with devoted believers, and confident expectation of God’s involvement and presence in our lives reveals the fact of how personal He desires to be. Much was given on the cross of Calvary to make possible so great a gift. May we much avail ourselves of the wonder that our Father desires and seeks our fellowship in this moment, this day, and forevermore.
“God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of His Son Jesus Christ our Lord.”
(I Corinthians 1:9)