God … hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son… ; who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high. Hebrews 1:1-3.
God is a Spirit; yet He is a personal being; for so He has revealed Himself.
As a personal being, God has revealed Himself in His Son. The outshining of the Father’s glory, “and the express image of his person,” Jesus, as a personal Saviour, came to the world. As a personal Saviour He ascended on high. As a personal Saviour He intercedes in the heavenly courts.
I saw a throne, and on it sat the Father and the Son. I gazed on Jesus’ countenance and admired His lovely person. The Father’s person I could not behold, for a cloud of glorious light covered Him. I asked Jesus if His Father had a form like Himself. He said He had, but I could not behold it, for said He, “If you should once behold the glory of His person, you would cease to exist.”
The theory that God is an essence pervading all nature is received by many who profess to believe the Scriptures; but, however beautifully clothed, this theory is a most dangerous deception…. If God is an essence pervading all nature, then He dwells in all men; and in order to attain holiness, man has only to develop the power within him. These theories [pantheism, etc.], followed to their logical conclusion, … do away with the necessity for the atonement and make man his own savior…. Those who accept them are in great danger of being led finally to look upon the whole Bible as a fiction….
The revelation of Himself that God has given in His Word is for our study. This we may seek to understand. But beyond this we are not to penetrate…. None are to indulge in speculation regarding His nature. Here silence is eloquence. The Omniscient One is above discussion.
The Faith I Live By p. 40
——Please pray for my dad who is having weakness in his legs. Mike
—–Prayers for healing for Herbie. Ernest
Rarely did my mother visit her sister as they did not get along very well. On one such occasion when they had decided to get together, we had a lovely visit. My mother even had my aunt take a picture of her, my cousins, and me. We really looked forward to having a photo so we could remember the good time we were having.
When we finally used up the roll of film and got the pictures developed, we were so disappointed. What could have been a nice picture was ruined by the faces that Connie and Harold had made. Connie had tipped her head back and stuck out her chin and Harold had stuck out his tongue. Of course, that was fairly normal behavior for kids that age, but it spoiled the photo nonetheless.
When our Great Creator made this world, He made it perfect. At the end of each day of creation, He pronounced it to be very good. From the smallest diatom to the largest beast all creation was in harmony with the universe. Sadly, it did not continue to be such. Adam and Eve disobeyed the one test of their love and loyalty to their Maker. They ruined the “picture” for themselves and their posterity. Yet, the Great King of the Universe did not leave them in their fallen condition. He gave them the promise of a redeemer to come Who would deliver them from the clutches of the evil one. “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed, it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.” Gen 3:15
Our Heavenly Father has a plan for each of us. He greatly desires us to be a beautiful part of His “Heavenly photo.” Yet, how often we spoil His “picture” just as Adam and Eve spoiled His plans for this world and its future inhabitants or just as my cousins spoiled the photo my aunt took over forty years ago. As we look at the “picture” of our life, we see recorded thoughts, words, and actions that have ruined His great plan. We cry as did Paul, “O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?” Rom 7:24 In the next verse he gives the answer. “I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord.” With Jesus directing our life, we can have victory! We can be a part in His Heavenly photo! We can fulfill His will and plan for our life!
Our Dear Saviour is knocking at the door of our heart. May we open the door and allow Him to fulfill His will in our life. May we live so close to Him and we become in harmony with His great “picture.” May we pray as did David, “Teach me thy way, O LORD, I will walk in thy truth: unite my heart to fear thy name. I will praise thee, O Lord my God, with all my heart: and I will glorify thy name for evermore.” Ps 86:11,12