This week the lecture topic was the Nature and Character of God. What a week! It is wonderful to take a step back from the “me” and just sit in His Presence. I love meditating on who He is. What an awesome God we serve!
Something that struck me this week was Psalm 115:1-8:
Not to us, O LORD, not to us, but to your name give glory, for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness! Why should the nations say, “Where is their God?” Our God is in the heavens; he does all that he pleases.
Their idols are silver and gold, the work of human hands. They have mouths, but do not speak; eyes, but do not see. They have ears, but do not hear; noses, but do not smell. They have hands, but do not feel; feet, but do not walk; and they do not make a sound in their throat.
Those who make them become like them; so do all who trust in them.
(See also: Ps 135:15-18)
It is true that we become like the God (or gods, idols, …) that we worship.
Process of Sanctification:
• Rom 8:28-29 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.
People become like the God they worship:
• Col 3:9-10 Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator.
• Mat 5:48 You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
• Php 3:20-21 But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.
• 1Jn 3:2-3 Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure. Jn 3:9-10 No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God’s seed abides in him, and he cannot keep on sinning because he has been born of God. By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not love his brother.
Our foundation is vital
• We need to be founded on a sound knowledge of the character and nature of God. We need to ever be expanding our understanding of who He is.
• Mat 7:24-27 “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock… does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand.
• When you know God, on a personal level and have an intimate relationship with Him, people see the difference.
Our view of God:
• Determines our attitude towards God
• Determines our attitude towards men
• Determines our actions/ outputs (incl thoughts etc)
It was wonderful to take this teaching into our study of God’s nature and character; seeing more of who He is, and that we are being transformed ever more into His likeness through the renewal of our minds. It is so important to reflect on His attributes when we study the Word of God!
See “That’s My King” Sermon By The late Dr. S. M. Lockeridge!