DEFENDING THE CHARACTER OF GOD-WHO IS GOD?
WHO IS GOD PART-1 “Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved. For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge…”(Romans 10: 1-2) There are lots of opinion that people have that affects their relationship with God and where you cannot relate very well with God as your Father, it will be very hard to receive from Him. Many of us were born into religion and a lot of things were driven into our minds concerning the character of God. To some, all they know about God is what their parents and grandparents told them. The things our parents told us has formed our mindset about God; some of us have a mind already set and thoughts already formed about who God is and who He ought to be. Someone can be born again for many years but does not really know God. According to our theme verse, they can be preaching zealously; they can be committed and devoted but lacking the knowledge of who God really is. Until your understanding is opened, you cannot understand the scriptures and not understanding scriptures will amount to living in ignorance. “Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures” (Luke 24:45). The word “opened” in the above verse of the scripture is “nohus” (Greek) and it refers to “thinking”.
For the first time the disciples eyes were opened to understand the scriptures after Jesus took them through the writings of Moses and the prophets(Luke 24:27,44). Also the word “understanding” is “sumeimi” in Greek and it means to put facts together. It therefore means before now those disciples were not thinking in line with the scriptures; their thoughts were full of assumptions. The word “repentance” in verse 47 of the same chapter is “metonoia” in Greek and it means to shift or turn; a change of thinking-a change of thinking about God. A lot of believers live in error because they only know God based on what somebody told them-rumour. This has conditioned their way of thinking and they’re not willing to make adjustment. Job said, “I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee” (Job 42:5). “Hearing” in the above verse of the scripture is “shama” in Hebrew and it means “to hear gist; a third party information; to hear a rumour”. Job didn’t have “raah”, which means a direct revelation of God. So a Christian like Job can walk in error as long as he lives because of romour; (Not having the right picture of the true character of God). Many people’s opinion of God is a collection of other people’s experiences. All claims Job made about God were mere assumptions. Don’t settle for rumour because it will push you into superstition. Go for a personal revelation about the personality and character of God. So spend time to study the word of God by yourself. REFERENCES: Job 1:21; John 1:18 PRAYER: Dear Father, I thank you for the revelation of your personality and character in Christ. I have a precise and accurate revelation of who you are, in Jesus name – Amen. May you encounter open doors in areas of your expectation(s) this week, in Jesus name, Amen. WHO IS GOD PART-2 “In the beginning was the word, and the word was with God, and the word was God… And the word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father) full of grace and truth… No man hath seen God at any time, the only begotten son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him” (John 1:1, 14, 18) Your ignorance of God is the greatest weapon of the devil and it is evident that some even build churches on ignorance. You see, because a place is bobbling with activities doesn’t mean they know God or God is there. When a place is built on ignorance, it will be very hard to separate the congregants from the practices of superstition because there exist a very thin line between ignorance and superstitious practices. Religion encourages superstition (Acts 17:21-25). According to our theme verse (John 1:1, 14, 18) the word logos in Greek means explanation, a thought or idea. So Christ is the explanation of all that was written in the old Testaments. Jesus is the explanation of the thoughts and ideas of God. Having a full revelation of Christ will help you select from the Old Testament what is God from what is not God. It means that in the Old Testament, you will see God in logos-words. The very first time God was seen physical was when He manifested in the flesh (John 1:14, 18). The only way you can know God in the Old Testament is when you look at Christ. And you cannot separate the two personalities. If you miss Christ you miss God. Jesus explains God; He corrects every default impression about God’s character in the Old Testament. When Philip said unto Jesus Christ, show us the Father, and it sufficeth us. Jesus’ response was that if you have seen me, you have seen the Father (John 14:8-11). Jesus is not a part two of God but He is God who manifested in the flesh. The word “bossom” in our theme verse is the word “kolpos” in the Greek. It means something close to your chest. It therefore means Jesus is the only one on the chest of the Father that can explain the Father to us; He came as man to explain God to man. So in Christ, God has been explained to us hence all the writings of the prophets about the character of God is subject to Jesus’ scrutiny, Moses, Elijah, Elisha and the rest of the prophets cannot explain God to us but Jesus does. Jesus is the only one to correct man’s misconception for years about God; what you see Jesus do is the same that the Father does (John 5:19). So we know God in Christ because He reserves the exclusive right of unveiling the Father.
REFERENCES: 2 Corinthians 5:19; John 5:39 PRAYER: Dear Father, I thank you for revealing yourself to me in Christ. I have a precise and accurate revelation of you in Jesus name – Amen. WHO IS GOD PART-3 “For in him dwelleth all fullness of the Godhead bodily” (Colossians 2:9) The entire sixty-six books of the Bible have one message (the Christ), His death, burial and resurrection. In the Old Testament, we see Jesus Christ in “types”, “shadows”, “prophecies” and “promises”. The personality of the Christ is concealed in the Old Testament; the Old Testament is Genesis to Malachi. These “types”, “shadows”, “prophecies” and “promises” took up a bodily form in the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John). It is also referred to as the account of the humanity of Jesus. The climax of it is in the epistles (Acts of the Apostles to Revelation), it is called the revelation of the scriptures. We see in several accounts where Jesus made references to prophecies concerning Himself. For example when He said, “Your Father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad” (John 8: 56). You may ask, when did Abraham see Jesus? Remember when Abraham was asked to offer Isaac as a burnt offering? (Genesis 22: 1-18). And in the process, as he stretched forth his hand to slay Isaac, the angel of the Lord said to him lay not your hand on your son, and when he lifted up his eyes, he saw a ram caught in a thicket by his horns. He took the ram and offered in the stead of Isaac that was Jesus Christ in shadow. Again we see Jesus Christ as type and shadow in Genesis 3:15; there He was addressed as the seed of the woman that will bruise the head of satan. That was a description of Jesus Christ, and the criteria on which Genesis can be scriptured. “Seed” in this context meant that Jesus will die, be buried and will germinate. Jesus affirming this did say, “verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit. (John 12:24)”. God cannot die as God, He will have to become man to die hence the process must involve a woman (I Timothy 3:16). Jesus is God and there’re no doubts in the epistles. Until you understand the apostolic writings in the epistles, you cannot understand the Old Testament because in there is Christ concealed. The Word “Godhead” in our theme verse is not English but it refers to Divinity or Deity; “Fullness” is “pleroma” in the Greek and it means “complete”. The word “bodily” is “somatikes” in Greek and it refers to “personality”. So, the fullness of divinity or deity is complete in Christ and is made manifest personally in Christ. Jesus reserves the exclusive right of unveiling the Father. Meaning that anything you see Jesus do, that’s what the Father does; what Christ says about the Father is final. God is not a mystery and His ways aren’t MYSTERIOUS. All of God has been revealed fully in Christ. REFERENCES: John 5: 45-46; 2 Corinthians 5:19 PRAYER: Dear Father, I thank you for unveiling yourself to us in Christ. And because I know you, I relate with you as my Father, in Jesus name- Amen. WHO IS GOD PART-4 “And said, naked came I out of my mother’s womb and naked shall I return thither: The Lord gave, and the Lord had taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord” (Job 1:21) When you have a distorted knowledge of the accurate character of God, you’re denied the benefits of sonship. There are lots of erroneous opinions of people about God which has affected their relationship with God. Like Job most of their claims about God are mere assumptions, they’re a collection of other people’s experiences. Even in their prayers, you’ll notice a full expression of fear in what satan may do and no expression of faith in the Love of God (Job 1:5). That you’ve been a believer for a long time doesn’t mean you know God; that you’ve been in ministry for two or three decades now is not a proof that you really know God. A pastor may have been presenting a romour-based God to his congregation. Age is not acid test for revelation nor does age define truth. To most of us, once things are not working fine, they believe they have sinned and because of that, God is after them. That’s not true because the scriptures says, “The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and plenteous in mercy. He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger forever. He hath not dealt with us after our sins: nor rewarded us according to our iniquities (Psalm 103:8-10)”. This was even before Jesus died. There’re a lot of lies that people have been told and that has kept them in perpetual bondage. I hear some people, believers alike say God talk to them in dreams; they’ve boxed God into dreams; they have a conclusion of God in dream. That is dangerous because God actually reveals Himself in His word. Job was ignorant about God’s character hence he believed that it was God who killed his children and destroyed all he had. He even said this to affirm his ignorance of God’s character: “… shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil?” (Job 2:10). Any believer who cannot define the source of evil is in trouble; why did God give if He wanted to take away? Job’s operations were based on fear hence he couldn’t get from God beyond what he expected. The devil is the source of all evil and not God. Jesus is the manifestation of God to correct man’s misconception about the character of God. That was why He said, “the thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I am come that they might have life…” (John 10:10). God, your Father wants you to live happily and prospering in everything that you do. So tell the devil to take his hands off your endeavours. REFERENCES: Luke 9:51-56; John 5:19 PRAYER: Dear Father, I know that your wish is for me to succeed in all I do, I hereby command the devil to take his hands off my endeavours, in Jesus name – Amen. Have a blessed day. WHO IS GOD PART-5 “For Moses truly said unto the Fathers, a prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren , like unto me; HIM SHALL YE HEAR IN ALL THINGS WHATSOEVER HE SHALL SAY UNTO YOU. And it shall come to pass, that every soul, which will not hear that prophet, shall be destroyed from among the people” (Acts 3:22-23) As a believer, for you to understand the message of the Bible, you should know that the entire Bible is not the word of God but it contends the word of God. What this mean is that in the Bible, you have words of men, angels, the devil and that of God. Everything therein must be understood as to who is talking and what the context of their speech or writing entails. You must learn to read the text together like Jesus did in Luke 24:27, 44-45. It is very wrong in Bible interpretation to lift texts out of context because the basic rule for interpreting scripture is pretext, context and postext. Words may have the same meanings generally but differs in application and context. We see God in words (logos) in the Old Testament and the only time He was seen physically was when He manifested in the flesh (John 1:1,14,18). So you can only know God in the Old Testament when you look at Christ. Jesus is the one that explains God; He corrects every defaulted impression about God’s character in the Old Testament. In the entire Old Testament, the writings and sayings of Moses and the prophets that were meaningful was CHRIST, the rest were assumption and their personal opinion. So according to our theme verse, we see Moses declaring that whatsoever he said were pointers to the one that is coming (CHRIST); that his writings and teachings were about Him. That when He comes, whatever he (Moses) said or wrote are subject to His (Christ’s) scrutiny. It therefore means that all that they (the characters in the Old Testament) said that they may have sounded authoritative are all subject to Jesus’ scrutiny. All the distortions in the writings of the prophets are corrected in Christ. Don’t act like Job, come out of every false assumption that has cut you out of God’s mercy. We’re not told to trust Moses, Isaiah, Ezekiel or any of those characters in the Old Testament but Christ. If you’re born again, there’s nothing wrong with you that require covenant breaking; you did not inherit any evil from your grand-fathers because you’re of God, you’re God’s workmanship (Ephesians 2:10). You started in God, you’re in God and your end is God. What cannot stop God cannot possibly stop you. Your mistakes of yesterday cannot stop you so stop acting as though God is against you. He loves you and wants you to succeed-see you at the top. REFERENCES: Psalm 103:8-10, Galatians 5:1-5 PRAYER: Dear Father, I am standing firm in the liberty I have in Christ. Nothing can hold me back, I am free indeed, in Jesus name – Amen. May you have a clearer understanding of who God really is, so as not to live in ignorance, Amen.
GOD ONLY HAS A NAME “And the word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14) Before Jesus came, no man had ever seen God. Jn. 1:18 affirms this, “No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him”. So it is possible not to know God at all though a Christian; it is also possible to know Him with a limited revelation – many people are actually this way. These people have a very myopic view of who God really is.
Before God came (referring to Jesus’ incarnation), God was manifested in the flesh (I Tim. 3:16; ll Cor. 5:19). In the Old Testament He revealed Himself in several names to different people at different times. These different names explained to them then the different attributes of God because before Jesus came, the precise definition of God wasn’t available to any man. For example, in Gen. 1, God introduced Himself as “Elohim” and this described God as the creator. God later introduced Himself as “El-shaddai” which means “the mighty one with a lot of breasts” or “the mighty breasted one” (Gen. 17:1). However, in the New Testament, God never revealed Himself in Names but in the Name- *JESUS* : This is because Jesus is the sole custodian of the Father’s identity. The Bible says, He is the express image of the Father (Heb. 1:3). The Bible also says the totality of divinity resides in Jesus Christ (Colo. 2:9). Phillipians 2:9 says, “wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name” if the name of Jesus is higher than every other name, then it is apparent that it is the Name of God Himself. It should also be noted that when Jesus asked His disciples to baptize in the Name of the Father, and of the son, and of the Holy Ghost (Matt. 28:19). It shows He was referring to only one name because in that verse He Jesus didn’t say, “Names”. It shows that there’s only one name of the Father, son, and Holy Ghost which is the Name *Jesus* .
This is the name that’s been given to us to live by; God has vested all His authority in the Name of Jesus as there’s no other name higher than the name of Jesus – Glory!
REFERENCES: Ps. 138:2; Eph. 1:19-23
PRAYER: Dear Father, I declare that the name of Jesus is higher than every other name, and by it, I function in dominion, in Jesus name, Amen.
I OPERATE BY THE AUTHORITY IN THE NAME OF JESUS.