Moses asked the question, “Who is like You, O Lord, among the gods? Who is like You, glorious in holiness…” (Ex. 15:11). It’s a rhetorical question; there is no one like God! In Hannah’s prayer, she stated, “No one is holy like the Lord, for there is none besides You…” (1 Sam. 2:2). To say, “He is holy” is almost a needless statement, except to give Him glory and praise thereby. God is holy by nature.
For how long will God be merciful? How far does God’s mercy go? How can finite man answer such a question about an infinite God? The depth of God’s love is expressed in the statement “God is love” (1 Jn. 4:8, 16). How can we understand God’s capacity to love?
One characteristic of God for which we can all be eternally grateful is the reality that God is merciful! Where would we be, what hope would we have were it not for God’s mercy? When we were spiritually dead in our sins, God’s mercy provided for us an opportunity to be brought back to life (Eph. 2:4-5).
God is good! One day, I received an email that included the statement, “God is good, all of the time.” That statement was more significant in that the email gave a report of a family member who had been diagnosed with cancer. The truth is, God is good all of the time! Even when things seem to be going badly for us, God is still good. Even when we pray to God for deliverance from a difficult situation, and His answer is “No” or “Wait awhile,” God is still good.
This past Sunday morning, I launched into a series of studies asking the question, “What Is God Like?” This series will study the nature of God by examining various characteristics of Him that we can observe in scripture. Hopefully, by carefully considering these characteristics, we can come to a better understanding of God and develop a closer relationship with Him.
Do you believe there will be a final Day Of Judgment on which God will judge all mankind based on how they lived their lives on this earth? Many people either discount the concept altogether, or they view the possibility as being of little consequence. Many see God almost totally as a God of grace. They either cannot, or refuse, to see God also as a God of judgment. The two characteristics are not mutually exclusive. They are simply different aspects of God’s nature.
The wise man wrote God’s instruction, “But whoever listens to me will dwell safely, And will be secure, without fear of evil” (Prov. 1:33). To listen to God is to pay heed, to obey His teachings and instructions. That obedience is tied to the spiritual safety and security of the individual who so “listens.” Are you living a lifestyle in which you can be confident of your spiritual safety and security?
Disunity is an earmark of denominationalism that is apparent for anyone who is even halfway observant. The term denominationalism means, at its base, division! It has produced, and it nurtures, blatant division among most of those who call themselves Christian. All of the different denominations have their own names, their own doctrines, their own plans of salvation, their own systems of church structure and government and their own individualized worship. The non-Christian world can easily be left in a state of confusion, not knowing which brand of Christianity to believe and follow.
Last week’s bulletin article “Christian Unity?” discussed the unity that is supposed to prevail among all of those who claim to follow Christ. Jesus prayed that all of His followers would be as united as are He and the Heavenly Father (Jn. 17:20-21). Denominationalism, however, has produced exactly the opposite of what Jesus prayed for. The fundamental concept of denominationalism is division, and division is exactly what it has produced within the realm of what is called “Christendom.”
In Jn. 17:20-21 Jesus prayed that all of His followers would be “one,” that is united. But the unity for which Jesus prayed was not some loose amalgamation. It was not a high sounding agreement to disagree agreeably. He prayed, “that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me.”
Gary L. Hutchens