Foundation Stones of the Faith:
The King Eternal
Are Christians unique in believing in the existence of God? NO! Most of the people of the world have believed in the existence of some sort of god. According to recent religious surveys in America, the vast majority of Americans still believe in the existence of some sort of God. Christians are unique, however, in their beliefs about God.
Where do we begin in talking about such a broad subject as God? Can we define God? Scholars tell us that we cannot define God. To define God is to limit him to our definition. We can, however, begin to describe God.
What is the basis of this description? As we said last week, we who are
Christians recognize only one source for understanding of spiritual matters, the Bible.
KEY Thought: We are to worship, follow, and love the true God of scripture.
I Timothy 1:17 Paul gives a doxology – a word of praise to God. As we look at this simple prayer of praise we see that it reveals a great deal about God. Please notice the things that Paul says to us:
I. He is: The Sovereign Ruler.
Paul calls God the King. He is the sovereign ruler of the Kingdom of God and the sovereign ruler of the universe. Sovereign: having supreme rank or power.
We Americans have a problem understand God as King because we don’t have kings in our country. When the colonies won their independence from England, some wanted to make George Washington the King of the new country, but he refused.
We also have a problem with this concept because the kings that are most famous to us were rats.
King Herod of the Bible was insanely jealous and paranoid. We know that he had the babies of Bethlehem killed because he had heard that the “King of the Jews” was born there. He also had members of his family killed out of his insane fear. These included his wife and two of his sons.
Is God that kind of king? No! When you compare God with earthly kings, you discover that there is no comparison.
Theologians have identified four moral attributes of God. Compare these with the lives of earthly kings:
NAS 1 Peter 1:15 but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior;
God is set apart from all others in His moral excellence. God is the only morally perfect king.
NAS Romans 3:26 for the demonstration, I say, of His righteousness at the present time, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.
The words just and justifies come from the word righteous and to make righteous. As a righteous God, we know that God cannot condone or ignore evil and as such He cannot be evil Himself.
NAS John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me.
God is the source and ground of all truth.
NAS 1 John 4:7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 8 The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love. 9 By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him. 10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
A farmer printed on his weather vane the words “God is love.” Someone asked him if he meant to imply that the love of God was as fickle as the wind. The farmer answered: “No, I mean that whichever way the wind blows, God is love. If it blows cold from the North, or biting from the East, God is still love just as much as when the warm South or gentle West winds refresh corn fields and flocks. God is always love.”
God’s love and mercy balance God’s righteousness. God must punish sin as a righteous God; but as a loving God, He has provided His Son to take our punishment for us. We now need to receive forgiveness through Jesus.
Alfred Hitchcock (1899-1980), the movie director, told a parable in Guideposts (1959) about the unknown. There once was a king who was granted two wishes. His first was to see the future. But when he saw all that lay ahead – the beauty and the pain — he immediately asked for his second wish; that the future be hidden. “I thank Heaven,” the master of suspense proclaimed, “that tomorrow does not belong to any man. It belongs to God.”
Folks, he is the Sovereign Ruler who is in charge of our today’s and our tomorrow’s.
II. He is: Spirit
The Bible clearly teaches that God is spirit. Many religions worship a god who is really a “glorified” man with passions and weaknesses like ours.
The God of the Bible is not like that. He is Spirit in nature. Notice what Paul says about God in this doxology:
- He is Eternal. He has no beginning or end.
- He is Immortal. Neither death nor disease can touch him.
- He is Invisible. God cannot be seen. Some do not believe in God because he is invisible, but think about the things we do believe in even though they can’t be seen: electricity, the wind, atoms, etc.
III. He is: The Solitary God.
The Bible says that he is the only God. How many gods are there in the world? The Christian faith teaches that there is only one true God and He is the God revealed to us in the Bible.
This truth is affirmed throughout the Bible:
NAS Isaiah 43:10 “You are My witnesses,” declares the LORD, “And My servant whom I have chosen, In order that you may know and believe Me, And understand that I am He. Before Me there was no God formed, And there will be none after Me.
NAS 1 Corinthians 8:4 Therefore concerning the eating of things sacrificed to idols, we know that there is no such thing as an idol in the world, and that there is no God but one.
God has revealed himself as the Triune God, the Trinity, the three in one – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Many people have tried to illustrate the Trinity. We must be careful trying to use these illustrations because if we take them too far they will break down. But let me share just one of those illustrations:
The whole egg has three parts: the white, the yolk, and the shell. Each is distinct and yet each makes up a part of the whole.
IV. He is: The Supreme Object of Worship.
“Be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.”
Mankind has always needed someone or something to worship. Why? God created within us a desire to know and worship our creator. Many people have created statues and images to fall down and worship. But the Bible reveals to us the true, loving, and powerful God who truly deserves our worship.
In the book of Psalm we find great hymns of praise and worship. One of these hymns is Psalm 100.
NAS Psalm 100:1 A Psalm for Thanksgiving. Shout joyfully to the LORD, all the earth.
2 Serve the LORD with gladness; Come before Him with joyful singing.
3 Know that the LORD Himself is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.
4 Enter His gates with thanksgiving, And His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him; bless His name.
5 For the LORD is good; His lovingkindness is everlasting, And His faithfulness to all generations.
We can affirm this beautiful hymn as we worship the Lord today.
What does it mean to worship God? It means many things. We can affirm at least three today:
- It means to acknowledge WHO God is. He is all that we’ve said today and so much more.
- It means to acknowledge WHAT God has done. He is creator and savior.
- It means to LIVE a life that is pleasing to God. This life is a life of faith and obedience.
Conclusion: Most of the people of the world believe in the existence of some sort of god or gods, but the God of the Bible is unique. One of the unique aspects of the God of the bible is that he desires to have a loving relationship with all people. This relationship is possible as we put our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. There is no other way to know God. If we are to know God we must repent of our sins, believe that Jesus is God the Son, and receive him as our personal Lord and Savior.
©Copyright Rik Danielsen 2018
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Foundation Stones of the Faith: The King Eternal