God – What is HE like?

Crucifixion - 2When the Master arrived on earth, He twisted everyone’s concept of God.

Occasionally, as I surf online and find articles of interest, I will download them, hoping I will eventually read them at an appropriate time.

An appropriate time just happened, and I fell into the following list I had saved from one of my surfing excursions. Although the intent of the author is give scriptural credence to the belief of Salvation of All through Jesus Christ, the list hit me with how different the Master is from me.

Read the verses below, (I have left the authors comments in for effect) and consider Who He is. (and who we are not.)

1 Tim 2:4

God will have all to be saved.

Can His will be thwarted?

1 Tim 2:4

God desires all to come to the knowledge of truth

Will His desire come to pass?

1 Tim 2:6

Salvation of all is testified in due time

Are we judging God before due time?

Jn 12:47

Jesus came to save all

Will He succeed?

Eph 1:11

God works all after the counsel of His will

Can your will overcome His?

Jn 4:42

Jesus is Savior of the world

Can He be Savior of all without saving all?

1 Jn 4:14

Jesus is Savior of the world

Why don’t we believe it?

Jn 12:32

Jesus will draw all mankind unto Himself

To roast or to love?

Col 1:16

By Him all were created

Will He lose a part of His creation?

Rm 5:15-21

In Adam all condemned, in Christ all live

The same all?

1Cor 15:22

In Adam all die, in Christ all live

Again, the same all?

Eph 1:10

All come into Him at the fullness of times

Are you getting tired of seeing the word, all?

Phl 2:9-11

Every tongue shall confess Jesus is Lord

Will the Holy Spirit be given to everyone?

1 Cor 12:3

Cannot confess except by Holy Spirit

See what I mean?

Rm 11:26

All Israel will be saved

But most Jews don’t believe yet!

Acts 3:20,21

Restitution of all

How plain can you get?

Luke 2:10

Jesus will be joy to all people

Is there joy is “hell”?

Heb 8:11,12

All will know God

How long, O Lord?

Eph 2:7

His grace shown in the ages to come

Have we judged Him before the time?

Titus 2:11

Grace has appeared to all

Experientially to prophetically?

Rm 8:19-21

Creation set at liberty

How much of creation?

Col 1:20

All reconciled unto God

There’s that word “all” again.

1Cor 4:5

All will have praise of God

What for?

Jms 5:11

End of the Lord is full of mercy

Is “hell” mercy?

Rev 15:4

All nations worship when God’s judgments are seen

Could His judgment be mercy?

Rm 11:32

All subject to unbelief,

mercy on all All?

Rm 11:36

All out of, through, and into Him

All into Him?

Eph 4:10

Jesus will fill all things

Including “hell?”

Rev 5:13

All creation seen praising God

Including Satan?

1Cor 15:28

God will be all in all

What does that mean, preacher?

Rev 21:4,5

No more tears, all things made new

“All” made new?

Jn 5:25

All dead who hear will live

How many will hear?

Jn 5:28

All in the grave will hear & come forth

How will the “righteous” judge, judge?

1 Cor 3:15

All saved, so as by fire

How can fire save you?

Mk 9:49

Everyone shall be salted with fire

Including you?

Rm 11:15

Reconciliation of the world

Will fire save the world instead of destroy it?

2 Cor 5:15

Jesus died for all

Did He die in vain?

Jn 8:29

Jesus always does what pleases His Father

What pleases the Father? (1Tim 2:4)

Heb 1:2

Jesus is Heir of all things

Do “things” include people?

Jn 3:35

All has been given into Jesus’ hands

Can you accept this?

Jn 17:2

Jesus gives eternal life to all that His Father gave Him

How many did the Father give Him?

Jn 13:35

The Father gave Him all things

Study the word “things” in the Greek.

1 Tim 4:9-11

Jesus is Savior of all!

Can’t seem to get away from that word “all.”

Heb. 7:25

Jesus is able to save to the uttermost

How far is “uttermost?”

1 Cor 15:26

Last enemy, death, will be destroyed

Including “lake of fire” which is “second death?”

Is 46:10

God will do all His pleasure

Does Old Testament agree with the New?

Gen 18:18

All families of the earth will be blessed

Here comes that word “all” again.

Dan 4:35

God’s will done in heaven and earth

What can defeat His will?

Ps 66:3,4

Enemies will submit to God

Can any stay rebellious in “hell?”

Ps 90:3

God turns man to destruction, then says return

How can one return from “destruction?”

Is 25:7

Will destroy veil spread over all nations

All nations?

Deut 32:39

He kills and makes alive

Kills to bring life?

Ps 33:15

God fashions all hearts

“All” hearts, including men like “Hitler?”

Prv 16:9

Man devises, God directs his steps

What about “free will?”

Prv 19:21

Man devises, but God’s counsel stands

So much for “free will.”

La 3:31,32

God will not cast off forever

Why does He cast off in the first place? (1 Cor 11)

Is 2:2

All nations shall flow to the Lord’s house

“All” nations?

Ps 86:9

All nations will worship Him

“All” nations!

Is 45:23

All descendants of Israel justified

Including the wicked ones?

Ps 138:4

All kings will praise God

Are you catching on?

Ps 65:2-4

All flesh will come to God

That sounds wondrous.

Ps 72:18

God only does wondrous things

I wish we would believe that.

Is 19:14,15

Egypt & Assyria will be restored

Really?

Ezk 16:55

Sodom will be restored to former estate

Sounds impossible.

Jer 32:17

Nothing is too difficult for Him

Nothing? No, nothing!

Ps 22:27

All ends of the earth will turn to Him

For what purpose?

Ps 22:27

All families will worship before Him

Praise His name!

Ps 145:9

He is good to all

Including your worst enemies.

Ps 145:9

His mercies are over all his works

Let’s start believing that.

Ps 145:14

He raises all who fall

Who hasn’t fallen in sin?

Ps 145:10

All His works will praise Him

For “eternal torment?”

Is 25:6

Lord makes a feast for all people

And you are invited.

Jer 32:35

Never entered His mind to torture his children with fire

This came from the carnal mind.

Jn 6:44

No one can come to Him unless He draws them

You can’t “chose” to follow Him.

Jn 12:32

I will draw all mankind unto Myself

Amen!!!

Ps 135:6

God does what pleases Him

If it pleases Him to save all that He might be in all, are you upset?


Drop me a line to discuss.

Personally, I find the volume of verses supplied above to be daunting, and somewhat revealing as to the lack of His character I have acquired in my walk with Him.  He is so far above us and without equal!

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Peewee and the Believer

My wife has a dog. It is a snaggle toothed dog, with wiry hair, bad breath and a bit of a belly.

Peewee is a rescue dog. She was my wife’s second choice when we went to the pound to get a pup. (Her first choice had been spoken for prior to her seeing it.) Peewee was a timid pup, hiding in the back of the cage, a bit fearful and very quiet, but she caught my wife’s eye, and we brought her home. That was about three years ago.

Fast forward to today. I was taking care of some work in the master bathroom when I saw Peewee coming into the bedroom. Our dogs (we have three) are not allowed to be upstairs.

“What in tarnation are you doing upstairs, Peewee?”

A few seconds later, Paula entered the room and I understood. You see, my wife has a shadow, and that shadow is called Peewee.

Peewee is so bound up with my wife, so connected with her, so attached to her, that I can tell where Paula is by where Peewee is. Where Paula is, Peewee is sure to be near.

When Paula is in the house, Peewee is nearby. When Paula is outside, Peewee is outside.

If my wife is at work, Peewee is waiting on the back of the couch until she comes home. Peewee waits all day until Paula enters the house. I have been at home while Paula is at work, and watched Peewee patiently wait for Paula to return.

It seems the pup has no problem with the length of time Paula takes to return home. When she traveled recently, Peewee waited. Patiently. When she returned after a week of travelling, Peewee was happy to see her. When she left to go get some milk and bread recently, and returned within the hour, Peewee was happy to see her.

The length of time Paula is gone doesn’t seem to effect Peewee’s attachment to Paula. Peewee is simply happy to see her.

Early in Peewee’s time with us, Paula doted on that pup. The connection was initiated by Paula, and is strengthened every time Paula comes in that front door.

This is similar of the Father and the Son and the Spirit. They initiated the relationship with us. With me. They are constantly reaching out to us and encouraging us.

John 3:16

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

John 15:9-10

As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love

2 Timothy 1:7

For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.

When Paula comes in that door, Peewee sees an opportunity to be beside Paula, with Paula, next to Paula and near Paula until she leaves again. Peewee uses every minute to connect and be with Paula.

May I suggest – spend time with Him. Turn the TV off, the internet off, the radio off, the stereo off, all the distractions. Break open a Bible and spend some time with the One who is.

Psalm 46:10

“Be still, and know that I am God.
    I will be exalted among the nations,
    I will be exalted in the earth!”

BeStillandKnow

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Psalm 91 – Who’s ways?

I was trying to memorize Psalm 91:11 early one morning and noticed that the psalmist referred to God keeping thee in all thy ways.

What?

Shouldn’t God be keeping “thee” in all God’s ways?  Unless “thee” is God also, in the person of the Messiah.

Have I lost you yet?  I hope not.

But I never noticed this wrinkle and it set me off on a bit of discovery.  I wanted to find out who was being talked to, who is talking, who are the promises meant for specifically.

And so I began to insert pronouns into the text to identify the persons speaking or being spoken to.  (Being a bit slow, I find doing this sometimes clarifies the passage for me.)

Psalm 91:11

For he (God) shall give his (God’s) angels charge over thee (Messiah), to keep thee (Messiah) in all thy (Messiah’s) ways.

My memory verse opened up to me.  Jesus is the subject of the Word of God and this passage became a lightning rod for me to dig a bit deeper into the text.  Lets go a few more verses and see what we find.

Psalm 91:14 – 16

Because he (Messiah) hath set his love upon me (God the Father), therefore will I (God the Father) deliver him (Messiah): I will set him (Messiah) on high, because he (Messiah) hath known my name (God the Father’s)
He (Messiah) shall call upon me (God the Father), and I (God the Father) will answer him (Messiah) I (God the Father) will be with him (Messiah) in trouble; I will deliver him (Messiah) and honour him (Messiah).
With long life will I (God the Father) satisfy him (Messiah) and shew him my salvation.

xImagine the first time Jesus read this package of verses, and realized it was written specifically to Him. The entire Old Testament was a direct message to the Son and contained depths we will never understand, since the Word is a relational, personal and intimate message between the Father and Son.

This small glimpse into the meaning of this text though, is a double edged sword.  The message of encouragement to the Son of God the Father’s deliverance as an ever present promise must have given much comfort as He walked among us.

And yet there came a day when all and every circumstance seemed to be screaming that the promise of deliverance was void, null, empty.  No deliverance from death was to be provided prior to the cross.  The cross was the goal.

How upside down for my thinking!  The Messiah knew His day was coming and “He set his face like a flint to Jerusalem.”

Isaiah 50:6-7

I (Messiah) gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair: I hid not my face from shame and spitting.

For the Lord GOD will help me; therefore shall I not be confounded: therefore have I set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be ashamed.

Consider the Messiah’s great faith and love for the Father.  The deliverance spoken of in Psalm 91 was real and the reward of the Father to the Son.  But the deliverance was not as I expected.

You see, the deliverance was not from death, but out of death.   This is the gospel. 

1 Corinthians 15:54 – 56

When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written:

“Death is swallowed up in victory.” 

“O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?”

The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.

But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

1 Cor 15 57

Death is the final enemy for us all. 

We are to look on the Messiah’s work on the cross,  God the Father’s great love for us, and the victory of His resurrection. 

This is the gospel and is the great motivator of all holy living and giving of ourselves.  

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