“For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ” – 1 Corinthians 2:16
LIGHT FOR NOW: We cannot know the character of God outside Jesus.
Throughout all ages, the character of God has been a subject of debate. Many times, what men cannot explain in the natural is often attributed or described as the act of God. It is worthy to note that God’s character is revealed in His Son – Christ. Jesus is the focus of the scriptures. Therefore, our study of the scriptures must be with Jesus as the focus. The scriptures are written in the light of Christ. To have the mind of Christ as found in our text for today is to understand Christ. Jesus is the explanation of the scriptures. He says in John chapter 5 verse 39, “Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me”. When the scripture is rightly explained, Jesus must be seen as the root of the scriptures. If Jesus is not understood, no other concept of the scriptures can be understood. The scriptures reveal Jesus to us. When Jesus is revealed, understanding sets in; the Bible is unveiled or decoded. This is because the scriptures point to Christ. They explain Christ. We cannot know the character of God outside Jesus.
Jesus is God revealing Himself to man. In Jesus, is the character of God revealed. He is the express image of God. It is wrong to assume that God uses sickness to punish people for their sins. This is very inconsistent with the character of God. God’s attitude toward sin is judgment and destruction which he had already taken care of in Christ Jesus. But God’s attitude towards a sinner is mercy and favour. God cannot cause people to be sick so that He can heal them. If God is the healer, it means that it could not have been He (God) who caused the sickness. God does not have a dual character or identity. God’s character is consistent. God is good and not evil. He heals and does not cause sickness. God gives life and does not kill. When you understand the character of God, you will not see God in a bad light. Your perception of life’s events and circumstances will change.
INSTRUCTION: Consciously understand God’s character.
PRAYER: Lord, I thank you for the privilege of being a partaker of your gospel, in Jesus Name. Amen.
QUOTE: God does not have a dual character or identity.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: DEUTERONOMY CHAPTER 23; EVENING: HEBREWS CHAPTER 11