“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek”- Romans1:16
LIGHT FOR NOW: The perfect view of God will be found in Christ.
It is clearly established in our study that outside Christ, a man cannot know God. It is the knowledge of God in Christ that corrects the prophet’s impression about God in the Old Testament. The Old Testament prophets in their attempts to know God which they couldn’t made assumptions that present a bipolar view of God; a God that appears to be dual in character; not consistent (sometimes kills and afterwards makes alive, a God responsible for destruction or a God that uses His power to destroy). However, we don’t serve a God that is dual. We have a God that is the same yesterday, today and forever (He is consistent). He does not kill. If He kills, then He does not make alive. If God kills or destroys, why didn’t Jesus who is God revealing himself kill or destroy anyone? Obviously, Jesus all through His earthly walk never killed nor destroyed anybody and thus showing to us that God does not kill, neither does He destroy.
In fact, let us observe a perfect example of this in Luke 9:54-56 which reads “And when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven and consume them, even as Elias did? But he turned and rebuked, and said, ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of. For the Son of man is not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them. And they went to another village”. In verse 54 of this text, the disciples of Jesus quoted from Elijah historically (2 Kings 1:12) and used him (Elijah) as their reference point to call down fire and destroy men’s life.
Jesus’ response “…ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of… I am not come to destroy men’s life but to save” clearly explains the character of God; that God’s power is not seen in destruction. God’s power is only regulated to save. Jesus rebuked the disciples and the implication of this is that He would have done same to Elijah. So, while the disciples thought in their minds that Elijah’s actions in 2nd Kings 1:12 were inspired by God or was a display of God’s power, Jesus by correcting them lets them know that Elijah’s action was not inspired of God; that God’s power is not seen in destruction. Jesus, by this action clearly exonerated God from destruction. Thus, destruction is not an act of God, neither is it a display of the power of God. God is good all the time and all the time, God is good. If we all profess this fact; then it should be rest assured in our hearts that there is no iota of destruction in Him at all. Hallelujah!!
INSTRUCTION: If you are not looking at Jesus, then you will definitely have a misconceived view of God.
PRAYER: Father thank you for the revelation of your person that is settled in my mind. I declare that I enjoy my relationship and fellowship with you like never before, in Jesus Name. Amen.
QUOTE: it is your understanding of Jesus, who is the expression of God’s character that corrects the impression of the prophets in the Old Testament.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: HEBREWS CHAPTER 1; EVENING: COLOSSIANS CHAPTER 1