Who is God? Have you ever wondered?
I have been a good church going Christian all my life. I have learned, un-learned and re-learned so many great Bible stories through the years. I have attempted to imagine all of Jesus' miracles, to acknowledge what He accomplished for me on the cross, to grasp the great mercy He poured out upon my life, and to live in the amazing victory He gained for my life through His resurrection. I have prayed to Jesus, after all there is only one name by which we can be saved.
I love Jesus like a friend. Sometimes He is my rescuer. At other times He is my healer. Many times He is my comforter and the voice of wisdom that speaks in the midst of my noisy world.
But who is God? In my quest to answer this question, I often pictured God sitting on a great white throne in heaven, not unlike Abraham Lincoln on his perch in Washington DC's famous monument. But somehow I knew He was not really that cold, hard, immovable Diety that I imagined.
In my search, I came across this beautiful verse, written by the Apostle Paul that attempts to describe this great big God that we worship. "He (Jesus) is the exact living image [the essential manifestation] of the unseen God [the visible representation of the invisible], the firstborn [the preeminent one, the sovereign, and the originator] of all creation." Colossians 1:15 (Amp.)
So if I wanted to know who God is, I have to look again at who Jesus is. Tender, full of compassion, willing to go after the one, righteous, kind, powerful, just, over the top provider of my salvation, Jesus. So this also is God!
The Passion Translation says, "He is the divine portrait, the true likeness of the invisible God,..."
God is not austere or hard, or far away! He is with us! God is with me!
Paul knew who God was. when he penned this scripture to the church in Colossae, he was in prison in Rome.
I recently returned from a trip to Rome, while there, I had the opportunity to visit this place where Paul was on held before trial. He lived here for 2 years, before being tried and executed.
I snapped a photo of this ancient column standing in the cell where he was held. Legend has it that Paul etched words into this stone pillar with His own hand. (See the letters DEI in the photo.) Scholars theorize that this etching comes from Imago Dei, meaning Image of God. The term has its roots in Genesis 1:27, wherein "God created man in his own image. . ."
Wait, what? I can see His image in my own mirror?
God tells us and shows us who He is all through scripture. From the beginning to the end, where John gives an eye witness description of His awesome appearance in Revelation.
"The hair on his head was white like wool, as white as snow, and his eyes were like blazing fire. His feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace, and his voice was like the sound of rushing waters. In his right hand he held seven stars, and coming out of his mouth was a sharp, double-edged sword. His face was like the sun shining in all its brilliance." Revelation 1:14-16 (NIV)
Who is God to you? In my quest to know Him, I have discovered the immeasurable greatness of this God who created all that there is, holds the universe in the palm of His hand, yet knows my name! The more I know, the more I want to know! God loves to play this game of hide and seek with us, because He wants time with us! He seeks relationship! The unknowable God wants to be known!
So you tell me. Who is God?