This week, I wanted to present some specific Scriptures, which speak for themselves; describing the true nature of God.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved” (John 3:16-17, NKJV.)
Jesus came to fulfill the Law for everyone thereafter, opening the door for grace to flow to everyone who believes. The picture of God portrayed in the Old Testament, while accurate, is not a complete picture. Grace was always God’s plan and was the reason He sacrificed His Son for you and me.
“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you” (John 14:26, NKJV).
After Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection, it was important that Jesus return to the Father. While it would certainly be wonderful to see Jesus if He had remained on the earth, it wouldn’t have been beneficial to us. Jesus could only be in one place at one time, but when the Holy Spirit came (see Acts 2), He empowered every believer with the same power Jesus operated in while on earth. The best way for the church to advance is to do what Jesus was doing and the only way that can happen is by receiving the Holy Spirit baptism.
“Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore, the world does not know us, because it did not know Him” (1 John 3:1, NKJV).
God’s plan was not merely to redeem us from what sin brought, which is death. His desire was to treat us as if we had never sinned in the first place. The story of the prodigal son (see Luke 15:11-32) presents this clearly for us – a son, who not only left his father and squandered his inheritance; this son, in the Jewish culture, by his actions, actually declared his father dead to him. And yet, when the son returns humble and repentant, the father received him as if he had never left in the first place. This is the true nature of God.
“The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together” (Romans 8:16-18, NKJV).
God sent His Holy Spirit to teach us and empower us to become all that God desires – sons and daughters of God, just as Jesus is the “firstborn among many brethren” (Romans 8:29, NKJV), for the purpose that we, the church, might make “the manifold wisdom of God… known by the church to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 3:10, NKJV).
We were made in the image of God. Through faith, we can operate with God’s power; “Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons (Matthew 10:8, NKJV). That is the true nature of God.
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Rob Granger is Senior Pastor of Faith Harbor Church, a non-denominational church that meets at 10 a.m. Sundays in the Escondido Columbus Hall, 515 W. Valley Parkway. His wife, Becky, serves as Co-Pastor. Videos of Pastor Rob’s sermons can be seen on YouTube by typing faith harbor church escondido ca in the YouTube search box. Visit fhcescondido.com for information about Faith Harbor Church.
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