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My God is…Invisible 1 Timothy 1:17

1 Timothy 1:17 – To the King of the ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever.oath on the Bible Amen.

How can I believe in something I can’t see? 

Do you believe that there is oxygen in the air? Do you believe in love? Sometimes we get bogged down by the fact that we can’t see our God. We want Him to be standing right there in front of us. We don’t like that we can’t point to Him in a room and say – right there, that’s Him, that’s my God.

But Jesus is God and you could see him – how is God invisible? 

Colossians 1:15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; for in him all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or powers—all things have been created through him and for him. Jesus came to earth, true man and true God. While He was here on earth, He didn’t reveal His full Godly self, but instead humbled himself to become a servant that would sacrifice himself for us.

How do we have faith in what is not seen? 

Why do you believe? I think it’s for the same reasons you believe in oxygen, love, hate, and family. Because we see evidence. There are things all around us that give evidence to the Lord. Scripture is a big one of those. It is in God’s word that we learn most clearly what the Lord wants to tell us. Other things too give testimony to God. The endurance of His story is part of the testimony. Many other gods have fallen in the wake of God’s story. In our own lives many of us have examples of unexplained miracles that can only be chalked up to being from God. Creation as well gives evidence of God and who He is.

Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.”

When Jesus had shown Himself to the disciples, Thomas wasn’t there. He didn’t believe that Jesus had risen from the dead. He was living within the science He knew to be true. No one could come back to life after being killed on the cross. He said he would only believe that Jesus had risen if he saw it with his own two eyes. Then Thomas did see Jesus again, and he did believe. Jesus said those of us who have not seen and yet believe are blessed. It isn’t always easy to remain faithful to something we don’t see, but the Holy Spirit is at work in our heart showing us the evidence, reminding us of what the Lord has done, both in ancient times and in our own lives right now.

Giving Glory to God

In our own lives we give a testimony to God. Every time we react in a Christian manner, we’re giving testimony to God. When we don’t hold grudges, even though we’re in the right, people will wonder what is the source of our strength and we can bear witness to God, our redeemer. When we are facing life changing ailments and yet remain unshaken, people will want to know what makes us strong. It’s God! When our spouse cheats on us and we’re able to forgive them, people will wonder how we could behave so unusually, and it is our opportunity to give God the glory, to testify to the one who allows us to live in the freedom of forgiveness. God is good. God is invisible. God is real. We are blessed to be able to give God glory in all we do. We are blessed to be part of the testimony that points people back to God.

Are you going to testify?

 
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Posted by on April 29, 2013 in My God is invisible

 

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My God is…The Lamb John 1:29

John 1:29 – The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God,who takes lamb-of-godaway the sin of the world!”

John the Baptist bears witness to Jesus being the Christ

John the Baptist had a lot of followers. He was a well-known and respected Jew. He was a teacher and leader. So much so many people of the day thought that he might be the Christ. John the Baptist was always quick to point them away from himself and back towards God. He loved the Lord and knew that he would one day meet God.

Look the Lamb of God

In these times in Jewish history, lambs were common place. The lamb was used in meals, festivals and as sacrifices. There are many different theories on what John the Baptist meant when he said “Lamb of God” in reference to Jesus. I don’t claim to be a scholar or theologian, but I have always thought that in this instance that John was pointing to Jesus as the Messiah. The one who was sent to save the people of Israel. Whether it was as a triumphant lamb, sacrificial lamb, passover lamb or whichever, John the Baptist was clear that this was the Messiah. This is the one who was more important than him. He was the one who they had been anticipating. In verse 30 it reads, “This is the one I meant when I said, ‘A man who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’” Those who were following John knew that John had been sent by God. He was the closest they had ever seen to the Messiah. Many kept asking him if he was the Messiah. John would remind them, that there was one who would come after him who was the Messiah.

Bearing witness

This whole section of scripture is amazing, because we get a first hand witness to Jesus. Someone who saw Him, confessing that He is the messiah. Clearly telling people this is the one that is more important than him. Why does this matter? It’s one more piece in the puzzle of our faith. We have witnesses telling us the truth about Jesus. John the Baptist was well respected. His word was not in question. That’s why it mattered that he was the one bearing witness to Jesus.

Selflessness – to God be the Glory

One of the things that I love about this verse is the way John the Baptist gives us an example of always pointing back to Jesus. Everything we do should be a reflection of our lives in Christ. The way we behave, the words we choose, the kindnesses we share are all opportunities to shine for Jesus. Pointing back to Him as the one who is greater than us. John the Baptist was doing that in these verses from John. He says, I’m not great, God is great. Now that Jesus was on the scene, John the Baptist was pointing people to Jesus. He wasn’t worried about the fact that his followers were now following Jesus. He was glad. He knew that Jesus was the one. The one true “Lamb of God”.

Who takes away the sin of the world

This is an amazing part of the verse. It shows that John the Baptist truly knew what the goal of Jesus was here on earth. That Jesus was truly the Messiah sent to take away the sin. Like the sacrificial lamb or the passover lamb, Jesus was going to be sacrificed, shedding His blood on the cross so that we wouldn’t have to suffer after death. What a blessing to have John the Baptist as a witness to our Lord. We can use his strong testimony to strengthen our faith. We can stand assured of Jesus role in our salvation.

 

 
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Posted by on April 24, 2013 in John, My God is the Lamb

 

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