An epitaph on a gravestone once read:
Remember friend as you pass by,
As you are now, so once was I.
As I am now, thus you must be,
So be prepared to follow me.
Found beneath these inscribed words on the grave-marker were the following two lines, apparently added by a concerned reader:
to follow you I’m not content,
until I know which way you went!
The greatest hindrance for us on the nature of God is man’s skewed perceptions. From what we were told about Him, from how He was depicted to us, onto how we were taught either from childhood or even adults.
That God is God and he can never be changed by man’s perceptions. God is the same yesterday, today and forever. He is the unchangeable God, He is the eternal One. In him there is no shadow of turning. God is the creator of all things. A created being is unable to perceive all things pertaining to the creator. This from the fact that the Creator is obviously superior than the created being. Logic.
The greatest hindrance to man knowing God is his perceptions of who God truly is. God makes himself known to ALL that seek him with all their heart. That is His irreversible promise. Because God is perfect and can never lie.
God is the only rock upon which all of mankind can find assurance and be secure from the ravages and the consequences of sin. The bible says “the wages of sin” …… is death. But the gift of God is eternal life. Absolutely free gift of life is through Jesus Christ, and cannot be had anywhere else. Jesus Christ has power to set us all free. Free from whatever has bound our lives on this earth, and freedom from hell in eternity. But just a few statements from scripture on the true nature of who God really is…..
But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Jesus Christ died on the cross for us.
Come and let us reason says the Lord Almighty, though your sins are as scarlet I will make them white as snow.
6.“The LORD, the LORD God, compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in lovingkindness and truth;
7 who keeps lovingkindness for thousands, who forgives iniquity, transgression and sin; yet He will by no means leave the guilty unpunished………”
From just the above three statements we learn many things about His nature. That God….
1. Is Love, and His love never changes for us, that we may be the most wicked of sinners and yet His love never diminishes for us…..even to shedding His blood for us.
2. That God gives us an invitation to come to him, though we are guilty as guilty comes, and he offers us to blot out our transgression, or the record against us, and make us clean. All for free, and all for nothing in return.
3. That he is compassionate, gracious, slow to anger (patient with our infallibility).
4. He is abundant in lovingkindness.
5. He is abundant in truth.
6. He forgives iniquity, transgression and sin; YET….He will by no means leave the guilty unpunished.
If we were to come to God the Creator we have to come on his terms, we have to come to who He is and who he says He is. We have to come to Him as he is. We have to come to Him as he says he is or we have not come to Him at all. 🙂 We would just get some man’s religion and all such uselessness, a deception, and we would go into eternity without Christ Jesus. 🙂
Until later….be careful which way you go…. 🙂