The Doctrine of God

Posted: March 11, 2010 in Uncategorized

This week in my class, Fundamentals of the Faith, I will help our people look at the doctrine of God.  I am excited to be able to share with others the great truths about the God of creation.  This is a tremendously helpful and relevant point of doctrine to study and discuss.  After all, knowing God is equated with eternal life (John 17:3).  And rather than boasting in wisdom, might, or riches, we are to boast in the fact that we know God (Jeremiah 9:24).  And there is plenty to keep our minds busy as we study our God!

On January 7, 1855, Charles H. Spurgeon exhorted Christians in this way: “Plunge yourself in the Godhead’s deepest sea; be lost in His immensity; and you shall come forth as from a couch of rest refreshed and invigorated.  I know nothing which can so comfort the soul, so calm the swelling billows of sorrow and grief; so speak peace to the winds of trial, as devout musing upon the subject of the Godhead.” 

How can we know God?  We set out to know Jesus Christ.  John 14: 9-10 records the words of Jesus Himself.  It is there He says that the one who knows Jesus, or sees Jesus, has seen the Father.  In Jesus Christ “all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form” (Colossians 2:9).  Jesus Christ is “the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power” (Hebrews 1:3).  We set our minds to know Christ and we will find ourselves learning about God!  And we set out on this journey as we immerse ourselves in the Scriptures…which testify about Jesus (John 5:39)!

And this is an extremely practical doctrine to study.  This is no dry intellectual exercise that should be restricted to the seminarian.  As A.W Tozer has said, “A right conception of God is basic not only to systematic theology but to practical Christian living as well…I believe there is scarcely an error in doctrine or a failure in applying Christian ethics that cannot be traced finally to imperfect and ignoble thoughts about God” (The Knowledge of the Holy, 1961).  Christians of every stripe should set out to know their Lord.

As with most things, orthodoxy (right thinking) usually leads to orthopraxy (right living).  Right thinking about God should lead us to live rightly as we seek to honor Him.

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