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Wondering What to Believe?

  1. Does Nature Give Proof of God?
    8 Digging Deeper
  2. Can I Hear God's Voice?
    8 Digging Deeper
  3. Who is God?
    8 Digging Deeper
  4. Who Wrote the Bible?
    8 Digging Deeper
  5. Can I Trust the Bible?
    7 Digging Deeper
  6. Is there a Right and Wrong?
    7 Digging Deeper
  7. Why Does God Allow Evil?
    9 Digging Deeper
  8. Who Am I?
    7 Digging Deeper
  9. What is the Meaning of Life?
    7 Digging Deeper
  10. Does God Love Me?
    5 Digging Deeper
Lesson 2, Digging Deeper 7
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God provides us a way for a relationship with Him through Jesus.

God is personal. He is not a non-rational force or power like wind, gravity, inertia or electricity. God thinks, wills, decides, loves, hates sin, shows mercy, reveals Himself, speaks, holds us accountable for our lives and judges. God made us in his image which means that we have rationality, intelligence, consciousness, moral understanding, choices, and responsibility and can enter into a relationship with Him (Genesis 1:26-28). The greatest mystery and truth in the universe is that the eternal and one true God is not a singularity but a plurality of divine personalities known as Father, Son and Holy Spirit and that the second person of the Godhead (deity) became a human being and lived here on earth among us (John 1:1-4, 14). Jesus of Nazareth is this God-Man who was as much God as the Father and as much man as any human being, except without sin. This is not polytheism or the belief in multiple gods, but this is a self-revelation of the nature of God: One God in three persons. A human person has a spirit body and a physical body, but is one person. God is bigger than people. He is One being in three persons. This is a mystery that we cannot fully comprehend but we accept it by faith in what the Scriptures reveal.

The second person of the Godhead became what he was not previously: he became a man who was fully human. He breathed, ate food, slept, drank, walked, talked, was tempted in all points like we are, bled and died. He was not an apparition or a spirit but a real, living human being. God fully reveals Himself to us in the life and personality of Jesus. Jesus said, “He that has seen me has seen the Father” (John 14: 8-11). Jesus had all the attributes of God and was like us in every respect, except sin.

Jesus put a face on God. You might say that he “put skin on God.” He came from the Father to show us the Father so that we might know God (John 17:3) and enjoy an “abundant life” (John 10:10). The only way we can know God is through Jesus. All that God does is through Jesus and all spiritual blessings are in a relationship with Jesus (Ephesians 1:3).

The apostle Paul wrote of Jesus in his letter to the Colossians,

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. 17 And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. 19 For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross. (1:15-21).

Paul continued in chapter two to describe who Jesus is and how we relate to God through Him. He prayed that God’s people might be encouraged and knit together in love in order “to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God’s mystery, which is Christ, 3 in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (2:2-3).