Discovering the God of the Universe
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For everything was created by Him, in heaven and on earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities — all things have been created through Him and for Him. Colossians 1:15–16
The Bible teaches, “…without faith, it is impossible to please God.” I believe this; we have to have faith. The Bible also teaches us “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. 2 For by it the men of old gained approval. 3 By faith, we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible.”
Since the creation of the world, people have been able to see God. Paul wrote about this in Romans Chapter 1; he wanted us to understand that each of us would be without excuse. He said, “For His invisible attributes, that is, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen since the creation of the world, being understood through what He has made.” If you want to see God, you have to look for Him! We have to search the visible to discover the invisible.
You might be here this morning and be searching! Looking for significance, looking for support, looking for a rescue. Sometimes this is the place to be. I mentioned not long ago that I was discontent, and I am. I want people to know Him; I want people to stop holding on to their past, I want people Love God. So many people today wear their Church face when they come to worship. They get up, put on their church clothes, eat their church breakfast, get in their church car, drive down the church road and park in the church parking lot, carefully looking into the mirror before getting out to make sure they have their church face on and correctly displayed.
Lord knows we do not want anyone to think we are struggling with any problems. We believe, so we have to act as we believe. People just have to know that we have got it all together, even though we are hurting, struggling, trying to fit in, working to figure it all out. We do not want anyone to know that we are broken, so we do a good job at internalizing everything, we hope to fake it till we make it while on the inside we are festering and hurting. We need a doctor, but we do not know where to turn.
Can I tell you this morning, that Jesus is the great physician, and this my friends is a hospital? This place does not exist for those who have it all together; it exists for those who need help. We all need help, and sometimes we just do not realize it. Understanding where we are currently is why each of us needs to review and reflect this morning. You need to think about your life, consider all that is going on in your life, think about your relationships, think about your life. Are you holding on to the past, does unforgiveness have a death grip on you? Another question that I want you to consider, why do we care so much about what others think? Have you settled for the mediocre? We need to understand who this Jesus Character is this morning.
If we are searching the visible, to discover the invisible, an element of faith is required.
The Image of God
Paul wanted to encourage his readers at Philippi, he understood that Jesus was the image of God, he wrote “Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. 8 Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9 For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
So we must understand, that Jesus is the Image of God, He also has:
He always has been. John chapter one tells us “In the beginning was the word.” We know that Jesus is the word! He has always been. Back in Genesis 1:1 when “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” Jesus was present. In Genesis 1:2, when the Spirit of God was hovering over the expanse, Jesus was right there and totally involved. He came from out of antiquity; He has always been. God has no beginning and no end! He is God! In Genesis 1:26, we read, ” Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” In John 1:2 the beloved Apostles writes “He (the word) was in the beginning with God.” What was he doing? That is a great question; I am glad that you thought it.
Active in Creation
The Bible tells us that “All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.” (John 1:3). We can see that he was busy creating. He was busy thinking of you and me. We know, because we read in Ephesians 1 that He had us in mind before the foundation of the world was even laid. He was and is an active God.
He is also:
He is above all.
Psalm 57:11 “Be exalted above the heavens, O God; Let Your glory be above all the earth.”
Psalm 99:2 “The Lord is great in Zion, And He is exalted above all the peoples.
Ephesians 1:18–22 “I pray that the eyes of your heart [may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the ]saints, 19 and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might 20 which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. 22 And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church, 23 which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.
Is He above all in your life?
I love you all!