Wednesday, May 11, 2005

The one true God: Is 44:6-8

"I am the first and I am the last, and there is no God besides Me. Who is like Me? Let him proclaim and declare it; yes, let him recount it to Me in order, from the time that I established the ancient nation. And let them declare to them the things that are coming and the events that are going to take place. Do not tremble and do not be afraid; have I not long since announced it to you and declared it? And you are My witnesses. Is there any God besides Me, or is there any other Rock? I know of none." (Isaiah 44:6-8)
God has searched heaven and earth and reports to us that, there is no other God besides Him nor is there any other Rock. God, being all-knowing, simply says, "I know of none". The teaching of the Hebrew scriptures are clear, there is only one God. "Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD is one !" (Deuteronomy 6:4) Our God is not one of many gods, He alone is God! There was no god before Him, there will be no god after Him, He has always been and will always be God.

The writer of Hebrews said, "For if we go on sinning willfully after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a terrifying expectation of judgment and THE FURY OF A FIRE WHICH WILL CONSUME THE ADVERSARIES." (Hebrews 10:26-27) I believe that what he is trying to say is that, if we reject Jesus as our God and Savior, then there is no where else we can go to find forgiveness of our sins. If we pass by Jesus, then there is no one else. He alone is God, there is none else.

This passage also shows us some very interesting aspects to the nature of God,

God is not a force. The Star War movies made popular the phrase, "The force be with you." But God is not an impersonal force, He is a spiritual being. God is not like the forces of nature that operate according to precise laws. God is a person who works all things according to His will.

God is not an enigma. God longs to be known. He desires to have fellowship with His creation. If he hides Himself, it is from those who are proud in their understand, but He loves to reveal Himself to babes. Even the sacrifice of Jesus was for the purpose of reconciling man to God that we might be reunited in fellowship with Him.

We don't get to pick what God's like. God is who He is. He is the great "I AM". We may like to imagine God to be one way or another, but He is who He is. And He is unchangeable; He is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow.

Have you found the true God and Savior? Have you found the one true God? Moses reminds us, "But from there you will seek the LORD your God, and you will find Him if you search for Him with all your heart and all your soul." (Deuteronomy 4:29) There can be no greater quest than to seek and find the God of the universe.

David Robison

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