In which you discover you have an overwhelming problem called God.
You have a problem. An overwhelming problem.
That overwhelming problem is called God…and what you think of Him.
See, the most revealing thing about a person is his idea of God. How God acts. Thinks. Behaves. Responds.
What a person says about these things exposes what they believe about God…whether it’s truth or error.
Problem is, perverted notions about God soon rot the mind in which they appear…corrupting a person’s basic theology.
This corruption then leads to a monstrous sin:
Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles. Romans 1:22-23
What you will find is a historical and biblical description of the nature of God. In other words, a description of God based on fact–and not imagination.
Why Is This Important?
The meaning of many elements of the Gospel depend on the kind of God whose acts you think they are.
In fact, every essential Christian teaching is dependent for its validity on the orthodox doctrine of God. And low views of God destroy the Gospel for all who hold them.
That’s why A. W. Tozer warns, “the gravest question before the Church is always God Himself.”
When the mightiest thought the mind can entertain is the thought of God and when the weightiest word any language can speak is its word for God what those thoughts and those words are ARE of paramount importance.
Thinking the wrong thoughts about God can lead to dangerous, unsettling conclusions. Here are five.
1. We can’t recognize false gods without knowing the true God.
A study of the attributes of the true God is essential to the fulfillment of the apologetic task of defending the true God and the true faith.
2. Theological error has eternal consequences.
Our ideas about God have deeper, wider and longer consequences than mere political or cultural ideas. They have eternal consequences as well.
3. Our spiritual growth is dependent upon our concept of God.
Disregard a biblical study of God and you sentence yourself to stumble and blunder through life. You can waste your life and, more importantly, lose your soul.
4. A commitment to the less than ultimate is not ultimately satisfying.
Your problem is not that you want to be satisfied. Your problem is that you are far too easily satisfied.
5. Modern Christianity is failing.
Modern Christianity is simply not producing the kind of Christian who can correctly define God or the Gospel.
1. To know God better.
2. Weighty doctrine is the antidote for weak-mined Christians.
I can relate to the writer who wrote Psalm 119. He wanted to understand God’s truth in order that his heart might respond to it and his life be conformed to it.
My life and my heart have expanded enormously from a simple study of God’s nature. I hope your heart does, too.
Regarding point no. 2, John Piper says in his book History’s Most Spectacular Sin that Paul saw weighty doctrine as a way to put fiber in the backbone of wimpy Christians.
I feel the same way.
So the main point of writing about these great biblical truths is not information for your head…but application to your heart and your life.
In the end, great biblical truths will keep you from drowning when the sea surge of trouble and error relentlessly roll at you.
**Part of The Nature of God series.**