God is Jesus is God. If we want to know who God is, then we must look at Jesus. He is God in the flesh.
4 Who has gone up to heaven and come down?
Whose hands have gathered up the wind?
Who has wrapped up the waters in a cloak?
Who has established all the ends of the earth?
What is his name, and what is the name of his son?
Surely you know!
Yesterday, we determined that Jesus is the revealed Word of God. In John 10:30, Jesus states, “I and the Father are one.” We can trust what Jesus says to be entirely accurate and truthful about the nature, character and intention of God the Father. The Trinity is a core belief for Christians: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, Three-in-One. In fact, Hebrews 1:1 begins with this epic passage,
1 In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, 2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe.
The purpose for the Advent of Jesus Christ in this world was for God the Father to reveal Himself to us. He told Philip, “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?” (John 14:9). The study of the words of Jesus will give us clarity into the character of God the Father, but there is an aspect missing from this equation: God the Holy Spirit. We can learn facts, but unless the Spirit speaks to us, we have no real understanding. Jesus said, “I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you. All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will receive from me what he will make known to you” (John 12-15).
Let’s review what we know:
- Jesus is the Word of God- John 1:1-3,14
- Jesus came to fulfill the law and the prophets- Matthew 5:17-18
- Words of Jesus are from the mouth of God- Matthew 22:37-38, Luke 6:47
- The Spirit helps us interpret the OT through Jesus- Matthew 17:3-8, 19:8
Anytime we read the Old Testament, we need to read it through the lens of Jesus. HE is the clear picture of the Father. God the Father, in the Old Testament, is seen through veiled eyes (2 Corinthians 3:14-15). Jesus came to take away the veil (2 Corinthians 3:16). May we hold loosely to that which came before Christ, and hold tightly to Jesus. He is the revelation of God the Father, “the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word” (Hebrews 1:3).
Abba, when I read the OT, I get confused; the picture of You is not very clear. When I read Jesus’ description of You, I see you clearly. You are our loving Father, our Good Shepherd. May we hold tightly onto what Jesus said and hold loosely any other version of you, Abba. Thank You, Jesus, for revealing the Father to us! Amen.