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Our theme for this month: “Knowing God”
Our Bible verse for today: “The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact expression of his nature …” Hebrews 1:3 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Jesus is the exact expression of God”
As we begin Christmas week and the celebration of the Incarnation, I want us to think more about how it is that Jesus is the exact expression of the nature of God. He was God in a human body, showing us the love, kindness, compassion, and mercy of God in a way we can easily understand and relate to. This was one of the things God accomplished while living among us as Jesus, and it’s vitally important that we learn to think of Him in that way.
To help us appreciate the importance of studying Jesus so we can know and understand God better, I’m going to continue sharing some thoughts from the book by A.W. Tozer “The Knowledge of the Holy”. Tozer was one of the many great Christian thinkers who reminded us that “What comes to our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” One reason that is true is because “We tend by a secret law of the soul to move toward our mental image of God.” We’ve talked about this. What we believe to be true about God will play a big role in shaping our own character and personality. Because, “The man who comes to a right belief about God is relieved of ten thousand temporal problems.”
That’s true. Being in a healthy relationship with God cleans up a lot of problems in life. Therefore, “That our idea of God corresponds as nearly as possible to the true being of God is of immense importance to us.” It’s of immense importance to God too. That’s precisely why He wants us to see Him in the person of Jesus. And that being the case, as Tozer wrote, “The heaviest obligation lying upon the Christian Church today is to purify and elevate her concept of God until it is once more worthy of Him.”
Yes, it is the responsibility of the Church to purify and elevate the way in which God is taught and presented so that Christians will come to a better understanding of who God is and what He is really like. This goes beyond simple discipleship and moves us into serious and deep spiritual growth. That was the object of our Christmas sermon yesterday at Oak Hill Baptist. It was about the theology of Christmas, and it was an attempt to paint the big picture of what God was doing for us by means of the Incarnation. If you would like to watch that sermon you can do so on our website (oakhillbaptist.net) or on our Facebook page.
In the days to come, as we prepare to celebrate the Incarnation, give some serious thought to what God was teaching us about Himself by coming to us in the person of Jesus Christ of Nazareth.
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