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Who is God?

It’s a puzzling question. Think for a moment about how we answer such a question: ‘Who is such and such person?’ I find myself answering the question instinctively by rattling off physical descriptors or activities in which the person is involved. Something like, ‘she’s the short, brunette in Kappa.’ Do our physical descriptors and activities define us, though? Does what we do tell us who we are? I certainly hope not. That would grossly oversimplify any individual. What, then, defines who someone is? I would argue that it is the attributes of an individual define who he or she is.

Who, then, is God?

“What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us. If effects everything about us.” – A.W. Tozer, Knowledge of the Holy 

Now, the complexity of God is an overwhelming and inexplicable thing, “Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! For who has known the mind of the Lord?” -Romans 11:24. That said, I have been floored this week by the complexity of my God. God is Triune.

Sounds lovely, but what does that mean? Triune literally means 3 in 1, or the unity/unification of 3. So, God is the Father, the Son and the Spirit. The 3 are united as 1. There is one God, and He is the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Each member of the Trinity has unique attributes that distinguishes one from the other. The Father is neither the Spirit, nor the Son; The Son is neither the Father, nor the Spirit; The Spirit is neither the Father, nor the Son.

Still tracking? Here, #theyareindividuals 

HOWEVER…

The Father is God, the Son is God and the Spirit is God; The three are one. Deuteronomy 6:4, “The Lord our God, The Lord is ONE.” The three are self-sufficient, in that they each possess the fullness of deity. {For the Father, see Genesis 1:1; for the Son, see Colossians 2:9; for the Spirit, see Acts 5:3-4, 1 Cor. 2:11.} Though God is three distinct persons, each of whom are fully God, the three are also entirely unified and interdependent on each other. While they do not rely on each other to collaboratively and collectively make up God, they are interdependent and fully unified as one unit. It is not a “with our powers combined, we are…” sort of thing. Each member is fully God and does not rely on the other. BUT the three are undivided; God is one. See Isaiah 45:5, Romans 3:30, 1 Timothy 2:5, James 2:19

{{Try to wrap your mind around that!}}

 

How does this apply to us?

I cannot decided which is more difficult to fathom: the Triune God, or the fact that I get to have an intimate relationship with Him. I cannot separate the two. The more I learn about the inexplicable and overwhelming complexity of the Lord, the more I find myself trembling. It’s like the feeling that the bottom of your stomach just fell off and you’ve forgotten how to breathe. Or perhaps like when Buddy the Elf asks Miles Finch if he borrowed a reindeer to get to NYC. These are painfully childish word pictures, but they will have to suit.

To put it simply: I am finding myself troubled by the utterly irreverent, flippant and ignorant approach that I have taken before the Lord.

With Brash audacity I have ignorantly and casually approached the Mercy Seat to present my agenda and what I need God to do to make it possible. And yet He meets me right where I am! Who is this King of glory? The one that, upon seeing, all Isaiah could utter was ‘Woe is me! For I am lost;’ the one that the Heavenly beings can but say, ‘Holy’ and ‘Worthy’. And to think that I get to know Him! That by the atoning blood of God the Son, I am reconciled to God the Father, and am being sanctified by God the Spirit.

Yes, I confidently say that while the complexity of the Trinity is wildly unfathomable, I can more comfortably wrap my mind around it than the absurdity of the Gospel and that I personally testify to it. I can more quickly understand the Triune God than the thought that He chose me to be a steward of his Gospel.

Words cheapen any response to such mercy. So may I, and we, join with those who fall down before Him…

“They cast their crowns before the throne, saying,

Worthy are you, our Lord and God,

to receive glory and honor and power,

for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.”

– Revelation 4:11

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