The Study of God

To study God is an honor, a privilege, and a blessing.

To think, read, and learn about the Creator of the world:
The one who “laid the foundation of the earth”,
who “shut in the sea with doors…and said, ‘Thus far shall you come, and no farther,”
who bound “the chains of the Pleiades.”

To think, read, and learn about the Lord of heaven and earth:
to know he “does not live in shrines made by human hands”
to know that “he himself gives to all mortals life and breath and all things,”
to know that he has said, “I made your name known to them, and I will make it known, so that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.”

To think, read, and learn about the great high priest:
“full of majesty” and powerful yet entered as a poor baby,
origin of all magnificence and splendor yet was murdered at the will of his own people,
a high priest who entered into our broken, devastated existence,
a high priest “who in every respect has been tested as we are, yet without sin,”
who was rejected and betrayed in the world he loves,
who died so that the world could be redeemed,
who resurrected in it as the first fruits of Creation’s restoration.

We stand and look upon this power, incomprehensible love, and a sacrifice for an underserved redemption and say, ‘I want to know more. Will you let me?’
We sit in awe of the majestic Creator and he lets us ask, even though we broke the world He made in our pride and selfishness.

To study God is to ask a question and know that you have become trapped in an endless cycle of answers begetting more questions, but the knowledge cannot keep us trapped.

The knowledge is not the pursuit,
our own honor is not the pursuit,
our pride and vanity is not the pursuit.

The God who “cannot be contained in the highest heaven,”
in whom is “life, and the life was the light of all people,”
without whom “not one thing came into being”
who “created through love and for love…created love in all its forms,”
the one “who is able to keep you from falling, and to make you stand without blemish in the presence of his glory with rejoicing,”
“the wildest being in existence,”
whose “marvel of love, is the crucifixion”
“the God of peace, who brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant,”
“the only God our Savior,”
this is the one who is the pursuit.

There is no honor and glory in studying God but the honor and glory we give to him. He is the only one who deserves any.
Our entire being should be vastly humbled in the presence of the king and maker of the cosmos.

For doctrines and theological concepts are useless knowledge if we do not desire God above all else.

Creator: Job 38:4; 8, 11; 38:31

Lord of Heaven and Earth: Acts 17:24; 17:25;  John 17:26

High Priest: Psalm 29:4; Hebrews 4:15

The God Who: 1 Kings 8:27;  John 1:4; 1:3; Simone Weil, “The Love of God and Affliction”;  Jude 24; Wendell Berry “Christianity and Creation”; Weil; Hebrews 13:20; Jude 25


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