The everlasting God

Genesis 21:33: And Abraham planted a grove in Beersheba, and called there on the name of the LORD, the everlasting God.

Abraham was on a journey of discovering who God is. It started with God’s call that should depart from his father house and country to a land He would show him (Genesis 12:1). At this point in his journey, he gave God a name reflective of his revelation of him: the everlasting God. He was affirming the eternality of God.

When Peter affirmed the divinity of Jesus, he told him: flesh and blood has not revealed this to you but my heavenly father in heaven (Matthew 16:16-17). By revelation John wrote of Jesus: in the beginning was the word and the words was with God and the word was God (John 1:1-5), disclosing that he is the second person of the trinity- God the Word.

While involved in an argument with certain people of the Pharisees, Jesus said that before Abraham was, he is, to their endless chagrin (John 8:56-59). They could not believe their ears and accused Jesus of making false claims. But Jesus was hinting at his eternality.

There was something not quite right about someone living in the time of Jesus claiming that he was older, than Abraham.

However, it was revealed in the prophetic writing of the Micah that the origin of the saviour, messiah (Jesus Christ), who will be born in Bethlehem, is from everlasting (Micah 5:2).

It is easy to believe that God the father is from eternity, but some people struggle with the eternality of God the Son (Jesus Christ), saying: How can both the father and the Son be from eternity?

With that question, they make a fundamental mistake about the identity of Jesus Christ. They don’t know that he was not “Jesus Christ” from eternity; neither was he the “Son of God” from eternity.

He was the Word from eternity. It was the necessity of the incarnation that caused him to be fathered by God in the womb of Mary, not in a sexual sense, but in the there-is-nothing-impossible-with-God sense (Luke 1:26-38).

We see God speaking from heaven and declaring that Jesus is his Son after he was baptised by John the Baptist and when on a mount with Peter James and John, and Gabriel at his incarnation said that the holy one that will come from Mary’s womb “shall” be called the Son of God, not “has” been called the Son of God.

God the word became God in a physical form. He became different in visage, conforming to the earthly state of man. It was a mystery (1Timothy 3:16).

Though God is three on one, before the incarnation, you could not really differentiate them. But when Jesus came to the earth, and we see him talk about the other two, eventually saying that when the disciples wants to baptise other disciples, they should do it in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19).

By so doing He makes a distinction in the personalities in the Godhead. Jesus is described as the fullness of the Godhead bodily (Colossians 2:9); meaning except through him, no human can come into intimate relationship with the rest of the Godhead.

In his lifetime, Jesus was constantly speaking of the Father to the disciples. In the prayer that he thought them, he said they should pray saying: out “Father” who art in heaven (Matthew 6:9)… He modeled a relationship with the father before them.

After Peter declared that Jesus is the Christ the Son of the living God, Jesus said: flesh and blood did not reveal that to you, but my “Father” in heaven (Matthew 16:15-18). Heaven is the place of his Father, and though he was on earth, he related to the father as if he was close by, and that left an impression on the disciples, who were learning from him.

It was near the time of his death that he revealed the Holy Spirit. Telling them when I go, a new phase will begin for you and that is living in the reality of the companionship of the Holy Spirit.

Peter said that we sound grow in the knowledge of our lord Jesus Christ (2Peter 3:18). Many seek to grow in the knowledge of right doctrine, in the activity they are doing the church, in the position that they try to attain to, but we are supposed to grow in the knowledge of Him.

Paul, after years as a Christian, after he had achieved almost everything that he set out to achieve, still did not get bored as a disciple of Jesus. He kept the childlike wonder of seeking to know Christ. Expressing his continual longing, he said: that I may know him and the power of his resurrection being made conformable to his death (Philippians 3:10).

To know him is to become like him. If the knowledge of God that we claim to have is not making us become more like him, then it is in futility. We would be classified as those the bible says were ever learning but never coming to the knowledge of the truth (2Timothy 3:8).

Jesus said we shall know the truth, which will make us free, if we continue to be his disciples, continue to follow him (John 8:31-32). The truth we need to know is not just more facts and figures about the bible.

It was Jesus himself who declared: I am the way the truth, the way and the life; no one comes to the father except through me (John 14:6).

The goal is to become more and more like Jesus. When Peter and John appeared before the priests, captain of the temple and Sadducees in the book of Acts, the religious leaders were amazed at their boldness, their lack of the fear of their position (in spite of the fact that they had little education), talking freely and defending their action about following the truth. They took note that they had been with Jesus, they had become like him (Acts 4:13).

If we are not becoming more like Jesus, there is something wrong with the learning path that we have chosen.

The bible says that the path of the righteous shines brighter and brighter to the perfect day (Proverbs 4:18). And Jesus is the light (John 9:5). The right path is the path of continuously brighter because we are drawing closer to his light.

As we become more and more like him, our path shines brighter in the everlasting shining of his light. For eternity Christ will be a worthy pursuit. “That I may know him” will still be a valid hunger in us for all eternity. The pursuit of God can never be boring because there is a continuous unfolding of his everlasting nature to us.

 

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