Jesus & His Glory; the Simplicity of Knowing God; Jesus: “the Image of the Invisible God”
Jesus is “the image of the invisible God” (Colossians 1:15).
Knowing God is simple.
It’s so simple, a person must become like a child (Matthew 18:3).
How is it simple?
God is everywhere.
He’s available . . . to every person, all the time, for all eternity.
It’s an unsearchable mystery that God would offer Himself like this.
And He is more than just available. How so?
He knocks on the door of every person’s heart (Revelation 3:20).
He is always giving (John 3:16, 14:16, 16:8).
He is always blessing (Matthew 5:3-12).
He is always kind, even to the unthankful and evil (Luke 6:35).
He is always speaking (Psalm 95:7d, John 10:27).
He is merciful, gracious, slow to anger, abounding in goodness and lovingkindness, abounding in truth and faithfulness (Exodus 34:7, various translations).
Every person relies on God in the natural their entire life.
God gives them every good and perfect thing they receive and have (James 1:17).
What does He give them?
Their life, soul, body, family, friends, health, love, faith, hope, happiness, joy, peace, food, water, and infinitely more.
He’s given them His Son, both as a man on the earth and through the Holy Spirit, Who is the Spirit of Jesus Christ, the Spirit of the Father.
God gave His Son to the world.
He sacrificed His Son for mankind.
His Son came to the earth as a man and revealed God.
Jesus is the revelation of God (John 1) . . . and He is God (John 8:58).
God has sent His Holy Spirit to the world.
Jesus is able to save to the uttermost those who come to God by Him, for He ever lives to make intercession for them (Hebrews 7:25).
God wants to save everyone. He is not willing that any miss heaven (John 3:16, Matthew 18:14, 2 Peter 3:9, 1 Timothy 2:4).
And infinitely, eternally more.
The only true God has justified Himself to the world . . . in more ways than we can comprehend.
A mystery is the choice man has. It is up to a person how they respond to Him.
God made man into His own image and likeness (Genesis 1:27, 2:7). He gave man a free will. He cannot make anyone choose Him . . . or do anything.
The simplicity of the gospel is another revelation of God’s love.
A person does not need to hear the gospel to be saved and live forever.
It may even be easier for those without access to the gospel or a Bible to find God and make it to heaven. How so?
In the gospels, Jesus reveals who generally receives God: the “have-nots” and the “few.”
The have-nots are the: poor, needy, suffering, diseased, powerless, common, ordinary, simple, unknown, and similar.
The gospel is for everyone. But tragically, many do not receive it.
But Jesus knocks on the door of their spirit person.
The Holy Spirit convicts them (John 16:8).
It is up to a person how they respond.