by Dave Griffiths
We will never be able to grasp God in His entirety. But He wants us to know Him, and we can certainly learn about Him through His actions.
The bible suggests that we love God for what He does as well as who He is (Psm 116) In fact, what He does expresses who He is.
God’s two major actions in all of history are Creation and Redemption. God is the Creator who made all things by His will ex nihilo, out of nothing. (Heb.11:3) (Rev. 4:11). He is also the lamb of God slain to provide the individual Redemption of men and women. (Heb. 5:9-10)
In addition to these basic truths, God’s actions in history extend in more directions. He is actively preserving and sustaining the world. He takes care of people, plants, and nature through the cycles of life.
God also created two special institutions; The nation of Israel and the church. Through Israel He brought Messiah, Jesus into the world. He created the church on the day of Pentecost through the ministry of the Holy Spirit. (Acts 2) The church has no national boundaries. Jews and Gentiles are brought together in this one institution for the chief purpose of spreading throughout the world the good news of eternal life through faith in Christ. Christ, who is God, is actively involved in history as Head of the church, which also will enjoy God’s coming Kingdom.
Two more of God’s special acts are, 1) His giving of the inspired, inerrant Scriptures, (not one jot or tittle is to be changed) (Matt. 5:18) and 2) His incarnation.
The incarnation is one of God’s greatest acts when God, robed in flesh, stepped into time through the person of His Son and became the permanent God-Man Jesus. He died on a cross to take the punishment we deserve for our sins, and rose from the dead so that we could be declared righteous and saved. This great salvation is available to all who put their faith in Christ alone for deliverance.
Jesus is the only way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father but though Him.