The Glory of God 14

Acts 17:22 So Paul stood in the midst of the Areopagus and said, “Men of Athens, I observe that you are very religious in all respects. 23 “For while I was passing through and examining the objects of your worship, I also found an altar with this inscription, ‘TO AN UNKNOWN GOD.’ Therefore what you worship in ignorance, this I proclaim to you.

Exodus 3:14 God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM”; and He said, “Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.'”

When the Lord sent Moses to free the Israelites from Egypt, he was told that it was the I AM who sent him to them. As we reflect on what that might mean to a nation of slaves who possessed nothing to take them out of the land and to sustain them on the journey to another land, it means that the God who exists of Himself and all things have their existence from Him is the one who sent Moses. On the surface of it this may not seem like a terribly meaningful statement, but if one goes a bit deeper then one can see that the God who exists in and of Himself is the One who brings all things into existence that have existence and sustains all things as He pleases. It is precisely this God that could bring the people out of the land of the Egyptians and sustain them at His mere pleasure.

It is also precisely the kind of God that every believer needs as well, though it may not be so obvious. The believer must have a God who can obtain a perfect righteousness and also pay for his or her debt. The believer must have a Savior who will purchase a new life for him or her and then sustain that life for him or her for eternity. The believer has no power to obey God in him or herself so that believer has to be sustained by a self-existent power that comes to the believer by grace alone. As the Israelites were fed with manna that came to them simply and only by the ability of the self-existent God with no needs, so believers are fed with the bread of heaven (Christ) who comes to them and feeds them by grace alone. The self-existence of God feeds the faith of believers and on the basis of that their souls are fed with Christ.

Isaiah 43:10 “You are My witnesses,” declares the LORD, “And My servant whom I have chosen, So that you may know and believe Me And understand that I am He. Before Me there was no God formed, And there will be none after Me. 11 “I, even I, am the LORD, And there is no savior besides Me. 12 “It is I who have declared and saved and proclaimed, And there was no strange god among you; So you are My witnesses,” declares the LORD, “And I am God. 13 “Even from eternity I am He, And there is none who can deliver out of My hand; I act and who can reverse it?”

When Scripture uses the word LORD and all the letters of the word are in caps, virtually every time it is translating the word “YAHWEH” which is the personal name for God which comes from the “I AM” in Exodus 3:14. What is it that the LORD wants people to know and to believe? It was that they were to understand that the LORD is He and that before Him there was no God and there will be none after Him. This is to say that He is the one and only self-existent God and there cannot possibly be another God. Since YAHWEH is the self-existent God, there is no savior at all apart from Him. YAHWEH is the one and only God and that from eternity He is the I AM and since that is true no one can deliver from Him and no one can reverse what He has done.

Isa 44:24 Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, and the one who formed you from the womb, “I, the LORD, am the maker of all things, Stretching out the heavens by Myself & spreading out the earth all alone

This great LORD, as the self-existent God, is the One who formed them from the womb, which is to say that He is the Maker of all things. Since He alone is self-existent, nothing can come into being unless He brings it into being and all things that have being He is the One who gave it being. YAHWEH is the One who created the heavens and bends over and speaks to us in language that we can sort of understand by saying that He stretched them out by Himself. This is like a person who makes a blanket or a piece of clothing and stretches it out to see what s/he has done. It is the sovereign self-existent LORD who spread out the earth all alone. As such, we can see that He has brought the heavens and the earth into existence and also brings each human being into existence by forming them in the womb as He pleases. What beauty, what glory, and what wisdom. What sovereignty, what power, what a glorious self-existence this one and true God has. We should bow in utter submission and worship before Him.

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