The Glory of God 24

An attribute of God must be determined from what He is within Himself rather than judged by our own standards. God is the standard of Himself and of all things.

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. 24 “The God who made the world and all things in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands; 25 nor is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything, since He Himself gives to all people life and breath and all things.

In moving from the self-existence of God to the self-sufficiency of God, it is most likely quite evident that we are not really moving from one thing to another but instead are simply looking at the same thing from another vantage point. In other words, the attribute of God that we think of as self-sufficient flows from and is an aspect of His self-existence. But then again, all of His attributes are one within Himself and all flow from Him in perfect unity and beauty as we behold Him in His glory. We can also think of God’s self-sufficiency as an application of His self-existence, or it is one way God exists in and of Himself.

Self-sufficiency teaches us that God is sufficient in all manners and ways in and of Himself. He has no need of anyone or anything. Whatever God is He is within Himself and needs nothing to maintain Himself and anything H wants to do. He is life itself and all life is within Him and from Him. He is totally sufficient within His eternal being for all eternity for everything. While these are words on a page or words in some form of modern technology, they are pointing to the one and true God who exists in and of Himself and is sufficient for all things that He does and desires to do. This attribute of God, if taught from every pulpit in our land, would be like a huge bomb going off and the waves of destruction that a bomb would bring is only a slight analogy to what this bomb would be. We need to hear from the pulpits in this land that God does not need us and that He is sufficient for all things quite apart from anything we can do. He has no need that we can fill and our attempt to fill a need of His is actually a very wicked thing and even idolatry.

What do we do for God? We know from Acts 17 above that “The God who made the world and all things in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands; 25 above nor is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything, since He Himself gives to all people life and breath and all things.” In light of the beauty and glory of this great God who exists in and of Himself and lives in complete self-sufficiency, we can know that there is nothing we can do for God. There is absolutely nothing that we can supply Him and there is absolutely nothing that we can do that will benefit Him. The one and true God is self-sufficient and all that we “give” to Him must first be received from Him. The works we do that we think are for Him are really for ourselves, so they are not for Him. Any works that are truly out of love for Him must come from Him and through Him and be by Him in order to please Him. If our works come from Him, through Him, and are by Him, then His is self-sufficient and we have nothing to praise ourselves for we do not serve Him.

What do we give God that He is not sufficient for? When we think of this question when it is put this way, we can immediately see that of course we cannot do something for the true God. Our sufficiency is of Him and from Him and we must not think of any sufficiency we have to “serve” Him as coming from ourselves. Did God create us because He was lonely? Are we sufficient for good company? Surely the Lord Jesus Christ who is perfect in all things was and is far better company than we could ever be.

Do we do things for Him that He is not sufficient to do Himself? Again, do we really think that our puny little beings can do something for God that He is no sufficient to do for Himself? What do we have that does not come from His self-sufficiency? What is it that He is not sufficient to provide so that we have to do it? When we even start to think about the glory of God in His self-sufficiency, our independence and our self-sufficiency should open up and we should see the awfulness of our idolatry and our sin. Man depends on himself and wants to depend on himself even more, but what we fail to see is that this is man wanting to be like God. Man is not self-sufficient, but instead is totally dependent in reality. Oh for the grace to see this more and more.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s


%d bloggers like this: