Who Is God? (Part 3): God Is Self-Existent

Where does God come from? Did God have a beginning? Will God have an ending?

It is bad reasoning to even ask, “What is the origin of God,” because origin implies “beginning” and God has no beginning (John 1:1; Colossians 1:16). No one or no thing caused God. God has always been. God always was “wasing.”

Does that blow your mind, or what?

Everything else has an origin, but God. What this does is humble us. There is no room for pride when you consider that the God we serve never began and will never end.

Who cares? What application can this possibly have on me and you? Listen to A.W. Tozer’s answer to that question in The Knowledge of the Holy:

“Because we are the handiwork of God, it follows that all our problems and their solutions are theological. Some knowledge of what kind of God it is that operates the universe is indispensable to a sound philosophy of life and a sane outlook on the world scene.” (pg. 27)

This means, as I stated above, that our problems we face in life come back to who we believe God to be. You cannot underestimate the value of studying the attributes of God.

God’s self-existence makes His wisdom unparalleled. God’s self-existence means that He can be trusted. God’s self-existence tells us that He will never leave us, nor forsake us.

20 More Books I Hope to Read in 2020

 

  1. Scaling the Secular City: A Defense of Christianity by J.P. Moreland
  2. Star Trek Memories by William Shatner
  3. Meditations on Preaching by Francis James Grimke
  4. The God I Love: A Lifetime of Walking with Jesus by Joni Eareckson Tada
  5. Experiencing the Truth: Bringing the Reformation to the African-American Church by Anthony J. Carter
  6. Pulpit Aflame by Joel R. Beeke and Dustin W. Benge, et al.
  7. Never Settle for Normal: The Proven Path to Significance and Happiness by Jonathan Parnell
  8. Two Views of Women in Ministry edited by James R. Beck and Stanley N. Gundry, et al.
  9. Maturity: Growing Up and Going On in the Christian Life by Sinclair B. Ferguson
  10. Shame Interrupted: How God Lifts the Pain of Worthlessness and Rejection by Edward T. Welch
  11. Outrageous Mercy: Rediscovering the Radical Nature of the Cross by William P. Farley
  12. Something Happens with Churches Pray by Warren Wiersbe
  13. Christ the Lord: The Reformation and Lordship Salvation by Michael Scott Horton
  14. One with a Shepherd: The Tears and Triumphs of a Ministry Marriage by Mary Somerville and Mary Beeke
  15. Does God Care How We Worship? by Ligon Duncan
  16. The Enemy in the Household: Family Violence in Deuteronomy and Beyond by Caryn A. Reeder
  17. The Practice of Preaching by Paul Scott Wilson
  18. To Preach or Not to Preach: Women’s Ministry Then and Now by William Varner
  19. Thinking. Loving. Doing.: A Call to Glorify God with Heart and Mind by John Piper and David Mathis
  20. Modesty: More Than a Change of Clothes by Martha Peace and Kent Keller

Known By Our Fruits

He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper. The ungodly are not so, but are like the chaff which the wind drives away. (Psalm 1:3-4)

Trees are often symbols of blessing in the O.T., because they are very common flora in this part of the world. Trees are also stable and strong.

Thus, when the psalmist says that the man of God is “like a tree”, the psalmist is saying that man of God is productive and fruitful. Men of God (and I am not using that word in a gender-specific way, but to refer to all humanity) are fruitful.

Charles Spurgeon rightfully concluded, “The Lord’s trees are all evergreens. No winter’s cold can destroy their verdure; and yet, unlike evergreens in our country, they are all fruit bearers.”[1]  Men of God produce fruit because they put themselves in places to grow. They find water; they look for sustenance to encourage their growth. They make sacrifices of time, energy and money to grow.

The opposite is true of an ungodly man. There is no prospering, because there is no effort to grow. There is a distancing from the people of God. There is an unfamiliarity with God’s Word. There is an irregularity of spending time with God in prayer.

A good illustration of this is in Ezekiel 15. Here an outcast vine is symbolized by the nation of Israel – “Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying: ‘Son of man, how is the wood of the vine better than any other wood, the vine branch which is among the trees of the forest? Is wood taken from it to make any object? Or can men make a peg from it to hang any vessel on? Instead, it is thrown into the fire for fuel; the fire devours both ends of it, and its middle is burned. Is it useful for any work? Indeed, when it was whole, no object could be made from it. How much less will it be useful for any work when the fire has devoured it, and it is burned? Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: like the wood of the vine among the trees of the forest, which I have given to the fire for fuel, so I will give up the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and I will set My face against them. They will go out from one fire, but another fire shall devour them. Then you shall know that I am the LORD, when I set My face against them. Thus I will make the land desolate, because they have persisted in unfaithfulness,’ says the Lord GOD.”

That was Israel and that is the ungodly man described in Psalm 1:4.

You are known by your fruits (Matthew 7:16). What evidence is there in your life of you claim to be?

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[1] Spurgeon, pg. 7

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Just In Case You Missed It: September 7-12, 2020

Older Women, Young Churches Need You” by Hannah Nation (The Gospel Coalition). I pray for this very often for my own church – both old men and women.

The State of Theology.” A survey was released today by Ligonier Ministries showing the current confusion among the church about basic theology.

What Are We Arguing About?” by Kevin DeYoung (The Gospel Coalition). I listened to a podcast (called “Life & Books & Everything) where DeYoung went into much greater detail than he does in this article, but this article is helpful in regard to current topical debates (e.g., COVID-19, politics, racial issues, etc.).