Calvary Chapel  1997-08-02 - The God of Revelation, Part 1

The Comprehensive Study Series, Part 6

Keeping in step with a progressive comprehensive devotional/study, so far we have covered proof that God exists, that proof of the authenticity of scripture exists in the context of the Bible, and we have seen God revealing Himself to us through Moses, Israel and the Prophets, and we have seen from the New Testament the same in Jesus of Nazareth's testimony. The writers of the New Testament likewise accredit their teaching to God and claim inspiration solely from The Holy Spirit. At present I would like to turn from a "floodlight" approach to a more narrow and microscopic "spotlight" approach of God and His attributes over the next few weeks. The existence of God is assumed in the Scriptures. God is true Spirit and His existence can not be proven by any mathematical demonstration. God's perfections are reflected throughout the material universe. If one cannot see this evidence it is a vain thing to try to convince him with any kind of reasoning. The Bible has much to say about God to us. Our faith increases upon hearing it' infinite wisdom. In the course of these devotionals I ask the more studious to read some passages of scripture too lengthy to include -- which I may list from time to time throughout, as examples to the doctrinal points I will make. Finally my prayer is that you will further enrich your understanding ,and behold wondrous things from God's Word as we draw one day nearer to our King and as always may God bring peace to Jerusalem - amen

A Brief Survey of God's Character

Exodus 34:6-7 And Jehovah passed by before him, and proclaimed, Jehovah, Jehovah, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abundant in lovingkindness and truth, keeping lovingkindness for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin; and that will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children's children, upon the third and upon the fourth generation.

This passage reveals to us, God's own statement regarding His character. It shows His great love (and almost infinite patience) for His creatures. He is very eager to forgive iniquity transgression and sin because He knows our frame he remembers we are dust {Psalm 103:14}. According to Psalm 51:1-17 please take notice that sin is a moral and spiritual leprosy that ultimately is against God. God must be righteous when He forgives sin. His sense of justice demands exaction of penalty for every transgression and disobedience. He provided the means to accomplish this in the atonement. We all have access to this - but - we must accept what God has so graciously done for us. God visits the iniquity of the fathers upon the children and upon the children's children unto the third and fourth generation. There are no exceptions! Please Read II Samuel chapter 12. Although King David in this passage was forgiven for his disgraceful sins, the Lord visited his iniquities upon him and his descendants.

Please Notice This Verse

Galatians 6:7-8 But let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things. Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth unto his own flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth unto the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap eternal life.

No one can conceal any act or even thought from the Lord God Almighty Read/study Psalm 139. God knows all about men and will deal with them on the basis of love and mercy or on that of strict righteousness and justice. Any man who accepts God's gracious provision of atonement and forgiveness may be brought into closest fellowship with His maker during life on earth. And when this life on earth is over he may enter into life eternally with his Lord. God deals with His own as sons while we are on earth, and punishes us for his sins and transgressions. Those who stubbornly refuse to yield their wills to God and accept His provision of atonement are on their own. They will be dealt with on a strict basis of justice and righteousness.

A view of God sitting Sovereign on the throne of the Universe

II Chronicles 20:5-13 And Jehoshaphat stood in the assembly of Judah and Jerusalem, in the house of Jehovah, before the new court; and he said, O Jehovah, the God of our fathers, art not thou God in heaven? And art not thou ruler over all the kingdoms of the nations? And in thy hand is power and might, so that none is able to withstand thee. Didst not thou, O our God, drive out the inhabitants of this land before thy people Israel, and give it to the seed of Abraham thy friend for ever? And they dwelt therein, and have built thee a sanctuary therein for thy name, saying, If evil come upon us, the sword, judgment, or pestilence, or famine, we will stand before this house, and before thee, (for thy name is in this house,) and cry unto thee in our affliction, and thou wilt hear and save. And now, behold, the children of Ammon and Moab and mount Seir, whom thou wouldest not let Israel invade, when they came out of the land of Egypt, but they turned aside from them, and destroyed them not; behold, how they reward us, to come to cast us out of thy possession, which thou hast given us to inherit. O our God, wilt thou not judge them? For we have no might against this great company that cometh against us; neither know we what to do: but out eyes are upon thee. And all Judah stood before Jehovah, with their little ones, their wives, and their children.

Psalm 33:10-11 Jehovah bringeth the counsel of the nations to nought; He maketh the thoughts of the peoples to be of no effect. The counsel of Jehovah standeth fast for ever, The thoughts of his heart to all generations.

God in His infinite wisdom and might foreknew and foretold in advance, the history success and downfall of nations to all generations. Any decision of any council of any nations that is contrary to His plans and purposes, is brought to no avail. It would be well for any council to heed this warning and conduct their business in the knowledge and the will of God so their efforts will not be in vain.

To wrap up this first part of the series I would like to conclude this devotional with a passage of scripture and a brief survey of Gods right to demand first place in our lives.

Nahum 1:2-8 Jehovah is a jealous God and avengeth; Jehovah avengeth and is full of wrath; Jehovah taketh vengeance on his adversaries, and he reserveth wrath for his enemies. Jehovah is slow to anger, and great in power, and will by no means clear the guilty: Jehovah hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet. He rebuketh the sea, and maketh it dry, and drieth up all the rivers: Bashan languisheth, and Carmel; and the flower of Lebanon languisheth. The mountains quake at him, and the hills melt; and the earth is upheaved at his presence, yea, the world, and all that dwell therein. Who can stand before his indignation? And who can abide in the fierceness of his anger? His wrath is poured out like fire, and the rocks are broken asunder by him. Jehovah is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that take refuge in him. But with an over-running flood he will make a full end of her place, and will pursue his enemies into darkness.

God wants your full affections to be His first. We are His creatures. A man who transfers his affections to another god (little g) arouses Gods wrath and is set forth as His enemy. God who created the elements and the material universe maintains full control over them and will continue His control as long as they exist. We can rest assured that no stranger or unknown will wrest control of the universe from God - but the future will proceed exactly as God wishes and foretold through His prophets. (Please see Amos 3:7) Everyone living in the universe ought to align themselves with God and take refuge in His stronghold. The losers are all those that do not choose this course but choose to set their wills against God (become His enemies) and are pursued into darkness and make a full end of their place. I may add this is not God;s fault. He would that all men might be saved, yet some do not heed even though they are pursued. From the Scriptures we learn that sooner or later everyone must have dealings with God. Wisdom would dictate that we accept the peace and pardon now and live with the gracious provision for us. Yet the greatest view of the Almighty is found in the books of Matthew, Mark , Luke and John. According to the predictions of the Old Testament, Jesus of Nazareth is none other than one of the persons of the Holy Trinity. God Himself came and dwelt among us for a few short years and purchased man's redemption by His own atoning blood. This is the God of Revelation.

In His Service,