As Christians, when we speak of God, we normally focus on the Personhood of God. We would consider God as the Heavenly Father, the Persons who formed the Trinity, the Creator of the Universe, the Person whom we must approach, sacrifice to, and worship. Indeed, the personification helped Christians and other monotheist believers draw close to, revere, fear, pray to, and worship the God of their forefathers. In the modern New Testament era, the apostle Paul solidify the personification of God by urging believers to call God, “Abba, Father” (Romans 8:15; Galatians 4:6, NIV), according to the examples as given by Jesus Christ (Mark 14:36, NIV). Because of this, modern day Christians are often taught to associate God as our Heavenly Father.
Though this isn’t wrong, there is another side of God that we often miss. God is, also, the Totality of All Things.
We often forget that all things are created by God, through God, and in God (Colossians 1:16; Romans 11:36, NIV). The apostle Paul wrote, “For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together” (Colossians 1:16-17, NIV). Notice that Paul took the time to explain to His first century audience that every little thing in the Universe, whether seen or unseen, are created in God, through God, and for God. It is only in God can things in the Universe hold together. In the context of modern science into our understanding of this verse, it is the same as saying: God is the cumulation of forces that hold matter together. It is the force that binds electron and protons to their neutrons. It is the gravity that locks galaxies and solar systems in their orbit. It is the force that fill the entirety of the Universe so that the Universe does not collapse in on itself. It is the force that formed every single cell in our bodies. It is the force that give every cell, every bacterial, and every living organism, life. If I were to understand God in this context, we will be amazed at the extent of God’s power and God’s work.
God is not just a distant Fellow sitting on His Throne beyond the confines of the limited Universe. God is everything that the Universe is made of and more. Jesus gave us a clue to who God truly is when He exclaimed that God can raise descendants of Abraham from stones (Matthew 3:9; Luke 3:8, NIV). How can stones become living, breathing, spirited human beings? It cannot unless God is within them! And in context, God is within all things. In another part of the gospel, Jesus explained that whatever the disciples did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of His, they are doing it for Him (Matthew 25:40, NIV). In context, we see that God is not only within physical objects, but He is also residing in every living human being. This was further supplemented with the descent of the Holy Spirit on both Jews and gentiles believers. In context, if we take the text literally as it was meant to be, then we see God physically rests in people whom He desires.
God is not the distant God who is away on a long journey (Matthew 21:33, 25:14; Luke 19:12; Mark 13:34 NIV). Rather, God is a God who is close to us, residing in everything that fills up the entirety of the Universe. His eyes are everywhere, flying around the world and His throne, keeping watch of everything that is happening (Ezekiel 10:12; Revelations 4:8, NIV).
Take the time to think and reflect on this for a moment: God, the Creator of the Universe, created everything in the Universe, whether seen and unseen, for Himself, through Himself, and in Himself. This God, who created everything through Himself, for Himself, and in Himself, wanted to be in us, through the blood and body of Jesus Christ — the human representation and Son of He who created the Universe. The very power that allowed Jesus to conduct miracles and the very power that raised Jesus from the dead, it all now resides in every single believer. The control of the Totality of the Universe is now within our reach through the blood of Jesus Christ. The power that allowed Jesus to walk on water, to heal the sick, to cast out demons, now reside within everyone who trusts in He who created the Universe (Romans 8:11, NIV). Just think about this for a moment.
The power of the Christian rests on our understanding of who God is and our faith towards Him. Jesus said, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.” (Mark 16:15-18, NIV). “Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. “Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them.” (Mark 11:22-23, NIV).
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