So you can come along

A girl with stories

Matt Chandler told me to August 23, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — Amanda Lynn @ 6:38 am

If you’ve read Chandler’s “The Explicit Gospel” then you understand why I felt compelled to listen to the author (because he reeeeally knows his stuff).

 
He says that to understand and examine the gospel we should first examine the God of this gospel. As the classic, “I grew up in church, was saved before Kindergarten, Sunday morning and night, Wednesday prayer meetings…I was there.” kind of kid, it might sound odd that I am choosing now to examine the Gospel and the God of the Bible. But I’ll be the first to volunteer the truth. That is, I’ll never be “over” who He is and the grace that He brings. I’ll never have it down.

 

 

Who He is cannot be contained in human understanding, much less a measly little blog post. That said, I still wanted to look at the word and as we know that scripture is a great place to start looking for a depiction of who God is. The narrative of the word of God points to Him throughout. He is the culmination of every story, every theme and every undercurrent so, finding Him wasn’t a difficult task. This is a brief and not at all exhaustive list of what scripture reveals about the Lord’s character. (I’m not a theologian or even some fancy schmancy seminary girl, so it’s not scholarly…just warning you.)

 

He is the Creator of all things that are very good. (Gen 1:31)

 
He is the first, the breath of life – by nature and by name. YHWH (Gen 2:7)

 
He is the One who will crush the enemy. (Gen 3:15)

 
He is El Roi, the God who sees us, even in our “desert times”. (Gen 16:13)

 
He is Jehovah-Jireh, He sends a provisional sacrifice and He rewards the faithful. (Gen 22)

 
He fights for me. I don’t even have to speak, much less act. He is victorious. (Genesis 14:14)

 
He is the great, unchangeable I AM. (Exodus 3)

 

 

He is Jehovah-Rapha: healer. (Exodus 15:22) (And on April 24th 2012 in Namibia)

 

He provides in unexpected ways. (Exodus 16:4)

 

 

He is the deliver, exclusively God, who provides laws pointing to Himself. (Exodus 20)

 

 

He is the all-sufficient, once and for all, atoning sacrifice for all who believe. (Leviticus 16 & 1 John 2:2)

 

He is gracious in sending His presence during our days and light in our darkness even in our “wandering times”. (Numbers 14:14)

 

He is faithful to keep his promises throughout generations. (Deuteronomy 7:9)

 

We can know with “all our heart and soul” that He is faithful to keep every promise. (Joshua 21:45)

 

He is peace. Jehovah-Shalom (Judges 6:24)

 

In the midst of a surface-glazing, aesthetically-driven culture, He looks at our hearts. (1 Sam 16:7)

 

He is the builder and restorer of what has been destroyed. (Nehemiah)

 

He is the presence who goes without mention in the preservation of His people. (Esther)

 

He is King over all. (Job 41:34)

 

He is strength, a rock, and a fortress, deliverer. And yet, He is gentle. (35) He is our rescue and He hears us. (Psalm 18)

 

He is the good Shepherd. (Psalm 23)

 

He is our portion. (Psalm 73)

 

He is the Kinsmen Redeemer. (Ruth)

 

He is my beloved and I am His. (Song of Solomon)

 

He is good and just. He encourages the oppressed, defends the fatherless and pleads for the widow. (Isaiah 1:17)

 

He is the ever-present counselor. (Isaiah 9:6)

 

He is the promise fulfilled and eternal hope. (Isaiah)

 

He is the 4th man in the fire. He is the reason to stand and proclaim that, “He is able to deliver us from the fire…but even if He does not…” (Daniel 3)

 

He is the redeemer. He’s made a forever covenant with me in righteousness, in justice, mercy and steadfast love. (Hosea 2&3)

 

He is righteously jealous for His due glory. (Malachi 2:2)

 

He is counter-culture and turns the “norm” on its head for his glory. (Matthew 5:1- 12)

 

He is the dayspring. (Luke)

 

He is my father, my friend, my teacher. (John 1:12 & 15:5)

 

He is the Way, the Truth and the Life. (John 14)

 

He is justification. (Romans 5:1)

 

He is freedom from condemnation. (Romans 8:1-2)

 

He has given me the Spirit of adoption, by whom I cry, “Abba, Father!” (Romans 8:15)

 

He is intercessor for us even when we don’t know what to ask for ourselves. (Romans 8:26-27)

 

He works all things for good for those who love Him and who are called His. (Romans 8:28)

 

He reveals himself through the spirit. (1 Corinthians 2:9-10)

 

He has bought me with a price and has made me His own. (1 Cor 6:19-20)

 

He is the self-sufficient,  hope of glory unveiled. (2 Corinthians 3)

 

He is Father. He has chosen and adopted me. (Ephesians 1:3-8)

 

He is redeemer of our sinful lives. (Colossians 1:13-14)

 

He is restoration. He has made me whole. (Colossians 2:9-10)

 

He is hope. (Titus)

 

He is the great High Priest. He has given me direct access to the throne of Grace. (Hebrews 4:14-16)

 

He is the defender of the widow and the fatherless and calls us to action. (James 2)

 

His is the name to which every knee will bow and every tongue confess to be God. (Revelation 14:11)

 

He is the victorious rider called Faithful and True who rides in on the white horse. (Revelation 19:11)

 

He is Omega. None will come after. (Revelation 22)

 

 

Reading through this, it’s evident that Matt Chandler’s spot on when he says, “The god of evangelicalism may be tame and tired at times, but the God of the Bible is mighty.” He is all that is good and Holy and just. His Gospel is even more glorious when I look at who He is and who I am in relation to His infinitive holiness. In this light, the gravity of his grace is beyond words.

 

 

How amazing is it that 20 years into a relationship with Him, we can still be awestruck by who He is?! After writing this all out, I think I’ll just go find the nearest mountain top and start shouting from it. I won’t judge you if you do the same. 

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