The Bible Speaks
“The Lord Himself is God in heaven above and on earth beneath; there is no other.” Deuteronomy 4:39
When I was coming through school, I consistently heard from all my teachers that the key to learning was asking good questions. If I never asked I would never learn. When it came to learning, there was no substitute for asking the right questions. The same is true when it comes to life. We must ask the right questions and the most important question we can ask is “who is God?” Not only is it the right question, but the right answer determines everything that is important in life.
The question of “who is God” began when Satan tried to take over the throne of heaven (Isa. 14; Ezek. 28) and was cast out; it will end when Satan again tries to take over the throne on earth and will be cast into hell, the lake of fire, forever (Rev. 20). Meanwhile men will debate, fight, argue and politely disagree over the question that determines everything in life; each claiming that they are right and others are wrong. Even worse, more and more are saying that no one is right or that everyone is right. In the 21st century, the most commonly held belief is that it doesn’t matter what you believe. Nothing could be further from the truth.
There are those who say there is no God. The Bible calls them fools (Ps 14:1) because there is a God and He can be known by man through His creation and especially through His revelation in the Bible. There are those who say there are many gods; the Bible calls them idolaters and says their faith is futile. There are those who say there is only one God but call Him by a different name and believe things about Him that the Bible says are not true. They are false teachers and are condemned throughout Scripture. There are those who believe in the one, true God of the Bible and believe that His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, is their Savior and worthy of their worship; yet, they live their lives as if they themselves are God and, in practice, are no different than all of the others. They have answered the question of “who is God” by saying that the God of the Bible is God but only when He agrees with me. They are in a “time-share” relationship with God; a co-regency with the Almighty. They have asked the right question, gained the right answer but don’t really believe it themselves.
For Christians, the question of “who is God” must be asked in every decision they face, in every action they take. Will they seek God’s mind, His Word, His will and His way or will they seek their own. The first commandment God gave is “you shall have no other gods before Me.” Jesus said “no man can serve two masters.” The Bible speaks and says that the Lord is God ALONE and there can be no other. Is He your God?
The Rev. Bruce MacInnes is pastor at Turner’s Chapel.