How to Achieve Maximum Success with Religion
An Overview of God as Seen in Scripture
We all have a question we all want answers to and it is that of a better understanding of what God is like, a full knowledge of what God is. “Power and majesty”, this is what oftentimes comes to mind whenever most of us think of God. However, looking at Scripture and other portrayals of God, we see God coming to us in humility and somewhat abject helplessness. In fact, it is seen in Scripture the story of Jesus, the Son of God, the express image of Divinity coming down to lead such a humble life despised by many and finally ending his sojourn by the shameful death of the cross.
Christians have the belief cutting all across them that Jesus is the revelation of God. In the Bible, reading the lines in the gospel of John, we hear Jesus declare about himself that all that have seen Him have seen the Father, reading as taken in the book of John 14:26 b, and these affirm this belief in the Christian world. In the New Testament there are further texts that further affirm this belief in the Christian world such as we can see in the book Hebrews 1:3, where the inspired writer says that Jesus is the “imprint of God’s very nature”. In the books of Isaiah the prophet and in the gospels of Matthew, there is the mention of the name “Emmanuel…God with us” and these further ground the belief. (Read in Isaiah 7:14 and Matthew 1:23.).
The Christmas story gets us the story of God in a very different setting and stage altogether. This happens to be the case in the sense that you will see in a God, who is Spirit coming into the scene as a cell, an embryo that has to be totally dependent on its mother for its very essential existence. The life after birth goes on like proceeding to a life in a manger. The life of the God of the universe we see exemplified in Jesus’ earthly sojourn is of one with no place to lay head, one who is ever seeking to serve and not to be served, washing the disciples’ feet, so despised and rejected and finally dying the shameful death at the hands of an executioner. In this exemplification, we see the exact character and nature of God.
When you see God in a manger you need not see a God who has left his divine attributes but this is just the very revelation of His Divinity to us. The divine nature or attributes of God as we can see in these is that of a God who will give all of them for others and hold nothing back for any reason.