Theology Proper (God)

Divine Titles

It is at once interesting, instructive, and edifying to mark the various titles under which God appears in the Holy Scriptures. These titles are expressive of certain characters and relationships in which God has been pleased to reveal Himself to man' and we are persuaded that the Christian reader will find solid profit and real spiritual refreshment and blessing in the study of this subject. We can do little more in this brief paper than offer a suggestion or two, leaving the reader to s...

The Holy God

What comes to mind when we think of the word holy? Dictionaries have great difficulty attempting to define it. Usually it is associated with divinity, but never really defined. Of course the religious world makes great use of the word, but as with many Biblical words they are but part of their jargon and empty ritual. Mr. A.W. Tozer in his book, The Knowledge of the Holy, makes the following comments in the chapter on the Holiness of God. "We know nothing like divine holiness. It stands...

Too Big for pictures

In May of this year my wife Nancy and I did something we rarely do—we took a vacation! Having some credits with an airline we decided to go somewhere we have never been. We chose to go to Arizona. We went north from Phoenix into the beautiful red rock area of Sedona. Here huge and unique red rock formations reach high into the deep blue sky. A six mile drive up a very twisty, rough, and muddy mountain road gave us an indescribable view of the area. We then preceded fur...

The Hatred of God

In modern colloquial English the word "hate" is commonly used to mean something far weaker than its dictionary definition. People often say "I hate traffic jams," or "I hate the Dallas Cowboys." What they usually mean by such statements is that they dislike such phenomena or people. When God uses the word, however, it carries a far weightier meaning. The Scriptural use of the term in connection with the Almighty indicates absolute loathing and detestation. In light of this,...

The God of Abraham

Just completing a careful study of the life of Abraham in Genesis, the student sat back in his chair, looked at his carefully prepared notes, and asked himself, “What do you think of Abraham now?” He thought for a long time, and then answered, “My opinion of Abraham has not changed very much. He’s nothing but a man as he himself stated, ‘I who am but dust and ashes.’ (Gen. 18:27) But now I am filled with wonder as I think of the God of Abraham. HeR...

The Silence of God

When faith murmurs, and unbelief revolts, and men challenge the Supreme to break that silence and declare Himself, how little do they realize what the challenge means! It means the withdrawal of the amnesty; it means the end of the reign of grace; it means the closing of the day of mercy and the dawning of the day of wrath. Among the statements which distressed the orthodox in the late Professor Tyndall's famous Birmingham address...

The Glory of God

God created man for His own glory, and fitted him for communion with Himself. This is intimated by His visiting our first parents in the cool of the day. He doubtless taught them to hallow the beginning and end of each day with worship.

When man fell, his heart became alienated from God, and the link formed between God and His creatures was sundered. Consequently, though after man had sinned, God walked as usual in the garden in the cool of the day, He missed the one who should have been looking out for His presence. Therefore He called unto Adam, and said to him, "Where art thou?"

 

Instead of casting man off, God, in His condescending kindness, proceeded to renew the communion that had been broken, and to establish it on a firmer basis. A very clear intimation of this gracious purpose is given in His word through Moses to Israel: "Let them make Me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them" (Ex. 25:8). And after the tabernacle was made according to the given pattern, and the sacrifices had been offered and accepted, "the cloud covered the tent of the congregation, and the glory of Jehovah filled the tabernacle." God fulfilled His promise: "There will I meet with the children of Israel."

Sovereignty of God

The blazing African sun beat down upon the crowded Arab marketplace as women busily bartered with the merchants. The bustling walkways were lined with storekeepers selling their wares, as the children played nearby. The air was filled with the pungent smell of spices, and the confusing din of a thousand voices. Amid these dusty streets teeming with people, a pregnant woman began to slowly make her way across a wide thoroughfare. Suddenly, there was a great noise and commotion in the marketplace,...

Eternity of God

On a warm summer evening in London, lines of curiosity-seekers formed, eager to find a seat in the auditorium in order to hear the much-anticipated debate between the well-known atheist Robert Ingersoll and the British preacher Dr. Joseph Parker. During the course of the debate, Ingersoll ruthlessly attacked the truthfulness of the Holy Scriptures, and in the most blasphemous of terms, denied the deity and the finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ. After some time, as was his manner, he paused&...

The Perfect Judge

"...the judgment of God is according to truth." Romans 2:2     God is the only One in the universe who is perfectly qualified to judge. We can be everlastingly thankful that He has not entrusted the final judgment to us. Think of some of the disabilities under which an earthly judge works. It is impossible for him to be completely objective. He may be influenced by the prominence of the defendant or by his appearance. He may be influenced by bribes or by other more subtle ...
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