Today’s devotion is the most recent Bible study I penned for Crosswalk.com and it is going to challenge you and affirm your love for the Lord. You’re going to see His complexity and beauty in a new way today! As a writer, I love to use my passion for written expression to share what the Lord is doing in me using all different kinds of writing styles – blogging, writing books, stories, articles and more. (You can get a copy of “The Way of the Worshipper” original book with full worship concordance and the devotional study guide here!) As a Contributing Writer for Crosswalk.com I get to expand a lot of my teachings on worship and other subjects pertaining to our faith journey in Christ (which I love doing!)
Below is a snippet from my most recent article, “All in One: The Gentle and Fierce Nature of God and Jesus” that will give you some new layers of depth to think about when you’re reflecting on our great God! It is an expanded study on the August 17, 2019 blog post from The Way of the Worshipper, “The Acts of the Lamb Made Jesus the Lion“. Does God ever contradict Himself? No! Does God have a complementary nature that we can’t always fully grasp? Absolutely!
So, how can Jesus be both a “Lion” and a “Lamb”? How can He be any number of other seemingly contradictory attributes? How do they all work together? What does the Word of God show about who God really is, when we can’t grasp His vastness? KEEP READING!
[Note: Below is the introduction to the article, per a publishing agreement with Crosswalk. To read the entire article, make sure to click on the Crosswalk.com link below!!]
By Alicia Purdy, Crosswalk.com Contributing Writer
Have you ever stopped to think about how the Bible describes God? And how we see His many qualities through the person of Jesus? Isaiah 9:6 introduces Jesus as “Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Throughout Scripture, He is called a refuge (Psalm 46:1), strong tower (Proverbs 18:10), light of the world (John 8:12), the Word (John 1:1), Father (Matthew 6:26), redeemer (Isaiah 47:4), deliverer (Psalm 116), righteous judge (Psalm 7:11), and more – so many more!
Yet, characteristics, attributes, or names of God cannot completely encompass who He truly is. They merely give us parts to put together, like puzzle pieces, as the Holy Spirit reveals them to us at the right times in our individual lives.
We will not comprehend any true measure of His vast greatness until we see His face one day on the other side of eternity. What a wonderful God we serve!
God is an uncontainable mystery, with qualities that sometimes seem contradictory.
One of the biggest mysteries of who God is, comes from the truth that He is what the Bible calls the “Godhead” (Colossians 2:9) – more commonly known as the “Trinity” (although that word is not found in Scripture) – three Persons in One. So we learn about His nature from His Word, His son, and the Holy Spirit.
To add an additional layer of complexity, God, through His own descriptions of Himself in His Word, presents Himself as a series of seeming contradictions: peaceful and violent, innocent and cunning, Lion and Lamb.
Job 5:13 says, “For He wounds, and binds up. He injures, and His hands make whole.” Talk about a contradiction!