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So Wes is asking, what verses tell us God is alive and will always be alive?
Wes. I like that question. That’s an interesting one and definitely important one. In the Bible, 30 times at least, if you just type in living God and put in quote marks and search that in the new King James version, you get 30 results for living God, referring to how God is the living God. For example, Matthew 16 1316, sorry about how Jesus came to Caesaria. And then he asked his disciples, who do men say that I am? Who do they say the Son of man is? And so the disciples said, some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, some Jeremiah, or others, the prophets. And then Jesus said to them, but who do you say I am? Jesus asking the disciples, who am I? Who do you think I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, you are the Christ, the Son of the living God. The living God. I mean, that was an important thing. And then Jesus later on says, good for you, the Holy Spirit. Put those words in your mouth, Peter. And if you go to Matthew 26, we see Jesus being tried and he’s not speaking. And the priest. I priest.
Adjourn. Jesus. They put them under oath. And this way it says in verse 63 but Jesus kept silent and the high priest answered him and said, I put you under oath by the living God. Tell us if you are the Christ, the Son of God. So the living God was a big important concept to them. And why? One reason, especially back then, lots of pagans, they’re surrounded by Romans and Greeks and Egyptians, all these people who would have worshipped fake gods and idolatry. And the big thing about Johovah was he is the real, true God. Let’s talk about more about that. Remember in Exodus three where Moses is speaking with God at the burning bush? And Moses says, like, who are you? How does God respond? It says, And God said to Moses this is verse 14 of Exodus three, says I am who I am. That’s who he is. And then God says, thus you shall say to the children of Israel, I Am sent me to you. Who are you, God? What are you? I am. So he always was. He is and he will always be. He’s like the self existing one.
I mean, that’s kind of just here he is. You can’t stop him from being he always is and was and just transcends time. And that’s kind of the feeling we get when we look at John One, one to four, when it talks about in the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God. And the word was God. There’s God just in the beginning, there’s God. It’s not talking about Is John One really talk about Genesis or is it talk about even like the beginning of the beginning before there was even anything created, because as it says, he was in the beginning with God, the word Jesus. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. So even life itself is God alive. Well, Bible goes one step further that says God is life itself, god is the source of all life. John 1125 jesus says, I am the resurrection and the life. John 14 six jesus says, I am the way, the truth, and the life is in God. That’s what makes God God one.
Timothy 117 now getting into, okay, well, how long does God live? All right. Now to the King, eternal, immortal, invisible to God, who alone is wise. And Paul again uses these similar words later on in this same book or letter of Timothy one, Timothy six, verses 15 to 16, he talks about the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords, who alone has immortality. And this risk is so important. Like we humans do not possess immortality of ourselves. If we die, we don’t become a spirit that floats around and you can’t kill us. No, we can. God can totally destroy us if you wanted, if you wanted, or just cutting us off from Himself could lead to that because we don’t have it and of ourselves. Revelation 21 six. Here’s another way of how God talks about how he sort of always was and is. And he said to me, it is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. This is how Jesus is referring to Himself. So he’s the beginning in the end, alpha and Omega, the letter A, and now we have a different alphabet for us to be the letter Z.
He was saying the letter A and Z. Isaiah uses similar language. Thus says the Lord, the King of Israel and his Redeemer, the Lord of hosts, I am the first and I am the last. Beside me there is no God. The Bible doesn’t say there’s no Gods, but there’s no God beside God, nobody his equal. I mean, the angels are powerful beings. The Bible always tells you like, don’t underestimate them either. But next to God there’s still nothing and God is still the source of their life. And if you read the Psalms, there’s so many interesting things about God’s. Everlasting God is psalm 90, verse two. Before the mountains were brought forth, or you have formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, you are God. Psalm 93, verse two. It says, your throne was established long ago, and you are from all eternity. And then it comes to verse five. It says, your statutes, O Lord, stand firm, holiness, adorns your house for endless days. And if you look at Hebrews, I’m not going to read it, but Hebrews seven, especially in verse 21, it’s talking about Jesus, how he’s our high Priest and he’s better than any of the previous high priests because Jesus will never die again.
He is immortal, he will live forever. And it ends in verse 28. For the Law points as a High Priest men who have weaknesses. But the word of the oath which came after the Law appoints the Son who has been perfected forever. Christ will be now forever the High Priest because he continues forever, has an unchangeable priesthood. Verse 24 almost done here in Daniel seven, verse 14, it says to him was given dominion and glory in a kingdom that all the people’s, nations and languages should serve him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion which shall not pass away, and his kingdom the one which shall not be destroyed. Isaiah 57, verse 15. It says for thus the high and lofty one who inhabits eternity this is a good way, I think, trying to explain. Jesus doesn’t even exist in our realm. He inhabits eternity, inhabits infinity and inhabits a dimension that is not constrained in any sense like we are, whose name is holy. I dwell in the high and holy place with Him who has a contrite and humble spirit, the spirit of the humble to revive the heart of the contrite ones. I love that verse.
I just got so contrasted. I’m way up here and I care about the really humble people who are like way down there. It was a great contrast and I want to end with this one. To me, this is one of my favorite illusions. Illusions or descriptions of God’s infiniteness, never endingness, but yet his compassion. Deuteronomy 33 27 it says the eternal God, the eternal God is your refuge and underneath are the everlasting arms he will thrust out the enemy before you. I just love that this kind of the everlasting arms, I think elsewhere Moses says, lean on the everlasting arms. And one image I have, these arms are just always out there reaching, trying to grab us, pull us, hug us. And then you could also think of maybe those everlasting arms that were stretched out on that cross and didn’t give up and tell them there until he fulfilled his purpose of dying on the crossing, condemning sin in the flesh and yet rising again. And the Bible is very interesting. This is where it’s really hard to wrap our hands around because it’s just the Father, the Holy Spirit and Jesus and of Himself all contributed to Christ’s resurrection, even like Himself, life providing itself to Him because he said he would rise again and that might have been enough even to be raised again.
He is life. God is so alive. He wants to give us that life abundant, that eternal life too. I’m just so grateful again, that is who God is. That’s what he is. And he wants to let us partake in eternity with Him. That is his goal. He’s so long suffering that nourish all find everlasting life in him. Right? Anybody else? Other thoughts?
Amen. I think that really covered it. Because I think you pulled every verse. I would have pulled, too.
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