By Ruth Chou Simons
This week we study God’s Character and the worthiness of Christ. I have to say. I loved every minute of it. When you take the time to really focused on God’s Character, it is humbling to realize how big our God is really is. Let’s go back and list a few characteristics of our God.
The Colossians knew God, but they did not have it embedded in their hearts, and when negative things were being said about Jesus, they were in danger of slipping away from all they had learned.
Ruth talks about how we must rest in the character of God but to do this; we must believe what God says is true. We must believe who God is, what he says about himself, so when he talks to us about us, you can rest in that what he says is true.
Characteristics of God:
He is sovereign, wise, and good
He is trustworthy
Hi is in control
He is worthy
He loves us
Preach the Truth of Who He is
When we rest in this information, we make an active choice to follow God and know him intimately. We must continuously speak the truth of God to ourselves, so it is what we fill our heads and heart with.
It is easy to be pulled away from your focus when you don’t, deep in your soul, trust all that God is. Ruth says, ‘we must preach to ourselves the truth of who Hi is, why His trustworthy and how He is sufficient for our every spiritual and physical need.’
When we study His characteristics and rest in Him, we can find our identity in HIm. Once we rest in who he is, we can believe and rehearse the truth to ourselves, believing it is true.
Knowing His Heart
We must take the time to dig deep in the Word so we can get to know Him, his heart, and how much he loves us. We must fill ourselves up with Jesus and what he did on the cross for us. His death opened the door for us to know God and establish an active relationship with him. If we do not get to know God and Jesus the way they want us to, it lessens the sacrifice He made on the cross.
This week was filled with why we want to be Truthfilled and how we can do that. When we believe what God says about himself, we can rest in the truth of what he says about us. We must spend our time learning about him, trusting him in what he tells us.
Below are some verses we read with this week’s study. I love the one below as it tells us the exact identity of Christ.
Characters of God
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For b him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities- all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him, all things hold together. And his is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that he might be preeminent in everything.
For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross. Colossians 1:15-20 ESV
And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, to present you holy ad blameless and above reproach before him, if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, became a minister.
Colossians 1:21-23 ESV
For our sake, he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. 2 Corinthians 5:21 ESV
How much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience from dead works to serve the living God.
Hebrews 9:14 ESV
Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died-more than that, who was raised- who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, persecution, famine or nakedness, danger, or sword? As it is written,
“For your sake, we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”
No, in all these things, we are more than conquerors through him who loved us, for I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.