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God as revealer

November 14, 2011

Good morning again Izaac, Zoe and Tricy! I wanted to pick up where we left off in the creed discussing what we believe. I’m firmly convinced that the Story of God we find in Scripture and crystallized in the ancient creeds is the story that explains all of life from beginning to end and is the lens through which you can make sense of your life individually.

This passage is taken from the Nicene Creed and comes from about 325 a.d.

“I believe… in one Lord Jesus Christ,
the only begotten Son of God,
begotten of his Father before all worlds,
God of God, Light of Light,
very God of very God,
begotten, not made,
being of one substance with the Father;
by whom all things were made…”

There is so much I love about this section! The part that always sticks out to me though is “Light of Light.” We are soon entering the season of Advent where we prepare for Christ’s birth, celebrated at Christmas and following right on the heels of that is Epiphany on January 6th. Epiphany celebrates God’s truth coming to light across the world in all cultures, times and places and among all sorts of people. I can say more about that as we get closer to it but for now what is important is that you realize this: God is constantly trying to bring things to light. God never stops revealing his character and his ways and his purposes and his will for the earth and her people. Never. It is all God can do! God loves to reveal truth. God loves to show us his way. God loves to bring things to light and manifest his presence. And often times God will do this in ways that surprise us and delight us. At other times his revelation may startle us as when he sends angels to people. The angels always have to start the conversation with “fear not!” because God’s reality is so wonderful and so much more than we can take in it can literally scare us… but that is not God’s intention. God’s intention is to get us to align with his ways and his truth and help us understand him more.
So what is the primary way God reveals his character and ways to us? Through Jesus – who is God, but also human – coming to us, teaching us, and leaving us a record of his teaching and ways in the Gospels.

Here’s how one of his closest friends put it:

1-2 The Word was first,
the Word present to God,
God present to the Word.
The Word was God,
in readiness for God from day one.  3-5Everything was created through him;
nothing—not one thing!—
came into being without him.
What came into existence was Life,
and the Life was Light to live by.
The Life-Light blazed out of the darkness;
the darkness couldn’t put it out….

14The Word became flesh and blood,
and moved into the neighborhood.
We saw the glory with our own eyes,
the one-of-a-kind glory,
like Father, like Son,
Generous inside and out,
true from start to finish.”

(From the Gospel of John, chapter 1)

What is God trying to reveal to you right now? Be on the lookout! God is bringing something to light right now in your life…

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