Engaging the Christian Worldview 2 Complete
There is only One True, Living God, Jehovah, the Lord God Almighty, and we have to recognize several of His attributes
before we can discuss His relationship to us in any detail. First, He is ever present. Who has prepared and done this, calling forth and guiding the destinies of the generations [of the nations] from the beginning? I, the Lord—the first [existing before history began] and with the last [an ever-present, unchanging God]—I am He (Isa. 41:4).
By this we mean that He is also Omni-present; that is He exists everywhere. Nothing is beyond His purview, because He is the One Who fills all in all [for in that body lives the full measure of Him Who makes everything complete, and Who fills everything everywhere with Himself] (Eph. 1:23). David knew this when he penned the great Psalm 139. He notes that there is no place that He can go that God is not there. Not heaven, not Sheol, not on the wings of the morning nor in the uttermost parts of the sea. Not in the light and not in the darkest of dark places. God is ever and all present.
God is also all powerful, and unlimited by any force, any being, or any outside influence beyond Himself. Remember what He told Moses, I AM. And God said to Moses, I AM WHO I AM and WHAT I AM, and I WILL BE WHAT I WILL BE; and He said, You shall say this to the Israelites: I AM has sent me to you! (Ex. 3:14). The great message of Job is that after all was said and done, He finally saw God with his spiritual eyes. He told the Lord, I know that You can do all things, and that no thought or purpose of Yours can be restrained or thwarted (42:2). I had heard of You [only] by the hearing of the ear, but now my [spiritual] eye sees You (Job 42:5). Job recognized God as God, all-powerful, but also all caring.
God is also all knowing. God saw the Israelites and took knowledge of them and concerned Himself about them [knowing all, understanding, remembering all] (Ex. 2:25). There is nothing that we can do or say or think that He does not know about it. Whenever our hearts in [tormenting] self-accusation make us feel guilty and condemn us. [For we are in God’s hands.] For He is above and greater than our consciences (our hearts), and He knows (perceives and understands) everything [nothing is hidden from Him] (1John 3:20). David was one of the only three people in the Old Testament that God called “friend” (Abraham and Moses are the other two). And David had this to say about his friend, Your [infinite] knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high above me, I cannot reach it (Ps 139:6). And, of course, we have God’s own testimony. For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts (Isa. 55:8-9).
We also need to understand that God is complete in and of Himself. He does not need anything. He does not need humans. He does not need angels. He does not need our love, our praise, our worship. We must clearly understand this if we are to have our Christian Worldview firmly in place.
At the same time we also need to recognize that God is THE Creator. We need to confess that “God is the Creator, I am the created” (Gen. 1, 2). In The beginning [before all time] was the Word (Christ), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God Himself. He was present originally with God. All things were made and came into existence through Him; and without Him was not even one thing made that has come into being (John 1:1-3).
We need to say out loud that “God is the Creator, I am the created,” over and over until it is seared into our consciousness like a brand burned permanently on the hide of a steer. Everything that we believe, and every idea that we have about God, must spring from the fact that there is only One God, and he is the Creator of us and the physical universe. Anything else is not part of a Christian Worldview. So, we have a way to test any Worldviews. If it doesn’t acknowledge God as God (not Buddha, not Allah, not any other human-designated “deities), and does not designate Him as the Creator, then it has no part in the Christian Worldview.
Acknowledging that God is the Creator seems like a natural thing for any Christian, but to do so means that we must place ourselves in the “created by God” category. He is the Creator, we are the created. Therefore, He has ultimate say in our lives. Often we think of ourselves as being “self” created. “I am the master of my fortunes.” “I only need God to help when I get into a tight place.” “Money isn’t everything, but it’s way ahead of whatever is in second place.” And an endless stream of other trite sayings that really reflect the world’s attitude, and not a real Christian Worldview.
Now, just a moment. Remember what we noted earlier. Don’t go off thinking that God created you so you could serve Him, worship Him, praise Him, or because He needed someone to love. He did not. He does not “need” us. Yup, you have to accept this as part of your understanding if you are to fully appreciate all the God is, has, and does. We must remember that God is fully and totally complete in Himself. He needs nothing from anyone or anything. He did not make the universe or us as an experiment. He did not make us to satisfy some itch that needed scratched, or to show off to other “deities.” We are not His puppets, dancing on the strings of His eternal existence.
Well, then, you ask, “Why did He make us.” No, it was not just because He could. That’s a cop-out answer. He made us just so that we could be, and share in His completeness. So God created man in His own image, in the image and likeness of God He created him; male and female He created them (Gen. 1:27). God created humans in His Own Image. He created humans to enjoy completeness. God did not need us, but He wanted to make us so that we could participate in His joy, His love, His peace, His completeness. When I have a nice meal, I don’t need crème brule for dessert, but I certainly want it. In fact, I don’t need any dessert, but still…. Dessert just makes the meal complete, right? So, it’s not a matter of God’s needing anything. It’s a matter of Him wanting to share what He has with His creation. He doesn’t need to share anything; remember, He is complete in and of Himself. But, He wants to share, and so He does.
He created humans to enjoy His presence, His fullness, His completeness. Of course, Adam’s great blunder in surrendering His authority to Satan, tossed all humanity into incompleteness. The Word became flesh (John 1:14) to restore that completeness to us. His intention was the perfecting and the full equipping of the saints (His consecrated people), [that they should do] the work of ministering toward building up Christ’s body (the church), [That it might develop] until we all attain oneness in the faith and in the comprehension of the [full and accurate] knowledge of the Son of God, that [we might arrive] at really mature manhood (the completeness of personality which is nothing less than the standard height of Christ’s own perfection), the measure of the stature of the fullness of the Christ and the completeness found in Him (Eph. 4:12).
On our clean slate entitled “Christian Worldview,” we need to add the following 3 points.
1. God is all powerful, all knowing, all present
2. God is the Creator Who made us
3. We were created to share in God’s completeness
This week, every day, pray this prayer and give thanks that God is God and that He created us to share in all He has.
“Precious Father, I acknowledge that you are the One and only Living God, and that You are the all powerful, all knowing, all present Creator Who made us so that we could share in all the fullness of Your completeness. Thank You so much for wanting me. I want You ever present in my life, and I want to share in Your completeness every moment of my life. In Jesus’s Name please help me to make it so.”