Jesus Christ is the express image of the One True God.
Jesus Christ is the total effulgence of the Father God to mankind.
Jesus is God’s imprint in the natural five senses world.
Without Jesus Christ coming in the flesh no man could know God.
All throughout the Old Testament, mankind could see and acknowledge God’s awesome creation, but they could not know God in a personal way.
David himself longed for a real personal relationship with God.
Psalm 27:4 (KJV)
God is spirit and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and truth!
Jesus came into the world to make known the Father.
The Lord Jesus so declared God to men that when Philip asked, “show us the Father” Jesus said “have I been so long with you and you say.”Show us the Father”?
What was Christ telling Philip?
I am not the Father but I am amazed that after I have spent so much time with you demonstrating what the Father would do in every situation you ask me to show you the father?
There is a truth we sometimes miss concerning Jesus Christ as it pertains to the Father.Christ was not the Father but the Divine Son of God. And as the Son of God He was the exact imprint or stamp of God, He always acted on God’s behalf. The miracles, the healing, the casting out of devils all were the works of God.
Put another way, if The Father could have been a man He would have been Jesus Christ.
Jesus of Nazareth always did the Father’s will. Thus by doing the Fathers Will the Kingdom of God and its power was being manifested.
Therefore if we ever desire to know if something is of God or of His Kingdom, we need only to check the actions or words of Jesus Christ in the Gospels.
Simultaneously Jesus Christ is our example of what our relationship should be towards the Father.
Jesus declared God as the Father to all those around Him.
Jesus showed us THE CREATOR as the FATHER and not some impersonal abstract God-being that has no compassion or love.
Christ taught us how to pray when He prayed “Our Father Who art in heaven.”
1 Timothy 2:5 (KJV)
For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
The Pharisee’s claimed they knew God but rejected the Messiah. These religious leaders hated Jesus when He would teach people about the love, mercy, and forgiveness of God.
Imagine what was going through their self righteous minds when Jesus told them the Parable of the Prodigal Son? Those Pharisees were repulsed by pigs.
In this manner He showed those super religious people that God would actually run with open arms toward even the vilest person with love and compassion, when that person was ready to repent and come back home.
Man’s deepest expression of love towards God is to worship Him in spirit and in truth.
3 John 1:14(KJV)
All else is inadequate and false
One may sing praise songs, shout hallelujah’s, run the church pews, but without worshiping in spirit and in truth it is all folly to God. God is not interested in man made worship or in long prayers or in deep fasting and denial of the flesh.
He is interested in what we do horizontally in
how we treat one another.
His attention is riveted on those who show others love, mercy, compassion, and forgiveness.
The True God is not aligned with the hardhearted Pharisee’s who look good and act spiritual in the presence of other people.
The True God is not impressed by law keepers or by those who make their alms giving and fasting known to the public. His eyes are not on those who take delight in approaching Him.
God is not impressed by those who hide themselves from their own flesh. He is not happy with those who exact all their works and fast to make themselves’ known before men.
God is impressed by the SINNER who comes with humility to Him in public or in private with repentance.
His delight is in those who are willing to clothe the naked, feed the poor, and visit the sick.
His eye is on them who visit those who are imprisoned and care for the widows and the fatherless.
God is not impressed by our stature and reputation among men but by our capacity and willingness to serve others, even our enemies.
The greatest expression of service is that God so loved the world that He sent (the perfect expression of Himself) His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes on Him should not perish but have everlasting life!
Jesus came into the world to show us (declare) the Father and to show the religious leaders how off base they were in worshiping God in ways that were not pleasing to Him.
The Pharisee’s and Sadducee’s knew the Law more than they knew the true God.
The religious are focused on the measurable things of this world rather than on the invisible and eternal things of God.
Each time God sent Prophet to correct them, that Prophet was killed.
It is the same today! All those who know and love the truth will be hated, belittled, marginalized, mocked, ignored, and in some cases even killed.
Praise be to God and His Son Jesus Christ who was willing to become a servant in order to be pleasing and obedient to His Father.
May God grant us the Grace, Mercy, and Power to follow in the footsteps of our Lord Jesus of Nazareth as true servants worshiping the Father in spirit and in truth?