Our Sunday Evening Message for May 28, 2023:
"Who Is God?"
Text: Proverbs 9: 9-12
In the next few weeks, we will be taken a tour through the book of Proverbs. It will not be a study where we will examine every chapter and every verse as in previous Bible studies. In this study, we will be looking at the various themes found in Proverbs. Now, we will not cover every theme found in Proverbs, but we will look at the major themes, such as, wisdom, family, money, honesty, and many more.
In this study, we try to answer our question, "Who Is God?" Maybe you have never consider this question. If you have been raised in a fundamental Bible believing church or raised in a Christian home, you probably have never been asked this question. As a child, you probably was taught to always believe in the existence of God. After all, the Bible opens up in the Genesis account declaring God as our Creator. God does not argue His existence, but simply states that "In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth."
(Genesis 1:1) Although this is a great truth that we know and believe, it only tells us what God has done for mankind. However, It does not answer our question, "Who is God?"
Our text says, "the knowledge of the holy is understanding." (Proverbs 9:10)
It is possible to go to church, and learned Bible facts but still not know God.
The Apostle Paul made this clear when he says to the believer's in Philippi, "That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of is sufferings..." (Philippians 3:10) The word "know" in this verse does not mean head knowledge, but it refers to having an intimate personal relationship with Jesus Christ. It is understanding the wonders of His person more completely, and who He really is.
In this text, we see a contrast between a wise person ans a scorner (v. 11-12). Solomon is saying, if you are wise spiritually then you will make plans for eternity. You will spend time in getting to know who God is. This will benefit you my given you longevity of life, and being able to live your life with peace and tranquility in your heart. The scorner on the other hand mocks spiritual things, and makes no preparation for eternity. Listen to the advice from Solomon, "If thou be wise, thou shalt be wise for thyself: but if thou scornest, thou alone shall bear it." ( Proverbs 9:12).
So to answer our question, "Who is God?" we discover that there are multiple answers. He is holy, sovereign, compassionate, and wise. However Jesus gives us the best answer in his conversation with the woman at the well. He says, "God is a Spirit, and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and truth." (John 4: 24).
Pastor Michael R. Martin
Rev. Michael R. Martin
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