A High View of God

Good Afternoon Church,

Last week I provoked your thoughts to hopefully consider the reality of the war all of us face every day as we seek to live godly in a godless world. I explained from Scripture how that war for truth is ultimately fought in the mind of man and how one thinks about and responds to God’s Word (Eph 4:17-24). That is exactly what happened in the Garden when Satan tempted Eve through seeking to dilute and denigrate the truth of what God had said (Gen 3:1-6). The results of rejecting what God has said and replacing His Truth with error has, and always will, yield disaster, destruction, and finally death (Deut 30:15-20; Rom 1:18-32; 2 Thess 2:10-12; Rev 16:8-11). Satan’s schemes have not changed since the Garden, and the evil world system we all live in that sits under his limited control pushes his agenda of replacing truth with error (Gen 3:1-5; Eph 6:10-11; 2 Tim 2:24-26; 1 Jn 5:19). The Bible is clear that we are in a spiritual battle (Eph 6:10-18), that the weapons we must use to fight this battle are not earthly, but spiritual and theological (2 Cor 10:3-5; 1 Tim 6:2-7; 2 Tim 2:15-3:16). Therefore, it is imperative that we grow in our ability to think and view all that goes on within us and around us from a biblical, God-centered perspective. Let me say it clearly: God’s Word must be what guides our thoughts, guards our hearts, undergirds every facet of our lives and our homes (Col 3:16; Eph 5:22-6:4)! In order to help you in this nonnegotiable endeavor, I will give you a biblical worldview or philosophy that comes straight from Scripture and has been promoted by others. I have gleaned this understanding from many years of study and from the wise counsel and writing of other godly men around me.

A High View of God

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The first step in recalibrating your mind and preparing your heart in the battle for truth is embracing and living with A High View of God. It has rightly been said that the most important thing about you is what you think about God. The Bible is ultimately a book about who God is and what He rightfully requires of man (Ps 19:7-14). All that is has been created in this world, and has been fashioned by Him and for Him (Gen 1:1Neh 9:6; Ps 104; Isa 42:5-9; 43:7; Rev 14:7). Man lives, moves, and has his being through the underserved common grace of God for the ultimate glory of God (1 Cor 10:31; Acts 14:15-17). The Bible makes it patent that God is the Creator of all, and thus retains authority over all He has created (Acts 17:30-31; Rom 1:24-25). God never suggests that man follow Him, obey Him, serve Him, and love Him, but those obligations are unconditionally commanded and ultimately flow out of His authority as ultimate Creator (Job 42:1-6). Therefore, everything that has breath should and is expected to praise the Lord (Ps 150:6)! What will a life or a church look like that clouds God’s preeminence? It will be a church or life that focuses on what man wants and upon his pleasure rather than on God’s ultimate praise. Life and ministry soon become all about what we want in light of who we are, instead of being all about what God wants in light of who He is!

Furthermore, a high view of God demands that you see Him in His undeniable holiness (Ex 15:11; Lev 11:44-45). The Bible declares that God dwells in light unapproachable (1 Tim 6:15-16), and that there is no darkness, sin, or falsehood in Him at all (Isa 6:3; Js 1:13; 1 Jn 1:5)! God is perfectly set apart from all that is not pure and perfect (Ps 5:4; Hab 1:13; Rev 4:8). The necessity of seeing God as Holy is so crucial to living rightly in a world gone wrong (Prov 9:10). As a matter of fact, we are commanded to be holy, as God is holy (1 Pet 1:15-16). However, I wonder if part of the reason we struggle to live with holiness in our lives is because we have lost sight, or never truly embraced, the all-purifying truth of God’s holiness. What would a life, or even a church, look like that minimized God’s holiness? It would be a life or a church that was soft on sin. Minimizing God’s holiness will move you into a place where you ruminate over sin instead of running from sin, where you coddle sin instead of killing sin.

Embracing and living with a high view of God demands that we see God rightly by seeing Him as displayed in all His attributes. I hope that just this cursory glance at God’s undeniable authority and unapproachable holiness will begin to help set your worldview as one that sees God rightly, and then you will begin to be able to interact with your world correctly. I pray you will be at church this Sunday as we will consider the supremacy of Christ as declared in Colossians 1:15-20. This truth about the deity and majesty of Christ will further ground and point your worldview toward a high view of God and will ultimately protect you from the onslaught of error that inundates all of our lives. I look forward to seeing and worshipping the risen King with you this Sunday.

For His Glory Alone,

Pastor Matt

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