We’re covering a lot of ground today and answering some big questions as we dive back into God’s Story and examine the Characters, the Conflict, and the Crux. If you need to catch up on older posts in this series, click here!
1. Who is God?
Maybe this seems a little silly and obvious, but God’s identity in His story is really simple: He’s the main character! “Okay, sure,” you say, “I’ve got that, but, who is He really?”
The Bible tells us many things about God.
- He’s the King, the Lord Almighty
- He’s the Creator of the heavens and the earth
- He’s the alpha and the omega, the beginning and the end
- He is self-existent & self-sustaining
- He has no origin, yet is the origin of all creation
- He is omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient
In summary, God is God; that is His nature. BUT… it is NOT His character!
1 John 4:8 gives us a very complete and profound description of the character of God: “God is love.” That is who God is.
We think of love as a verb, but the Bible tells us that love is not merely the verb that God does, it is the noun that He is! This is why God created humans in the first place. In the beginning, God was so full of the most perfect kind of love that He couldn’t contain Himself. He had to share it. So He created us!
2. Who are We?
The second chapter of the book of Genesis paints the scene as God creates Adam, the first man. “The Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.” (Genesis 2:7)
Regardless of whether you read Genesis as literal or symbolic, know this: God placed His very existence into Adam. God is life, so when God breathed into Adam the breath of life, He placed Himself, or His Spirit, into him. This is what Genesis 1:27 references.
“So God created mankind in His own image, in the image of God He created them; male and female He created them.” (Genesis 1:27)
God created us to not only look like Him, but to live like Him and be like Him. We were to be God’s ambassadors upon the earth, to bring all creation under our authority. We were created to be an extension of God’s love, to be an extension of God Himself.
But something happened…
3. Why is There Evil in the World?
If you’ve been following along this summer, then you know God is not the only divine being in existence. The Bible uses various terms to describe the other celestial beings who were created by Yahweh, the God of Israel:
- Heavenly hosts
- Holy ones
- Sons of God
- And even gods
Like human beings, angelic beings were also given free will, because REAL love requires a choice. Unfortunately, some of them would choose to turn against God and His plan in order to fulfill their own self-serving desires. One of these beings, Lucifer, was the first to meddle with God’s plan for humanity.
As the story goes, Lucifer, who would later be known as Satan (meaning adversary), deceived and tempted Adam and Eve to eat from The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, the one thing God commanded them not to do. But they sinned, bringing a curse upon all of creation and ultimately upon the image of God.
While Satan and his followers were the one’s who chose rebellion and created evil, we were the ones who chose to disobey and open our eyes to that evil.
4. What is the Meaning of Life?
The best part of God’s Story is that He did not abandon Adam and Eve as He could have so rightfully done. He did not cast them from the garden because He was so disgusted by their sin. No, He banished them because He didn’t want them to also eat from The Tree of Life and live forever in their fallen and sinful state. God banishing Adam and Eve was an act of mercy.
So as Adam and Eve hung their heads and somberly made their way out of the garden, God turned to Satan and said, “I want them back.”
Satan replied, “You want them back? You cannot have them back! They belong to me now!” he spat. “The cost to get them back would be too great. There is no price that you can pay!”
But as these words left Satan’s lips, God turned to him and said, “No price is too great for the ones I love. To be with them, I would do anything!”
This, friends, is God’s story, the story into which we were born. It is a radical love story about a crazy, unrelenting lover who is desperately seeking to reclaim and rescue His beloved. You see, our lives do have a purpose. There is a reason for our existence. Our lives are meant to tell a story and, simultaneously, point back to a bigger story–God’s Story.
God is love, and we were made to be like Him and to be with Him. The entire purpose of God’s Story and life in general is to get back to the original story and the original plan. That plan was broken, but thankfully, the Main Character of the story is also the Author, and He has already rewritten the plot.
If you want to join me this summer in Discovering the Story or follow along with the Summer Bible Reading Plan, you can find out the details here!