On Father’s Day it right that we focus on the way that God, throughout Scripture reveals himself as our Heavenly Father. Yet, have you ever considered the many more ways in which God describes himself? Despite being told that God is Spirit (1 John 4:24), God variously attributes to himself human form. We are informed that he has eyes, ears, a mouth, a face, hands, arms, feet and a heart. Even more surprisingly, the Psalmist refers to him having wings (Psalm 57:1). So, if we are not to take these descriptions literally, what is the purpose of them? Primarily, I believe that God is simply describing himself to us in ways that we can understand. God speaks of his eyes, in order that we can be assured that he sees our situation. He speaks of his heart, in order that we can be confident of his love. He speaks of his hands, in order that we can be expectant of his intervention. God’s eternal plan and purpose is to make himself known. Yet, where do we see God most clearly revealed? Although we see his glory revealed through creation, in the conscience of humanity and through the beauty of Scripture, the Apostle Paul says this about Jesus; ‘He is the visible image of the invisible God’ (Colossians 1:5), the writer to the Hebrews adds ‘The Son radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very nature of his character’ (Hebrews 1:3). Isn’t that wonderful? The glory of God is most perfectly, wonderfully and gloriously made known in the face of Jesus (2 Corinthians 4:6).
Yours and His, Gareth