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From the Winter 2015 issue of Knowing & Doing:  

Who Is God? Part 1

by Thomas A. Tarrants III,  D.Min.
Vice President for Ministry & Director
Washington Area Fellows Program, C.S. Lewis Institute

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 Like the flood, this is another illustration of the fact that there is a limit to God’s mercy. Finally, God unleashed His wrath and brought against them the Chaldeans, who captured Jerusalem, destroyed the Temple, killed many people, and took the rest into exile in Babylon for seventy years. From this catastrophic event, we can see that God’s wrath is not arbitrary and capricious or an expression of bad temper such as humans often display. Rather, it is the visceral reaction of a holy God against persistent and outrageous moral evil.
  Much more remains to be said about who God is, and in part 2 of this article we will explore those things further, including additional major attributes as well as His Trinitarian life, and how we can come to know Him through His Son, Jesus the Messiah, and be transformed by His Holy Spirit.
  Until then, let us remember that no matter how well we may know God, there is always more. And let us press on to better know this great, glorious, and awesome God of holy love, who is a redeemer, father, and shepherd to His people. He has loved us with an everlasting love and has drawn us to Himself and continues faithfully to love and care for us and desires fellowship with us (Jer. 31:3; John 6:44). And He invites all who do not yet personally know Him turn to Him and to experience His holy love through faith in His Son and Savior, Jesus the Messiah: “Turn to me and be saved, / all the ends of the earth! For I am God, and there is no other” (Isa. 45:22).

Thus says the LORD: “Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches, but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the LORD who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the LORD” (Jer. 9:23–24).

 


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