Practical Application of the Word of God
I would hope that we would all immediately say, “No!”
But I’m asking a deeper question that goes beyond the surface knowledge answer we have and into how and what we think about God and Jesus Christ and how much of our own ideas and limitations we project onto them, bringing them down to a human level, and, in essence, not exalting them, not glorifying them, and not praising them.
In other words, we can give God and Jesus Christ a bad name because we make them to be like us – in our image.
I don’t know that we’re even conscious of doing this when we do it, but it’s something we need to reflect on and think about deeply because we don’t want to misrepresent God and Jesus Christ in any way, shape or form, and there are many ways in which we can and do, perhaps inadvertently, do this.
I recently heard someone who was talking to a group of people repeat a couple of phrases several times in their discussion (which is a topic for another post another time because some of what was said was not in sync with God’s word or was personal opinion presented as absolute truth and that’s always very dangerous territory to go into and stay in for any length of time).
The phrases that were repeated several times were:
Each time I heard one of these phrases, I cringed because neither of them are true, but what the speaker was doing was limiting God and bringing Him down to a human level.
To suggest that God and Jesus Christ can’t do something or aren’t able to do something is to disagree with what the very word of God – the truth – says about God and Jesus Christ.
Let’s take a quick and ordered look at God’s word to see what He reveals about Himself, Jesus Christ, and their unlimited power to do all things.
God the Father and Jesus Christ are God (John 1:1-17).
God the Father, through Jesus Christ, created all things (Colossians 1:16).
God the Father and Jesus Christ are omnipotent, having all power and authority over all things (Revelation 19:6, Ephesians 1:19, Daniel 4:35, Isaiah 43:13, Isaiah 14:27, Genesis 18:14, Luke 1:37, Acts 26:8, Jeremiah 32:27, and Isaiah 59:1).
We can see from God’s own word that God is not limited. Jesus Christ is not limited. They can and are able to do anything and everything, far, far, far beyond what we can even think or imagine.
It may be at times that God and Jesus Christ decide not to do something but that is a conscious choice on their parts within God’s perfect will that in no way means they can’t or aren’t able to do something.
That is an extremely important distinction that we must fully understand, we must be totally clear about (both in our thinking and in what we say and write about God and Jesus Christ), and we must absolutely believe.
But we must be careful to not show dishonor or disrespect to God and Jesus Christ (and, in a very real sense, denying their word) by projecting our own human limitations – because there are many things we can’t do and many things we’re not able to do on our own – on to our Father in heaven and our Lord Omnipotent and bring them down to our own inferior human level.