The Nature of God seen in Scripture
— and then reflected in those messages that we now speak and write.
“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works,” 2 Timothy 3:16-17.
“For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth,” Psalm 139:13-15.
When a person picks up The Bible, they read about many of the promises that God has given to us through His Son.
They soon see that we are given new life, the forgiveness of sins, and the promise of eternal life. And yet a person would be remiss to ignore what that same Bible says about what will happen during the last days and the judgments that follow.
This topic concerns those messages that speak only of the promises of God that are found within the framework of the scriptures, but that somehow leave off the other.
And yet I often wonder at those messages that have been penned and spoken, and say within my own heart, “Has this person also read and known about the days in which we now live?”
I have written about this topic before and yet it still leaves me with questions that perhaps some also have.
There are a few ways of looking at this dichotomy. One way to understand this dilemma is that a person would only dwell upon the promises, because this is that side that they only consider.
And yet another way is simply to ignore the fact that The Bible clearly states that in the last days terrible things will come, and many will leave the faith.
The example of a prism has been used by myself to illustrate this concept that I am putting forth here. For we see how a stone is precisely cut and how the light brings forth its shapes and hues as it is turned.
Each side and each surface, reflects a different example for us to see and behold. While this may be an apt illustration, God is not a piece of stone that we would turn to see His full nature.
But when attempting to define the divine, we must work with what we have in attempting to describe that. If we would hold up The Word of God and turn each page accordingly, then very soon we behold messages and examples that speak of a composite of the very nature of God and His Son.
For within those pages are not only the promises given to us, there are also words of judgment concerning our future as seen in Matthew 24 among other places. Indeed, there are parables, there are historical accounts, and implied wisdom throughout all of the text.
Evidently it is then quite clear to me at least, that when we read a particular word or prophecy, and it is primarily focused upon those promises, then we can assume that this person dwells only upon these attributes of God.
On the other hand, when we read those messages that are steeped in the vivid language of biblical judgment and warning, then that person primarily considers only that side of the nature of God.
Actually, when one looks at many of the prophecies of Isaiah and others, they will see stern words that are given to those who ignore God, but they will also read sections of blessing and promises that would apply to those who have followed after Him.
One would then see these two natures of God implied in those Words of Prophecy.
And yet when words of judgment are given to a true prophet, that message is to be understood in the context of a God who does love, but sends forth His warnings to prepare and to enlighten.
Another consideration to be understood however, is that the person that teaches, preaches, or prophesies, does so out of their own inner reflection and personality and relationship with God.
Each of us is different and unique in our own way. Of course we all have various gifts and abilities that have been given to us, and some are innate to our own individual make up.
But out of those differences and uniqueness, then the messages that we send out will reflect those peculiarities.
~ Stephen Hanson
Stephen Hanson of In His Truth Ministries came to the LORD is a special way in 1975 and has prophesied regularly since. In these end-time birthing pangs we are reminded that judgment must first begin with the household of God. Will we be prepared and ready?