P r i n t e d w i t h
j o l i p r i n t
So where is God?
’ve had a few conversations with friends anda few facebook discussions with acquaintances
regarding the ‘location’ of God, or more speci
-cally, the location of Jesus Christ.
Some feel strongly that He can’t be present in certain
people, namely unbelievers. Others see a God thatis present everywhere – not only in people, but inall of creation.
While thinking of this, the Lord arrested my thoughts
with what He said in Matthew 25:35-40:
“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty
and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and youwelcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I
was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you
came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him,
saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed
you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when didwe see you a stranger and welcome you, or nakedand clothe you? And when did we see you sick orin prison and visit you?’ And the King will answerthem, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of theleast of these my brothers, you did it to me.’”So where did Jesus see Himself?In the stranger.In the naked.In the criminals … in prison.In the sick.In the least of these.
It seems that Jesus’ warning here is not that we might
see Him in too many people, but rather that we failto recognise Him in the most unlikely candidatesand in the most disturbing circumstances.
When God became man in Christ Jesus, He embraced
humanity so fully, He identied Himself with each
man so completely, that He considers the least of
these people as His brothers. And what you’ve done
to the least of these, you’ve done it to Him.No wonder Paul instructs Titus to “… speak evil of
no one, to avoid being contentious, to be forbearing(yielding, gentle, and conciliatory), and to show un-
qualied courtesy toward everybody.” (Titus 3:2)
Recognising Christ in every man is not a doctrinalstatement to justify apathy, it is a way of life that
determines how I speak to the next stranger I meet.
I anticipate the awakening of the life of Christ ineach conversation I have. This recognition bearsfruit in real life.
God, Space and Location
God is, before time and space came into being. As
such we must recognise that to think of His location
purely in terms of space is too narrow-minded. Heis beyond the limits of space and time … which is
not just another ‘place’ on the edge of our universe.This is a spirit dimension parallel to the physical. In
a way the limits of space and time is all around us.
God in Creation
So what does the scriptures say about God’s presence
in creation?“For it was in Him that all things were created, in
heaven and on earth, things seen and things unseen,
whether thrones, dominions, rulers, or authorities;
all things were created and exist through Him [byHis service, intervention] and in and for Him. AndHe Himself existed before all things, and in Himall things consist (cohere, are held together).” Col1:16,17 AMP“Yet for us there is [only] one God, the Father, Whois the Source of all things and for Whom we [havelife], and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through and by
April 19, 2011