Saturday, July 13, 2013

God of Heaven

“A Song of Ascents. To You I lift up my eyes, O You Who are enthroned in the heavens!” (Psalm 123:1).

Pilgrims, as we lift up our eyes to our heavenly God, may our eyes of faith see Him as He is through the teaching of Scripture. He is Trinity:
  • Father: “Pray, then, in this way: ‘Our Father Who is in heaven, Hallowed be Your name’” (Matthew 6:9).
  • Son: “...Jesus...because He continues forever, holds His priesthood permanently. Therefore He is able also to save forever those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them. For it was fitting for us to have such a high priest, holy, innocent, undefiled, separated from sinners and exalted above the heavens (Hebrews 7:24-26).
  • Holy Spirit: “Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend to heaven, You are there” (Psalm 139:7,8).

Know therefore today, and take it to your heart, that the LORD, He is God in heaven above and on the earth below; there is no other. So you shall keep His statutes and His commandments which I am giving you today, that it may go well with you and with your children after you” (Deuteronomy 4:39,40).

“So Judah gathered together to seek help from the LORD; they even came from all the cities of Judah to seek the LORD. Then Jehoshaphat stood in the assembly of Judah and Jerusalem, in the house of the LORD before the new court, and he said, ‘O LORD, the God of our fathers, are You not God in the heavens? And are You not ruler over all the kingdoms of the nations? Power and might are in Your hand so that no one can stand against You’” (2 Chronicles 20:4-6).

“...our God is in the heavens; He does whatever He pleases” (Psalm 115:3).

From the "Ocular Catechism" of William Perkins (1558-1602)

“The Lord our God is the one and only living and true this divine and infinite Being there are three subsistences, the Father, the Word or Son, and the Holy Spirit. All are one in substance, power, and eternity; each having the whole divine essence, yet this essence being undivided. The Father was not derived from any other being; He was neither brought into being by, nor did He issue from any other being. The Son is eternally begotten of the Father. The Holy Spirit proceeds from the Father and the Son. All three are infinite, without beginning, and are therefore only one God, Who is not to be divided in nature and being, but distinguished by several peculiar relative properties, and also their personal relations. This doctrine of the Trinity is the foundation of all our communion with God, and our comfortable dependence on Him...worship is to be given to God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and to Him alone” (1689 Baptist Confession, 2.1,3; 22.2).

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