29th May 2019

God Knows US Absolutely

“It is I who made the earth and created mankind on it.”
Isaiah 45:12 (NIV)

The Bible makes it absolutely clear that God, in Jesus Christ, is our Creator, who through his Spirit breathed life into us. The Son is the one of whom it is said, “Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind” (John 1:3-4); and in Hebrews 1:10, “In the beginning, Lord, you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands.”

Many of us have created things (using God’s gifts and created materials, of course) but none of us ever became, and remained forever, our own creation. How then did our Creator become a part of his own creation – Jesus, the Son of God, the Messiah? The know-how of this is beyond human comprehension, and the love of why he did this boggles the mind. Paul prays for us to be able to grasp, or at least gasp at this love, “I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ” (Ephesians 3:17-18).

Given that Christ is the Creator and experienced physical life with his creation through the incarnation, nobody at all can know us outside and inside, the way Christ does. Psalm 139 leaves us in no doubt of the Creator’s knowledge of each one of us, from the conception of our bodies, to the thoughts of our minds. Verse 2 says “you perceive my thought from afar.” Verse 4 says he even knows what we are going to say, “Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely”! Hebrews 4:12-13 puts it succinctly, “For the word of the Lord is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.”

To some this strikes them with terror, but to those who love God this is a comfort since they want to, “take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5). If then our minds are open to Christ, we live our lives in ongoing dialogue with him, and as Christians, open to the Spirit’s ongoing guidance and correction. This is probably what is meant in 1Thessalonians 5:17, “Pray continually,” or in the New King James translation, “Pray without ceasing.”

Prayer
“Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting” (Psalm 139:23-24).
Amen

Study by Christina Campbell
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About the Author:
Christina Campbell attends the Glasgow congregation of Grace Communion International in the UK, where she is an occasional speaker and Bible Study facilitator.

Local Congregation:
Gracecom Glasgow
St Stevens Presbytery
(Garnethill Room)
260 Bath Street
GLASGOW
G2 4JP

Meeting time:
Sunday 11:15am

Local Congregational Contact:
Ian Smillie
Phone: 01505 348758
Email: glasgow@gracecom.church

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