Hebrews 1:3 “The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word."
John 21:25 “And there are also many other things which Jesus did, which if they were written in detail, I suppose that even the world itself would not contain the books that would be written.”
Invariably, our experiences shape our understanding. This is especially true in the spiritual realm. If we have no reference, experientially, for the Lord that heals, He often remains impotent in this area of our lives. If we have never discovered the reality of Jehovah Jireh, who is more than enough, we see God as stingy and meager in His dispensation of blessings. If we have never felt His supernatural presence we continue to interpret Him as a deity that stands aloof and unapproachable. This is exactly why we are admonished in the Holy Scriptures that we must walk by faith and not by sight. We must let the Word of God color our world and not our dimly lit understanding of grays and other muted hues. If not, we are in danger of allowing the world system to re-make our Lord in its own image.
We are constantly reminded that God is love; even out of the mouths of those who do not really love Him, profess Him or desire to follow Him. They are quick to quote scriptures on grace, yet do not truly comprehend the meaning of the word. Somehow heralding this single-dimensional- god gives them permission and authority to recreate the Almighty to suit their appetites and myopic understanding. Partial truth is still truth that is partially correct, but not complete. Yes, absolutely, God is love (I John 4:7-8), but His love does not do away with His justice. His compassion does not negate His necessity to avenge the oppressed. (Romans 12:19). He is complete and perfect in Who He is and What He does. (Ps. 18:30)
Perhaps reviewing the Greek word “ chairo”, from which our English word “grace” is derived, will help. Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance states it this way; “…chairo; graciousness (as gratifying), of manner or act (abstract or concrete; literal, figurative or spiritual; especially the divine influence upon the heart, and its reflection in the life; including gratitude)—acceptable, benefit, favor, gift, grace (ious), joy, liberality, pleasure, thank (-s,-worthy)” (emphasis mine). Please, allow a paraphrase: grace is the power of God in one’s heart as evidenced by a life lived acceptable to Him, overcoming every obstacle. So, grace is not some slick, impervious layer of liquid love that extinguishes the Lord’s ability to see your heart’s true condition or your manifested life-style. On the contrary, grace is a very powerful and obvious impartation of the character of Christ, supernaturally deposited in our hearts as revealed by a life of victory over all the enemy may devise. Amazing grace!
Jesus is the picture of true grace. And he perfectly manifests the character of YHWH for all humanity to grasp. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God from the beginning…The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1: 1-14) We must rightly discern both grace and truth. We must embrace the full measure of the complete character of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.
The strong and immutable characteristics of our Father as demonstrated through Jesus, empowered by the Holy Spirit are truly the eternal fiber of our relationship with Him. Consider the depth of the Psalmist’s pen in Chapter 85 verses 9-13: “Surely his salvation is nigh them that fear him; that glory may dwell in our land. Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other. Truth shall spring out of the earth; and righteousness shall look down from heaven. Yea, the Lord shall give that which is good; and our land shall yield her increase. Righteousness shall go before him; and shall set us in the way of his steps.” Consider this phrase,…”mercy and truth are mettogether.” Are you able to identify the Father and the Son? Jesus said in Matthew 9:13, “But go and learn what this means: I desire mercy, not sacrifice, For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” And the Father is truth as revealed in John 3:3; “ He who has received His testimony has set his seal to this, that God is truth.”
Again, in the next phrase of Psalms 85, we see a perfect portrait of this divine pair that represents the synergistic Godhead: “righteousness and peace kiss each other”. The Father's righteousness is revealed in the following verses: “Righteous are You, O Lord, And upright are your judgements. (Ps. 119:37), A God of faithfulness and without injustice, Righteous and upright is He. (Deut. 32:4), Clouds and thick darkness surround Him; righteousness and justice are the foundation of His throne. (Psalms 97:2) Your righteousness is an everlasting righteousness and Your law is truth. (Psalms 199:42) The Lord is righteous in all His ways and kind in all His deeds. (Psalms 145:17) Now, compliment His righteousness with His manifested peace: His Son, Jesus, whose very name is Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6) These two characteristics of our Lord are depicted metaphorically in a loving demonstration of unity:” righteousness and peace kiss each other.”
The final word picture of Psalms 85 is perhaps the most powerful: “truth shall spring out of the earth, and righteousness shall look down from heaven.” Do not the Holy Scriptures record that on the third day Jesus did in fact “spring out of the earth” in a powerful resurrection that confirmed His deity? Consider Ephesians 1: “The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us ward who believe according to the working of his mighty power. Which he wrought in Christ when he raised him from the dead and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places. Far above all principality and power, and might and dominion and everything that is named not only in this world but also in that which is to come. And hath put all things under his feet and gave him to be the head over all things to the church Which is his body the fullness of him that filleth all in all.” And we must surely know, as well, that our Righteous Father is watching from above, for His Word declares: “The Lord watches over you…” (Psalms 122:5)…” “The eyes of the Lord are everywhere, keeping watch on the wicked and the good.” (Prov. 15:3).
Consequently, we understand and must embrace all the different characteristics of YHWH, His Son Jesus Christ and the third person of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit. The Trinity is love…and justice…and mercy…and truth…and righteousness…and compassion…and so, so much more. The Trinity does not live in a single dimension neither is the Trinity revealed only in one dynamic or defined by one emotion. In fact I am convinced that we will spend a millennium getting to know the wonders of the Father,of the Son and of the Holy Spirit…but we can start today; wrap yourself in the warmth of His love and guard your heart with the truth of His justice. He will not disappoint nor will He fail. Amen.