The most important lesson I’ve learned thus far is that God is at the center. His sovereignty, his holiness, his power, his love, his justice, his presence are the pegs upon which we must hang the entire Christian system, the whole universe of life and stars and thought and existence.
So it is that Paul ends the great list of the seven ones: “one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all” (Eph 4:6 NET).
If a doctrine, topic or subject does not have a necessary connection to the triune God, it has no place in the Christian’s teaching.
“Worship God” (Rev 22:9). Worship is a recital of God’s character and actions among man. Praise pours out the names of God, the purpose of God, the salvation of God, the answers of prayer to God.
In his first letter, John pares it down to “God is light” and “God is love.” What simplicity, what unity, what felicity of truth!
Life in Christ is lived under the protection of God, for the glory of God, devoted to the mission of God, empowered by the Spirit of God, in union with the Son of God.
We have too little studied the nature and character of God. He is far above us, far beyond us, but his revelation is sufficient for us to at least grasp at his immensity and know him intimately.
“To the King of ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen” (1 Tim 1:7 ESV).