Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
MEMORIZE: “Who is the image of the invisible God, firstborn of every creature:” (Col. 1:15).
READ: Colossians 1:15-19
Nobody can search God out. He is far beyond our reasoning. Yet, in order to reveal the Godhead, God sent Jesus Christ to earth. Colossians 2:9 says, “For in him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily”. So one effective way of making human beings understand who God is, what He likes, what He looks like, how He reasons, what He hates, etc., was by sending His only begotten Son – Jesus Christ. In John 3:16, God reveals His generosity and love through Jesus His Son. Also, through Jesus, the disciples got a glimpse of God’s glory and what Heaven is like on the Mount of Transfiguration (Matt. 17:1-2). In Acts 10:38, God showed the world that He is full of goodness through the good acts of His Son. He also showed the world that His goodness is free through the encounter Jesus had with the impotent man of John 5:2-9 who had been sick for 38 years but had no man to help him.
God’s ability and willingness to forgive was demonstrated when Jesus forgave a paralytic fellow who did not even ask for forgiveness (Mark 2:1-12). Also, God revealed that He was not interested in the death of sinners by the encounter of Jesus with the adulterous woman of John 8:3-11. In addition, at the marriage in Cana of Galilee, God revealed that He often reserves the best till the last moment (John 2:1-11). Through the life of Jesus Christ, God’s several attributes are displayed to the world. Our Lord Jesus Christ was and still is an able representative of Godhead. He never disappointed God the Father in any way, hence, the Father publicly acknowledged Him as the One who should be heard (Matt 17:5). Just as Jesus revealed God the Father and God the Holy Spirit to us by His lifestyle, so are we expected to reveal Jesus Christ to the world through our lifestyle. The world wants to know about Jesus Christ but they do not want to read about Him from the Bible. They are looking for living epistles—you and I—and want to know how Jesus would react to situations and challenges by how we handle such. Men are reading you. Is your life truly representing Jesus the way His life represented His Father’s?
Father, just as Jesus revealed the Godhead, let my life truly reveal Jesus Christ to the world.
Bible in One year: Heb 8-10