Lord's Day Liturgy

How Our God Is Not

Sometimes it’s helpful to think about what is not in order to appreciate what is. For example, what if God was power, only or primarily? God is all-powerful, but what if His omnipotence was the attribute He desired to demonstrate above all? As image-bearers, certainly as fallen ones, our existence would be a constant struggle for more power. Life would revolve around protecting our power and taking power from others.

Or what if God was justice primarily? Our existence would be a constant regard for standards, a constant policing of policies. Our own unrighteousness would require hiding (if we could) and unrighteousness in others would warrant list-making and quick exposure and hard-nose discipline. Life would revolve around rules and consequences.

What if God was anger primarily? What if He created us to reflect His own bitter existence among the persons of the Trinity? He and His Son simply could not get along, so how about creating a people with whom to share the frustration? Misery loves (creating) company. Life would revolve around bickering and fights and division.

These are only a few examples of how the world is not because of how our God is not. Our is powerful and just and righteously anger and God is love. His power serves His love and multiplies it. He is righteous, and because He loves, He shows mercy; He invites the unrighteous to Himself rather than humiliate them. He is angry toward sin but, for those who believe, His Son took the wrath against unrighteousness.

Our God loves, first within the Triune Godhead and then His creation. The world runs on God’s love, and those who commune with God in Christ through faith will never be separated from His love (Romans 8:38-39).