Through the ages, people all over the world have pondered what God is really like. This has produced many different gods and many descriptions of man’s thoughts about God and what he is like. The God of the Bible didn’t leave it up to us to figure him out, but he revealed himself to us through a written account. The Bible was written over a period of thousands of years,and the Bible itself tells us that these writers did not write on their own but were inspired by the Holy Spirit to write what they did. But, even after reading much of the earlier sections of the Bible, we may be left with some questions of what God is really like. So, God had yet another plan. The writer of the Book of Hebrews says it this way: “In the past, God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son” This is found in Hebrews 1: 1-2. Then in the next verse he says this: “The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being...”
If you have ever seen a photograph of a river or stream, you most likely saw a reflection in the water that was an exact image of the trees and sky in the background. In the same way, Jesus is like that river or stream, reflecting the very image of God - an “exact representation of his being”. In the Gospel of John, he records a time when Jesus’ disciple Philip requested of Jesus, “Show us the Father.” In other words, please tell us what God the Father is really like. Jesus responds this way, “Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say “Show us the Father?” Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me?”
So, if we truly want to know what God is really like, we have only to find out what Jesus, his Son, is like. And the best way to find that out is by reading the four accounts of his life written by Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. These are the books of the Bible which we know as the “Gospels” a term referring to good news. That is why we often encourage seekers and new believers to begin the reading God’s Word with a reading of the four gospels. When we come to know Jesus and what he is like, we come to know what God is like.
Pastor Joe Boeringa is pastor at Vineland Native American Chapel.