A Voice in the
" God: the Father "
"In the year that King Uzziah died I then saw the Lord sitting on a
throne, high and lifted up, and His train filled the temple. Above it
stood the seraphim; each one had six wings; with two he covered his
face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one
cried to another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is Jehovah of Hosts; the
whole earth full of His glory! And the doorposts shook at the voice of
the one who cried out, and the house was filled with smoke. Then I said,
Woe is me! for I am undone! for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell
in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the
King, Jehovah of Hosts." (Is6:1-5)
How would we describe God the Father? Pretty much everybody that He
revealed Himself to...it was pretty much more than they could take. In
many of the cases He revealed Himself as a fire. Moses saw the bush
burning, but it was not consumed. And I really doubt that God calling to
Moses was like in the Movie "Ten Commandments" with Charlton Heston,
where the voice mutters in low tones, "Mmmmmooozzzzes. Mmmmmooozzzzes."
When Israel saw but a portion of His glory, they say to Moses, "You
speak with us...let not God speak with us, that we not die" (Ex20:19)
"Then I turned to see the voice that spoke with me. And having turned I
saw seven golden lampstands, and in the midst of the seven lampstands
One like the Son of Man, clothed with a garment down to the feet and
girded about the chest with a golden band. Moreover His head and hair
were white like wool, as white as snow, and His eyes like a flame of
fire; His feet were like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace, and His
voice as the sound of many waters; He had in His right hand seven stars,
out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword, and His appearance was
like the sun shining in its strength. And when I saw Him, I fell at His
feet as dead. And He laid His right hand on me, saying to me, Do not be
terrified; I am the First and the Last. I am He who lives, and was dead,
and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades
and of Death." (Re1:12-18)
"and He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and
His clothes became as white as the light... behold, a bright cloud
overshadowed them; and behold a voice came out of the cloud, saying,
This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him." (Mt17:2,5)
"Jesus said to him, Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not
known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how do you
say, Show us the Father? Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and
the Father is in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak from
Myself; but the Father who abides in Me does the works. Believe Me that
I am in the Father and the Father in Me; or if not, believe Me on
account of the works themselves.... And I will pray the Father, and He
will give you another Helper, that He may remain with you forever"
And yet, once the initial 'glory' had been seen, then the various ones
were able to speak, as it were, as it says of Moses "face to face"
(Ex33:11) It is not recorded anywhere that Abraham had a 'glory'
experience. Although, if Jasher
can be believed, perhaps he had already experienced God's 'glory' when
he was delivered from the fiery furnace? But Abraham seems to have
'calm' meetings with God, and he is called the "friend of God" (Ja2:23)
And yet John, the one "whom Jesus loved", had a glory/faint experience
at the beginning of Revelation...this in spite of having been on the
mount of transfiguration, and writing the words, "He who has seen Me has
seen the Father"
"For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ"
Why does it specify that we bow (pray) to the Father? Is it for the same
reason we don't say, "I had a conversation with John/Susan's body?" If
we have conversation with somebody, we have conversation with -them-,
the person...comprised of body, soul and spirit. Is that what the Father
is? The Father is the One who is "high and exalted". Jesus is the one
with Whom face-to-face communication happens. The Spirit is like the
spinal column, connecting everything together. I don't know. Until we
see Him "as He is" our surmisings are simply that...surmisings.
"Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven
him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven
him, either in this age or in the age to come." (Mt12:32)
This, too, I don't fully understand. If Jesus paid the ultimate
sacrifice, shed His blood and gave His life; but the Holy Spirit doesn't
even receive enough notice other than being a (sort of) "relay" for
God's Word, why is not offence against Christ due a more severe
punishment? Again surmising...is it beause a knowing with the Holy
Spirit indicates a deeper relationship of faith? After all, Jesus is
comprised of "body", which everybody can 'see'. But to have a
relationship with the 'unseen' is to suggest a TRUE KNOWING of FAITH,
and for a person to spit on that suggests that the person truly knows
God at the -spirit- level (of "God is Spirit"). If a person truly knows
God at such a level and disgraces Him? See what I'm saying? Again, we'll
know for sure when we get to Glory.
One thing is for sure: the Father receives ultimate praise and glory.
"Now when everything is subjected to Him, then the Son Himself will also
be subjected to Him who subjected everything under Him, that God may be
everything in all things." (1Co15:28)
For as much praise as is bestowed on Jesus, and for the angels to
praise, "Worthy is the Lamb" to receive all praise, this is a position
that the Father has given Him. But when creation is all restored back to
its original purity, and no more work is needed to 'fix' anything, then
Jesus is going to restore all the honor that had been given to him, back
to the Father.
And how do we worship God? In "spirit and in truth" (Jn4:24)
"Serve Jehovah with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest
He be angry, and you perish from the way, when His wrath is kindled but
a little. Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him." (Ps2:11-12)
Oh, sing unto Jehovah a new song! Sing unto Jehovah, all the earth.
Sing unto Jehovah, bless His name; proclaim the good news of His salvation from day to day.
Declare His glory among the nations, His wonders among all peoples.
For Jehovah is great and greatly to be praised; He is to be feared above all gods.
For all the gods of the peoples are idols, but Jehovah made the heavens.
Honor and majesty are before Him; strength and beauty are in His sanctuary.
Ascribe unto Jehovah, O families of the peoples, ascribe unto Jehovah glory and strength.
Ascribe unto Jehovah the glory due His name; bring an offering, and come into His courts.
O bow down before Jehovah in the beauty of holiness! Tremble before Him, all the earth.
Say among the nations, Jehovah reigns; the world also is firmly established, it shall not be shaken; He shall judge the peoples with equity.
Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad; let the sea roar, and all its fullness;
let the field be joyful, and all that is in it. Then all the trees of the forests shall rejoice before Jehovah.
For He is coming, for He is coming to judge the earth. He shall judge the world with righteousness, and the peoples with His truth."
God: the Holy Spirit
God: the Son