GOD THE GREAT SAVIOUR
With shouts of “God is great”, the deceived detonate
weapons that kill many unsuspecting men, women and
children. “New atheists” argue that God is not great. Still
others who suffer struggle with the truth that God is great.
To these, God is limited, small, unable, or vastly evil. Yet,
in him is the magnificence of goodness. God is big and he
has no equal, but that should not intimidate or scare anyone
because God is also holy, good, and loving.
Although God is great when he heals, provides, and
comforts anyone in need, the salvation that he offers is the
shining proof of his greatness. It is a great salvation! The
writer of Hebrews reminds us that salvation should not and
cannot be taken lightly. “How will we escape if we neglect so
great a salvation?” (Hebrews 2:3)
The magnitude of God's love for his creation causes him to
earnestly desire the salvation of all. In fact to turn away
from his free gift is to act against his will and make him out
to be tiny and uncaring, if existent at all.
Two prophets who declared the greatness of God, put it this
way; “Let the wicked forsake his way and the unrighteous
man his thoughts; and let him return to the Lord, and He
will have compassion on him.” (Isaiah 55:7) and “Who is a
God like You, who pardons iniquity?” (Micah 7:18)
Paul chimed in by writing; “the grace of God has appeared,
bringing salvation to all men, instructing us to deny
ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly,
righteously and godly in the present age, looking for the
blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God
and Savior Christ Jesus, who gave Himself for us to redeem
us from every lawless deed and to purify for Himself a
people for His own possession zealous for good deeds.”
The difference between God and mankind is that, if we were
in charge, we would have blotted humanity out long ago. We
are little, but the greatness of God's goodness extends
patience and love to all. Not only that, but God makes a way,
the only way, when we could not do enough to be restored to
relationship with him. It is the complete way. It is God's
way. It's salvation through Jesus Christ!
Paul told the Ephesians that “God being rich in mercy
because of His great love with which He loved us, even when
we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together
with Christ and raised us up with Him, and seated us with
Him in heavenly places in Christ so that in the ages to come
He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in
kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.” (Ephesians 2:4-7)
God does not condemn with bombs. He is not evil. He sent
the Son into the world, “that the world might be save
through Him”. (John 3:17) “He (God) rescued us from the
domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of
His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the
forgiveness of sins.” (Colossians 1:13, 14) Now that's
greatness of the best kind!
Jared Anderson wrote a song of worship that I often like to
sing in my private devotions. The bridge of “Amazed”
expresses the worship due God. “How wide, how deep, how
great is your love for me”.
Some distort who God is by committing terrible atrocities in
his name, and others may even deny his very existence.
But those who have tasted salvation direct worship to the
“Great King” (Matthew 5:35), "the Great High Priest"
(Hebrews 4:14), "the Great Shepherd" (Hebrews 13:20) and
the “Great Saviour” (Titus 2:13)
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