Transcendence, immanence, aseity, immutability, impassibility. Are these the useless wranglings of smart guys who have nothing better to do than to sit around and make up hard words for even harder concepts?
Or, are they important? Very important? So important that elements of your well-rounded spiritual growth depend on them?
True, you may never be able to spell those words correctly, but each of them represents truth that you and I desperately need. They are teaching us about God, who he is, what he does, and how he relates to us and the world around us.
Hopefully, by now you’ve developed the good habit of approaching every passage of Scripture in search of answers to questions, three specific questions. The first question is, “What does this passage teach me about God?” Our Bible conference has been an extended inquiry into the answer to that question.
Our conference has not been a necessary evil (just something churches are supposed to do!), or an incidental gesture to lofty thoughts, or a waste of time. We have learned more about God. Many of you have commented to me how thought-provoking and helpful these messages have been. My reply to you is that I hope you have been set on a trajectory that encourages even more, every time you open your Bible, to ask the text you are reading this important question: what is God trying to teach me about himself?
The more accurately you can answer that question, the more you can understand who you are and what you really need. Then, and only then, can you find the solution to your problems, the fulfillment of your needs, and the answers to your questions – in Christ. He is God’s solution to our problems. The Gospel is Good News because it declares to us, “Problems solved. Come to me.” It declares to us, “Needs fulfilled. Rest in me.” It declares, “Questions answered. Learn of me.”
Some questions don’t deserve an answer because they’re stupid questions. Some questions don’t even have an answer because we’re too dumb to understand. But the most important question, “Who is God?” always has an answer. It’s found in the Word Written that tells us of the Word Living. It is not cliché to say, “Jesus is the answer.”