Chasing the Beautiful God

Declaring the beauty of Jesus and His glorious return

Seek and you shall find

The Word of God is full of mysteries waiting to be discovered. Proverbs 25:2 says, “It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, But the glory of kings is to search out a matter.” God has given His people a kingly spirit and He bids them come and search Him out. In Matthew 5:6 Jesus says, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.” And in Matthew 7:8 Jesus says, “For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.” God has deliberately hidden the mysteries of Himself so that only the hungry, kingly, seekers will find Him. Below are four beautiful mysteries that I have uncovered in the Bible that offer unique insights into the heart of God. My hope in sharing them is that you would go on your own search of the scripture for treasure.

1. Psalm 1:1-2 says, “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night.” That word meditate here in Hebrew means: to imagine, ponder, mutter, roar, speak, study, talk, utter. That is a much larger understanding of meditate than what we normally think of. There is power in speaking and singing the Word. For example, look at what Paul writes in Ephesians 5:18-20And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation [excess]; but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord…

2. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” It’s a verse we all know very well. Yet if you look at the translation of the word “so” in this verse it doesn’t actually mean what we think it means. We think it means that God loved the world soooooo much that He sent Jesus. But the Greek word “so” actually means: “in this way.” So the verse should read: “For God, in this way, loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son…” The “so” is actually referring to John 3:14. Go back and have another look :).

3. Romans 3:21-22 is another often used passage in the church. It says, 21But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, 22even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe.” The way verse 22 is translated into English in the NKJV, ESV and NIV leads us to believe that it is primarily through our faith in Jesus Christ that we access the righteousness of God. But there is actually more in this verse that is lost in the translation. The KJV seems to replicate the original text more accurately. It says, “Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe.” The idea added here is that it is primarily by the faithfulness of Jesus to the Father and us that we are given the opportunity to be saved. Here the primary focus is moved from us to the beauty of Jesus’ character. The implications of this bring us into a posture of much deeper gratitude than the NKJV, ESV and NIV translations can.

J. Ratcliffe

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