Grace

Or The Rest of God:

When God doesn’t fit within the mold of our theology we should look at the rest of God…

What does it mean to rest in God with the Rest of God? In Genesis it says on the seventh day God rested. In Exodus, within the Ten Commandments, God tells us to rest on the seventh day by remembering the Sabbath to keep it holy. In so doing we were to refrain from doing any common work, thereby setting aside one day per week for rest. But in the New Testament book of Hebrews we are told that the Savior has completed the Law of the Old, and we find our rest in Him. Now, Christ is our Sabbath rest. As we rest in Him, we rest in God. However we still go on the principle of a Sabbath rest by taking vacations. We know the mind and body needs rest, that’s just common sense. So the Rest of God has a spiritual meaning as well as a practical.

However, there is a twist on the phrase The Rest of God I would like to look at. And that is all that’s left over of God that tumbles outside the packaged box of our, otherwise very useful, studied Christian theologies.

In the Old Testament book of Deuteronomy we find this small but impactful verse: “The secret things belong to God, but the things revealed belong to us and our children forever…” Deut. 29:29. In other words, don’t be so haughty in what we think we know about God in our humongous knowledge of Theology, ‘cause we don’t know spit. When it comes to human ability to understand everything there is to know of Almighty God we are sorely lacking. Christ revealed a huge cornucopia of information to us to be used and sifted for our benefit concerning life and relationship with Him; all we need to know. Information we will still be gleaning on into eternity. But compared to all there is to know about God? Not so much.

These “secret things” belong under the heading of God’s Grace. That alone is what allows us to know anything about, and have relationship with Him. Grace is all about God’s unfathomable love. And it’s Grace that sets God’s love apart from human love. Where humans can’t, God can. Where humans can’t understand, God sets in motion His perfect plan, whatever it may be. Grace, as love, covers a multitude of sins. However, perfect love isn’t love without perfect justice. But that’s for another discussion.

I have my theology, as many do, and I think it’s a good theology – but then there’s the rest of God.

“For the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man’s strength.” I Cor. 1:25

-GW

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5 thoughts on “Grace”

  1. Grace is there from the beginning – even God’s Law was an act of Grace setting a safe area of behavior in which to live. No one can spend a lifetime in Scripture, and still be surprised, because God opens our eyes to new things every time! Why I’ve gotten rid of most ofmy Bible Commentaries as they tend to put blinders on you for the new things God might be revealing!
    Great thoughts, GW!

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  2. The more theology I gather from the bible and theology texts, the more I realize how little I know about God. It is daunting and good at the same time – that God is so BIG that He overshadows any grasp of Him by a finite mind and that God is so NEAR that we can see Him in the details right in front of us.

    Can I also say, I love that you use the word “humongous,” it never gets used enough. 😛

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