The Goodness of God
Every community or tribe of people have unique qualities that define them as a people, and those things come from corporate agreement. During the course of this series we are going look at the following subjects that make Refuge Tribe unique and defines our unique expression of faith. Our Foundations Series this summer, will focus us as a faith community into these things, awaken the inner spiritual life to walk them out.
1 – The Goodness of God 2 – Dominion Mandate 3 – Supernatural Lifestyle 4 – A Culture of Love and Honor
As we continue in the Goodness of God section of our Foundations Series we will see the Goodness of God as demonstrated and revealed in Jesus Christ. Jesus said He only was doing what He saw His Father doing.
John 5:19-20 Therefore Jesus answered and was saying to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, unless it is something He sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, these things the Son also does in like manner. “For the Father loves the Son, and shows Him all things that He Himself is doing; and the Father will show Him greater works than these, so that you will marvel.
So when we look at Christ and His works and words we see the heart of Father, and see the clearest revelation of God. It is important for us to understand this because we re-present God to world by our works in His Name.
a) Jesus tells His disciples to let their hearts be troubled immediately after He tells Peter that Peter will disown Him. Jesus is peace, and we access that peace in the place of trust.
b) Troubled – Greek – TARASSŌ – verb – to cause one inward commotion, take away his calmness of mind, disturb his equanimity –
c) Trust in God, trust also in me – Jesus is pointing the disciples to His Divine Nature and making Himself equal with the Father. Greek – PISTEUŌ – verb – the same root word as used for faith in the NT – to think to be true, to be persuaded of, to credit, place confidence in d) Trusting in the Lord is trusting in His promises, trusting in in His Person, His nature and character. It is difficult to excel in faith when we lack the knowledge of God, and believe things that are not true about Him. Looking at Jesus brings the revelation and illumination of who the Godhead is and how the Godhead relates to us.
a) In the Father’s house are many rooms. Greek – OIKIA – an inhabited edifice, a dwelling, the inmates of a house, the family, property, wealth, goods – The Father’s house is inclusive and inviting to all who want to dwell there. It is God’s desire to dwell with the multitudes of His children.
b) Jesus actively prepared place for us in the Father’s house by the way of the cross. In John 19:30, Jesus cried out “it is finished.” In regards to the work of salvation, Jesus accomplished everything that was necessary for us to be with Him in the Father’s house.
a) Jesus is giving His disciples the most important revelation of concerning His identity. Seeing Jesus is equal to seeing the Father.
b) Matthew 9:35-36 – Jesus reveals the heart of the Father for humanity. c) John 13:3-5 – Jesus reveals the heart of Father in terms of serving mankind as the Servant who worked salvation and served His creation as an example of love and devotion for them.
d) John 19:17-10 – Jesus reveals the heart of Father in providing the sacrifice and blood of the best Covenant God could make with humanity. The charge of Jesus being the crucified King was hung over His head, in Aramaic, Latin and Greek. Aramaic – the language of religion – Latin the language of Law, and Greek the language of the learned. In these God testified that His Son defeated the religious ritual and Law, the tyranny of the world, and the conquered the wisdom of the wise.
e) It is the nature of the New Covenant to be characterized by forgiveness, reconciliation and mercy for people. Matthew 26:27-28
a) The words of Jesus are the very words of the Father speaking to us. The miracles that Jesus worked communicate the very character and nature of God. Jesus is good theology in that everything we would ever need to know about the Godhead is modeled and displayed in Him.
a) We will do greater works because we are convinced that it is our mission to present the Father in the same way Jesus presented the Father.
b) Jesus is saying that it not only brigs glory to God when we work His works and display His heart, but that the Lord actually desires to heal, save, deliver and display love.
c) It is God’s heart to act in a totally redemptive way toward people. We will excel in the supernatural when we are totally convinced that desires good things for people.