The topic before us tonight is something bigger than me. We can continue on this subject matter for the next 3 days but the Holy Spirit will help me tonight, at least to scratch it on the surface
The self existence of God
There are two notable word in that topic which are:
1. Self and
Forget about god. God is god; whether upper case ‘g’ or lower case, It is just in letter writing. It does not reflect in the pronunciation.
I want us to follow me tonight as the Holy Spirit leads on the track
The first thing that determines the type of ‘g’ is existence. If the entity is existing, then he is a living God with capital ‘G’.
Note: I say existing (i.e. continuous)
There are god’s and there is God; there are divinity and there is supremacy amongst them all.
Let us look at our Bible text
Jeremiah 10:10 But the LORD is the true God, he is the living God, and an everlasting king: at his wrath the earth shall tremble, and the nations shall not be able to abide his indignation.
Jeremiah 10:1-10 Hear ye the word which the LORD speaketh unto you, O house of Israel:
Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them.
For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe.
They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not.
They are upright as the palm tree, but speak not: they must needs be borne, because they cannot go. Be not afraid of them; for they cannot do evil, neither also is it in them to do good.
Forasmuch as there is none like unto thee, O LORD; thou art great, and thy name is great in might.
Who would not fear thee, O King of nations? for to thee doth it appertain: forasmuch as among all the wise men of the nations, and in all their kingdoms, there is none like unto thee.
But they are altogether brutish and foolish: the stock is a doctrine of vanities.
Silver spread into plates is brought from Tarshish, and gold from Uphaz, the work of the workman, and of the hands of the founder: blue and purple is their clothing: they are all the work of cunning men.
But the LORD is the true God, he is the living God, and an everlasting king: at his wrath the earth shall tremble, and the nations shall not be able to abide his indignation.
All lesser gods (including we saints. Psalm 82:6) and divinities that makeup different deity that we hear or read about today are the handiwork of God (the supreme being) or the handiwork of of His image (human being)
Psalms 82:6 I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High.
The second thing that determines the type of ‘g’ is Self. If the entity is self independent, then he is a living God that can carry capital ‘G’.
The God of heaven is the only one that stand existentially without the support, assistance or approval of any man.
Every other thing was created by Him and for Him and no one or nothing creates Him.
It is that which is created or manufactured that expires; what is not created cannot expire.
That is why my God remains the same yesterday, today and forever.
My God exists and He’s a living God
Let me hear you say my God exists and He’s a living God.
God exists sole-dependently without the help of anybody or thing. One of the characteristics of the Almighty is that he has no beginning and you can only see the end of what has a start.
When something does not have a beginning; definitely it cannot have an end. That is the God of heaven that we serve.
By the word self existence; we mean something or someone that needed no human approval. Something or someone that is self contained.
The word existence means the state or fact of being real or living or of being present.
The word self from grammatical point of view is completely different from what we interpret it to be in the religious setting
Spiritually; we can use the word “self” for flesh, carnality, old nature, sinful. But let us look at what is self in the dictionary.
Oxford Advanced Dictionary says “self” is what is used to refer to a person. It means a person’s personality or character that makes them different from other people. It talks about the type of person you are
So we can see that self is your unique or distinct character.
So when we go back to our topic, we see the phrase; self existence of God as the personality of an existing God or the character of the supreme being that makes him different from other gods.
Another thing I want us to note is that; the opposite of existence is extinction
Many deity, divinities, gods have gone into extinction; because they do not exist in the first place.
What makes people to follow such idols or gods is the gimmicks and cajoling through sorcery and magic. Jere. 10:8-9
Jeremiah 10: 8. But they are altogether brutish and foolish: the stock is a doctrine of vanities.
9. Silver spread into plates is brought from Tarshish, and gold from Uphaz, the work of the workman, and of the hands of the founder: blue and purple is their clothing: they are all the work of cunning men.
That is why you see that when the sorcerer dies, the deity die as well. This is what is refer to as kill their priest and the shrine expires, including their gods.
God can never be reduced; the creator can never bow to the created. Instead He said “God is able to raise up children to Abraham from this stone”. Luke 3:8
Luke 3:8 Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance, and begin not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, That God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.
Man was created for God and not God for man. It is man that need something from God, it is man that depend, lean or rely on God.
So when God is calling us to worship or service, it is to the best of our advantage
Man fails to understand that, it is him that need God and not God that needs man. Whether we praise Him or not, it does not reduce Him from being God
His only food is worship and praises. The 24 elders around the throne and the angels can give him that better than us
There are times that I see Christians saying they are not serving God again, they will reduce their involvement in this or that in the house of God just because of one challenge or the other.
Some will say I don’t want them to know that I can do it, since I was not appreciated in my former assembly. Yoruba will say “ara e lo nse”, meaning you are doing your self
Don’t forget that God is still in the business of raising stones for His worship and service.
Stone are the worthless, valueless, unqualified, unrecognised, the mean, lowly ones, not high ranked, uneducated, not eloquent, those categorised to be sinners
But when God polishes the stone, it becomes precious valuable, qualified, exalted, appreciated and rewarded
God is still in the business of raising stone
Don’t wait until you are replaced
Whatever you are doing for God, you are doing it for yourself oo.
Go back to it now before it’s too late when you will find someone else doing it better than you.
It is just the business of raising stone.
Stone shall not replace me in Jesus name
We are looking at “God existing on His own, by Himself, without you. If you can’t, He will still do it.
It’s just a matter of changing the method. Raising stones😭😭
It is interesting to note that the refusal of man to acknowledge Him, which makes God to raise stones has made it so beneficial to the whole universe today. It has helped salvation to reach the gentiles which you and I happens to be a part. Rom. 11:11
Romans 11:11 I say then, Have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid: but rather through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy.
When we are able to comprehend the self existence of God; we will begin to operate in the wisdom of God (Jere. 10:12), gentle as the lamb of God (Jesus), bold as lion through the (Holy Spirit)
Let us move to the next point
His Self-rulership: Acts 5:39
Acts 5:39 But if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it; lest haply ye be found even to fight against God.
He’s a theocratic and an autocratic God at the same time.
He doesn’t need your opinion in His government or ruling. When He says ‘yes’ nobody, no power can say ‘No’.
He’s not like other gods that are carried about or fastened with nails to a sure pace
It is a government by Himself and for Himself. He needed no legislature or judiciary to rule with Him.
Heaven is his throne and from there he rules the world that is His footstool
And because nobody voted or appointed him there, nobody can vote in out or decide the end of His reign
Psalms 68:1 Let God arise, let his enemies be scattered: let them also that hate him flee before him.
The next is His Self sufficiency:
He is able to produce everything that he needs without the help of any less power. His spoken word brings to be, everything that was created.
Remember, after creation he looked at everything he has created and he said it was perfect. By the power of his self sufficiency, he left no stone unturned
Through the power of his self existence: he gave us life sufficiently, love, riches, hope, joy in abundance.
Talk of anything that God gave us, it is in sufficient measure. Failure to comprehend his self existence is what is not making us to enjoy it.
I think I will draw the curtain here for tonight. Though we have 2 attributes to look at Just a recreational prayer
Lord, let me see you beyond the picture of you that I’m carrying in my head
Father, let me understand yo
ur self existence
Let me know you beyond what I think you are Shall we talk to God..