Romans 11:33 Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! 34 For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor?” 35 “Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid?” 36 For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.

A.W. Tozer once said,

“What first comes into our mind when we think of God is the most important thing about us.”

What first comes to your mind?

He has many attributes.

  • He is sovereign.
  • He is holy.
  • He is omnipresent.
  • He is omnipotent.
  • He is omniscient.
  • He is immutable.
  • He is wise.
  • He is truth.

The list goes on.

Spurgeon was right when he stated,

“Our pride is drowned in the infinity of God.”

One cannot read Scripture’s full account of who and what God is and avoid being brought to their knees in brokenness and humility.

Isaiah recounts the vision of His encounter with God in Isaiah chapter six. He describes the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up. He says the robe He was wearing filled the entire temple of heaven. Above God stood His angels. Each angel with six wings, two of which to fly, two of which to cover their feet, and two to cover their faces.

The angels themselves were totally unworthy of God’s presence.

They proclaimed, “Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord of hosts! The whole earth is full of His glory!” Once they said those words, the very walls of heaven shook, and the temple filled with smoke. When Isaiah saw the utter perfection and holiness of God, his reaction was to say, “Woe is me!” For I am a man of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King.

Isaiah’s response to the Holy Lord of all was one of utmost terror and fear.

The truth of Scripture reveals to us that we are totally unworthy of Him and of dwelling in His presence. God is greater than us in every way.

  • He is holy /we are unclean.
  • He is wise / we are fools.
  • He is perfect / we are broken.

God stands as the only flawless being in the universe.

So what should be the first thing we think of when we think about God? What should our first thought be when we think of this supreme being? What attribute should Christians meditate on? What should motivate us?

Paul shares his desire for the church of Ephesus in Ephesians 3:14-19. He does not encourage the church to bathe themselves in reminders of God’s wrath, God’s holiness, God’s power, or even God’s justice.

These are all attributes of God. They are all true. They all deserve appropriate meditation, reflection, and respect.

However, Paul’s prayer is not that the church would constantly dwell on, and attempt to comprehend these aspects of God. No, no, no. Paul says,

“I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of His glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith – that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the width, and length, and height, and depth, and to know the love of Christ that passes all knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.”


Paul’s prayer for for the church is that they would experience the love of Christ firsthand!

He takes the church’s knowledge of God’s traits – holiness, justice, power, and so on – and essentially says, “Elect children of God, now view that through the lens of His miraculous love! And right when you think you have exhausted your study of God’s love, you will discover more…and more…and more!”

The same message needs to be heard by the church today.

“You know the God whom Isaiah saw on the throne in His vision? The One who made the walls tremble? The One who is surrounded by angels who cannot bear there faces in His presence? The One who filled the temple with smoke? The one who’s kingly robe covered the entire floor of heaven? The one of whom angel’s cry out, “Holy, Holy Holy!

Well remember church, that that God stepped down from that throne, and stepped onto this earth.

Remember that God so loved the world!

Remember that He gave His only begotten Son!

Remember that whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved!

Remember the hands of your Savior stretched out on the cross!

Remember the blood dripping down to cleanse your sins!

Remember that He rose again, conquering sin, and giving the gift of eternal life to all those who would believe in Him!

Remember that Jesus Christ now sits on the right hand of the Father, and that now you may walk boldly into that very same throne room because Jesus is your advocate.

Remember the width, the breadth, the length, and the depth of His love, which passes all knowledge. In this – not in the law, not in rules, not in wrath, not in suffering, not in legalism is the fullness of God.”

As believers, the first attribute we can think of, in respect to God, is His love.

What a unique privilege for His children!

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