Stories of a God who is Transcendent yet Humble

—God’s character revealed through stories

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God is both:

God is both:

Transcendent Immanent
high above and beyond our comprehesion close and involved with us in our daily lives

God is humble

Not just Immanent but Humble

Transcendent Immanent Humble
high above and beyond our comprehesion close and involved with us in our daily lives placing the good of others above own comfort

1. Old Testament

Isaiah 55:8–9

  1. For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
          neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD.
  2. For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
          so are my ways higher than your ways
          and my thoughts than your thoughts.

Isaiah 6:1–5

  1. …I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up…
  2. Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew.
  3. And one called to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!”
  4. And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke.
  5. And I said: “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts!”

Micah 6:8

  1. And what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?

2. The Coming of Jesus

John 1:17–18

  1. For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came about through Jesus Christ.
  2. No one has ever seen God [the Father]. The unique one, himself God, who is in closest fellowship with the Father, has made God known.
  1. Jesus replied, “Have I been with you for so long, and you have not known me, Philip? The person who has seen me has seen the Father! How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?

Luke 14:21-23:

  1. Then the master of the house, being angry, said to his servant,
    ‘Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city,
    and bring in here the poor and the maimed and the lame and the blind.’
  2. And the servant said, ‘Master, it is done as you commanded, and still there is room.’
  3. Then the master said to the servant,
    ‘Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.’

3. The Cross, and the Offence

Offended by Jesus

John 12:23–28

  1. But Jesus answered them, saying, “The hour has come that the Son of Man should be glorified.
    [what is he referring to: not his ascension into heaven, but his death on the cross!]
  2. Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain.”…
  3. “Now My soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save Me from this hour’? But for this purpose I came to this hour. Father, glorify Your name.” Then a voice came from heaven, “I have both glorified [it] and will glorify [it] again.”

John 13:30

  1. Having received the piece of bread, he then went out immediately.
    And it was night.
    So, when he had gone out, Jesus said,
    “Now the Son of Man is glorified, and God is glorified in him.
    If God is glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself,
    and glorify him immediately.”

John 17 & 21

  1. Jesus spoke these words, lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said:
    “Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son also may glorify you,
  2. “I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which you have given me to do.”
  1. “...when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will gird you and carry you where you do not wish.”
  2. This He spoke, signifying by what death he would glorify God.
    And when He had spoken this, He said to him, “Follow Me.”

4. Our Response

“Milan Cathedral”

read Philippians passage 2:5-11

Philippians 2:5–11