As I was finishing up the book of Romans, a phrase leaped out at me ~ “the God of peace”. What a beautiful description of God! And then I decided I would search for other phrases like that in the New Testament. I found a treasure trove! 🙂
Here are the gems I discovered while “mining” God’s word (the emphasis is mine):
“Now may the God of patience and comfort grant you to be likeminded toward one another, according to Christ Jesus, that you may with one mind and one mouth glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ… Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit… Now may the God of peace be with you all. Amen.” ~ Romans 15:5-6, 13, 33
“And the God of peace will crush Satan under your feet shortly.” ~ Romans 16:20 (I really like that verse!!)
“Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it.” ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24
“…the God of glory appeared to our father Abraham when he was in Mesopotamia…” ~ Acts 7:2
“Finally, brethren, farewell. Become complete. Be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.” ~ 2 Corinthians 13:11
“But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.” ~ 1 Peter 5:10
“Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers: that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come.” ~ Ephesians 1:15-21 (I know this is a long passage, but what amazing truths and words of encouragement for our faith are contained in it!)
“These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands standing before the God of the earth.” ~ Revelation 11:4
“Oh, give thanks to the God of heaven! For His mercy endures forever.” ~ Psalm 136:26 (Okay, that one is from the Old Testament…)
There are so many other passages that tell us a bit of who God is. He is “the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob” (we find this phrase countless times throughout the entire Bible), “the God of our fathers” (again, this is found multiple times), and so much more! I encourage you to search and discover more about who God is for yourself.
The most important thing you must discover for yourself is that God is either your Saviour or your Judge. If you believe in Jesus, then by God’s grace you are saved. Jesus paid the price for all of our sins, and those sins were met with God’s judgment and wrath when Jesus took them upon Himself on the cross. With Jesus’ death, all of mankind’s sin debt was paid in full and we no longer are under God’s wrath. But we need to choose to accept the payment in full, the forgiveness of our sins, the restoration and cleansing we find when we are hidden in Jesus. Once we accept Jesus, God sees only the righteousness of Jesus when He looks on us. However, if you don’t want to believe and accept Jesus, if you choose to reject that your debt was paid in full, God will have no choice but to see your sins and your guilt, and judge you based on that. (Romans 3:23, 6:23)
Why not instead stand before God in the righteousness of Jesus, choosing to accept the free gift of forgiveness and life from the God of patience and comfort, of hope, of peace, of glory, of love and peace, of all grace, of our Lord Jesus Christ, of heaven and earth, as your Saviour?