Who is God? How can I know Him? By Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell

Who is God? How can I know Him?

                 By Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell

Scripture Readings: Hebrews 1:1-6

Key Verse: Hebrews 1:3

“He is the reflection of God’s glory and the exact imprint of God’s very being, and he sustains all things by his powerful word.”

In these passages the author reminds us of who God says he is, as revealed through the prophets, and how God calls Jesus his son, superior to the angels, an “exact imprint” of himself. Like a mirror, Jesus reflects the very face of God, the very nature of God the Father.

In the animal kingdom, a baby animal quickly imprints–recognizes his own kind, recognizes his mother, bonds with her, and follows her. Jesus, God’s “imprint,” recognized his Father as his own, recognized his own divinity, reflected and radiated the purity of God’s love.

Jesus, both human and divine, beckons us to “imprint,” to bond with him, to recognize him as our father, to reflect his pure love, the same love he reflects of his father, to take up our own crosses and to follow him.

If we want to know God, want to see God, want to experience God, we need only look to Jesus who reflects his glory and his very nature. His life, his teachings, his healings, his goodness, his love, his grace—these are of God.

We can know God through his word and in his reflection in Jesus–they are one and the same.

Prayer:

May I seek Jesus, the one true God, and not an imitation. May I read his Word when I need his love and guidance. May I pray to him for counsel. May I thank him and praise Him and give all the glory to him. Amen.

By Paul Simrell

The Reverend Paul W. Simrell has served for over thirty years in a variety of congregational and institutional settings. He is a recognized minister with standing in the Virginia region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada and is nationally endorsed by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for specialized ministry in both pastoral counseling and chaplaincy. Ordained in 1982, he has served congregations in Kentucky, Texas, Florida, and Virginia. He currently serves as the pastor of Elpis Christian Church, a small, historic congregation located just a few miles west of Richmond, Virginia. “Elpis” is the Greek word for “expectant hope.” He is a graduate of the University of Florida and Lexington Theological Seminary and has done advanced clinical training in chaplaincy and pastoral counseling at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, Children’s Medical Center and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas and the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care in Richmond, Virginia. He is a Certified Pastoral Counselor, an ACPE Practitioner, a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors, and a member of Spiritual Directors International. He is a Certified Facilitator of the Prepare-Enrich relationship assessment and skills-building program and served as a volunteer chaplain for over twenty years with the CJW Medical Center campuses in Richmond, Virginia. His avocational interests include playing the piano and drawing. He is very happily married to his wife Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell, a free-lance writer, who is also a Certified Facilitator for the Prepare-Enrich program. Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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