GOD IS ALL-CONSUMING.

He is overwhelmingly MORE; in Him all things hold together. 

 

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O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you;

my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.

So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary, beholding your power and glory.

Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you.

So I will bless you as long as I live; in your name I will lift up my hands.

My soul will be satisfied as with fat and rich food, and my mouth will praise you with joyful lips,

when I remember you upon my bed, and meditate on you in the watches of the night;

for you have been my help, and in the shadow of your wings I will sing for joy."

My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me.

Psalm 63v1-8

 

The fullness of this God collides with the vast emptiness, and He creates. He is everywhere, in all things, all the time. He was there at the beginning. He put everything in its right and proper place. He was there in pain. When death seemed to have been victorious and hope seemed lost. He was there in victory, when he triumphed over death and declared, "Oh death, where is your victory? Oh death, where is your sting?" And He will be there in the renewal and restoration of all, when He puts everything back in its right and proper place... Again!

 

The All-Consuming love of God comes into full revelation in the person and work of Jesus Christ. 

 

God would completely and perfectly fulfill His redemptive plan and rescue mission through His son Jesus. Jesus was sent to be with His people, to show the father’s love and once and for all bring them close again. God said that He would be their God and they were His people. In His holiness, God does not allow sin to remain in His presence, and in order for humanity to be with Him, the people would need to be sinless. That's our problem; we are sinners, unable to clean ourselves and find our way home. Jesus, full of mercy and abounding grace, proclaims that we cannot, but He can; He has. Jesus, in His majesty and sovereign rule, substituted His righteousness for our sin. In the greatest act of love the world has ever seen, Jesus took our place in death and gave us His life. Because of His perfect righteousness, the father God now looks at His people and sees His son once again and says, "You are mine." The love of a perfect father accomplishes everything that sin never could.

 

Satisfaction.

Fulfillment.

Contentment.

Wholeness.

Fullness.

Joy.

Hope.

Rest

 

God is Love. 

His love is All-Consuming. 

- STORY catechism