Against the Generic “god”

“I am the way the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

John Calvin, in his commentary on John 14:1-6, points out that many people will mention God only, but never refer to Christ in their religion. In doing so, they will be easily blown about by every wind of doctrine.

Calvin writes:

Proud men are ashamed of Christ’s humiliation, and, therefor, they fly to God’s incomprehensible Divinity. But faith will never reach heaven unless it submit to Christ, who appears to be a low and contemptible God, and will never be firm if it (does) not seek a foundation in the weakness of Christ.

This reminds me of one woman who was facing death, who refused to actually look to Christ and be saved. It was gut-wrenching because both my wife and I tried to help her see the need to trust in Christ alone for salvation. She would not have Christ. She was far too comfortable with the generic god of her faith, even telling this god that she wanted to live for 10 more years. Sadly, she didn’t have 10 more weeks.

We tried to reach her with the gospel, but the moment that Christ’s name was mentioned, she did everything she could to put us at a distance. She was showing us her true nature. As Romans 3 tells us, no one seeks after God. This woman certainly was not. She had crafted a god after her own image, and was comfortable facing eternity with that god.

Far too many fail in true faith in this manner. They want a god that is unknowable, that is controllable, that is generic so that they can twist his nose anyway that they please. Yet, the living and true God will have none of it. Jesus will have none of it. In John 14:6, Jesus rules out any appeal to the generic god. He makes it clear that the path to the Father, is through the Son. This is His exclusive right as Creator. We must come via faith in Christ in order to have any hope of spending eternity in heaven. Jesus said before He made that exclusive statement that He was going away in order to prepare a place for those who believed in Him. He is going to prepare heaven and no one has any claims on heaven that will not humble themselves and enter in through the Son.

2 thoughts on “Against the Generic “god”

  1. So true, Timothy.

    This reminded me of something Simon Peter Long said in a sermon:

    Today we have in our own country the same unknown god. Three classes of men meet to form an organization… These three classes come together; the one is represented by the minister of the Gospel, the Christian; the other is represented by the Jewish person, who denies Christ; the third is represented by the agnostic. One question all three classes can positively answer: Do you believe in a Supreme Being? To this question each of the three classes can answer, Yes. Let us now investigate more fully what this means. Let us ask the preacher: Do you believe in God the Father, Son and Holy Ghost? Yes, sir. Do you believe that the Bible is God’s Word from beginning to end? Yes, sir. Then you believe in a Supreme Being? Yes, sir. You may be a member of this organization. In comes the next. To what nationality do you belong? I am Jewish. Do you believe in a Supreme Being? Yes, sir. Do you believe in God the Father? Yes. Do you believe that Jesus of Nazareth was the Son of God? No, sir. Do you believe that the New Testament is a part of the Bible? No, sir. Do you believe in the Holy Christian Church as represented by the Protestants of today? No, sir. But you believe in a Supreme Being? Yes, sir. Then you can become a member. The atheist need not come, for he does not believe in the existence of a God, but such a man can not be found. In comes the agnostic. Do you say there is no God? No, sir. Do you believe that the Bible is God’s Word? No, sir. Do you believe that Jesus Christ is the Saviour of the World? No, sir. But you do believe in a Supreme Being? Yes, sir. Then you can become a member of this organization. Now this organization must have a chaplain. Why not select the preacher? This organization needs prayers, for some chaplains cannot pray. Now let the prayers be formulated. The report is now given by the committee; the prayer is completed. Let us hear the prayer. O God, the Father, Son and Holy Ghost “Stop!” says the Jewish person. “Stop!” says the agnostic; “We do not acknowledge that we believe in God the Father, Son and Holy Ghost; we simply acknowledge that we believe in a Supreme Being.” Well, this prayer can be fixed up to suit everybody; we will leave out the name Christ; we will simply address ourselves to the Great Architect of the Universe – the unknown god. Baal worship today exists in America as much as it did in the gardens of Jezebel.

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