Is the God of the Bible a personal God?

​Who likes a cold friendship, rude people, a short answer to a loaded question? If I described someone that loved you very much but didn’t know basic details of your appearance, birth day, where you work, what school you went, or never even liked, loved, or followed anything you did on social media you would think I was messing with you. 

One of the greatest and distinguishing aspects of the God of the Bible is His personal character. I only want to draw your attention to His presence or dwelling with His people. From the very beginning of the Bible God has made it a priority to dwell with His people. We see Him walking in the midst of the garden when Adam and Eve were trying to hide from Him. After the Hebrew Exodus from Egypt we see God command a tabernacle be built where the people would make sacrifices to Him and where His presence could dwell with the people. About 600 years after the Exodus we read that God’s glory and presence fills the temple which King Solomon builds for the LORD. The proceeding and remarkable extent God demonstrated His desire to dwell with His people was in the incarnation of God the Son Jesus Christ. John 1:14 tells us that the Word, Jesus, became flesh and dwelt among us. After the death, burial, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus the nature of people’s relationship with God is dramatically changed. God no longer dwelt within a building, but within His people. Galatians 2:20 tells us that the life we live by faith in Jesus is no longer us living, but Christ living in us. 

The full  restoration of God dwelling with His people is realized after the New Heavens, New Earth, and the New Jerusalem come to be. The words of Revelation 21:3 are excellent; “And I heard with a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be His people, and God himself will be their God…””. God started dwelling with His people in the Garden of Eden. This fellowship was broken and God will ultimately restore mankind back to the same level of fellowship when the New Heavens and New Earth arrive at the end of the age.

God is personal. His isn’t distant. He isn’t cold. He has always made a way to dwell with His people.

 No other world religion can say that.

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