Greetings, brothers and sisters. This is Dr. James Perry continuing with our series where we seek to
explore the deeper meanings of our relationship with Jesus Christ. Over the years, the heavenly
Father has revealed many revelations of spiritual truth to me, and I want to share them with you. This
morning we discuss the question "who are you?"
And now, sit back and listen to today's message.
Who are You?
"Behold what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons
of God: Beloved now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we
know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him: for we shall see him as he is. And every man
that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure." First John, Chapter 3, Verses 1-3
Brothers and sisters, in today’’s broadcast, we examine a question addressed to God: Who are you?
This is an easy question to ask but a difficult question to answer. But even though we cannot answer
this question completely, we can approach it and gain much insight into who God is, what our
relationship to Him is, and indeed who we are. Using the human analogy we shall attempt to capture
any insight available at this stage in our development.
A child who is just beginning to become self conscious, asks her mother, "Who are you?" The
mother replies, ““I am your mother.”” But the child says, ““Yes, I know you are my mother, but who
are you?" And the mother, taking it one step further says, ““I am a human being.”” But the child says
““I want to know who you really are just as I would like to know who I am.”” The mother says to
the child ““you are my child.”” The child is not satisfied with that answer and continues to question
the mother about their identities. The mother resorts to God for an explanation, and she says ““I am,
like you, the creation of God. I can’’t answer this question to any greater depth because I am not the
creator of myself. Even though you cannot know who I am absolutely, you can know me, you can
know those aspects of me that relate to you.””
““Many of the aspects of who I am you can know and some you cannot know. But you can know me
by your relationship to me. I have many functions other than being a mother. I am a wife.”” And the
child responds with, ““what is a wife?”” The mother goes on to try to explain to the young child
what a wife is, but the young child does not have the maturity nor the experience to really
understand. And the mother goes on to say, ““I am also a teacher.”” And the child wants to know
what that is. The mother patiently explains to the child what a teacher is, and the child can partially
understand this because she has had some experience with this concept. That very morning, her
mother had taught her something that she did not know. And still using other examples the mother
explained to the young child trying to help her get a better idea of who her mother is.
And if we have such difficulties trying to explain who we are, how much more difficulty do we have
in attempting to explain who an absolute, infinite and eternal beings, the very adjectives that we use
just are as difficult to explain. But still we ask, "Who are you?" We cannot know God as God. The
word God is an symbol that we use to name that being that represents our attempt to designate the
reality that we believe to be the source of all other realities. And having thus designated him, we
have begun the long, long eternal and infinite journey to know him. We have made progress in our
understanding of knowing him over the ages, but the real breakthrough came about two thousand
years ago, when the Son of this infinite and eternal and absolute reality took on the form of mortal
man and in the process revealed God’’s true nature to us. Before this event, we had no real
experiential knowledge of God, that is to say, even though we had various concepts of Him, there
was not the personal knowledge of Him that was revealed when He literally becomes one of us. The
Father and His Son are one. And whosoever has seen the Son has seen the Father.
After Jesus’’ revelation, of the Father it could be said:
I am the bread of life.
I am the living water.
I am the light of the world.
I am the desire of all ages.
I am the open door to eternal salvation.
I am the reality of endless life.
I am the good shepherd.
I am the pathway of infinite perfection.
I am the resurrection and the life.
I am the secret of eternal survival.
I am the way, the truth, and the life.
I am the infinite Father of my finite children.
I am the true vine; you are the branches.
I am the hope of all who know the living truth.
I am the living bridge from one world to another.
I am the living link between time and eternity.
And having made that great revelation to us, our heretofore insignificant lives takes on eternal value
and eternal meaning. If God is our Father and he is, then no limit can be placed upon our growth and
development. No limitation can be placed upon knowledge of him. Who is God, and who are we?
God is our Father, and we are his children.
This concludes today's message. I hope you find something in this message to ponder and pray about
as you go about your day.
Until next time, this is Dr. James Perry.