Activity of God

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God is not passive or remote from his creation but dynamically involved in all that he has made. In the past, this activity was seen in the history of Israel and in the ministry of Jesus Christ. In the present, God’s activity can be seen in the life of believers and of the church.

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God is active by nature

He actively works out his purposes

John 5:17 ESV
But Jesus answered them, “My Father is working until now, and I am working.”
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His names reflect his activity and involvement in his people’s lives

“The Lord Will Provide”; “The Lord, who heals you”; “The Lord is my Banner”: this title emphasises that God is like a warrior who champions his people’s cause; “The Lord our Maker”: the Hebrew word used does not refer to original creation but to the way in which God is fashioning a people for himself.

His word is active

The Hebrew for “word” can also be translated “deed” or “action”. God’s word is not merely a communication of abstract truth but a powerful force active in the world.
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God is active in the creation

In making the universe

Nehemiah 9:6 ESV
“You are the Lord, you alone. You have made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them; and you preserve all of them; and the host of heaven worships you.
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In sustaining the created order

Psalm 103:19 ESV
The Lord has established his throne in the heavens, and his kingdom rules over all.
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In bringing about changes in the weather

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In the stars and other heavenly bodies

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In the animal creation

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God is active in Israel’s history

In the calling and creation of Israel as a people

Exodus 6:6–8 ESV
Say therefore to the people of Israel, ‘I am the Lord, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will deliver you from slavery to them, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great acts of judgment. I will take you to be my people, and I will be your God, and you shall know that I am the Lord your God, who has brought you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians. I will bring you into the land that I swore to give to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob. I will give it to you for a possession. I am the Lord.’ ”
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In saving and delivering his people

This verse introduces a psalm which recounts the history of God’s dealings with his people.
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In judgment

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In bringing victory in battle

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In raising up and sending leaders to the people

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God is active in the nations of the world

His rule over the nations

Psalm 22:28 ESV
For kingship belongs to the Lord, and he rules over the nations.
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Examples of nations through which God acts





God is active in human life

He determines the course of human lives

Acts 17:28 ESV
for “ ‘In him we live and move and have our being’; as even some of your own poets have said, “ ‘For we are indeed his offspring.’
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Examples of God’s intervention in human lives

Balaam; Hannah; Naaman; Jonah


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God is active in Jesus Christ’s ministry

Acts 10:38 ESV
how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him.
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God is active through the Holy Spirit

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God is active in the church

This verse comes in the context of teaching about the body of Christ and the gifts which the Spirit gives to the church.
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