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.


God is active by nature

He actively works out his purposes

John 5:17 NLT
But Jesus replied, “My Father is always working, and so am I.”
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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

Galatians 2:20 NIV
I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
Galatians 2:20

In making the universe

Nehemiah 9:6 NLT
“You alone are the Lord. You made the skies and the heavens and all the stars. You made the earth and the seas and everything in them. You preserve them all, and the angels of heaven worship you.
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In sustaining the created order

Psalm 103:19 NLT
The Lord has made the heavens his throne; from there he rules over everything.
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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 NLT
“Therefore, say to the people of Israel: ‘I am the Lord. I will free you from your oppression and will rescue you from your slavery in Egypt. I will redeem you with a powerful arm and great acts of judgment. I will claim you as my own people, and I will be your God. Then you will know that I am the Lord your God who has freed you from your oppression in Egypt. I will bring you into the land I swore to give to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. I will give it to you as your very own 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 NLT
For royal power belongs to the Lord. He rules all 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 NLT
For in him we live and move and exist. As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are 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 NLT
And you know that God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. Then Jesus went around 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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