Mark 16:15

"Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature"


The word “awesome” is probably one of the most misused words in the English language today. We hear the word used in connection to everything from a piece of apple pie or the family pet, to immoral performers and worldly activity. The word does not appear in the King James Version of the Bible, but the ESV translates Exodus 15:11, “Who is like you, O Lord, among the gods? Who is like you, majestic in holiness, awesome in glorious deeds, doing wonders? Truly our God is an awesome God.”
He was awesome in creation. “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth” (Gen. 1:1). His awesome power is seen in Gen. 1:3: “And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.” Don’t forget His creation of man: “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul” (Gen. 2:7). Now that’s awesome!
His being awesome is seen in His love for mankind: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom. 5:8).
He is awesome because of His grace. “For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world” (Titus 2:11-12).
His timetable for redeeming man is awesome. “Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world: But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.” (Gal. 4:3-5).
He is shown to be awesome in providing us His word through inspiration (God breathed) of the Holy Scriptures. “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works” (II Tim. 3:16-17).
He is awesome in His longsuffering. “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance” (II Pet. 3:9).
We have not even touched “the hem of His garment” in this short article. Our God truly is an awesome God! Have you obeyed His Gospel?

Paul M. Wilmoth