Does God have an Ego or What?

   I was recently asked if God had an Ego.  My answer, absolutely!  He’s God! The first commandment is written, “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.  You shall have no other gods before Me. (Ex 20:2)

   That sounds like ego to me.  Is it wrong for God to have an ego? No, absolutely not. He is God.  He is the creator of everything; the creator of all that is, all that has been, and all that will be.  God is my creator; I am His creature.  I was made in the image of God.  On what grounds do I or anyone else have to question God’s ego?

   Personally, I’m glad that God has an ego; better Him than satan.  Just for a moment, think of God in terms of being the greatest mathematician in all the universes as well as being the creator of everything.  As He created everything, He has assigned a value to all that He created.  He has given the sun and stars a certain value.  He has given His angels a certain value.

   He gave the earth a value, as well as each animal that walks or crawls on the earth.  God even assigned a value to humans; to you and to me. Christ says, “So do not fear, you are more valuable than many sparrows.” (Mat 10:31)

   God has even numbered everything in His creation. In Mathew Christ has told us, “But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.” (Mat 10:30)

    I am just trying to make the point here, that God is the All-Supreme Being.  In His divine nature He has assigned a value to everything he created. So if were to create a pyramid as so many like to do, I would have to say that God is obviously at the top of that pyramid.

   As for you and I, it’s hard to say where on that pyramid we would find ourselves.  But, as Christ pointed out, our value is higher than that of many doves.  And to all you animal lovers out there that believe animals, dogs, and cats are of more value than man, you would be wrong.  And for those of you that like proclaiming that we humans are at the top of the food chain; think again, we’re not.

   So then, God has every right to have an ego; and it’s a good thing He does.  We humans benefit from His ego.  In His ego, God is the center of everything; just as it should be.

   When God centers on himself, we become His beneficiaries.  God was the one who has underwritten our insurance policy and Christ is the policy holder.

   What are some of the benefits of His ego and His counting Himself as the most important and central figure?  Well, just for starters, God is the only reason that we exist.  Is not Man the result of God’s love? Surely it is. In every way that God centers on Himself, the result shows in His love for us.

   It has often been said, in various forms, that God’s love for man overflows likes waters pouring over a fountain’s brim.  God didn’t create man because he was lonely.   He created man to glory in the overflow of His love.

   First, God chose us, “from the beginning for salvation.” (2Thess2:13) One must grapple with the fact that not everyone will be saved.  The Bible says God chose us.  Who is the us?  Believers.  Those who believe in Christ and follow his will, these are the ones whom God chose for salvation.  Understand this, not everyone is going to believe in Christ.

   In 2 Corinthians 4:3-4, the apostle Paul says, “And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.”

   What is another benefit of God’s ego and God’s love?  He loves us unconditionally.  No matter what we do or don’t do, God loves us.  There is nothing we can do to earn his love.  His love for us is there from the foundation of the earth.

   The death of Christ on the cross.  Now wait, you say, how is the death of Jesus a benefit of God’s love?  First, keep in mind that Jesus did not have to be nailed to a cross and die.  Jesus died on the cross because God gave his only son to redeem us.

   Let that sink in for a few moments.  God didn’t have to send Jesus in to this world and Jesus didn’t have to die on that cross.  But God did send his only son into this world and Jesus did die on that cross, and he did so for our sake, not for his, but for our sake.  Jesus died to spare us from the just condemnation that keeps us separated from God.

   While many have a great memorization of John 3:16 (For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life) people often forget the verse that follows; “For God did not send his Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.” (John 3:17, NASB)

   God’s purpose, first and foremost, in sending his son into the world was to save us; to save those that would believe and follow him.  God did this out of his love for us.  Again, this was something he did not have to do.  But God loved us so much that he was willing to give up his only son, that we might be saved.  Yes, Christ’s death on the cross was a benefit to us, of God’s love.

   A benefit of God’s love is that we shall have eternal life.  But that’s not all it means.  Yes, we will enjoy eternal life, but we get to enjoy it in the presence of God Himself and in the presence of Christ, at his right hand.

   So, why is eternal life with God and with Christ a benefit of God’s love?  Well the alternative would be to spend eternal life with Satan. So I am very grateful to God and I thank him daily for sending his son to save me.

   Here’s another.  He is faithful to us.  “But the Lord is faithful; He will strengthen you and guard you from the evil one.” (2Thess3:3,NASB) I challenge anyone to point out a verse in the Bible, where God did the opposite of what he said he would do.

   There is no being, there is no human that is more faithful to us than God.  The Bible has shown us God’s love.  The Bible has shown us that God has always done what he said he would do.

   Paul says in 2 Thessalonians, “He has summoned us to Himself through the gospel, leading us ultimately into the very glory of Jesus Himself. (ESV 2Thess2:14) and in 2:16 he writes, “God loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace.” (ESV)

   God has given us eternal comfort in Christ.  This is the benefit of God’s ego.  While we might look upon the “ego of man” in a negative manner, there is no reason why we should look to God’s ego in a negative manner.

   While the ego of man can and is often evil, God’s is not.  It has been the egos of men that have started wars, killed tens of millions and have left nations in ruins.

   God’s precious ego can be likened to an umbrella.  Think about a father or a mother, protecting their children from the cold rain of a wild thunderstorm.  Like a fountain overflowing with fruit of the Spirit, while we are under God’s umbrella of “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control,” we shall enjoy eternal comfort.

©2016 Clayton Moore

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