We worship a transcendent God and we are not him

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"The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven." (Hebrews 1:3)

Jesus Christ the God-Man is "sustaining all things by his powerful word" - all creation and all creatures and the whole universe. But he needs no one to sustain him. He is self-sufficient. He is God almighty. What should to be our response? It is to worship a transcendent God who is also very close.

David F.Wells, in his wise book “God in the whirlwind”, says, “The external God has now disappeared and has been replaced by the internal God...And once that happened, the boundary between right and wrong...went down like a row of falling skittles.”

The author doesn't deny that God the Spirit is in us - he is immanent. Since it is by the same Spirit we get to know God - as transcendent.

But God is other than us and sometimes when we focus just on God within we forget the God without who is holy and who calls us to obey him. When I think of God to be only my personal God who is there just to make me happy when I'm sad, I will tend to forget God as he is - a holy God who holds us responsible for our actions. By nature, we're self-worshipers and we make a god of ourselves whom we listen to very easily. So we need to seek the God who is outside of us, otherwise, the lines between God and self get blurred.

If we forget and do not teach to ourselves and to others the importance of that truth the consequences will always be disastrous.

"For great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; he is to be feared above all gods." (Psalm 96:4)