Who is God?
God is the creator of the universe, and all that exists within it.
He is all-powerful, all-knowing, and ever-present.
He is the one true God who has revealed Himself to us through His Word, the Bible.
God is also our loving Father who desires to have a relationship with us.
He is holy and just but also merciful and gracious.
He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to die for our sins so that we could be forgiven and have eternal life with Him.
God is the source of all life and love, and He wants us to experience His abundant life.
He is the ultimate Good, and His love for us is perfect.
No matter what we go through in life, God is always with us, and He will never leave us or forsake us. (Deuteronomy 31:6)
Knowing God is the most important thing we can do in life.
When we know Him, we have everything we need for life and godliness. (2 Peter 1:3)
God is the great “I AM.” He is the one who was, and is and is to come. (Revelation 1:8)
There is no one like our God!
What is the nature of God?
The nature of God is that He is three Persons in one—God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit (Matthew 3:16-17).
Other ways to describe the nature of God are:
Omnipotence: God is all-powerful and able to do anything He pleases (Psalm 115:3; Psalm 135:6; Jeremiah 32:17; Matthew 19:26).
Omniscience: God knows everything, including the future (Isaiah 46:9-10; John 21:17; Acts 15:18).
Omnipresence: God is present everywhere at the same time (Psalm 139:7-12).
Omnibenevolence: God is flawlessly good, and His love for us is unchanging (Psalm 100:5; Malachi 3:6; James 1:17).
Transcendence: God is separate from and above His creation (Isaiah 55:8-9; Acts 17:24-25).
Eternity: God has always existed, and He will always exist. He is not subject to time as we are (Psalm 90:2; 2 Peter 3:8).
Immutability: God never changes (Malachi 3:6; James 1:17).
Holiness: God is perfect and completely holy. He is separate from sin, and His righteousness is absolute (Isaiah 6:3; 1 Peter 1:15-16).
Love: God is love, and He demonstrates His love for us by sending His Son, Jesus Christ, to die for our sins (1 John 4:8, 10).
God is infinite: He is not limited by space or time (1 Timothy 1:17).
God is incomparable: He is unlike anything or anyone else. There is no one like Him (2 Samuel 7:22; Psalm 89:6).
What is the character of God?
The character of God is revealed throughout the pages of Scripture.
Some of the defining features of His character include:
- Slow to anger: God is patient and does not quickly lash out in anger (Exodus 34:6; Jonah 4:2).
- Abounding in love and faithfulness: God is incredibly loving, and He faithfully keeps His promises (Exodus 34:6; Psalm 36:5).
- Just and righteous: God is always fair and just in His dealings with us (Deuteronomy 32:4; Psalm 145:17).
- Holy: God is completely pure and holy, without any sin or blemish (1 Peter 1:15-16).
- Good: God is good, and His goodness extends to all He has made (Psalm 100:5; Nahum 1:7).
- Faithful: God can be trusted to keep His promises and be true to His character (Deuteronomy 7:9; 1 Corinthians 10:13).
These are just a few of the many ways God has revealed Himself to us.
As we read His Word, we see more and more of who He is and what He is like.
The better we know Him, the more we can trust Him and rely on Him.
The first work of God was the creation of the world and everything in it.
Genesis 1:1 says, “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.”
This work of God is also mentioned in Isaiah 42:5, which says, “Thus says God the LORD, who created the heavens and stretched them out, who spread out the earth and what comes from it, who gives breath to the people on it and spirit to those who walk in it.”
The second work of God is that He actively sustains the world.
Colossians 1:17 says, “And he is before all things, and in him, all things hold together.”
This means that every moment, God is holding the universe together.
Without His sustaining power, everything would collapse in on itself and cease to exist.
The third work of God is that He is executing His eternal plan.
Ephesians 1:11 says, “In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will.”
God has a plan for the world, and He is working it out according to His will.
Part of that plan is the redemption of man from the curse of sin and death.
Galatians 3:13-14 says, “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, ‘Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree— so that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles so that we might receive the promised Spirit through faith.”
Because of what Christ did for us on the cross, we can be forgiven of our sins and receive the Holy Spirit.
This is part of God’s eternal plan.
The fourth work of God is that He draws people to Christ.
John 6:44 says, “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day.”
God sovereignly draws people to Himself so that they might be saved.
He does this by His grace and for His good pleasure.
The fifth work of God is that He disciplines His children.
Hebrews 12:6 says, “For the Lord disciplines the one he loves and chastises every son whom he receives.”
God disciplines us because He loves us and wants what is best for us.
He disciplines us so that we might grow in holiness and become more like Christ.
The sixth work of God is that He will judge the world.
Revelation 20:11-15 says, “Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. From his presence, earth and sky fled away, and no place was found for them. And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Then another book was opened, which is the book of life. And the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead who were in it, Death and Hades gave up the dead who were in them, and they were judged, each one of them, according to their works. Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.”
This passage tells us that there will be a day when all people will stand before God to be judged according to their works.
Those whose names are not written in the book of life will be condemned to hell.
This is the final work of God.
These are just some of the things that God does.
He is the creator, sustainer, and judge of the world.
He draws people to Himself and disciplines His children.
God is an awesome and powerful God, and we should praise Him for all that He has done.
What does it mean that God is spirit?
The word “spirit” is often used to describe our non-physical, immaterial side.
But when the Bible talks about the Spirit of God, it refers to the third Person of the Trinity—the Holy Spirit.
To say that God is spirit means that He is not a physical being. He does not have a body as we do. Instead, He is a spiritual being, and His thoughts and ways are higher than ours (Isaiah 55:8-9).
What is the Trinity?
The Trinity is the doctrine that states that there is one God who exists as three Persons—the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Each Person of the Trinity is fully God, and there is one God.
The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are not three gods.
They are three Persons who share the same nature, essence, and attributes.
While the doctrine of the Trinity may seem confusing, it is actually a beautiful mystery that we can trust because it is revealed to us by God Himself.
The Trinity is one of the foundational doctrines of the Christian faith, and it is essential to our understanding of who God is.
Why is it important to know who God is?
God is the creator and ruler of the universe.
He has always existed, and he will always exist.
He is perfect, holy, and just.
He is a loving God who desires to have a relationship with us.
He is also a jealous God who will not share his glory with anyone else.
Knowing who God is, helps us to understand our place in the world.
It helps us to know why we are here and what our purpose is.
It also helps to know how we should live our lives.
When we understand who God is, we can have confidence that he is in control and that he knows what is best for us.
We can also be assured that he will never leave us or forsake us.
The best part?
We can know God personally!
When we have a relationship with him, we can experience his love and grace in our lives.
How can we know God?
While we cannot fully understand everything about God, we can know Him in a personal way.
We do that by putting our trust in Jesus Christ, who died for our sins and rose again (John 3:16; Romans 10:9-10).
When we receive Jesus Christ as our Savior, the Holy Spirit comes to live inside of us, and we are born again—made new creatures in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17; Galatians 5:22-23).
This is the start of a lifelong journey of getting to know God more and more.
As we grow in our relationship with God, we begin to understand more about His nature and character.
We also come to know Him more deeply as our personal Father and friend.
No matter how much we learn about God, there will always be more to discover.
But we can trust that He will continue to reveal Himself to us as we seek Him with all of our hearts (Jeremiah 29:13).
Most importantly, reading the Bible and praying are two of the best ways to get to know God.
When we read His Word, we learn about who He is and what He has done for us.
And when we pray, we open our hearts to Him and invite Him into every area of our lives.
Final thoughts on who is God and what He means to you?
God is the creator of the universe and everything in it. He is our Heavenly Father who loves us and desires to have a relationship with us.
Through Jesus Christ, we can come to know God and have eternal life.
As we grow in our relationship with God, we learn more about His nature and character.
He is a loving God who is also just and holy. Knowing God gives us hope, peace, and purpose in this life and in the life to come.
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