Who is God?

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The Bible assumes that God exists, so it starts with “In the beginning, God…” (Ge. 1:1) That’s a reasonable assumption since the Scriptures state in Psalms 14:1 (ESV), “The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God.’…” But who is God?

When thinking about God, it’s helpful to remember that God is spirit (John 4:24). Also, we should not believe that God will reach the same conclusions that we reach. God is not like us. Isaiah 55:8 (ESV) tells us, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD.

There’s Only One God

God is One (Deuteronomy 6:4 ESV), but He exists as three Persons—God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit (Matthew 3:16-17). Each person has specific roles. In a very simplistic example, I am a son, a dad, and a grandfather. I have to fill different roles for each “person” that I am.

God is infinite (1 Timothy 1:17), is without a peer (2 Samuel 7:22), and unchanging (Malachi 3:6). God exists everywhere (Psalm 139:7-12), knows everything (Psalm 147:5Isaiah 40:28), and has all power and authority (Ephesians 1Revelation 19:6).

God is Always Morally Right

God is always morally right (Acts 17:31), loving (Ephesians 2:4-5), truthful (John 14:6), and holy (1 John 1:5). God shows compassion (2 Corinthians 1:3), mercy (Romans 9:15), and grace (Romans 5:17). God judges sin (Psalm 5:5) but also offers forgiveness (Psalm 130:4).

As the Son of God, God became a person (John 1:14). The Son of God became the Son of Man and is the mediator between God and man (John 14:61 Timothy 2:5). 

Jesus is the Answer

It is only through the Son that we can have forgiveness of sins (Ephesians 1:7), reconciliation with God (John 15:15Romans 5:10), and eternal salvation (2 Timothy 2:10). In Jesus Christ, “all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form” (Colossians 2:9). So, to know who God is, all we need to do is look at Jesus.

This devotional contains excerpts from:
Got Questions?: Bible Questions Answered—Answers to the Questions People …
By S. Michael Houdmann
WestBow Press, Apr 24, 2014 – Religion – 716 pages
www.gotquestions.org

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