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What Is God?

The singer Jimmy Dean once remarked “God is bigger than people think.” Indeed he is if he did in fact create man, animals, plants, the earth and the entire universe. One would wonder what other creations he has made that we know nothing about. What could he create with unlimited power and knowledge? God is reveled to us only in the Bible and only as He relates to man and the angels.

How can we know what God is and his purpose for us? The Bible gives us quite a lot of information on the makeup of God. Actually, makeup is not a good term to use because God was not made. He is self-existing. God had no beginning and will have no ending. He is a spirit being and lives outside of time. We exist moment by moment in time but God exists in the past, present and future in eternity.

This is difficult for a lot of people to comprehend, myself included, because everything we know and see and are able to contemplate is finite. Our minds are finite. To us everything has a beginning and an ending. If you think that your mind is not finite (limited in understanding) think about space. How far does space go? If it ends what is at the end?

In the book of Job chapter 38-41 God asks Job some questions to demonstrate his knowledge and power. (vs4) “Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Declare if you have understanding. Who has laid the measure of it if thou knowest? Or who has stretched the line upon it? Whereupon are its foundations fastened? This is a remarkable reference to earth floating in space a concept unheard of in Jobs day..

God was demonstrating to Job that he had limited knowledge and that God has infinite knowledge. The Bible reveals Gods character to us in such a way that we can understand him with our finite minds.

God is three personalities and each personality has a different role as He relates to man. All three personalities have the same attributes. All three are coequal, coeternal and co infinite.

All three are sovereign (authority over all), perfect righteousness, perfect justice, love, eternal life, omnipotence (all powerful) , omniscience (all knowledgeable), omnipresent (everywhere) and veracity (truth).

God the Father is the designer of the plan of salvation for man, God the Son is the executor of that plan and the mediator between God the Father and man, and God the Holy Spirit is the enlightener or teacher of that plan to man.

All three members of this Godhead act in accordance with one another. They never act independently. Even though they are three in personality they are one in essence. There are examples of this in nature. An egg has a yoke, a white and a shell. All three parts have different purposes but make up one egg. They are harmonious in what they do.

There are not three Gods. There is one God with three personalities.

Jesus refers to his Father in Heaven; (John 14:2) “In my Fathers house are many dwelling places” God the Father refers to his Son Jesus Christ in (Matt 3:17) “And behold a voice came out of the heavens saying “This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased” Jesus sent the Holy Spirit and the Holy Spirit testifies of Christ. “But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he shall testify of me.” Jn. 15:26

Thus each confirms the Godship of the other two members of the Godhead.

We know from scripture that God reveals himself in a way that we can understand. When the Bible refers to the hand of God, the eyes of God or any other human characteristics this is called an anthropomorphism. God does not have eyes or hands like we do but he describes himself in a manner to which we can relate..

When the Bible says that God made man in his own image it is not referring to the physical make up. It is referring to thought, reasoning, understanding and so on. When we were created we were perfect. Man used his free will and deliberately sinned and became an imperfect being. Sin against God is the reason why man was cast out of the perfect environment of Eden into a cursed world.

It is the same reason that Satan and one-third of the angels were expelled from Heaven. God simply will not allow sin in his presence. The Angels made their own decision to rebel against God knowing what the final judgment would be. Satan and the Angels have been judged but the sentence has yet to be carried out. Man knows what his final judgment will be if he rejects Jesus Christ. Man has not yet been judged.

If you are alive you can be saved from condemnation. Jesus said “Whosoever lives and believes in me will never die”.

Neither Satan nor his demons (fallen angels) have ever been in Hell or the lake of fire. They were cast out onto the earth and have been here ever since. In Job 1:7 Satan tells God that he has been going “to and fro upon the earth, and walking up and down on it.”

It isn’t until the last judgment in Revelation 20:10 that Satan is cast into the Lake of Fire. This is followed by the condemnation of people who had rejected Jesus Christ and tried to be saved by their works. Their names have been written in the book of works. Rev 20:12 &13. The only people who are saved are those whose name is written in the Book of Life. Your name will be in one of those books.

If you believe in Jesus Christ during your lifetime your name will be in the Book of Life. If you do not, your name will be blotted out of the book of life and written in the Book of Works.

“He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment, and I will not blot his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his Angels.”
“Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God”(! Jn 5:1)

“For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world, and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believes that Jesus is the Son of God. (1 Jn. 5:4&5)

We do not overcome the world on our own. We cannot. We do not have the power. We do have the sin nature which causes us to sin. Therefore, we overcome the world through faith in Jesus Christ because Christ paid the price of death for sin as a substitute for us.

God is a spiritual being. We have little knowledge as to what spiritual beings are or can do. If the Bible told us about spiritual beings we could not understand. We can barely understand our own physical bodies after thousands of years of examination much less spiritual bodies which we cannot examine at all.

When we are physically born we have a body and a soul. Our human spirit which will make up our spiritual body is dead because we have inherited the sin nature passed down by Adam.

In order to live with God in Heaven three things must happen:

1. Something must be done about our dead human spirit. It is dead because of Adam’s sin. It must be made alive. We must have a spiritual birth. The Bible tells us that “For as in Adam all die (spiritually), even so (those) in Christ (believers) shall all be made alive ” (I Cor15:22)

2. Our personal sins, past, present and future must be forgiven thereby giving us the same righteousness that God has. Since we cannot achieve this on our own it had to be accomplished by Jesus Christ on the cross. No matter what we do we cannot forgive our own sins and become righteous.

“In whom (Christ) we (believers in Christ) have redemption through his blood (sacrifice of death), the forgiveness of sins according to the riches of his grace. (a gift that we don’t earn or deserve). (Ephesians 1:7).

We must understand that this forgiveness is for eternity only. It is our spiritual status. This status will never change. We obtain this forgiveness when we decide to believe in Christ. When we do we are saved. While we are still on earth we will still sin because we still posses the sin nature. Forgiveness for sin in “time” is obtained through confession of sin to God the Father. If we (believers) confess our sins (to God the Father), He (God the Father) is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9) This forgiveness is necessary because once our sins are confessed we are filled with the Holy Spirit and we are in fellowship with Jesus Christ and God can then use us in His service as an effective witness while we are still on earth.
3. We must accept Christ as our savior. We must believe in Him. “Neither is there salvation in any other; for there is no other name under Heaven given among men whereby we must be saved. (Acts 4:12) Jesus Christ did all of the work of salvation as a substitute for us and he was sinless via the virgin birth. He had no human father and so he did not inherit Adams sin. In addition, he was sinless during his time on earth. Therefore, he possessed no sin whatsoever and was qualified in the eyes of God the Father to be our substitute and pay the required price for sin which is spiritual death.

By believing in Christ as our Savior all three requirements are accomplished simultaneously. Our human spirit is made alive, our sins are forgiven and when we believe we are born into the family of God. Throughout time God has dealt with man in various ways. At first he spoke directly to man and later through the prophets and Jesus himself. Now he speaks to us through his written word the Bible.

God cannot be measured in terms of years. He cannot be measured in intelligence, or size. We do know that he creates beings, worlds, universes, time and all scientific things.

“And it shall be, if thou do at all forget the Lord thy God, and walk after other gods, and serve them, and worship them, I testify against you this day that ye shall surely perish.” Deut. 8:19

We know that God wants to be worshiped for what he is, for his creation and for providing salvation to a lost and dying world.