Who is God?
As we examine basic Bible doctrine, we are not only going to look at things like who is God, who is Jesus, who is the Holy Spirit, what about angels and demons, etc.; but we are also going to learn how to apply these truths that we learn to our lives. After every single point we need to ask ourselves, "How can I apply this truth to my life?"
Who is God? Many people throughout the centuries have pondered that same question. Is He some sort of mystical energy field? Is God comprised of everything in the universe? Is He really Nirvana? The Bible gives us the answers on who He is. The best way to find out more about God is to study his attributes. An attribute is simply a characteristic of someone or something.
1. God is omniscient (all- knowing).
Omniscience not only means that God knows everything that has happened and will happen, but he also knows what might have happened.
2. God is holy (set apart).
God’s holiness is very difficult to define. He is set apart in the sense that he is absolute perfection. Thus he is simply more than a cut above the rest. He is at a whole different level. The difference between God’s perfection and ours is far greater than the distance between a centimeter and a light year. This is perhaps the most important attribute of God.
1 Peter 1:15-16
3. God is just (or righteous).
Every decision of God is just or right. Since he is holy or perfect, he sets the standard for what is just or righteous. While holiness deals primarily with the character of God, His righteousness is expressed in his dealings with men. This is clearly demonstrated in His divine judgments.
Psalms 19:9; 116:5; 145:17
Romans 3:21-26 tells us that God can still be just and save sinners at the same time.
4. God is love.
Love is the most misused and abused word in the English language. God’s definition of the word is drastically different. Love is that which seeks the will of God in the object loved. God’s will is defined as His desire. For example, since God loves the world, he seeks to have his will done throughout the earth. He loves sinners; that is, he wants them to obey his will and come to know the Lord Jesus Christ as their Savior. This attribute does not operate separately from any of the other attributes!
1 John 3:16
1 John 4:8-10
5. God is true.
Truth is different from fact in the sense that facts can change. Many “facts” have been disproven—the earth is flat, heavier objects fall faster that light ones, etc. Since God is just or right, He is truth since truth is right. He is consistent with Himself.
6. God is free.
This truth should be self-explanatory—God is free to do whatever He chooses according to His will. The only restriction on freedom is perfection; and since God is perfect, there are no restrictions. God is independent from His creatures; thus, He is not obligated to do anything for His creation. He serves His creation out of His love and compassion for us.
7. God is omnipotent.
This means that God is all-powerful. Fifty-six times in the Old Testament He is referred to as the Almighty one. God has the power to do anything that He desires—no one can thwart His purposes (Rev 19:6). God’s omnipotence is seen in the following:
The security of our salvation—1 Peter 1:5
The power of the Gospel—Romans 1:16
God’s power to create—Genesis 1:1
His preservation of all things—Hebrews 1:3
8. God is infinite and eternal.
Many times this aspect confuses the average believer since these concepts are difficult to define. While God sees both the past, present, and the future at the same time, He is not bound by time.
9. God is immutable (unchanging).
God is unchanging and is unchangeable. God never differs from Himself—He is always constant.
10. God is omnipresent (present everywhere).
While God is in a sense everywhere all the time, the Bible teaches that He manifests His presence in varying degrees. In the Old Testament when Israel was wandering through the desert, God manifested Himself as a cloud by day and a pillar of fire at night.
11. God is sovereign (in control).
The word sovereign means chief, highest or supreme. God has total and absolute authority. No matter what happens God is still in control.
In order to understand and know God better, we need to know His attributes and how they relate to us. The most important thing that we can do in life is to glorify God. The only way we can glorify God is to know Him and learn what He has called each of us to do. May God grant that each of us are faithful to His calling.
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