The Nature of God

What is God like?  First of all there is only one God.  He is the supreme Sovereign of all.  It is a blessing that He is so superior a God because then He can actually help us.  If He were not much greater than people, like the Greek and Roman gods, He would be as helpless and fickle as there were.

Hear, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord is one!
Deuteronomy 6:4

To you it was shown that you might know that the Lord, He is God; there is no other besides Him.
Deuteronomy 4:35

God is a spirit and does not have a body like men, but He is very real

God is spirit, and those who worship Him
must worship in spirit and truth.

John 4:24

God is one God, but He is three persons.  This does not make sense to our human minds, but it is another example of the greatness of God.  If we could understand everything there is about God, He would be ordinary like us.  We would have no need to depend on Him, because He wouldn’t be any better than we are.  BUT He is bigger; we cannot understand all there is about God so we can depend on Him to know more than we do and to be able to help us in the best way.  We are usually uncomfortable with things that we do not understand, so God helps our understanding by revealing Himself in Scripture.

God the Father is referred to as God in the Old Testament.  In the New Testament you also read God the Father.  You read about God the Father from Genesis to Revelation.

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
Genesis 1:1

and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his part from the tree of life and from the holy city, which are written in this book.
Revelation 22:19

The second person of the Godhead is God the Son, Jesus.  He revealed most clearly in the Gospels, yet He was there at the beginning.  He is the only member of the Godhead who is not a spirit.  Another concept that is hard to comprehend, but His humanity enabled Him to fulfill the wonderful plan of God.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God.  He was in the beginning with God.
All things came into being through Him,
and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.
. . . And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us,
and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father,
full of grace and truth

John 1:1-3, 14

For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us;
And the government will rest on His shoulders;
And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.
Isaiah 9:6

Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God,
did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped,
but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant,
and being made in the likeness of men.

Philippians 2:6-7

The Holy Spirit and His work are more clearly laid out in the New Testament.  He also was there at the beginning, and He worked throughout the Old Testament time period.  He continues to work in a special, intimate way in the lives of those who have trusted Jesus as their Saviour.

Do you not know that you are a temple of God
and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?
If any man destroys the temple of God, God will destroy him,
for the temple of God is holy, and that is what you are.

1 Corinthians 3:16-17

By this you know the Spirit of God:
every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ
has come in the flesh is from God

1 John 4:2

To get to know this great God, you have to read the Bible.  Regardless of the reason that you have opened you Bible to read, pay attention to what the passage reveals to you about God.  No matter where you read you can learn something more about God, even if you have read those verses before.  He is a truly great God.

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