God is the self-existent One, having no need of being created, since He has existed forever and is the cause of all things, including the dimension of time, to which He is not subject to.
‘The true God is the Creator of all things. He had no beginning and will never have an end.’ (Psalm 90:2)
‘He is the Source of the good news found in the Bible.’ (1 Timothy 1:11)
“No human has ever seen God because he is a Spirit, which means that he is a higher form of life than the physical creatures who live on earth.” (John 1:18; 4:24)
Nevertheless, we can discern God’s personality from the things he has made. For instance, the variety of fruits and flowers tells us of his love and wisdom. The size of the universe tells us of his power. He’s been described as everything from an impersonal life-force to a benevolent, personal, almighty Creator.
God became incarnate (John 1:14). The Son of God became the Son of Man and is therefore the “bridge” between God and man (John 14:6; 1 Timothy 2:5). It is only through the Son that we can have forgiveness of sins (Ephesians 1:7), reconciliation with God (John 15:15; Romans 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 really know who God is, all we have to do is look at Jesus.
CHARACTERISTICS OF GOD
- God is spirit, by nature intangible (John 4:24).
- God is One, but He exists as three Persons—God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit (Matthew 3:16-17).
- God is infinite (1 Timothy 1:17), incomparable (2 Samuel 7:22), and unchanging (Malachi 3:6).
- 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).
- He is Knowable. (Jeremiah 9:23,24), He is Welcoming. God invites us to talk to him and engage him in what concerns us. God exists everywhere (Psalm 139:7-12), knows everything (Psalm 147:5; Isaiah 40:28), and has all power and authority (Ephesians 1; Revelation 19:6).
“The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.” (Psalms 145:18)
- He is Creative: Everything we make is put together with existing materials or built on previous thoughts. God has the capacity of speaking things into existence, “Great is our Lord and mighty in power; his understanding has no limit.” (Psalms 147:5),(Psalms 121:1,2)
- He is Forgiving: We sin. We tend to do things our way instead of God’s way. God is forgiving and will forgive us from the moment we begin a relationship with him. Jesus, the Son of God, paid for our sin with his death on a cross.
“We are made right in God’s sight when we trust in Jesus Christ to take away our sins. And we all can be saved in this same way, no matter who we are or what we have done… We are made right with God when we believe that Jesus shed his blood, sacrificing his life for us.” (Romans 3:22,25)
- He is Honest: just like a person who lets you know their thoughts and feelings, God clearly tells us about himself, the possible difference being, he is always honest.
“The unfolding of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple. Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” (Psalms 119:130,105)
- He is Capable: God’s wisdom is unlimited. “No one whose hope is in you will ever be put to shame…” (Psalms 25:3)
- God is just (Acts 17:31), loving (Ephesians 2:4-5), truthful (John 14:6), and holy (1 John 1:5).
NOTE: The characteristics of God to man has no end, they add to the list, as we allow ourselves to know Him better.
HIS MIGHTY WORKS
- God created the world (Genesis 1:1; Isaiah 42:5);
- He actively sustains the world (Colossians 1:17);
- He is executing His eternal plan (Ephesians 1:11) which involves the redemption of man from the curse of sin and death (Galatians 3:13-14);
- He draws people to Christ (John 6:44);
- He disciplines His children (Hebrews 12:6); and
- He will judge the world (Revelation 20:11-15).
WHAT ARE WE EXPEXTED TO DO?
God invites us to draw close to him by speaking to him in prayer. He is interested in us individually. (Psalm 65:2; 145:18) He is willing to forgive. He recognizes our efforts to please him, even if we sometimes fail. So despite our imperfection, we really can enjoy a close relationship with God.—Read Psalm 103:12-14; James 4:8.
We should love Him more than we love anyone else. (Mark 12:30)
Express your love for God by learning more about him and doing as he asks, you will draw ever closer to him.—Read 1 Timothy 2:4; 1 John 5:3,