How is God?
1-) One God.
1 Corinthians 8.6: "Nevertheless for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom are all things, and for whom we are, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and by whom we are."
God is spirit; eternal; infinite; omnipotent (all powerful); omnipresent (who is everywhere) and omniscient (who knows everything). There is nothing hidden for him, he knows all things in the visible and invisible worlds. God created and dominates all creation and is necessarily superior to his creature: man. Nobody has ever seen him except his Son the Lord Jesus Christ. He is always ready to welcome us because he loves us. God is rich in mercy and rejoices to receive us for whoever believes and repents the Lord Jesus Christ. God is the one who gives; hears; possesses; he has all power. Our intelligence perceives only a tiny part of its greatness. We can not understand the entirety of his divinity.
2-) The imprint of the creator.
Proverbs 18. 15: "An intelligent heart acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge."
We conceive: the clock of the universe; creation; life and intelligence. Where do they come from? Can the inanimate create intelligence? The highest conclusions of scientists, on the fundamentals that govern the universe and the in-depth understanding of the different life cycles, give no answer on the origin of the creative source of such harmony. Can we claim that all the various organisms come from a cell, which has developed, and little by little has produced.
microorganisms, Biodiversity, plants, animals and humans?
Romans 1:20: "That which is invisible in him is both his eternal power and his divinity, is discerned by means of intelligence."
The theory of evolution is only a hypothesis. On the other hand, what is a fact visible to all are the laws of heredity (the laws of character transmission between parents and descendants). Individuals are in a continuous version of evolution (a variation of genetic origins: skin color, hair etc ...). Molecular biology remains in a natural divergence where DNA controls these characters and follows a constant selection. Life needs many specific natural parameters, to be able to subsist and procreate. Every Cause has its Effect; every Effect to his Cause; everything happens according to the law; Chance is only a name given to the unknown law; there are many plans of causality but nothing escapes the law. Every creation has a creator.
In the Old Testament:
Exodus 3: 14: "God said to Moses," I am he who is. "And he said, Thus shall you answer the children of Israel, saying, I am called to you."
God first becomes known as the God of God, the Most High God in the Old Testament:
- "EL", the one who exceeds us infinitely in grandeur in glory, in power.
- "El Olam" evokes the God of eternity.
- "Elohim" tells us about God who created and supports the world.
- "Elion" means the exalted God.-
- "El Shaddai" is the Almighty God, above all powers.- "Yahveh" God is revealed as the one who is, it is by this name that God revealed himself to Moses: "I am the one who is." "Adonai" to designate The Lord above all, worthy of all praise and submission.
- "The Lord" to remind his people of his deliverance, his faithfulness and his covenant.
In the New Testament:
Hebrews 1.2: "God spoke to us in the Son."
What characterizes the New Testament is the fact that God reveals Himself as Father with the Son Jesus Christ:
- "Theos" in ancient Greek: God or Hebrews translated: "Elohim", often associated with possessive (my God, our God, your God).
- "Lord" or the translation of "kurios" in Hebrew from Hadonai and Yahweh. Lord is applied to God the Father but most often to the Lord Jesus and once to the Spirit. The Lord is the God who has authority over all things, over all men.
- "God the Father" God reveals himself as the Father of the Son: God was manifested in flesh in his only son Jesus Christ. Jesus himself declares himself "son of man"; the Father reveals that he is "Son of God" truly man and truly God.
4-) The Father of the only Son.
John 14:13: "And whatever you ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son."
To recognize that God is the Father is to admit that he is in the universal order, it is also to realize that everything comes from him. Nothing escapes his control, his supremacy is total and eternal. "Not a single sparrow, fall to the ground without the will of your Father" says Jesus. Everything comes from him and remains dependent on his will. He is the author of life and its maintenance too. Thus only God has full authority and remains the Father in his absolute sense. He is the Father Creator who dominates everything. He made himself flesh in Jesus, for the forgiveness of sins and to save whoever confides in him.
1 John 5:13: "You who believe in the name of the Son of God."
The Lord Jesus is the only Son of God, the unity to the Father is whole from the beginning. He did not become the Son of God, he is the Son of God in his womb from all eternity, before the conception of the world: the Alpha and the Omega. Jesus, King of Kings and Lord of Lords sits at the right hand of the Father above all domination, authority, power, dignity, and every name that can be named, not only in the present century, but still in the next century. Jesus Christ, in his teaching through the gospels, defines the paternity of God as the essential link with love. Finally, Jesus is the only perfect mediator near the Father.
5-) Why does God make himself known to man?
John 1:18: "Nobody has ever seen God, the only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, who has made him known."
In his mercy and infinite grace, God became flesh in Jesus to tear us from the bonds of death through the work of the cross. Only Jesus answers: I am the truth, the way and the life; no one comes to the Father except through me. By the faith given of God, we receive the Word of Christ as the ultimate point of our reflection. In his presence, our fears and our tears fade away to make way for joy, to be loved by God and to address him in prayer with gratitude and humility: "Father, in the Name of Jesus ."
John 3:16: "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."
The Lord Jesus gives meaning to life and gives the Word of God, which is the moral will found in the Holy Scriptures. The preaching of the cross is a Word of death to ourselves, but of a new life in Christ. It is the perfect work, which is the Divine process that offers eternal life to God, to everyone who believes and repents to the Lord Jesus Christ. He is always ready to welcome us because he loves us. He forgives abundantly and looks forward to receiving us.
6-) God is holy.
1 Peter 1.5: "But since he who called you is holy, you too, be holy in all your conduct, as it is written," You will be holy, for I am holy, and if you call on the Father the judge. according to the work of everyone, without respect of persons, conduct yourself with fear during the time of your pilgrimage, ... "
It means that God is pure and perfect, that is, he is without sin. There is not one sin in him, he never sins, and he always does what is good and right. Jesus prays to the Father saying, "Holy Father, keep them in your name that you have given me, that they may be one like us." Jesus reveals to us that we are kept in his name, the name of the Father, there where eternal life is communicated to us in fullness. There we are one, in communion with the Father and the Son and in mutual love between Christians. God gives a new holy life, filled with peace, love and freedom.
Isaiah 6: "And they cried unto one another, saying, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts, all the earth is full of his glory."
The holiness of God evokes its moral purity, because it excludes absolutely all evil. As we still have in us the source of Sin (the flesh), we are exhorted to pursue "the holiness without which no one will see the Lord". Our Holiness flows from our relationship with God. For that we must follow the sanctification, so that our life corresponds to our Lord Jesus. Only God impels this process by His grace and His Holy Spirit, we can not obtain it by works.
7-) God is love.
1 John 3.1: "See what love the Father has shown us, that we may be called children of God, and we are: if the world does not know us, it is because he did not know it."
It means that he loves each one of us and desires what is best for us. In his Word God says, "I have loved you forever". We also know that God loves us because he gave his Son to die for us while we were sinners. Jesus also confirms it to us: "You loved them as you loved me". His love drives away fear and dries our tears. Since God loves us so much, he wants us to love him as his children. God is happy when we love him.
John 5:19: "And Jesus answering said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but doeth what he sees the Father do, and All the Father does, so does the Son, for the Father loves the Son, and shows him all that he does, and he will show him works greater than these, that you may be 'astonishment."
In Jesus, we learn to know the Father's love. As a little child, by faith we surrender ourselves to the Father's arms. His love is the highest dimension of biblical revelation. God is the conductor of this reality through us, for others. All elected may connect to God and be in communion with him. We develop a sensibility of supernatural love in praise and this personal relationship with the Lord. In him alone we learn to know the love of the Father. Jesus is the only Son in the bosom of the Father, the Son of his Love for us.
8-) God is Spirit.
John 4:24: "God is Spirit, and those who worship Him, worship Him in spirit and in truth."
God is unique and totally Spirit. When God trained us, he gave us a body, but he also gave us a spirit. Our Spirit lives in our body. At the new birth, God gives his Holy Spirit to his children, so he renews us every day. The Holy Spirit shapes us in his image. The spiritual man is the one whom God will raise. The footsteps of the good man is the one who is led by the Lord. God's plans for us come true each time. We are his masterpiece.
9-) God is right
Matthew 7.1: "Do not judge, that you may not be judged: for they will judge you of the judgment you judge, and they will measure you with the measure of which you measure."
God is all-powerful and savior, so he can exercise his will whenever he sees fit. Nothing is too difficult for God, he probes hearts and loins. His justice includes his faithfulness and his mercy. David understood this, he prayed, saying, "Deliver me in your righteousness." Paul also writes that God "is just and justifies him who is of faith in Jesus." God's justice echoes His Holiness. It is a reassuring thought to know that God is a just Father.
1 Peter 2.22: "He who committed no sin, and in whose mouth was found no deceit: he who, insulted, did not abuse, did not threaten, but relied on the one who just judges .... "
In the day of judgment, God will judge the world by the Lord Jesus. "The Father judges no one, but he has given all judgment to the Son, that all may honor the Son as they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father "Who sent him ...". He gave him authority to exercise judgment because he is the son of man. Yes, we depend on an all-powerful cause, not blind, but intelligent and wise.
10-) God is Glorious.
Exodus 33.20: "The LORD said," You shall not be able to see my face, for man can not see me and live. "
The Glory of God is so bright that we can not bear the sight of it. It is infinitely bigger and brighter than the sun. One day, Moses solicited a special favor with God. He said, "Allow me to contemplate your glory." God answered Moses: "You will not be able to contemplate me from the front, for no human being can contemplate me from the front and stay alive. When I pass by manifesting my glory, I will hide you in a hollow of the rock, covering you with my hand, until I am past. "On the mountain, Moses did not see God from the front, but the little one The glimpse he had of the glory of God made his face as bright as the sun.
Romans 6.4: "So we were buried with him by baptism in his death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too would walk in newness of life."
The dignity of the Son of God has been fully manifested by his resurrection. This is the proof that he is the Son, it shines his divine glory. And as the resurrection of Jesus manifests His glory as Son, it reveals by the very fact the glory of the Father. In addition, God glorifies Himself as Father by having His seat enthroned Jesus, who on earth was rejected and crucified. Jesus is "Lord to the glory of God the Father."
11-) God is merciful.
Luke 6,36: "Be merciful, as your Father is merciful."
By the Lord's behavior, we find so often that he has been "moved with compassion." Jesus speaks to us of God as a merciful God, of a Father moved with compassion. His mercy extends to all. He makes his sun rise on the wicked and on the good, and sends his rain on the just and the unjust. Mercy is having a heart sensitive to the suffering and misery of the other. It's the opposite of indifference or hardness.
Romans 5.10: "For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, will we be saved by his life."
We who are children of God, by pure grace, are invited to be peacemakers, to be so merciful and to forgive. This is how we can respond to this commandment from our Lord: "You, then, be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect." And in Luke we read, "Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful." The perfection of God is as identified with his mercy.
The Lord is faithful and good, He never contradicts himself. His mercy, holiness and justice are inseparable.
He transcends the laws he has created, his wisdom is the absolute knowledge, He is distinct from our dimension, from space and time. Our almighty God is above all, He is everywhere and in everything.
"His knowledge is too extraordinary for us, it is too high for us to reach it." (Psalm 139: 6)
He is absolutely not limited, he only needs to speak for something to exist. His essence is his phenomenal power. He is the Creator, he has life and he is life.
"He gives to all life, breath, and all things." (Acts 17.25).
Nothing can limit his will, because we can always expect him to intervene beyond our imagination. He is the prince of peace, he is light, there is no darkness in him.
"Nothing is impossible to God." (Luke 1:37)
Revelation 1.8: "I am the alpha and the omega, says the Lord God, who is, who was, and who comes, the Almighty."
In his relationship with man, God is a "person", a "Father", He is the ultimate and supreme reality. The Name YHWH revealed to Moses meant "the Being who is there with us". This paternity, revealed by his Son Jesus, will show us his will: "It is not the will of your Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones is lost." (Matthew 18.14) For all the disciples of the Lord Jesus, it is the highest reality, the founding reality of all that exists, in which we have life, movement and being.
"We are a chosen people." (1 Peter 2.9)
God the Father is present with us, his desire is to speak to each of our hearts in intimacy. The only thing Love can not do is force you to love Him, it's a free act.
"This is how God proves his love for us: while we were still fishermen, Christ died for us." (Romans 5.8)
The revelation of his Son Jesus is to bring us into this new freedom, into this relationship of beloved children, of love and light.
Galatians 4.6: "And because ye are sons, God hath sent into our hearts the Spirit of his Son, which cries, Abba, Father! Amen!