How is God?
According to the testimony of Scripture, God is a divine being in three eternal, identical but different persons - Father, Son and Holy Spirit. He is the only true God, eternal, unchangeable, omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent. He is the creator of heaven and earth, maintainer of the universe and source of salvation for man. Although transcendent, God acts directly and personally on people. God is love and infinite goodness (Mark 12,29:1; 1,17 Timothy 4,6:28,19; Ephesians 1: 4,8; Matthew 5,20:2,11; 16,27 John 2: 13,13; 1:8,4; Titus 6; John; Corinthians ; Corinthians).
«God, the Father, is the first person of the Godhead, the person without origin, from whom the Son was born ages ago and from whom the Holy Spirit proceeds forever through the Son. The Father, who has created everything visible and invisible through the Son, sends the Son out so that we can attain salvation and gives the Holy Spirit for our renewal and acceptance as children of God » (John 1,1.14, 18; Romans 15,6; Colossians 1,15-16; John 3,16; 14,26; 15,26; Romans 8,14-17; Acts 17,28).
Did we create God or did God create us?
God is not religious, kind, "one of us, an American, a capitalist" is the title of a recently published book. It discusses misconceptions about God.
It is an interesting exercise to examine how our construct [thought-building] was shaped by God through our family and friends; through literature and art; through television and the media; through songs and folklore; by our own wishes and needs; and, of course, through religious experiences and popular philosophy. The reality is that God is neither a construct nor a concept. God is not an idea, not an abstract idea of our intelligent mind.
From the Bible's perspective, everything comes, even our thoughts and ability to develop ideas that God we didn't create or whose character and qualities we didn't shape (Colossians 1,16-17; Hebrews 1,3); the god who is simply god. God has no beginning or end.
In the beginning there was no human conception of God, rather it was in the beginning (a temporal reference that God uses for our limited understanding) God (Genesis 1; John 1,1). We did not create God, but God created us in his image (Genesis 1:1,27). God is, therefore we are. The Eternal God is the creator of all things (Acts 17,24: 25-40,28); Isaiah, etc.) and only through his will all things exist.
Many books speculate about how God is. Undoubtedly, we could come up with a list of feature and main words that describe our view of who God is and what He does. The goal of this study, however, is to take note of how God is described in Scripture and to discuss why these descriptions are important to the believer.
The Bible describes the Creator as eternal, invisible, allwissend and almighty
God is before his creation (Psalm 90,2) and he "lives forever" (Isaiah 57,15). «Nobody has ever seen God» (John 1,18), and he is not physical, but "God is Spirit" (John 4,24). It is not limited by time and space, and nothing is hidden from it (Psalm 139,1: 12-1; 8,27 Kings 23,24, Jeremiah). He "knows all things" (1 John 3,20).
In Genesis 1: 17,1 God declares to Abraham: "I am the Almighty God", and in Revelation 4,8 the four living beings proclaim: "Holy, holy, holy, God is the Lord Almighty who was there and who is there and who is coming ». «The voice of the Lord is powerful, the voice of the Lord is magnificent» (Psalm 29,4).
Paul instructs Timothy: "But God, the eternal king, the imperishable and invisible, who is only God, be honor and praise forever! Amen" (1 Timothy 1,17). Similar descriptions of the deity can be found in pagan literature and in many non-Christian religious traditions.
Paul suggests that God's sovereignty should be evident to everyone when one looks at the miracles of creation. "Because," he writes, "God's invisible being, his eternal power and deity has been seen from his works since the creation of the world" (Romans 1,20).
Paul's view is fairly clear: people "have fallen into the void in their thoughts (Romans 1,21:17,22) and they created their own religions and idolatry. He also points out in Acts 31 that people can be genuinely confused about the divine nature.
Is there a qualitative difference between the Christian God and other deities?
From a biblical perspective, the idols, the ancient gods of Greek, Roman, Mesopotamian and other mythologies, the objects of worship in the present and past, are in no way divine because "the Lord, our God, the Lord is alone" (Deut 5). There is no god except the true God (Exodus 2:15,11; 1 Kings 8,23:86,8; Psalm 95,3;).
Isaiah explains that other gods are "nothing" (Isaiah 41,24), and Paul affirms that these "so-called gods" have no divinity because "there is no God but the One," a God the Father of whom all things are ". (1 Corinthians 8,4: 6). «Don't we all have a father? Didn't a god create us? » the Prophet Malachi asks rhetorically. See also Ephesians 4,6.
It is important for the believer to appreciate God's majesty and to be in awe of the one God. However, this is not enough in itself. "See, God is great and incomprehensible, no one can research the number of his years" (Job 36,26). A remarkable difference between the worship of the Biblical God and the worship of the so-called gods is that the Biblical God wants us to know him thoroughly, and he also wants to know us personally and individually. God the Father does not want to relate to us from a distance. He is "close to us" and not "a god who is far away" (Jeremiah 23,23).
Who is God
Therefore, the God in whose image we are made is one. An effect that we have created in God's image is the possibility that we can be like him. But how is God? The Scriptures devote wide scope to the revelation of who God is and how He is. Let us look at some biblical conceptions of God, and we will see how the understanding of how God is, stimulates spiritual qualities to be developed in the believer in his or her relationship with other people.
Significantly, Scripture does not instruct believers to reflect God's image in terms of greatness, omnipotence, omniscience, etc. God is holy (Revelation 6,10:1; 2,2 Samuel 78,4; Psalm 99,9; 111,9;). God is glorious in his holiness (Genesis 2:15,11). Many theologians define holiness as the state of being to be separated or consecrated for divine purposes. Holiness is the whole collection of qualities that define who God is and distinguish him from false gods.
Hebrews 2,14 tells us that without holiness "nobody will see the Lord"; «… But just as the one who called you is holy, you too should be holy in all your change» (1 Peter 1,15-16; Leviticus 3). We should "share in his holiness" (Hebrews 12,10). God is love and full of mercy (1 John 4,8; Psalm 112,4; 145,8). The above passage in the first letter to John says that those who know God can be identified through their sympathy for others because God is love. Love bloomed within the deity "before the foundation of the world" (John 17,24) because love is the inherent nature of God.
Because he shows mercy, we should also show mercy to one another (1 Peter 3,8: 7,9, Zechariah). God is gracious, merciful, forgiving (1 Peter 2,3: 2; Exodus 34,6; Psalm 86,15; 111,4; 116,5).
An expression of God's love is «his great goodness» (Cl 3,2). God is ready «to forgive, he is gracious, merciful, patient and of great kindness» (Nehemiah 9,17). «But with you, Lord, our God, there is mercy and forgiveness. Because we have become apostate » (Daniel 9,9).
"The God of All Grace" (1 Peter 5,10) expects his grace to be spread (2 Corinthians 4,15), and that Christians reflect His grace and forgiveness in dealing with others (Ephesians 4,32). God is good (Luke 18,19; 1Chr 16,34; Psalm 25,8; 34,8; 86,5; 145,9).
«All good and all perfect gifts come from above, from the Father of Light» (James 1,17).
Receiving God's goodness is a preparation for repentance - «or do you despise the richness of his goodness ... don't you know that God's goodness leads you to repentance» (Romans 2,4)?
The God who is able to "do exuberance beyond anything we ask or understand" (Ephesians 3,20) tells the believer to "do good to all people" because whoever does good is from God (3 John 11).
God is for us (Romans 8,31)
Of course, God is much more than physical language can describe. «Its size is unsearchable» (Psalm 145,3). How can we get to know him and reflect his picture? How can we fulfill his desire to be holy, loving, compassionate, gracious, merciful, forgiving and good?
God, «with whom there is no change, nor change of light and darkness» (James 1,17) and its character and its grace-filled purpose do not change (Times 3,6) opened a way for us. He is for us and wants us to be his children (1 John 3,1).
Hebrews 1,3 informs us that Jesus, the Son of God, who has been created forever, is the exact reflection of God's inner being - "the image of his person" (Hebrews 1,3). If we need a tangible picture of the Father - Jesus is. He is the "image of the invisible God" (Colossians 1,15).
Christ said: «My father has given me everything; and nobody knows the son but only the father; and nobody knows the father as only the son and to whom the son wants to reveal » (Matthew 11,27).
The way to know God is through His Son. The Scriptures reveal how God is, and this is important to the believer because we were created in God's image.