How is God?

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According to 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, unchanging, omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent. He is the creator of heaven and earth, sustainer of the universe and source of salvation for man. Although transcendent, God acts directly and personally on man. God is love and infinite goodness (Mark 12,29, 1, Timothy 1,17, Ephesians 4,6, Matthew 28,19, 1, John 4,8, 5,20, Titus 2,11, John 16,27, 2, Corinthians 13,13, 1, Corinthians 8,4-6).

"God, the Father, is the first person of the deity, the unqualified, of whom the Son was begotten eternally, and of whom the Holy Spirit proceeds eternally through the Son. The Father, who created all things visible and invisible through the Son, sends out the Son for salvation, and gives the Holy Spirit for our renewal and acceptance as children of God "(John 1,1.14, 18, Romans 15,6 -1,15; John 16; 3,16; 14,26; Roman 15,26-8,14; Acts 17).

Did we create God or did God create us?

God is not religious, nice, "one of us, an American, a capitalist" is the title of a recently published book. It discusses wrong ideas 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 perspective of the Bible, everything, even our thoughts and our ability to develop ideas, comes from the God we did not create, or whose character and attributes were not shaped by us (Kol 1,16-17; Hebr 1,3); the god who is simply God. God has neither beginning nor end.

In the beginning there was no human idea of ​​God, but in the beginning (a temporal reference that God uses for our limited understanding) was God (1Mo 1,1, Joh 1,1). We did not create God, but God created us in his own image (1Mo 1,27). God is, therefore we are. The eternal God is the Creator of all things (Act 17,24-25); Jes 40,28, etc.) and only by 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 exists before his creation (Ps 90,2) and he "lives forever" (Jes 57,15). "No one has ever seen God" (Joh 1,18), and he is not physical, but "God is Spirit" (Joh 4,24). He is not limited by time and space, and nothing is hidden from him (Ps 139,1-12, 1Kon 8,27, Jer 23,24). He "knows all things" (1Joh 3,20).

In 1. Moses 17,1 declares to God to Abraham, "I am Almighty God," and in Revelation 4,8, the four living beings proclaim, "Holy, holy, holy, God is the Lord, the Almighty who was here, and who is there, and who is there comes ". "The voice of the Lord comes with power, the voice of the Lord is glorious" (Ps 29,4).

Paul instructs Timothy: "But God, the eternal King, the incorruptible and the invisible, who alone is God, be honor and price forever! Amen "(1T in 1,17). Similar descriptions of deity can be found in pagan literature and in many non-Christian religious traditions.

Paul suggests that the sovereignty of God should be obvious to anyone considering the wonders of creation. "For," he writes, "God's invisible being, his eternal power and deity, has been known from his works since the creation of the world" (Rom 1,20).
Paul's point of view is quite clear: people "have fallen into vainness in their thoughts (Rom 1,21) and they created their own religions and their idolatry. He also points out in Acts 17,22-31 that people can be truly 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 the past, are in no sense divine because "the Lord our God, the Lord alone is" (5Mo 6,4). There is no god but the true God (2Mo 15,11; 1Kön 8,23; Ps 86,8; 95,3).

Isaiah explains that other gods are "nothing" (Jes 41,24), and Paul affirms that these "so-called gods" have no divinity because there is "no god as the one", "one God, the Father of whom all things are "(1Kor 8,4-6). "Do not we all have a father? Has not a god created us? "Asks the prophet Malachi rhetorically. See also Ephesians 4,6.

It is important for the believer to appreciate God's majesty and to be in awe of one God. However, this is not enough on its own. "Behold, God is great and incomprehensible, no one can study the number of his years" (Hi 36,26). One notable 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" (Jer 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, the Scriptures do not instruct believers to reflect God's image in the sense of greatness, omnipotence, omniscience, and so on. God is sacred (Offb 6,10, 1Sam 2,2, Ps 78,4, 99,9, 111,9). God is glorious in His holiness (2Mo 15,11). Many theologians define holiness as the state of being, singled out or ordained for divine purposes. Holiness is the whole collection of properties that define who God is and that distinguish him from false gods.

Hebrews 2,14 tells us that without sanctity, "no one will see the Lord"; "... but as the one who has called you is holy, you too should be holy in all your change" (1Pt 1,15-16; 3Mo 11,44). We are to "share in His Holiness" (Hebr 12,10). God is love and full of mercy (1Joh 4,8, Ps 112,4, 145,8). The above passage in 1. John's letter says that those who know God can be identified with others by their radiating compassion, because God is love. Love flourished within the deity "before the foundation of the world" (Joh 17,24) because love is the inherent nature of God.

Because he shows mercy [compassion], we should also show mercy to one another (1Pt 3,8, 7,9). God is gracious, merciful, forgiving (1Pt 2,3; 2Mo 34,6; Ps 86,15; 111,4; 116,5).

An expression of God's love is "His great goodness" (Kl 3,2). God is ready "to forgive, he is gracious, merciful, patient and of great kindness" (Neh 9,17). "By you, O Lord, our God, is mercy and forgiveness. Because we have become apostate "(Dan 9,9).

"The God of All Grace" (1Pt 5,10) expects His Grace to be spread (2Kor 4,15) and that Christians will reflect His grace and forgiveness in dealing with others (Eph 4,32). God is good (Lk 18,19; 1Chr 16,34; Ps 25,8; 34,8; 86,5; 145,9).

"All good and all perfect gifts come down from above, from the Father of Light" (Yak 1,17).
The reception of God's goodness is a preparation for repentance - "or do you despise the riches of his goodness ... do not you know that God's goodness leads you to repentance" (Rom 2,4)?

The God who is able to "effusively do whatever we ask or understand" (Eph. 3,20) tells the believer to "do good to all people," because he who does good is of God (3Joh 11).

God is for us (Rom 8,31)

Of course, God is much more than physical language can describe. "His size is inexplicable" (Ps 145,3). How can we get to know Him and reflect His image? How can we fulfill his desire that we are holy, loving, full of compassion, merciful, merciful, forgiving and good?

God, "where there is no change, nor change of light and darkness" (Yak 1,17) and whose character and grace-filled intentions do not change (Mark 3,6), has opened the way for us. He is for us, and demands that we become his children (1Joh 3,1).

Hebrews 1,3 informs us that Jesus, the eternally begotten Son of God, is the exact reflection of God's inner being - "the image of his person" (Hebr 1,3). If we need a tangible picture of the Father - it is Jesus. He is the "image of the invisible God" (Kol 1,15).

Christ said, "Everything is given to me by my father; and nobody knows the son as only the father; and nobody knows the Father as only the Son and whom the Son wants to reveal it to "(Mt 11,27).

Schlussconclusion

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.

James Henderson