To answer the question: Who is God?… we must state the obvious. He is LORD. In the first two installments I introduced three basic tenets as a foundation for spiritual understanding. God as Lord is… in control of all things, speaks with absolute authority, and is present with us, His creatures, all the time.
But the question, “who is God?” really is asking for more than this simple view, right? So over the coming weeks, my articles will be like taking a leisurely stroll through some Bible passages that help us see, know, and understand God better.
This will be a glance into the nature and character of God, as His word reveals it. The vast expanse of Bible material to cover would overwhelm us both, if we tried to cover it too quickly. So little bits of tasty morsels is all I will give in any one article.
Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!
Where to begin?
One of the mysteries of scripture is how God reveals Himself as Father, Son, and Spirit. We call this the Trinity, although this word is not found anywhere in the Bible. Three in One we say, and the Bible implies it is so.
Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.
You will notice right away that I will also use this threefold pattern to help bring clarity to the topics discussed.
The Bible reveals God to us by
- showing us his ACTS,
- by giving us authoritative DESCRIPTIONS of Himself,
- and by revealing just a glimpse of the relationship between Father, Son, and Spirit.
The ACTS of God are all about demonstrating how God the LORD is in control of everything.
The DESCRIPTIONS of God the LORD help us understand the demand on His creatures to yield to His authority and will for our lives.
And the glimpse of the TRINITY tells us that even before God made the world, He was in personal relationship – committed to one another in love, and perfectly PRESENT to one another.
Now, here’s the thing…
Some of the work you’ll have to do on your own. If you don’t own a Bible, you need to borrow one, or buy one, or link to an online website that makes the Word of God available to you. I simply will not be able to give the text of every reference, every time, but will give you the source to look up for yourself. It will have great benefit for you, if you look it up and read it for yourself, trust me on this.
In all of God’s acts, descriptions, and glimpses of His inner life (Trinity) He puts Himself on display as LORD. Everything He does, everything He says, every glimpse is so that you and I will be like those first chosen ones.
They will know that I am the LORD their God, who brought them out of Egypt so that I might dwell among them. I am the LORD their God.
Are you ready?
We begin tomorrow with “How God Acts”
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