Who is God?

Many people wonder who God is. It is important to keep in mind that knowing God is more than an intellectual exercise. Of course, we engage our minds in the process of knowing God, but we also use our hearts. The Bible calls us to love God with our minds, hearts, souls, and strength (Luke 10:27). In other words, with all of who we are and have. Thus, seeking to know God only with the mind will lead to an incomplete search. If you want to know God, you need to open you heart and all of who you are and God will reveal to you.

As we provide you with some biblical affirmations about the Divine, we want to let you know that God is more than we can ever think of. Please, know that there are no human words or concept that we can use to successfully describe God. All human knowledge and language is finite and it impossible to use finite means to define an infinite God. One thing we learn from this fact: God is beyond our imagination and lexes. God is ineffable, indescribable.

Nevertheless, the Bible reveals characteristics of God to us. From a Biblical standpoint, God is the Creator of the cosmos and everything in it. God is the Giver, Redeemer, and Sustainer of all life.[1] God is the beginning and the end, the Great I AM. In God, all things find their foundation and completion. God is loving, jealous, just, comforting and compassionate. God is eternal, omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent and perfect.[2] God is Three in ONE: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God is sovereign, utterly holy, good beyond measure, and faithful. God is life and light. God is transcendent as well as immanent; yet, not of the same substance as the created universe.[3] God provides, heals, restores and empowers. God is refuge and strength.[4] God is a parent to the parent-less and the defender of those who are helpless.[5] God speaks. God delivers. God is relational and is always seeking to establish a deep connection with those created in the likeness and image of the Divine. Are you ready to embark on a journey to discover God with your mind, heart, soul, and strength? Let us know if you are…

References

  1. [1] Nehemiah 9:6
  2. [2] John Wesley, John Wesley, The Unity of The Divine Being, ¶8, Retrieved from http://wesley.nnu.edu/john-wesley/the-sermons-of-john-wesley-1872-edition/sermon-114-the-unity-of-the-divine-being/, on September 19, 2017.
  3. [3] Louis Berkhof, Systematic Theology, (London: Banner of Truth, 1963), 61.
  4. [4] Psalm 46:1
  5. [5] Psalm 68:5

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