Thursday, July 3, 2008

Essentials - God (part 2)

In my last post I discussed why it is essential for a Christian to believe in God and why it is essential to see the true nature of God. Now I want to spend some time looking at what Scripture specifically says about God.

So what does Scripture say about God?

1. There is only one God. Deuteronomy 6:4 says "Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one." When God is spoken of in the Bible He is spoken of as being one God. With two exceptions. Only God speaks of himself in the plural, and one of the names for God is in the plural. I will explain this in a little bit.

2. It is important to understand that God is "that which nothing greater can be conceived." God is the greatest being that exists. Jeremiah wrote "There is none like you, O Lord..." (10:6) The Psalmists asked these two rhetorical questions "Who is like the Lord our God, who is seated on high..." (113:5) and "Your righteousness, O God, reaches to the high heavens. You who have done great things, O God, who is like you?" (70:19). There is none greater than God.

What are the greatest things we can conceive. A being who has no beginning nor end but is eternal (Rev 1:8; 22:13). A being who is all powerful (Deuteronomy 32:39; Isaiah 46:9-11; Mark 10:27). A being who knows all things (Psalm 139; Hebrews 4:12-13). A being who is everywhere at once (Psalm 139:7-10; Jeremiah 23:23-24). A being who has created all things (Ephesians 3:9; Colossians 1:16). A being who is completely unselfish (1 John 4:8,16). The God of Christianity meets and exceeds all expectations of a being of which none can be conceived greater.

Part three talks about God's triune nature.

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