Who Is God?
French military-political leader Napoléon Bonaparte once said, “all things proclaim the existence of God.” A very true statement indeed; all of the evidence points toward the existence of God. Modern atheists argue and attempt to prove that the universe could have been produced without God. An absolutely foolish concept, without God, the Creator, you can have no creation; without God, you can have no standard on right from wrong; without God, you cannot explain time; without God, matter cannot turn into life. The existence of God is not only logical, it is fact. There is one God, the God of the Bible, and in this article, we will be considering a few key truths concerning God.
As we have already seen, God is the Creator. The first verse in the Bible, Genesis 1:1 reads, “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” This summary verse of Genesis 1 clearly expresses that God created all things. Paul also expresses this truth in his letter to the Colossians, “For by Him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through Him and for Him” Colossians 1:16. God’s power directly correlates to creation, through creation we can view the incredible power, strength, and authority that is God’s. To put it into human words, God is all-powerful. Not only is God all-powerful, but He is also all-knowing and all-present. We see that God is omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient.
Omnipotent - All-powerful, God has infinite power
Omnipresent - All-present, God is everywhere at all times
Omniscient - All-knowing, God knows everything
God is also eternal, meaning God has no beginning or end. God, who created everything, was not created; He always existed. When concerning God, John, in the book of Revelation explains that God is the one “who is and who was and who is to come” Revelation 1:8. God is infinite. Our finite, human minds cannot fully understand God because He is infinite. Some things are true about God, that we cannot fully understand, but we are to accept them in faith. For example, we cannot fully rationalize how God never was created and how He can be everywhere at once, but we can simply recognize that they are true, through faith.
Much more could be said concerning who God really is, but it is also important to consider the character of God. The Bible includes numerous character descriptions of God, some of which include:
God is faithful - 1 Corinthians 10:13
God is love - 1 John 4:8
God is perfect - Psalms 18:30
God is gracious and compassionate - Psalms 116:5
God is righteous - Psalms 11:7
God is forgiving - Micah 7:18
God is patient - Joel 2:13
The Bible also makes it very clear that God is one being, meaning that there is only one God. But even though God is one being, He is made up of three persons. God is one being, in three persons; the common phrase for this is - the Trinity. The three persons of the Trinity are God the Father, God the Son (Jesus), and God the (Holy) Spirit. They are all-existent, all-equal, all-eternal, and all-united; they are of one mind and one purpose. The Bible also indicates that all three persons have different tasks or roles. The Trinity is a concept that is impossible for human minds to understand fully, but God, in His word the Bible, tells us this truth, so we are to accept it in faith.
John 4:24 tells us that “God is Spirit”, but we also read that God, through Jesus (God the Son) became a man. Throughout this article, we see God’s incredible greatness and power, so why would He become a man? Because God is a God that saves, Psalms 68:20. God loves us so much that He sent His only Son into the world to save the world. And anyone who trusts in His Son will be saved. What an incredible God. May we give thanks for such a being. We joyfully echo the words of the hymn writer…
“O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder
Consider all the works Thy hands have made.
I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder,
Thy power throughout the universe displayed.
Then sings my soul, my Savior God to Thee,
How great thou art! How great Thou art!
- Carl Boberg