LET'S TALK ABOUT GOD
The churches of Christ Greet You (Romans 16:16)
VI. LET'S TALK ABOUT GOD THE FATHER
Jesus is not only the Son of God, but also God the Son. Since no
greater truth is affirmed in the Sacred Text, one cannot read the Bible
(especially the New Testament) without recognizing the One who is God
Son (cf. Heb. 1:8). This doctrine in fact permeates the Word of
from Genesis to Revelation; only a materialist would fail to see it.
The Bible says, "In the beginning God created the heavens and the
earth" (Genesis 1:1). This is the first verse in the Bible.
All things begin with God. The Bible begins with God. A
study of the Bible must also begin with God, for the Bible is God's
There is but ONE true God. All true believers must therefore cast
away their man-made gods, the gods of their imaginations. All
must turn to the one true God and submit to His directions for
life. You may not like what the God of the Bible teaches,
commands, promises, and
condemns, but do you really have another option? NO! There
but ONE true God!
A little boy was asked, "How many gods are there?" He quickly replied,
"Only one!" "How do you know this,” the boy was asked? Out of the
mouth of a babe came this answer: "Because there is room for only
One. God fills the heaven and earth." Let us find comfort
in this simple understanding. There is but ONE true God!
How can we know there is a God? What is God like? These are
the most important questions anyone can ask. Nothing is of
importance than the answers to these questions. The answers we give to
questions will determine (decide) HOW we live on the earth. The
we give to these questions will determine WHERE we will dwell after
life on this earth is over. We will now turn to the Bible, God's
to learn the answer to the first question:
HOW CAN WE KNOW THERE IS A GOD?
We Know There Is A God because of the things which He has
made. "The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament
shows His handiwork" (Psalms 19:1). When we see a house we know
that someone wise enough and strong enough built it. A house
cannot exist without a builder (cf. Heb. 3:4).
In the same way, when we see the sun, moon, stars, the earth, and all
that is in the earth, we know they have a builder. Someone wise
enough and strong enough made all these things. Only God has power to
create the heavens and the earth. Therefore, we know there is a God
when we see the things He has made (cf. Rom. 1:19-20).
We Know There Is A God because our hearts or conscience tell
us. People have always believed in a God. This has been
true in every country and in every age. People have often had
false ideas about God but
they have always believed in Him (cf. Rom. 2:14-16).
We Know There Is A God because He has spoken. The Bible
says: "God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past
to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by
His Son, whom
He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the
worlds; Who being the brightness of glory, and the express image of his
person..." (Hebrews 1:1-3).
God has spoken in time past by the prophets, “precept upon precept;
line upon line...here a little, and there a little” (Isa. 28:10-11; cf.
Deut. 18:18-19). He now speaks by His Son (Matt. 17:1-3; John
8:24-29). Yes, God does exist! He is self existent (John
5:26). He is eternal
(Deut. 33:37; 1 Tim. 1:17). He is infinite; being omnipresent,
and omnipotent. He is immutable (James. 1:17).
We Know There Is A God because He has revealed Himself to us in
His Son, Jesus Christ (Heb. 1:1-2). Jesus told the Pharisees,
“...If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also” (John
8:19; cf. 14:6-7, 9). Jesus said that only those to whom He
reveals the Father will know the Father (Matt. 11:27). John the
baptizer said that no man has seen God; however, the Son has made God
known (John 1:18).
God reveals Himself in CHRIST only to those who SINCERELY seek
Him. The Bible says, “And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye
shall search for me with all your heart” (Jer. 29:13; cf.
31:31-34). Again, “But let him that glorieth glory in this, that
he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the Lord...” (Jer. 9:24).
Jesus said, “And this is life eternal, that they might know thee, the
only true God...” (John 17:3). Only those who obey Christ will receive
eternal life (Heb. 5:8-9; cf. Rom. 10:17; Acts 15:7; Heb. 11:6; John
Acts 17:30-31; Luke 13:3; 2 Pet. 3:9; Matt. 28:19; Acts 2:38; Matt.
1 Pet. 3:20-21).
WHAT IS GOD LIKE?
God is eternal! God has always lived. He will always
live. The Bible says of God: “Before the mountains were brought forth,
or ever you had formed the earth and the world, Even from everlasting
to everlasting, you are God” (Ps. 90:2). All people who live on
the earth will grow old. All will die. But God can never
grow old or die.
Let us hear the Bible again: "You, Lord, in the beginning laid
the foundation of the earth, And the heavens are the work of your
hands. They will perish, but you remain; And they will all grow old
like a garment; Like a cloak you will fold them up, And they will be
changed. But you are the
same, And your years will not fail" (Heb. 1:10-12).
God is all powerful! "Is anything too hard for the Lord?"
(Gen. 18:14). We human beings are weak. There are many
things we do not have the strength to do. But God has all power.
He can do anything. By His great power, God created the heavens
and the earth (Jer. 10:12). By His great power, God created
man. We can trust the promises of God, for He has the power to
God is all-knowing! God knows everything, for God sees
everything. It is possible to hide things from the eyes of men,
but nothing can be hidden from God. The Bible says, "For the ways
of man are before the eyes
of the Lord, And He ponders all his paths" (Prov. 5:21). And
again, "...God is greater than our heart, and knows all things" (1 John
God is unchanging! Everything in this world changes.
Governments change when nations become independent and new leaders
replace old leaders. Ways of living change. Habits and
customs of people change. The weather changes. Styles of
clothing change. Even our bodies change as we grow older.
But God never changes. He is the same yesterday, today, and
forever (cf. Heb. 13:8). "For
I am the Lord, I do not change..." (Mal. 3:6).
God is spirit! God is not a human being as you and I
are. Our Mormon (LDS) friends are being taught and deceived into
believing that "God the Father is a glorified and perfected man, a
Personage of flesh and bones - see D & C 130:22 - in which tangible
body an eternal spirit is housed” (Mormon Doctrine by Bruce McConkie,
page 319). However, no
matter what the Mormons FALSELY teach, God is NOT a man nor has He ever
a man (READ Num. 23:19; Job. 9:32; 33:12; Hos. 11:9). "God is
and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth" (John
4:24). God does not have weaknesses and sicknesses of the flesh
as you and I do, "...for a spirit does not have flesh and bones.... "
God is light! "This is the message which we have heard
from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no
darkness at all" (1 John 1:5). There is no darkness (sin) in God.
Therefore (for this reason) we can trust Him for He will not deceive us
(lie to or mislead).
God is love! "He who does not love does not know God, for God
is love" (1 John 4:8). God loves us. He has proved His great love
us by giving His Son to die for our sins. "In this is love, not
we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the
(to pay the price--His death on the cross) for our sins" (1 John 4:10).
God is holy! "You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am
holy" (Lev. 19:2; cf. Ps. 111:9). God is designated as the “Holy
One.” Peter told the Jews: "But you denied the Holy One and the
Just, and asked for a murderer to be granted to you" (Acts 3:14; cf.
Mark 1:23-24; 1 John 2:20). Job said: "I have not concealed the
words of the Holy One" (Job 6:10). "The Holy One of Israel" is common
in the Old Testament (Ps. 89:18; Isa. 1:4; Jer. 50:29).
God is true! He is the True One. “But the Lord is the true
God, he is the living God, and an everlasting king” (Jer. 10:10).
The Word of God is called "Faithful and True" (Rev. 19:11). The
under the altar refer to the Lord as the “holy and true” one (Rev.
6:10). Being in the True One is being in Christ and in God: "And
we know that the Son of God has come and has given us an understanding,
that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His
Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life" (1 John 5:20).
God is faithful! “God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto
the fellowship of his Son” (1 Cor. 1:9). “He is faithful that
promised” (Heb. 10:23). If God is to protect His people from the
devil and his temptations, He must be faithful (2 Thess. 3:3; 1 Cor.
10:13). “Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it” (1
God is righteous! “For the Lord is righteous, He loves
righteousness; His countenance beholds the upright" (Psalms
11:7). All His “commandments are righteousness” (Ps.
119:172). God cannot do any wrong; therefore, He hates all sin
(cf. Prov. 6:16-19).
God is merciful! Although He hates sin, He loves us;
therefore, He is merciful. "The LORD is merciful and gracious, Slow to
anger, and abounding in mercy" (Psalms 103:8). He will forgive
the sins of every alien sinner when their faith in God causes them to
truly repent (make up their minds
to turn away from practicing sin and turn back to God), and be baptized
(immersed in water) for the remission (forgiveness) of sins by the
blood of Jesus
(Acts 2:38; Matthew 26:28).
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