The churches of Christ Greet You (Romans )
Referring to non-believers, Paul said "they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator" (Romans RSV).
What is the truth about God?
The existence of God is evident from His works:
glory of God;
And the firmament shows His handiwork.
Day unto day utters speech,
And night unto night reveals knowledge.
There is no speech nor language
Where their voice is not heard.
Their line has gone out through all the earth,
And their words to the end of the world"
"For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man -- and birds and four-footed beasts and creeping things" (Romans -23).
The transcendence of God is evident "being understood by the things that are made." Yet many have rejected the one true God, and adhere to some fake materialistic religion. Others choose to be completely irreligious: "The fool has said in his heart, 'There is no God'" (Psalm 14:1).
God is Creator.
"In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. Then God said, 'Let there be light'; and there was light" (Genesis 1:1-3). Notice that the Spirit of God and the Word of God were active in creation. God spoke the universe into being by the power of His Spirit.
The creative Word of God later came as Savior in the person of Jesus Christ: "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made" (John 1:1-3).
God is one.
"The Lord our God, the Lord is one" (Mark ).
"For even if there are so-called gods, whether in heaven or on earth (as there are many gods and many lords), yet for us there is only one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we for Him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, through whom are all things, and through whom we live" (1 Corinthians 8:5,6).
In Scripture the one true God is revealed as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Christians are baptized "in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit" (Matthew 28:19).
God is sovereign. John testified: "And I heard, as it were, the voice of a great multitude, as the sound of many waters and as the sound of mighty thunderings, saying, 'Alleluia! For the Lord God Omnipotent reigns!'" (Revelation 19:6).
God has spoken.
God has made His will known to man:
"He has shown
man, what is good;
And what does the Lord require of you
But to do justly,
To love mercy,
And to walk humbly with your God?"
The law of the Lord is perfect,
The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple;
The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart;
The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes;
The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever;
The judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.
More to be desired are they than gold,
Yea, than much fine gold;
Sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.
Moreover by them your servant is warned,
And in keeping them there is great reward"
"God who at various times and in different 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 His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high" (Hebrews 1:1-3).
"For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account" (Hebrews ,13).
God will judge.
"God shall judge the righteous and the wicked" (Ecclesiastes ).
"He shall judge the world in righteousness, and He shall administer judgment for the peoples in uprightness" (Psalm 9:8).
"So then each of us shall give account of himself to God" (Romans ).
"Therefore, since we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, something shaped by art and man's devising. Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead" (Acts -31).
God is love (1 John 4:8).
"God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8).
"The Lord lives!
Blessed be my Rock!
Let God be exalted,
The Rock of my salvation!"
(2 Samuel 22:47).
Truly my soul silently waits for God;
From Him comes my salvation.
He only is my rock and my salvation"
"But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life" (Titus 3:4-7).
God sent His Son.
"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God" (John -18).
"In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins" (1 John 4:9,10).
"And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son as Savior of the world." (1 John 4:14).
"And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent" (John 17:3).
God sent His Spirit.
"But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, 'Abba, Father!'" (Galatians 4:4-6).
"God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord" (1 Corinthians 1:9).
God "has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began, but has now been revealed by the appearing of our Savior Jesus Christ, who has abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel" (2 Timothy 1:9,10).
"Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust" (2 Peter 1:2-4).
"But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you. To Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen" (1 Peter ,11).
God is worthy to be praised.
"Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in His holy mountain" (Psalm 48:1).
Praise the Lord!
Praise, O servants of the Lord,
Praise the name of the Lord!
Blessed be the name of the Lord
From this time forth and forevermore!
From the rising of the sun to its going down
The Lord's name is to be praised"
Oh, sing to the Lord a new song!
Sing to the Lord, all the earth.
Sing to the Lord, bless his name;
Proclaim the good news of His salvation from day to day.
Declare His glory among the nations,
His wonders among all peoples.
For the Lord is great and greatly to be praised;
He is to be feared above all gods.
For all the gods of the peoples are idols,
But the Lord made the heavens.
Honor and majesty are before Him;
Strength and beauty are in His sanctuary.
Give to the Lord, O kindreds of the peoples,
Give to the Lord glory and strength.
Give to the Lord the glory due His name;
Bring an offering, and come into His courts.
Oh, worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness!
Tremble before Him, all the earth.
Say among the nations,
'The Lord reigns;
The world also is firmly established,
It shall not be moved;
He shall judge the peoples righteously.'
Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad;
Let the sea roar, and all its fullness;
Let the field be joyful, and all that is in it.
Then all the trees of the woods will rejoice before the Lord.
For He is coming, for He is coming to judge the earth.
He shall judge the world with righteousness,
And the peoples with His truth"
I will extol You, my God, O King;
And I will bless Your name forever and ever.
Every day I will bless You,
And I will praise Your name forever and ever.
Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised;
And His greatness is unsearchable"
"I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised" (Psalm 18:3).
What is the truth about God?
God is. God is Creator. God is one. God reigns. God has spoken. God will judge. God is love. God saves. God sent His Son. God sent His Spirit. God calls. God is worthy to be praised.
Will you serve the one true God?
Believe in God. Believe in His only begotten Son, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Confess His name. Repent. Be baptized in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit for the forgiveness of your sins. Rise from the waters of baptism, born anew to serve the one true God in spirit and truth. Serve Him faithfully until death and He will give you the crown of life.