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Our Christian Faith
Who is God?
Tuesday, November 24, 2009 at 1:39am

God requires every Christian to make sure that he is not deluded and taken in by false teaching.

Let the inspired, inerrant, infallible Holy Bible (sola scriptura), ... and not any earthly Church, or any preacher on earth, ... be your rule of faith.

"Prove all things; hold fast that which is good."  1 Thessalonians 5:21 (KJV)

The NKJV says to "Test all Things".

And, the NASB, an even better translation, says ... "examine everything carefully".

The people of God are called to try the truth, to judge between good and evil, between light and darkness. God has made to them the promise of His Holy Spirit (the 3rd person of our Triune God), and has left them His Word.

The Bereans, when they heard the preaching of Paul, searched the Scriptures daily, determining whether those things were so that he taught them, and many of them believed. So, you too should give heed to instruction and not receive all things without proof and trial that they are not contrary to the wholesome doctrine of the Word of God.

The Christian Triune God is One, but He exists as three Persons ... God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit (Matthew 3:16-17).

A good summary definition of God is “the Supreme Being; the Creator and Ruler of all that is; the Self-existent One who is perfect in power, goodness, and wisdom.”

We know certain things to be true of God for one reason: in His mercy He has condescended to reveal some of His qualities to us. God is spirit, by nature intangible (John 4:24).

God is infinite (1 Timothy 1:17). The infinite nature of God simply means that God exists outside of and is not limited by time or space. Infinite simply means “without limits.” When we refer to God as "infinite," we generally refer to Him with terms like omniscience (all-knowing), omnipotence (has all power and authority), omnipresence (always present .. see Psalm 139:7-12).

Because God is infinite, He is also said to be transcendent, which simply means that God is exceedingly far above creation, and is both greater than creation and independent of it.

What this means is that God is so infinitely above and beyond us and our ability to fully comprehend that, had He not revealed Himself, we would not know or understand what He is like.

But, thankfully, God has not left us in the dark about Himself. Instead, He has revealed Himself to us through both general revelation (creation and our conscience) and special revelation (the Written Word of God, the Bible, and the living Word of God, Jesus Christ).

Therefore, we can know God, and we can know how to be reconciled to Him and how to live according to His will. Despite the fact that we are finite and God is infinite, we can know and understand God as He has revealed Himself to us.

God is incomparable (2 Samuel 7:22), and unchanging (Malachi 3:6). This is why we cannot become gods. (Sorry, Herbie.) We are created beings.

God is not a family. But, we can be adopted into His family. And, we will never become gods. That is the same prideful goal that got Satan kicked out of heaven !!

Thinking correctly about God is of utmost importance because a false idea about God is idolatry.


Belief beyond proof is faith. Belief in spite of proof is folly.

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Amen.

Pete, Sr.

 

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