Wondering who is God in the bible? This comprehensive bible study will help you get answers.
During the ages of time, God has been described as practically everything you can think of, from an unapproachable Rage of Fire to an Almighty Loving Creator. These descriptions go from one extreme to another. Is it any wonder why we are still confused as to who God really is? With so many variations, is any of these descriptions correct? Who is God really ? Is he even real? And what is he like?
Today, I introduce you to the God of the Bible and I can proudly say, the God that I serve :). This first lesson in Who Is God Bible Study series, will take you back to the scriptures, to find out what He has revealed about himself. So hold on to your bibles we'll be using it quite a whole lot in this series. So, let's begin finding answers shall we ...
Throughout the pages of scripture God has always been referred to as our Father and overseer. Why would this be the case? Simple: He was the one that created us. He formed and fashioned us out of the dust, after his image and likeness and he also gave us his god-like qualities and traits. God’s word gives confirmation of his parental authority. As we turn to the Lords' Prayer in Matthew 6: 9-13, we will see one such instance:
"Our Father, which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name"
As you read this in your bible, do you see any question marks behind this sentence? No you do not because this was not a question, it was just a simple fact. It begins in a tone of certainty and it makes a declaration to all who were around, at that time, who God is to us...
No IF's or BUT’s about it.
I have read on the news and even heard of persons asking how can we be certain that God is male? Can’t God be a female? Well, when Jesus spoke this prayer, there was no question of gender in his mind. He was not confused in any way. He knew for a certainty that God is 'our Father'. Now seeing that we are his children, there’s a long list of responsibilities that a father has towards his child. Three main responsibilities comes to mind
If I was to think back over my life, I can definitely say that My Father has performed each of these duties very well. I'm sure that you can say this as well. Aren’t you happy to be a child of the King? The word backs me up 100% when it says:
1 Timothy 5: 8
But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.
In this Who is God bible study topic we've already discovered that God is our Father. Let's see if there is even more to this God that we serve
"I am the LORD, and there is none else, there is no God beside me: I girded thee though thou hast not known me"
Throughout the pages of the bible the word ‘lord’ is written three different ways.
Lord // lord // LORD
Have you ever notice this before? If not, then go to your bible right now, and open it to Psalms 110. It begins with one such example of this word being written in two different ways.
Why is this important?
Because, everyone of these three writings ( Lord ; lord ; LORD ) represents a different name and meaning in the original language. If we were to leave this word as it is, and not dig a little deeper into its original language, we will be limited in our understanding of this text and we will never truly understand what God was expressing to us right here in this verse. Now we can take another look at the verse above…
What do we see?
We see the word LORD. This word LORD, was written in all CAPS as a representation of the word JEHOVAH in the Hebrew language. The name Jehovah is the personal name of God. It means
So who is God? He is expressing to us by this scripture that:
'I am the LORD ( the one bringing into being, life-giver; giver of existence, creator; he who brings to pass; self existent; existing, ever living, as self-consistent and unchangeable ) … and there is none else, there is no God beside me..’
What a wopper of a revelation! I love this Word that we read!
According to what we have now learnt: God is, and has always been the only one sitting on the thrown. There is just one God. He has forever been there and will forever be there. He does not need anyone assistance or help for survival but instead he is the one that is keeping us alive. And even in our times when we forget to call upon him or when others deny him, he is still consistent and unchangeable with his passionate love towards us.
And we've just learnt all this from just one scripture. Actually, we learnt all this from just one word…. :)
He is The Only One, True and Living God. There is none that can say that they were before him, and none that can say that they are next in line. He wants to be the only one sitting on the thrown of our hearts, and does not want to share his glory with another. He is God alone.
God is Spirit, and they that worship him much worship him in Spirit and Truth' John 4: 24
A Spirit cannot be seen. It is invisible to the naked eye. But nevertheless it is still there. God is (as many would describe) that unseen eye that is always watching.
Everything that we see around us was first imagined by God. He first made a plan and then 'spoke' it into existence. He is the Creator. When we think of the word 'create' it means to 'make something out of nothing'. God started with nothing, but made such a wonderful masterpiece.
' This saith the LORD, thy redeemer, and he that formed thee from the womb, I am the Lord that maketh all things; that stretcheth forth the heavens alone; that spreadeth abroad the earth by myself '
He is creative. So when he breathed into man, we became ‘creative’ as well. God made us as he is, creative and with the ability to speak things into existence as he did.
"Therefore I say unto you, all things whatsoever ye pray and ask for, believe that ye have received them, and ye shall have them"
He is the designer of the universe and all that lies within it. He left no stone unturned and left out no details to make certain that everything performed as it should and that nothing disturbed the natural balance of things. What an amazing God he is! There is nothing that God will not give us, once we are walking in his will.
He rules over everything and everyone. There is nothing that he has no control over. He is Lord. Even the wind and the sea obey him when he speaks.
"God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of Heaven and Earth, dwelleth not in temple made with hands"
Was the Bible written by God? Yes it was. Did God take a pen and paper and physically write the Bible? No he did not. However, the information that is written within the pages of this Book was given to man by God. Let's look at 2 Timothy 3:16
' All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:'
What does it say? .... "All scripture" Not some, but all.
This Bible that we read was written thousands of years ago. There is so much information written within the pages of scripture, about past and future events, that it is impossible for man to know these things without God's revealing them to him. God told the prophet Habakkuk to:
'Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.' Habakkuk 2:2
God told the prophet to write down ( or keep a record ) of what I am saying to you. And make it plain so that everyone can see, read and understand, so that he who reads it can 'run' or rather, 'take shelter'.
God loves us so much that he gave us his written word as correction, and instruction, so that we can know where to find a place of safety in the time of trouble. You can always find guidance within the pages of the Bible.
Now that we are finished with answering the questions of your heart, I pray that it was a blessing to discover who God really is.
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