Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Who is God?

View Over Crystal Lake, C.V. Lacroix
Dear God-seekers, today I'd like to ask the question, "Who is God?" Have you ever sat and tried to answer that question? You could try it right now before you read this article. So grab a sheet of paper and a pen, or your keyboard, and attempt to define who God is. Then come and compare that with my definition based on Scripture and see how close you were. So here's Who the Word of God says God is:

God is One
“Jesus answered, "The foremost is, 'Hear, O Israel! The Lord our God is one Lord;” (Mar 12:29)

“You believe that God is one. You do well; the demons also believe, and shudder.” (Jas 2:19)

God is the Only God
"Is it not I, the LORD? And there is no other God besides Me, A righteous God and a Savior; There is none except Me. Turn to Me and be saved, all the ends of the earth; For I am God, and there is no other.” (Isa 45:21b-22)

God is the Great I AM
God said to Moses, "I AM WHO I AM"; and He said, "Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, 'I AM has sent me to you.'" (Exo 3:14)

God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob
He said also, "I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob." Then Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God. (Exo 3:6) 

“God, furthermore, said to Moses, ‘Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, “The LORD, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you.” This is My name forever, and this is My memorial-name to all generations.’” (Exo 3:15)

"But regarding the resurrection of the dead, have you not read what was spoken to you by God: ‘I am the God of Aabraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob'? He is not the God of the dead but of the living." (Mat 22:31-32)

Also see Gen. 31:42,53; Exo. 3:6,16; 4:5; 1Ki. 18:36; 1Ch. 29:18; 2Ch. 30:6; Psa. 47:9; Mat. 22:32; Mark 12:26; Luke 20:37; Acts 3:13; 7:32.

God is the Creator of Heaven and Earth
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” (Gen 1:1)

“May you be blessed of the LORD, Maker of heaven and earth.” (Psa 115:15)

“Who made heaven and earth, The sea and all that is in them; Who keeps faith forever;” (Psa 146:6)

“Lift up your eyes on high And see who has created these stars, The One who leads forth their host by number, He calls them all by name; Because of the greatness of His might and the strength of His power, Not one of them is missing.” (Isa 40:26)

“For thus says the LORD, who created the heavens (He is the God who formed the earth and made it, He established it and did not create it a waste place, but formed it to be inhabited), "I am the LORD, and there is none else.” (Isa 45:18)

“Thus says the LORD, ‘Heaven is My throne and the earth is My footstool. Where then is a house you could build for Me? And where is a place that I may rest? For My hand made all these things, Thus all these things came into being,’ declares the LORD. ‘But to this one I will look, To him who is humble and contrite of spirit, and who trembles at My word.’” (Isa 66:1-2)

“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 came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.” (Joh 1:1-3)

“God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world.” (Heb 1:1-2)

God is the Maker of All Mankind
“The rich and the poor have a common bond, The LORD is the maker of them all.” (Pro 22:2)

“Come, let us worship and bow down, Let us kneel before the LORD our Maker.” (Psa 95:6)

"And He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation, that they would seek God, if perhaps they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us;" (Act 17:26-27)

God is Worthy to Receive Glory, Honor, and Power
"Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and because of Your will they existed, and were created." (Rev 4:11)

God is the Head of Christ
“But I want you to understand that Christ is the head of every man, and the man is the head of a woman, and God is the Head of Christ.” (1Co 11:3)

God is a Consuming Fire, a Jealous God
“Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe; for our God is a consuming fire.” (Heb 12:28-29)

"For the LORD your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God.” (Deu 4:24)

“A jealous and avenging God is the LORD; The LORD is avenging and wrathful. The LORD takes vengeance on His adversaries, And He reserves wrath for His enemies.” (Nah 1:2)

God is Holy
“Yet You are holy, O You who are enthroned upon the praises of Israel.” (Psa 22:3)

“In the year of King Uzziah's death I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, lofty and exalted, with the train of His robe filling the temple. Seraphim stood above Him, each having six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one called out to another and said, ‘Holy, Holy, Holy, is the LORD of hosts, The whole earth is full of His glory.’ And the foundations of the thresholds trembled at the voice of him who called out, while the temple was filling with smoke.” (Isa 6:1-4)

“The first creature was like a lion, and the second creature like a calf, and the third creature had a face like that of a man, and the fourth creature was like a flying eagle. And the four living creatures, each one of them having six wings, are full of eyes around and within; and day and night they do not cease to say, ‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God, the Almighty, who was and who is and who is to come.’"  (Rev 4:7-8)

"Who will not fear, O Lord, and glorify Your name? For You alone are holy; for all the nations will come and worship before You, for your righteous acts have been revealed." (Rev 15:4)

God is Righteous
"Therefore the LORD has kept the calamity in store and brought it on us; for the LORD our God is righteous with respect to all His deeds which He has done, but we have not obeyed His voice.” (Dan 9:14)

"They will say of Me, 'Only in the LORD are righteousness and strength.' Men will come to Him, And all who were angry at Him will be put to shame.” (Isa 45:24)

“Your righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, And Your law is truth.” (Psa 119:142)

God is Witness
“For we never came with flattering speech, as you know, nor with a pretext for greed--God is witness.” (1Th 2:5)

"Yet you say, 'For what reason?' Because the LORD has been a witness between you and the wife of your youth, against whom you have dealt treacherously, though she is your companion and your wife by covenant." (Mal 2:14)

“If we receive the testimony of men, the testimony of God is greater; for the testimony of God is this, that He has testified concerning His Son.” (1Jn 5:9)

God is True
"He who has received His testimony has set his seal to this, that God is true.” (Joh 3:33)

God Knows All Things
“For God is greater than our heart and knows all things.” (1Jn 3:20b)

"Even before there is a word on my tongue, behold, O Lord, You know it all." (Ps 139:4)

“Who has directed the Spirit of the LORD, Or as His counselor has informed Him? With whom did He consult and who gave Him understanding? And who taught Him in the path of justice and taught Him knowledge And informed Him of the way of understanding?” (Isa 40:13-14)

God is Judge
“God is a righteous judge, And a God who has indignation every day.” (Psa 7:11)

“But God is the Judge; He puts down one and exalts another.” (Psa 75:7)

"Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat upon it, from whose presence earth and heaven fled away, and no place was found for them. And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and books were opened; and another book was opened, which is the book of life; and the dead were judged from the things which were written in the books, according to their deeds." (Rev 20:11-12)

God is Opposed to the Proud
“But He gives a greater grace. Therefore it says, ‘God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble.’" (Jas 4:6)

“You younger men, likewise, be subject to your elders; and all of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, for God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” (1Pe 5:5)

God is Gracious and Compassionate
"For the LORD your God is a compassionate God;” (Deu 4:31)

“Gracious is the LORD, and righteous; Yes, our God is compassionate.” (Psa 116:5)

"For if you return to the LORD, your brothers and your sons will find compassion before those who led them captive and will return to this land. For the LORD your God is gracious and compassionate, and will not turn His face away from you if you return to Him."  (2Ch 30:9)

God is Love
“The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love.” (1Jn 4:8)

“We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.” (1Jn 4:16)

God is Good
"And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good except God alone." (Mk 10:18).

"Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, For His lovingkindness is everlasting." (Ps 107:1)

God is the God of gods
"For the LORD your God is the God of gods and the Lord of lords, the great, the mighty, and the awesome God who does not show partiality nor take a bribe.
(Deu 10:17)

“The king answered Daniel and said, Surely your God is a God of gods and a Lord of kings and a revealer of mysteries, since you have been able to reveal this mystery.’ " (Dan 2:47)

God is Eternal
"The eternal God is a dwelling place, And underneath are the everlasting arms; And He drove out the enemy from before you, And said, 'Destroy!'” (Deu 33:27)

"Behold, God is exalted, and we do not know Him; The number of His years is unsearchable.” (Job 36:26)

“Before the mountains were born Or You gave birth to the earth and the world, Even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God.” (Psa 90:2)

“But You, O LORD, abide forever, And Your name to all generations.” (Psa 102:12)

“Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth Does not become weary or tired. His understanding is inscrutable.” (Isa 40:28)

“Are You not from everlasting, O LORD, my God, my Holy One?” (Hab 1:12a)

“For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.” (Rom 1:20)

"I am the Alpha and the Omega," says the Lord God, "who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty." (Rev 1:8)

God is Great
“The LORD is great in Zion, And He is exalted above all the peoples.” (Psa 99:2)

“For I know that the LORD is great And that our Lord is above all gods.” (Psa 135:5)

"God is greater than man.”  (Job 33:12b)

“Behold, the nations are like a drop from a bucket, And are regarded as a speck of dust on the scales; Behold, He lifts up the islands like fine dust…All the nations are as nothing before Him, They are regarded by Him as less than nothing and meaningless.” (Isa 40:15,17)

God is Mighty
"Behold, God is mighty but does not despise any; He is mighty in strength of understanding.” (Job 36:5)

God is Exalted
"Behold, God is exalted in His power; Who is a teacher like Him?” (Job 36:22)

"Behold, God is exalted, and we do not know Him; The number of His years is unsearchable.” (Job 36:26)

God is Awesome
"Out of the north comes golden splendor; Around God is awesome majesty.” (Job 37:22)

God is Glorious
"And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God and from His power; and no one was able to enter the temple until the seven plagues of the seven angels were finished." (Rev 15:8)

God is the King Eternal, Immortal, Invisible – the only God
“For God is the King of all the earth.” (Psa 47:7a)

“Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.” (1Ti 1:17)

“To Him be dominion forever and ever. Amen.” (1Pe 5:11)

“Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, And Your dominion endures throughout all generations.” (Psa 145:13)

“God reigns over the nations, God sits on His holy throne.” (Psa 47:8)

“He rules by His might forever; His eyes keep watch on the nations; Let not the rebellious exalt themselves. Selah.” (Psa 66:7)

"How great are His signs And how mighty are His wonders! His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom And His dominion is from generation to generation.” (Dan 4:3)

"He was also driven away from mankind, and his heart was made like that of beasts, and his dwelling place was with the wild donkeys. He was given grass to eat like cattle, and his body was drenched with the dew of heaven until he recognized that the Most High God is ruler over the realm of mankind and that He sets over it whomever He wishes.” (Dan 5:21)

"The LORD shall reign forever and ever." (Exo 15:18)

“You, O LORD, rule forever; Your throne is from generation to generation.” (Lam 5:19)

"And they sang the song of Moses, the bond-servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying,  'Great and marvelous are Your works, O Lord God, the Almighty; Righteous and true are Your ways, King of the nations! Who will not fear, O Lord, and glorify Your name? For You alone are holy; For all the nations will come and worship before you, for your righteous acts have been revealed.'" (Rev 15:3-4)

Also see Revelation 4.

God is a Victorious Warrior
"The LORD your God is in your midst, A victorious Warrior. He will exult over you with joy, He will be quiet in His love, He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy.” (Zep 3:17)

God is a Refuge
“God is a refuge for us.” (Psa 62:8b)

God is a God of Deliverance
“God is to us a God of deliverances; And to GOD the Lord belong escapes from death.”  (Psa 68:20)

God is a Sun and Shield
“For the LORD God is a sun and shield; The LORD gives grace and glory; No good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly.” (Psa 84:11)

God is Light
“This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all.” (1Jn 1:5)

God is in the Heavens
“But our God is in the heavens; He does whatever He pleases.” (Psa 115:3)

The Lord is My Shepherd
“The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want.” (Psa 23:1)

God Cares
"Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you." (1 Pe 5:7, NIV)

God is My Helper
“Behold, God is my helper; The Lord is the sustainer of my soul.” (Psa 54:4)

God is Our Strength
“God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble.” (Psa 46:1)

“The Lord GOD is my strength, And He has made my feet like hinds' feet, And makes me walk on my high places. For the choir director, on my stringed instruments.” (Hab 3:19)

“My flesh and my heart may fail, But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” (Psa 73:26)

God is Salvation
"Behold, God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid; For the LORD GOD is my strength and song, And He has become my salvation."  (Isa 12:2)

God is the One Who Justifies
Who will bring a charge against God's elect? God is the one who justifies;” (Rom 8:33)

"In the LORD all the offspring of Israel Will be justified and will glory." (Isa 45:25)

God is Faithful
“God is faithful, through whom you were called into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.” (1Co 1:9)

“No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.” (1Co 10:13)

God is Able
Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, (Eph 3:20)

“And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed;” (2Co 9:8)

God is All-Powerful
“'Ah Lord GOD! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and by Your outstretched arm! Nothing is too difficult for You, who shows lovingkindness to thousands, but repays the iniquity of fathers into the bosom of their children after them, O great and mighty God. The LORD of hosts is His name; great in counsel and mighty in deed, whose eyes are open to all the ways of the sons of men, giving to everyone according to his ways and according to the fruit of his deeds;” (Jer 32:17-19)

"Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh; is anything too difficult for Me?" (Jer 32:27)

"Even from eternity I am He, And there is none who can deliver out of My hand; I act and who can reverse it?" (Isa 43:13)

"For the LORD of hosts has planned, and who can frustrate it? And as for His stretched-out hand, who can turn it back?" (Isa 14:27)

“Then Job answered the LORD and said, ‘I know that You can do all things, And that no purpose of Yours can be thwarted.’” (Job 42:1-2)

“There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan that can succeed against the Lord.” (Pr 21:30, NIV)

“He considered that God is able to raise people even from the dead, from which he also received him back as a type.” (Heb 11:19)

"Why is it considered incredible among you people if God does raise the dead?” (Act 26:8)

And looking at them Jesus said to them, "With people this is impossible, but with God all things are possible." (Mat 19:26)

God is Spirit
"God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth." (Joh 4:24)

God is Everywhere
“Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence?” (Psa 139:7)

God is Wise and Strong
“Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.” (1Co 1:25)

God is Without Equal
“To whom then will you liken God? Or what likeness will you compare with Him?” (Isa 40:18)

"’To whom then will you liken Me That I would be his equal?’ says the Holy One.” (Isa 40:25)

Now let's see who God is not, what He is not like, and what He will never do.

God Does Not Change
“For I, the LORD, do not change; therefore you, O sons of Jacob, are not consumed.” (Mal 3:6)

"Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows." (Jas 1:17, NIV)

God is Not a Man That He Should Lie
"God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent; Has He said, and will He not do it? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?” (Num 23:19)

God Cannot Be Tempted By Evil and Does Not Tempt Anyone
"Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, and He Himself does not tempt anyone." (Jas 1:13)

There is No Unrighteousness in God
"The Lord is upright; He is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him." (Ps 92:15b)

God Will Not Fail You
"He will not fail you nor destroy you nor forget the covenant with your fathers which He swore to them.” (Deu 4:31b)

God Does Not Become Weary or Tired
“Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth does not become weary or tired. His understanding is inscrutable.” (Isa 40:28)

“Behold, He who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.” (Psa 121:4)

God is Not Dependent on Man 
"Nor is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything, since He Himself gives to all people life and breath and all things;" (Act 17:25)

God Does Not Show Partiality
“Opening his mouth, Peter said: ‘I most certainly understand now that God is not one to show partiality…’” (Act 10:34)

“For there is no partiality with God.” (Rom 2:11)

God is Not a God of Confusion
“For God is not a God of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints.” (1Co 14:33)

God is Not Mocked
“Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap.” (Gal 6:7)

God Will Not Give His Praise to Graven Images
"Thus says God the LORD, Who created the heavens and stretched them out, Who spread out the earth and its offspring, Who gives breath to the people on it And spirit to those who walk in it, I am the LORD, I have called You in righteousness, I will also hold You by the hand and watch over You, And I will appoint You as a covenant to the people, As a light to the nations, To open blind eyes, To bring out prisoners from the dungeon And those who dwell in darkness from the prison. I am the LORD, that is My name; I will not give My glory to another, Nor My praise to graven images." (Isa 42:5-8)

God is Not Unjust
“For God is not unjust so as to forget your work and the love which you have shown toward His name, in having ministered and in still ministering to the saints.” (Heb 6:10)

God is Not Ashamed to Be Called Their God
“All these died in faith, without receiving the promises, but having seen them and having welcomed them from a distance, and having confessed that they were strangers and exiles on the earth. For those who say such things make it clear that they are seeking a country of their own. And indeed if they had been thinking of that country from which they went out, they would have had opportunity to return. But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God; for He has prepared a city for them.” (Heb 11:13-16)

Putting it All Together
God is one. He is the only God, the Great “I AM Who I AM.” He is the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the Creator of heaven and earth, the Maker of all mankind, the Head of Christ. He is a consuming Fire, a jealous God. He is holy and righteous. God is Witness, and He is True. He knows all things. God is Judge, and He is opposed to the proud. Yet He is gracious and compassionate, giving grace to the humble. God is love. He is good. He is eternal, great, mighty, exalted, awesome, immortal, and invisible. He is the King and the God of gods. He is a Victorious Warrior, a Refuge, a God of deliverance, a Sun and Shield. He is Light. He is in the Heavens. The Lord is My Shepherd. He cares. He is our Helper and our Strength. God is Salvation. He is the One who justifies. He is faithful, He is able, He is wise and strong. He is all-powerful! God is Spirit. He is everywhere. He is worthy to receive glory, honor, and power.

God does not change. He is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should repent. He  cannot be tempted by evil and does not tempt anyone. He will not fail you nor destroy you nor forget the covenant. God is not one to show partiality, and there is no partiality with God. God is not a God of confusion but of peace. God is not dependent on any mortal man. He does not become weary or tired. Nothing is too difficult for Him. God is not mocked. God is not unjust. He will not give his praise to graven images. God is not ashamed to be called the God of those who live by faith in Him.

Have you put your faith in Him? Do you trust in Him with all your heart? Do you love Him with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength? Are you holy, even as He is holy? Do you give thanks to Him in all things? Do you obey His commandments? Do you give Him the praise that is rightly due Him? Are you living according to His ways of life? Have you repented and asked Him to forgive you of all your sins? Are you prepared to meet your God? Do you know Him?

Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." (Jn 14:6). He is the image of the invisible God (Col 1:15). He is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his nature, sustaining all things by his powerful word (Heb 11:3a). I urge you to give your life to Him today, so that He may truly be your Lord and Savior.

Who is God? - Part II

Attribution notice: Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. Where note, Scriptures taken from The Holy Bible, New International Version® NIV®.The "View Over Crystal Lake" painting by my seventeen-year old daughter, C.V. Lacroix. You can find more of her lovely artwork at A Brush with Life.

Author's note: You are invited to read Who is God? - Part II, The Loving God Who Bids Us to Come, The Bodily Form of God the Father, Is Jesus God?, The Difference Between a Disciple and a Believer, The Cost of Discipleship, and Ask for the Ancient Paths. You may access the Main Directory for this Seeking the Lord blog for more articles like this, as well as my complete blog directory at "Writing for the Master."

Do You Want to Know Him?
If you want to know Jesus personally, you can. It all begins when you repent and believe in Jesus.  Do you know what God's Word, the Bible says?

“Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God, and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.’” (Mar 1:14b-15).  He preached that we must repent and believe.

Please see my explanation of this in my post called "Do You Want to Know Jesus?"
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Len Lacroix is the founder of Doulos Missions International.  He was based in Eastern Europe for four years, making disciples, as well as helping leaders to be more effective at making disciples who multiply, developing leaders who multiply, with the ultimate goal of planting churches that multiply. His ministry is now based in the United States with the same goal of helping fulfill the Great Commission. www.dmiworld.org.

4 comments:

  1. Awesome God,i used to wonder where He came from, trying to imagine how everything was before He created everything. But, its beyond Human comprehension, He has always been in existence, no beginning and no end. He is everywhere at the same time, so so amazing. this is really important, knowing God, 1 john 2:3 we know that we have come to know Him if we keep His commands. this helps us to be like Him, and to stay away from dirty things.
    it has personally helped me.Thank you. i have sketched these attributes somewhere i can check quickly and as many times. God bless you.

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    1. Amen, sister Sherry! He is Awesome! God bless you, too.

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