Foundation of Our Faith - Part 2
What is God really like.
1 God is a Person.
God is not a force or an influence or just a higher power; God creates. (Genesis 1:1) God creates and to do that involves a mind and a will. (Genesis 1:28) He communicates, which takes a mind with a purpose, and a will and with emotion. To see all three of the basic elements of personhood together (Genesis. 6:5-7) To underscore the personhood of God, look at (Jeremiah Ch 10: 1-10a) Here Jeremiah contrasts the living God with the idols of his day. We are very likely to meet a similar view among followers of the New Age Movement, which says that God is in everything and everything is God; In their eyes he is not Lord over creation, he is just a part of it.
The Bible teaches that God is a Person. And that God is not just in the world; He is the one who made the world. And the fact that God is a person, and that he has personality. Because God is a person then anybody anywhere can know Him and communicate with Him, personally, person to person. Christianity is first and foremost a relationship with a person.
2 God is a Spirit.
(John. 4:19-24) The Jews said God should be worshipped in Jerusalem in Mount Zion. The Samaritans said that He was to be worshipped in Mount Gerizim. Because God is a spirit it means that God can be worshipped anywhere. Not just in Mount Zion and not just in Mount Gerizim. Not even just in a church building, God can be worshipped anywhere. God can be met with and worshipped, anywhere. God is not handcuffed to any place, or any pulpit, or any church.
3 God is Eternal
Moses tells us this (Deut. 33:27). Paul 2000 years later states (1 Tim. 1:17) Psalm 90:2 speaking of God says, “Before the mountains were brought forth, or You ever had formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, you are God.” Because Gods is eternal our relationship with him, cannot, will not ever be broken, not by him anyway. Gods relationship with us will never be broken by him in any circumstances.
God is an eternal, spiritual person and since God is a person, we can know Him, personally. Not just have a knowledge about Him but know him personally. Since God is a person it is only possible to know Him personally. Since God is a Spirit it is only possible to get to know him better by growing spiritually. Since God is eternal, it is possible not only to know Him now, but know Him better and better, forever and ever..... Break.
GOD THE FATHER?
God is the Father of humanity in four unique ways.
1 Father of Jesus Christ
God is the Father of Jesus Christ. (John 1:18), (Eph. 3:14), (Matt. 3:17). Even though there is a Father Son relationship there was never a time when Christ had not existed. (Isaiah 9:6) The Child is born. The Son is not born; He is given. The Baby in Bethlehem was born, but the life already existed in the Son, who is eternal. Jesus Christ did not become Gods Son at His birth or even at his baptism as some teach. The bible teaches that God is an eternal Father.
2 Father of Creation
(1 Corinthians 8:6) says; He is the creator of everything; all things came from Him. Genesis tells us God created not only light, but all the heavenly bodies like the sun, moon, and stars. The bible also tells us God created angels (Job1:6, 2:1, 38:7) And he created all men and women. God is the Creator of all of creation and all creatures within that creation.
3 Father of Israel
God is also the Father of Israel (Ex. 4:21-22). God had a special intimate relationship with Israel. He chose to express this by the image of a Father and Son. The difference is that with Israel he made a specific promise and He will continue to work his salvation purposes through them, whereas with other nations He is not obligated to do so.
4 Father of Believers.
Father of all who trust Jesus Christ. (John. 1:12-13 NIV). All humans are God’s creatures; but only those who trust Christ are God’s children. Complete fatherhood by birth, re-birth and adoption. Those who trust Christ are children of God by regeneration (Being born again) and adoption. (Galatians 4: 6-7)
As a Father God Provides for his children Because he loves His children He provides for them physically. (Matthew 6: 25-26) God not only provides physically, He also provides spiritually, with spiritual blessings. (Eph. 1:3).
Father God Protects his Children. When we think of protection we inclined to think of physical danger. He also protects them from Satan and sin the way a shepherd protects his sheep.
Father God Disciplines his children. As a loving Father, God also disciplines His children (Heb. 12:5-7). Love and discipline are two concepts not generally put together, but they are in the bible. (Prov. 13:24).
Where do you get your concept of God? Do you may think of Him as a policeman, or as a judge who only punishes lawbreakers. Sadly, for some they cannot call upon any image of a human father to represent God to them because their experience of fatherhood has been one of abuse. Our concept of God’s love should come from the Scripture and if it does we will see Him as a loving Father. His love for us is totally unselfish and never moody.
God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8 NIV)
It is not your love for God, but God’s love for you, that should first occupy the mind of the believers. If you do you can then love God because He first loved you. Because He loves you as a father loves a child…. Amen.