How Great is Our God?

God has attributes of goodness and greatness. Attributes of greatness include spirituality, life, personality, infinity, and constancy.

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Spirituality: God is spirit. He is not composed of matter and does not possess a physical nature.

God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.

John 4:24 (ESV)

Life: God is characterized by life. He is a living God and His existence is independent in that He doesn’t need anything else to exist. His very nature is to be.

Psalm 84:2 (NIV) My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the LORD; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.

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Exodus 3:14(NIV) God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I AM has sent me to you.’

Personality: God is an individual being with self-consciousness, will and the capabilities of feeling, choosing, and having a reciprocal relationship with other personal and social beings. God has a name that He assigns to himself and through which He reveals himself.

Infinity: God is infinite. He is unlimited and unlimitable. He is a limitless being, unlike anything we experience.

  1. Space: God is not subject to the limitations of space
  2. Time: God is not limited by time. Time does not apply to Him. He is not bound    by time.
  3. Knowledge: God’s understanding and knowledge is immeasurable. He has access to all information, to all knowledge.
  4. Power: God is all-powerful. He can do all things which are proper objects of his power.

Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come…Revelation 1:4 (ESV)

Constancy:  God is unchanging. There is no quantitative or qualitative change in God.

Ever.

Hebrews 13:8 (NIV)  Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

What do we mean when we say God is free? God does not have the limitations of a physical body. He is not limited to any geographical or spatial location. God is not bound by space or time. He has all power and knowledge. God is infinite.

God is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow.

Always.

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God’s Word Speaks

Biblical revelation demonstrates God supernaturally directed the writers of Scripture and He did so without usurping their human intelligence, literary style, or personal feelings. The message of Scripture is complete and coherent and recorded without error. The words of Scripture declare the divine authority and nature that inspired them. Even though all of the original manuscripts were lost, thousands of reliable copies exist.

Divinely inspired and humanly written, the accounts of Scripture are continually being demonstrated as accurate through archaeological study. The Bible does not claim to be an exact chronological record of ancient civilization. It’s purpose is not to prove that there is a God. God exists whether we believe He does or not. Scripture is not an exhaustive rule book for moral and ethical behavior, but rather God’s revelation of Himself, His purpose, His principles, and His plan from the first words of Genesis to the last words of Revelation. Through the Bible, you and I can learn who God is and what godliness looks like through the revelation of His attributes.

Why did God do this? Because of His love for us. 

Attributes are permanent qualities. They constitute what God is. God’s attributes describe his very nature. They are essential and inherent dimensions of who God is and are inseparable from the essence of God. God is immanent and transcendent. Immanence means that God is present and active within his creation and within the human race, even those who do not believe in or obey him. God always was, always is, and always will be. Transcendence indicates that God is not restricted to miracles or any other limitations we try to set on Him, but uses even ordinary unbelievers to accomplish his work. He uses technology, human skill, and learning to actively work within his creation. Other examples of God’s attributes are holiness, love, truth, mercy and faithfulness.

Scripture is the Word of God because it says it is. Since truth is an attribute of God then truth is also an attribute of Scripture. 

2 Timothy 3:16 (a) “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness…”

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God the Father  works through the Holy Spirit to convict the reader or hearer of the Gospel of its truth. The Holy Spirit is the one who shows us the reality of our sin. The Holy Spirit shows us that we must repent and come to a right standing with God. God, through His revelation to us through Jesus Christ, the son, the Holy Spirit dwelling in us, and the Scripture, works to give us the understanding we need. This is how we accept the Gospel, come to faith, and are reconciled  with God, our creator.

2 Peter 1:21 (ESV) For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.”

Hebrews 4:12 (NASB)“For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”

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Perhaps you have read the Bible and found it confusing. I urge you to keep reading. Pray and ask God to reveal Himself to you through His Word.

Here is a Basic Bible Reading Plan to get you started.

Blessings.

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What We Believe About God Matters

An accurate understanding of God is necessary if we are going to have a closer personal relationship with Him. Oftentimes we try to make God conform to our image of Him, rather than worshiping God in the fullness of His glory with the fullness of our joy. Many popular or practical concepts of God distort the true essence of all that God is. When we fall into the trap of these miniature concepts of God, we try to force a great big God into a small, limited box.

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“What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.”  A.W. Tozer

These false perceptions have to be corrected if we are going to experience spiritual lives of any real depth and significance. Failing to have a correct view of God creates a ministry that leaves stumbling blocks in the path of others. Distorted thinking about God twist the roles of God and man and our philosophy of life. Wrong doctrine leads to wrong thinking. In order to think clearly and enunciate carefully a right understanding of God, we must begin with right doctrine. Right doctrine leads to right thinking about God.

After the Lord had said these things to Job, he said to Eliphaz the Temanite, “I am angry with you and your two friends, because you have not spoken the truth about me, as my servant Job has. Job 42:7 (NIV)

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