God

God has revealed himself to us in the Bible – so we can know him. We could spend an eternity on this subject – in fact, one ‘day’ we will. Does everyone really have a sense of God? What is he like? Come up with some words that you think describe him then go (slowly) through the texts below…

Romans 1:19-21, 2:14,15
•Everyone has a sense of God through creation and conscience (sometimes called ‘general revelation’- special revelation’ is ours in Christ and the Bible)

Deuteronomy 7:21
•God is great and awesome – striking awe into our hearts

1 Chronicles 29:13
•Glorious – stunning, beautiful, enormously important…

1Timothy 6:16
•He lives in unapproachable light – this is his glory

1 Tim 1:17, John 1:18
•He is invisible; we cannot see him but he has made himself know in his Son, Jesus; he has ‘enfleshed’ himself (John 1:14), God ‘with skin on’

Genesis 17:1
•He is almighty, all-powerful, omnipotent; nothing is impossible for God

Psalm 139:1-6
•He is all-knowing; ‘he knows everything about everything and everyone all the time’; he even knows everything simultaneously; he is omniscient

Psalm 139:7-10
•He is everywhere and inescapable; he is omnipresent

1 Peter 1:15; Habakkuk 1:13
•He is holy (as the Bible says many times); he is too pure even to look on evil

1 John 1:5
•He is ‘light’ and in him ‘there is no darkness at all’ – not even a shadow – he is completely holy and good

1 John 4:8
•‘God is love’ (here and in v16)
•This must mean more than saying God is loving; it must mean something like that it is natural for God to love; love comes from God, he is the source of love
•So in 1 John ‘God is light’ and ‘God is love’ – his love is always holy, his holiness is always full of love

Romans 16:27, 11:33
•The only wise God, deep & rich in knowledge & wisdom

Genesis 21:33, Psalm 90:2
•Eternal, before the mountains were born, from everlasting to everlasting

Malachi 3:6
•Unchanging
•Perfection does not need to change or improve but it does not mean static like a statue because God is living and active

Acts 17:25
•Independent – he does not need his creation but his creation completely needs him; he did not create people so he had someone to love; he has eternally loved in the family fellowship of Father, Son and Holy Spirit

Matthew 28:19, 2 Corinthians 13:14
•Trinity – the word is not used in the Bible but the idea is all over the Bible; not three gods or one God in three guises but one God in three persons

Acts 14:17
•The kindness of God – as we see in the harvest and in the joy we get from food!

Psalm 62:11,12
•Loving (strong love)

Ephesians. 2:4
•Merciful – rich in mercy! He has lots of it!

Psalm 86:5, Psalm 130:3,4
•Forgiving, he does not keep a record of sins, there is forgiveness with him

Deuteronomy 32:4, 2 Thessalonians 1:6
•Just – all his ways are just and ‘he will pay back trouble to those who trouble you’

Psalm 7:11; Romans 1:18
•Angry – he expresses his wrath every day (as well as his grace); he is actively angry and he expresses his anger by giving people over to their own self-destructive sinful desires and actions (24,26,28)

2 Peter 3:9
•Patient – so people have time to repent

Psalm 86:5
•Good – good can mean pure/right and also kind; both apply to God; his righteousness is not self-righteousness

1 Thessalonians 1:9; Hebrews 10:31
•Living – unlike idols, false gods, God speaks and acts in the world; he is not a deaf, dumb, dead statue; it is a dreadful thing to fall into his hands!

John 17:3, 2 Corinthians 8:5,6
•The only true God – there is no other

Deuteronomy 7:9, 1 Corinthians 10:13, 1 John 1:9
•Faithful – he is faithful to his people and to his promises (to his people); he is a covenant-maker, a promise-keeper
•He will not let us be tempted beyond what we can bear and he will forgive us when we confess our sins