Doctrine, Part Two

What do you believe about God?  Let me list some things that the Bible reveals about God. 

God is spoken of in the masculine gender, not because He is a man like we think of men, but because that’s the way He has chosen to reveal Himself.  A gender neutral Bible has been published, but the problem with that is, that’s not what we have revealed in the original language of the Bible.

God is spirit.  We tend to think of Him in anthropomorphic ways, as though He is in a body like ours, but that is not the case. 

God is eternal.  He has no beginning and no end.  The Bible begins by saying, “In the beginning God…”  This goes against our best rationale, but it is God’s revelation of Himself.

God is omnipotent.  He has all power, therefore, there is nothing that He cannot do.  We tend to think of God as being engaged in some kind of battle with the devil to try and accomplish His will.  His good pleasure will be accomplished perfectly, because He has all power, which of course includes the power to carry out His will.

God is omnipresent, meaning He is everywhere, and He is everywhere at one time.  No one can escape His presence.  We may speak of running from God, but that is actually a misnomer, because wherever we run, God is already there.

God is omniscient.  He knows everything about everything.  We learn as we go along.  We know things today that we did not know yesterday, but God knows everything at one time.  He knows, and tells, the end from the beginning.

A number of others things can be rightfully said, such as God is holy,  God is love, God is good, God is just, and God is unchanging.   He is the first person of the God-head.  We can never capture all that God is in our statements of systematic theology.  He is more than we could ever say.

Do you believe these things about God?  It is amazing grace that He would allow us to know Him in intimate relationship, that He would send His Spirit into our hearts, whereby we are sealed unto the day of redemption.

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