“Understanding Who God Is”

“Behold God is great, and we know him not, neither can the number of his years be searched out.”–Job 36:26

Understanding God in all of His fullness is impossible. In fact, Job says that God is infinitely beyond our understanding. However, does that mean we should avoid the subject all together? Of course not, because God has made many of His traits and attributes understandable.
 
We see that God reveals himself to us through His Word. Through reading and carefully looking into God’s Word, we are able to learn about who God is, how He responds, and how He reveals himself to us.
 
God can only be known to the extent He reveals himself. God has revealed himself to us through His natural creation, as a personal God to His people, and subsequently, supernaturally in the incarnation of God’s Son, Jesus Christ.
 
A few things God’s Word shows us about the nature of God is:
  • God is Spirit;
  • God exists everywhere and knows everything: and
  •  God is unchangeable and incomparable.

Another key to understanding God is a study of His attributes. These characteristics, as revealed to us through God’s Word, are crucial to understanding the truth about God, who He is, what He is like, and what He does.


Some of the attributes of God is that He is wisdom. He is that Father who truly knows best. He is infinite for He has no boundaries, and He is without measure. Isaiah speaks of the sovereignty of the God who is in control of every- thing that happens. Additionally, He is omniscient – all knowing; omnipotent – all powerful; and omnipresent – everywhere. We see God’s omniscience in knowing every thought of man; His omnipotence is His every creation, and His omnipresence in the Garden of Eden as Adam and Eve attempted to hide from God, but God found them in the cool of the day.


Another avenue to understanding who God is: examining the words of Jesus. Jesus said in John 14:9, “He who has seen Me has seen the Father.” Jesus Christ came to reveal God, the Father. Jesus shows us that the Father is intimately concerned with the whole of creation. Even the falling sparrow gains His attention; yet, Jesus said human beings are more valuable than sparrows, and the Father is deeply concerned with His master plan for humanity.


Jesus additionally shows us that God, the Father, sends rain on the just and the unjust. He is kind to unthankful and evil human beings. He is merciful, putting up with much from a wayward mankind. He is patient toward us, always hoping for full repentance. As a human, Jesus demonstrated the way the Father thinks and lives. Truly, He came to reveal the Father. It is through Christ, Himself – through His life and work, that we more completely comprehend the Father’s nature.

We see though Christ that God is good, holy, and full of love. Jesus told the parable of the lost in Luke 15: the lost sheep, the lost coin, and the prodigal son. The Shepard leaves the 99 in the fold in search of the lost one; likewise, God searches for the lost one. While the owner searches without giving up, so God never gives up on His quest for the salvation of mankind. Finally, we see the love of God as the prodigal came home. The father forgave, received, and restored his lost son. How grateful we are for the forgiveness, love, and restoration of our heavenly Father.


As we enter into this season of Thanksgiving, let us ever be grateful and thankful to God, our Father, for His goodness and many blessing! Until then, let us continue…
 
Changing Lives for Eternity,
 

Pastor Terry & Tina Richardson