Thursday, February 05, 2009

The person we call God

Jeremiah 9:24 “But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I [am] the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these [things] I delight, saith the LORD.”

Three basic facts

1. God exists. The Bible never explains or tries to prove God’s existence. It merely states God’s existence as a fact.

2. God is a person. He displays all of the characteristics of personality (thinking, acting and feeling).

3. God is a Trinity. God is one, yet exists as three persons - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

God exists

Genesis chapter 1 is the account of Creation. In verse 1, God's existence is simply stated as a fact, without any explanation.

According to Hebrews 11: 1-6, we can know that God exists by faith. Verse 3 states that what is seen is understood by faith.

God is a person

Genesis chapter 2
enumerates several things God did to show that He is a person: He worked, spoke, breathed, planted a garden, commanded, brought the woman to the man, rested, and brought the animals to the man.

John 4:24 states that God is a spirit. Some of the things that a spirit can do are: Matthew 10:20 (speaks); Mark 2:8 (knows); Luke 1:47 (rejoices); Romans 8:26 (helps and intercedes); Romans 8:27 (thinks and intercedes; Romans 15:30 (loves); and Philippians 2:1 (fellowships).

Proverbs 3:19,20 shows that God thinks: “The LORD by wisdom hath founded the earth; by understanding hath he established the heavens. By his knowledge the depths are broken up, and the clouds drop down the dew.”

Isaiah 46:11 shows that God acts: “Calling a ravenous bird from the east, the man that executeth my counsel from a far country: yea, I have spoken it, I will also bring it to pass; I have purposed it, I will also do it.”

God feels joy (Isaiah 62:5), sorrow (Gen. 6:6), compassion (Psalm 145:8) and hate (Psalm 5:5).

God is a Trinity

Deuteronomy 6:4-9 state that God is one. Verses 5 to 9 state our responsibilities: to love God completely, and teach His commandments to our children.

Exodus 20:1-6 state that God is one. This requires that He alone must be worshiped. Verse 5 says that worshiping other gods places us under God’s wrath, punishment or judgment.

In John 6:27 and 1 Peter 1:2, the Father is called God.

In John 1:1, Hebrews 1:8, and 1 John 5:20, the Son is called God.

In Acts 5:3 4, the Holy Spirit is called God.

In Matthew 3:16 17, all three (Father, Son and Spirit) are called God.

Further study (Be like the Bereans! Acts 17:11)

For available sermons, please surf to Sermon / Preaching resources. Sermons are also available from South McGehee Baptist Church, McGehee, Arizona; Central Baptist Church, Lowesville; First Baptist Church, Mountain View, Missouri; Swift Creek Baptist Church; Word of Life Baptist Church, Pottsville, Philadelphia; Palm Springs Baptist Church, California; South Woods Baptist Church; Grove Baptist Church, Ulster; Dudley Baptist Church, United Kingdom; Independent Fundamental Baptist Sermons, Fundamental Christian Radio Broadcasts, Off-Site Audio Page and The Christian Radio Tuner

(1) This ministry does not necessarily endorse or share all the views and opinions expressed in the materials, resources or links mentioned in these posts. Please always refer to the Articles of Faith and Biblical distinctives of Baptists when you study these materials. (2) This lesson is part of the projected 300 plus lessons. From time to time, the lessons will be updated, revised, combined, formatted, and edited to comply with the VOA Simplified English word list. Later on, these lessons will be categorized, numbered sequentially, and made available as PDF downloads. (2) Photo source: ChristianPhotos.Net - Free High Resolution Photos for Christian Publications

No comments: