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Firm Foundations One (3 of 11) What Is God Like? (by Mark Tolson)

What Is God Like?

God is the source of all life. He is eternal. He is the Creator of mankind. He reveals Himself to us and we know what He is like. Even though we cannot fully understand Him, He created us for a purpose and invites us to have a relationship with Him.

The Existence Of God

✪ “In the beginning,” referring to the time before the world and mankind were created, God already existed.
Genesis 1:1; John 1:1; Psalm 90:2

✪ Who created God? No one created God. He has life in Himself. He is eternal. These truths are hard to grasp because they surpass our human understanding.
John 5:26; Exodus 3:14

✪ Nothing cannot create something, so in the beginning, something or someone had to exist, and that something or someone has to be eternal. The Bible teaches that someone to be God.

✪ Everything that God has created, including you and me, is evidence to the existence of God.
Romans 1:20–25

The Attributes And Character Of God

✪ Who can tell us what God is like except for God? No one else existed in the beginning except Him. Therefore, for us to know what God is like, He must reveal Himself to us (God gives testimony to Himself).
Isaiah 55:6, Exodus 33:18–33; Titus 2:11; Job 11:7–10

✪ God is the true God and there is no other like Him. He is everything beautiful and the source of true happiness and joy.
Jeremiah 10:10 Psalm 27:4

✪ God is a spirit and invisible.
John 4:24; 1:18

✪ God is independent, unchanging, jealous, and sovereign.
Acts 17:24–25; Numbers 23:19; Exodus 20:5; Isa. 48:11;Ephesians 1:11

✪ God is omnipresent, omniscient, and omnipotent.
Jeremiah 23:23–24; 1 John 3:20; Jeremiah 32:17

✪ God is good, holy, perfect, righteous, and just.
Luke 18:19; Psalm 99:9; Matthew 5:48; Deuteronomy 32:4

✪ God is love, and God hates sin.
1 John 4:8; Romans 1:18

✪ We cannot fully comprehend everything about God because He is infinite and we are finite. If we could know everything about God, that would make us equal to or greater than Him. Therefore, we will never comprehend Him in His entirety.
Psalm 145:3; 147:5; 139:6; 17–18; Romans 11:33-36

The Revelation Of God

✪ God reveals Himself through natural revelation. This means that we can look at the world around us, the trees, the sky, the ocean, the animals, other people, the stars, the moon the sun, and all the complexities that true science discovers and know that there is Someone greater than ourselves, the true God.
Psalms 19:1–6

✪ Although this natural revelation points to the existence of a Creator God, it can only describe Him to a certain degree. Sin has ruined both the earth and mankind. The evil things of the world do not represent God and mankind now looks to material things for purpose, meaning and worship instead of the Creator God.

✪ The natural revelation of God should lead us to the basic question, “What is the reason for our existence?” Creation itself cannot justly answer this question, therefore, we need a special revelation from God Himself. Thankfully, God has answered our questions and revels Himself and His will to us through special revelation (angels, visions, prophets, the Bible, Jesus).
Psalms 19:7–14; Hebrews 1:1–2; 11:1–3, Romans 1:16–22, 19

✪ God revealed Himself through the Bible and His Son Jesus so that we could understand He created us to know Him and enjoy a right relationship with Him. This is similar to a parent choosing to have a child. The parents desire to have a loving relationship with their offspring, and not one of dissension and hate. Because God is perfectly good, the relationship with Him that is offered to us is also perfectly good.
Isaiah 40:28; 43:7 Jeremiah 32:17; Ephesians 1:1–10

✪ Understanding God’s special revelation requires us to humbly come before Him with a heart of faith. Through the eyes of faith we can study God’s Word, the Bible and know His will. Through the ears of faith we can hear the call of God to believe in Jesus, the one who became flesh so that we could know God.
Hebrews 4:2, 12; 11:3; 1 Timothy 3:16; 2 Timothy 3:16; 3:15–17; Romans 10:17, 1 Peter 1:23;John 1:14, 18; Matthew 3:17, Luke 10:22; 19:10

Review Questions

✪ Who created God?
✪ Why did God create us?
✪ How did God reveal Himself to us?
✪ What characteristics does God have?
✪ How can we know God?

Firm Foundations, Book 1, Lesson 2, What Is God Like?
 

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