Who is God?
Sometime in the era around 610-540 B.C. the first Ionian theorists began to seek a reasoned explanation for the events of life. They concluded that the physical world is ordered by a set of natural laws rather than the arbitrary intervention of divine beings. This fits in with the conclusion that thinking people have come to today, that the universe was formed according to a plan with talented purpose. The word of God tells us that God created the universe.
We have seen that the universe was created according to an intelligent design, that nature displays that intelligent design in its complexity and beauty, and that the word of God attests to God’s existence. The question we now face is, who is God?
- Is God male or female?
- Is God Nana or his wife Nigel (the moon god of ancient Ur, the city of the Sumerians)?
- Is God the pantheon of gods such as Osiris, Horus, Ptah, Re, Amon, and Amon-Re?
- Is nature God, or God nature?
All the gods above were just like the people who created them. They had to defeat other gods to come to power and they could be killed and wounded. How could we possibly think of any of them as the intelligent designer of the universe? If we make our decision about who God is by looking at images of him, we are deriving our thoughts of him from human sources rather than from God himself[i]. It is like listening to second-hand gossip without regard to its starting place. It would be an exercise in futility.
When we want to know who someone is: what kind of a person they are; what their character, personality and behavior traits are, and what qualities they possess we ask them about themselves first.
God is not the sort of person that we are and we cannot know him unless he speaks and tells us about himself. He has different goals and his scale of moral and ethical values is higher than our thoughts even go. To use speculative reasoning to understand the brain power behind the creation is the best we can do to understand the Creator’s ways, unless we listen to his own revelation of himself.
What God Says About Himself
God named himself Yahweh (Jehovah) because it describes who he is:
- The third person of the verb heyah TO BE. Whether in the first or third person form, it communicates the One and Only Self-existent One, responsible for all existence, including his own – I AM
- Almighty: omnipotent, beyond measure, unlimited, never-ending, infinite, very great, absolute, invincible, absolute, highest, best, supreme, all-powerful, complete, unchangeable, unlimited, fundamental to all existence.
- “Omnipresent, pure, complete, absolute, magnificent, flawless, unchangeable, accurate.
- Omniscient, all-knowing, all-seeing, accountable and wise. God says that he alone is all-wise.
- He has the power to understand what the highest and best goal is, and the ability and desire to choose and accomplish it.
- The heart of God is wisdom. He is never not wise in all that he does. His almighty wisdom is always active and never fails.
- His unlimited power and non-stop wisdom unite to make him completely credible and worthy of our fullest trust.
- He is completely effective.
- His concern, gentleness, tenderness, sympathy, patience, and yearning compassion are personal.
God says that he is the Creator and Ruler of the universe.
1) He is King of kings and Lord of lords.
2) He is Divine Majesty.
3) He has unlimited dominion over his creatures.
4) He is God Most High, maker of the heavens and the earth.
5) He is the judge of all the earth.
He knows you intimately. You are never out of his thoughts. His love for you is down to earth and rational, with its foundation on previous knowledge of the worst about you along with the best and everything in between; past, present, and future. No discovery about you will ever disillusion him or extinguish his intention to bless you.
He further tells us that he works all things for his own immutable, honorable, and blameless will and for the success of his own unique and loving plan.
1) His strategy is gracious, merciful, long-suffering, forgiving, and abundant in goodness and truth.
2) His judgments are just and terrible and because he is perfect he cannot and will not tolerate sin and its effects forever.
3) He has given his creatures free will.
4) His rule is absolute
As part of creation certain rules and regulations were programed into the order of the environment which determine its accurate function
God enlists our cooperation, appealing to our minds and hearts, in the implementation of these laws.
He informs us of the results, both of enforcing these laws and breaking them.
- God says that he is Spirit – pure spirit without body parts or passions –
Neither male nor female
- He is life itself and the breath of life for his creatures.
- He is omnipresent
- He has no limitations of any kind – there is no place where he is absent.
- He is omnipotent. He has the unlimited ability to do whatever he wants to do.
- He is omniscient – he knows everything past, present, and future.
He says that he is the great I AM; the third person of the verb TO BE. Whether in the first, second, or third person, the word expresses God as THE one and only self-existent one responsible for all existence, including his own. I AM.
- He is the only true and living God, who is infinite in being and perfection.
- He is unchangeable, immeasurable, and timeless.
- He is exactly what and who he always has been and always will be.
- Some of his attributes (the aspects of his being) belong to him alone and no one else can acquire them.
- Some of his attributes he shares with his creatures but possesses himself in unlimited degree.
- All of his attributes have that higher level of superbly perfect existence which the creatures do not.
God is beyond our understanding – he is wisdom itself.
- He is holy, free, and absolute.
- His existence does not depend on anything or anyone else.
He further tells us that he works all things for his own immutable, honorable and blameless will, and for the success of his own unique and loving plan; with a strategy that is gracious, merciful, patient, forgiving, and abundant in goodness and truth. He cannot and will not tolerate sin and its results forever but, since he has given his creatures free will and is not willing that any should perish but desires that all mankind come to the knowledge of the truth, He will not put an end to this present world order until the very last one who will come to him is safe.
God was not created by man. Man is part of God’s universal creation. God is not nature; he is the Creator of nature. God is a spirit, neither male nor female. He is no more a man then a ship is a female. God has written a set of laws that control his creation. He does not control it by whimsical intrusion.
[i] Calling God “him” does not make him a male – God is Spirit