IN THE BEGINNING THE BIBLE DECLARES THE PRE-EXISTENCE OF GOD, AND HIS EXISTENCE IS A SETTLED FACT.
THE OPENING LINE OF GOD'S
WORD SIMPLY READS
" IN THE BEGINNING GOD...."
The existence of God is the foundation to understanding the bible and also life itself. If human being rejects the existence of God they have no recommendation point for an accurate understanding.
From everlasting to everlasting, there is THE LIVING GOD, unmistakably personal. God has given visible proof of His existence in His creation, which marked the absolute beginning of the temporal material world, and has given no excuse for not believing in the existence of Him.
It is a scientific fact that life can only come from pre-existent life and not from matter alone.
Although everything has had a beginning and
an end, there has always been God as the source. Until God spoke, nothing
else existed. God's method is to work from the formless to the formed.
The universe is full of perfect design and purpose. Man is the excellence of God's creative works and is made in the image of God, far superior and different to any animal. The intelligence and creativity of humankind is one of the greatest arguments for the existence of an intelligent God. Mankind also has an intuitive belief and knowledge of the existence of God and is created to worship God and prove His wisdom is above all powers, principalities and realms.
Morality is a witness to the existence of a supreme moral being. History points to an unseen being guiding, governing and controlling nations. Jesus, The Christ of history is a truth and it is impossible to explain apart from the existence of God. The Bible is a witness to God, being divinely inspired.
God has always been and will always be. There was never a time when God did not exist. He has no beginning and no end. God is self-existent. He exists in and from Himself. He does not owe His existence to any other being. His life is inexhaustible abundance, and He is independent of all outside of Himself, but man and God's creation is dependent upon God for his origin, his life and continued existence.
God's laws are eternal and unchanging. God has the power to do what He wills; this is the sovereignty of God. There is nothing that God does not know. His knowledge is absolute and unacquired. He has perfect knowledge, perfect understanding and perfect wisdom.
God is incapable of error. Being all-knowing God can maintain and preserve the universe in harmony with itself and meet the needs of all His creatures at the one and same time. God is unlimited by space or time. God is existent beyond space, He fills all things. He occupies all infinite distance and time. Finite space depends upon Him for existence.
God cannot sin or tolerate sin, He is perfectly holy in all he thinks says or does. Righteousness and justice is holiness in action against sin. It is a law like oil and water, they cannot mix, this is similar to God and sin. His holiness of nature rejects the presence of sin.
GOD HAS REVEALED TO US THAT HE IS ONE GOD -HE IS SPIRIT, LIFE, LIGHT, LOVE, TRUTH, AND CONSUMING FIRE.
God takes the initiative and reveals himself to man. Man's wisdom is foolishness when it comes to knowing God, who is self-giving as well as self-revealing. God is LIGHT and dwells in an unapproachable Light. He is not just light but He is Light and as Light, is impossible to be defiled or polluted in any way by darkness of any form.
He is ETERNAL, IMMORTAL AND INVISIBLE. He is a SPIRIT who does not have flesh and bones so that is why he is spoken of as invisible- it is why God forbids any visible images of Himself.
He, as a spirit has self-conscienceness, self-determination, self-perception, will, intelligence and feelings. God does not have love, He is Love and shows His love to all His creatures.
LOVE is a trinity (a threesome concept), there must be the lover, the love and the loved. In God we have the Father who so loved that He gave the Son of His love and the love of The Holy Spirit. This love in The Godhead is expressed to man perfectly and fully in Salvation.
The most frequent symbol used of God in the Bible is FIRE and that is a manifestation of His presence, His holiness, and His righteousness in judgment against sin.
God has shown us His characteristics in His Word.
God has proclaimed the meaning of His name, which means The Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin, but punishing those who do not reverence Him.
GOD IS ETERNAL, UNCHANGEABLE, ALMIGHTY, ALL-POWERFUL, ALL-KNOWING, HE IS EVERYWHERE, SINLESS, SEPARATE FROM ANYTHING THAT IS UNCLEAN, JUST, FAIR AND IMPARTIAL, FAITHFUL, GOOD AND KIND, MERCIFUL, COMPASSIONATE, FULL OF PITY, SHOWING UNDESERVED FAITHFULNESS, GOODNESS, KINDNESS AND FORGIVENESS
8 "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the LORD.
9 "As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.
10 As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,
11 so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
GOD IS EVERYWHERE, WE CANNOT HIDE OR ESCAPE HIM, HIS EYE IS IN EVERY PLACE, HOWEVER THE THRONE OF GOD IS IN THE THIRD HEAVEN, AND HE IS A REWARDER OF THOSE WHO DILIGENTLY SEEK HIM.
|SCRIPTURES 1 John 5:20, 4:8, Psalm
90:1,2, Genesis 21:33, Deuteronomy 32:4, John 1:4, Isaiah 57:15, 59:1,
Exodus 3:12, Genesis 1:1, Leviticus 19:2. 2 Timothy 2:13.
QUESTIONS 1] Who is God and how has He shown Himself in the Bible? 2] What is meant by pre-existence of God? 3] Describe what God is capable of? 4] Why and how is God sovereign? 5] What are God's attributes and characteristics?
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