The first thing to be said about God is that he cannot be fully understood or explained. “Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!” (Rom 11:33). God is so vast that even his judgements are beyond finding out; how much more his actual person? And yet, we are told to “press on to know the LORD” (Hos 6:3). While we cannot know God comprehensively, what we can know about God has been revealed in his word, the Bible. Who has God revealed himself to be?
God exists (Heb 11:6). He exists independent of any other thing. He is one God (Deut 6:4), in three persons (Matt 28:19, 2 Cor 13:14). God is self-existent and self-sufficient. He needs nothing (Acts 17:24-25). From eternity past to eternity future God has existed. He has never not been (Psa 90:2). He is.
God is the uncreated one, yet he is the author of all creation (Gen 1:1). God was not created to fulfill some base need in mankind. He is the cause of creation and the purpose for creation (Col 1:16). And God created this world through his infinite power and wisdom (Jer 10:12). He is completely set apart from his creation (Isa 6:3, Isa 40:18). While God transcends his creation, he draws near to his creation (Isa 66:1-2). He came into the world and lived among his people, namely, in the person of Jesus the Christ (John 1:1, 14).
God is Great
God is great (Psa 145:3). God is perfect in knowledge (Job 37:16). He knows all things and sees all things (Heb 4:13). He is everywhere always (Psa 139:7), and he fills heaven and earth (Jer 23:24). God is all-powerful (Psalm 62:11) and has complete freedom to do all that he pleases (Psalm 115:3). God is the only sovereign (1 Tim 6:15), and no one can hold him back or challenge his authority (Dan 4:35).
God is good
God is good (Psa 16:2). He is perfectly faithful (Psa 100:5), and he never lies (Num 23:19). He is merciful and gracious, and he abounds in love (Ex 34:6). In fact, he is love (1 John 4:8). He is perfectly patient (1 Tim 1:16). God is the just judge (Psa 7:11), and all his ways are justice (Deut 32:4). In all of these attributes, God is completely unchanging (Mal 3:6).
“Behold, these are but the outskirts of his ways, and how small a whisper do we hear of him” (Job 26:14)! This is just the tiniest glimpse of who God has revealed himself to be, but it is imperative that we allow God to speak for himself while seeking to know him. Remember, he is the authority; therefore, what we think about God must correspond to what God has said. Our thoughts about God must spring from God’s word, lest we create a false god and become like the Israelites who worshipped a golden calf at Mount Sinai. Let’s listen to God lest we become idolaters.
Is this who you know God to be?
Are you worshiping an idol or the true God?
©️Jacob Crouch 2020