We believe that God exists. We believe God is a good and powerful spirit being who created all things, who cares about us, who cares about what we do, who is involved in our lives, and who offers us an eternity with his goodness. The great God is also gentle and good. We would not exist at all, except for the fact that God is kind and gentle.
Humans cannot fully understand God. Many people want proof of God’s existence. But there is no way to “prove” God’s existence so that everyone is convinced. Evidence gives us confidence that God exists. God “has not left himself without testimony,” (Acts 14:17). Creation itself tells us something about the existence of God. Psalms 19:1 and Romans 1:20 tell us that creation declares the glory of God.
What are things that Christians should know about God? Here are five facts:
1. God is omnipotent — able to do whatever he wants. He is the Almighty.
2. God is immortal, constant in character, always reliable. He is the Eternal.
3. God is omnipresent — unlimited by space and time. He is always near.
4. God is omniscient — knowing all truth and all wisdom. Father knows best.
5. God is consistently good, never selfish. God is love.
God is bigger than we can imagine! If he created the universe, then he is bigger than the universe – and not limited by time, space or energy, for he existed before time, space, matter and energy did. 2 Timothy 1:9 mentions something God did “before the beginning of time.” Time had a beginning, and God existed before that.
Since God created matter, he existed before matter, and he is not made of matter. He is spirit – but he is not “made of spirit.” God is not made at all; he simply is; he exists as spirit.
How powerful is God? “With God all things are possible,” Luke 1:37 tells us. He controls the universe and is the cause of its continued existence (Hebrews 1:3). He must know what is happening throughout the universe; he is unlimited in intelligence – he is omniscient.
One of Jesus’ disciples asked him, “Show us the Father” (John 14:8). He wanted to know what God was like. Jesus said, “Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father” (John 14:9). If we want to know what God is like, we need to look at Jesus. Jesus is called Immanuel, which means God with us (Matthew 1:23). The great God is always close to us. He is near and far at the same time (Jeremiah 23:23). God continues to be with us, working in space and time to help us. God has plans for us, for he has made us to be like himself (Genesis 1:27). He invites us to become more like himself. In Jesus, God gives us an example to follow.
God is teaching us to love, at a pace we can follow, giving us a perfect example, changing our hearts by the Holy Spirit working in us. The Power who controls the nuclear furnaces of the sun is working gently in our hearts, winning our affection, winning our allegiance.
In Jesus, God shows us how much he loves us. Jesus was humble, willing even to suffer, in order to help us. He knows the kind of pain we go through, because he has felt it. He knows the pain that evil causes, and he accepted it, showing us that we can trust God.
God describes his relationship to us in several ways. He is a father and we are his children. He is the husband and all believers together are his wife. He is a king and we are his subjects. He is a shepherd and we are the sheep. In all these analogies, God puts himself in a situation of responsibility to protect and provide for the needs of his people.
“In all things God works for the good of those who love him” (Romans 8:28).
Now that you’ve had an introduction to God, wouldn’t you like to know him better?
Kathy Houston of White Hall is pastor of Christian Fellowship Center of Grace Communion International.
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