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Discover! Part 1
Who Is God?
God The Creator | The Nature Of God | God The Trinity
Welcome to the first part of Discover! A short five-part interactive journey that will enable you to discover more about God and Christianity. This first section asks the question 'Who Is God?' No other question is more important than this. In the words of author A.W Tozer, “The man who comes to a right belief about God is relieved of ten thousand temporal problems, for he sees at once that these have to do with matters which at the most cannot concern him for very long.” The answer to this question could change your life completely.
If the God of the Bible is not true then you can continue your life and forget about the question, 'Is God Real?' However, If the God of the Bible is true then the Bible clearly says that has a huge impact on your life. You could forget about this question and yet you would be leaving behind a huge 'what if?' that could have an adverse impact on your life. So to address this 'what if' and decide if there really is a God, we should begin by examining the God of the Bible and ask the question 'Who Is God?'
God The Creator
Perhaps the most baffling question we may have pondered is “how did this earth come into existence?” Many in our society believe that we are here by chance and that the earth was created through some form of big bang, moreover the God of the Bible shows us otherwise. Perhaps the best place to begin in answering the question 'who is God?' is right at the beginning. The beginning of time. The beginning of the universe. The beginning of life. In order to discover who God is, God has to be revealed and arguably God has revealed Himself greatly through science, history and personal experiences but God has also revealed himself through creation. Have you ever considered that this earth you are living on is not only proof that there is a God but can help you discover who this God is? During this section we will examine the God of the Bible as the creator God.
One of the fundamental laws of physics is that energy cannot be created or destroyed, only transferred from one type to another. Therefore, it would be un-scientific to claim that everything was made out of nothing at random. If we abide by the laws of science, it is a fact that all energy that exists at this time, whether the heat of the burning stars or the strength in your muscles, has and always will exist in some form or another. Before the Universe came to being, all this energy had to exist eternally (forever) with no beginning, and had to include everything we regard as abstract today. Things like love, creativity and goodness are like energy too; they cannot be created, only shared and transferred from where it already exists. The name for something that is pure energy, pure love, creativity and goodness, and that lasts forever, is God. Consequently, all things have to be created from Him and by Him.
“…from everlasting to everlasting you are God.” Psalm 90:2
All of creation is moving or growing slowly towards a goal, whether the flower to blossom, or the stars to shine. But that which has no awareness or consciousness cannot direct itself to achieve anything. It would be like expecting a paint brush to paint a wonderful painting without an artist to hold it. Just as a rock without gravity cannot fall, and an arrow without an archer cannot fly through the sky; creation cannot create itself without a Creator.
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Genesis 1:1
Have you ever noticed that everything seems to have a purpose? That everything depends on each other? For example, yes the rain falls, but it does so much more than that. It waters plants which provides food for animals and causes photosynthesis which recycles our Oxygen; it shapes our mountains and valleys through erosion, and can even be used to generate hydro-electricity. Can rain really cause so much goodness out of chance? The Bible tells us that,
“He [God] is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” Colossians 1:17
This makes sense when we truly think of how everything works together so perfectly. Simply look around and see for yourself. And whether we like it or not, every single thing we do has an effect on something or someone else, no exceptions. Even though that sounds scary, when we believe that God is the one that brings all things together, we are hopeful that He can use our decisions, even our mistakes, to make good things happen.
Watch this short video by Ken Ham from www.answersingenesis.org to consider the question "What’s the Best “Proof” of Creation?"
The Nature of God
We have heard that the intricate design of creation, the logic and beauty of it all, demand a creator, and that creator is God.
In the video you have just watched, Ken Ham says, ‘’creation is the proof of creation." God has created the world with a purpose in mind and creation is one of the magnificent ways in which we can see who God is and how glorious He is. The wonderful creation around us leads us to ponder how can we possibly comprehend the power of our God? In seeing the beauty around us, the awesome design and the goodness of God we then turn our attention from asking 'Who Is God' to 'What is God Like?'
One of the most important things to remember when reading about God in the Bible, is that He remains constant and unchanging; in both the Old and New Testaments, the very same true and living God that created the world, in all its intricate detail, is the same God who, today, offers you the opportunity to know Him personally. When we think about becoming friends with someone we usually consider what type of person they are, what is their nature. It is no different when we think about knowing God. God is one God but exists in three different 'persons'. God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, we often call this the Trinity, we will look at this a bit later on. This one God is not only the creator God but is also a personal God and we know from both the Bible and real life experiences that God is not just some character in an ancient book but is a person, with a distinct character and distinct attributes. Use the slides below to find out what god is like.
What is God Like?
Use this interactive slide show to discover some of the attributes of God
God is so vast and unboundless that it is impossible to express in mere words what He is like. When we think of God and these amazing attributes we ought not to ask 'what is God like?' looking for cold impersonal facts rather we should be amazed that God wants to know us personally and ponder what these attributes mean for us. Having gone through the above section looking at what God is like, now begin to consider how that would look if you could know Him personally.
Watch the below video by Graham Cooke to discover how you can experience the nature of God:
It is sometimes helpful to summarise what you learn in a few short bullet points. You can use the space below to jot down your thoughts. These thoughts will not go anywhere, they are simply for your own benefit.
God the Trinity
Who is God? We have discovered that God is great and has many incredible attributes. But you may be wondering, what is God? Is God a person? A spirit? A ghost? Anything we want Him to be? The Bible tells us that God is a triune God. He is a trinity, three persons, one God. It’s a complicated doctrine and the human mind cannot possibly fully understand how God is three distinct persons, yet at the very same time one God. However the fact that God being a Trinity is so mind boggling should not make us doubt rather enable us to see all the more clearly how infinite and great God is and how finite and limited we are.
There is only one God, but He exists in three different persons; God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. This Biblical doctrine is known as the Trinity, a teaching that despite not being called “Trinity” in the Bible is clear to see throughout Scripture. All three persons of the Trinity are equal, each with different roles to play. It is important to remember that there is only one God, not three Gods. This is made clear in the book of Deuteronomy 6:4, “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.” The most challenging thing about this doctrine of the Trinity is that there is no way to perfectly and fully understand it. Let’s begin by turning to the Bible to discover where these three distinct persons who are One God can be found:
“Yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live; and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we live”
1 Corinthians 8:6
There is one God. He is the Father. All things come from God and we exist for Him. There is only one Lord. He is Jesus Christ. All things exist through Him, including us.This one God and Lord as Father and Christ together with the Holy Spirit exist as one in the Trinity.
The three person of the Godhead are the same in substance, equal in power and glory yet each have different roles to play. Although nothing can compare to this extraordinary teaching because an infinite God cannot be summed up by finite illustrations and diagrams this 'shield of the Trinity' helps to explain the three in one concept.
- The Father is not the Son or the Holy Spirit
- The Son is not the Father or Holy Spirit
- The Holy Spirit is not the Father or the Son
- The Father is God
- The Son is God
- The Spirit is God
God The Father
The Father is the creator of the universe
The Father is the source and designer of the salvation plan
The Father sent His son Jesus to die on the cross
“You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.”
God The Son
In obedience to His Father, Jesus took on the form of flesh and died on the cross so that through His sacrifice the world might be saved from sin. Jesus is the bridge between the Father and mankind.
He is mediator
He is God manifest in the flesh
He is the Saviour of the world
He is head of the church
He is fully God and fully man
"God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation."
2 Corinthians 5:19
"For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit”"
1 Peter 3:18
God The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is sent from the Father
The Spirit empowers people to live according to the will of God the Father.
"And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever"
Each person of the Trinity is completely connected and work in perfect harmony and unity. Not one person of the Trinity is more powerful or important than the other. Each person of the Trinity is fully equal and fully God. This mind-blowing doctrine is something we cannot fully understand but the fact it is so amazing and yet confusing makes sense, because what more can we expect from an amazing God?
Watch this three minute video to summarise all the above points in a simple and visual way:
Who is God? Summary
That is a lot to take in. In part 1 we asked the question Who is God? We have discovered that...
God is the Creator of the Universe.
Because God is the only being that has no beginning and no end, He has to be the one from where all things come.
God is the source of all life, and the one who holds everything together.
God is a complex being with a character, a personality, and many incredible attributes.
Everything that God is, is perfect and sovereign.
All the words that describe God only scratch the surface of who He is, but what we do know is that nothing is impossible for Him and that nothing can stand between Him and His love for us.
God is a Trinity. There is only one God, but He exists within a community of three persons: God the Father, God the Son (Jesus Christ), and God the Holy Spirit.
Each person of this Godhead has different roles, but all share the same power and nature.