“Who Is God?”
Can you fathom the mysteries of God?
Can you probe the limits of the Almighty?
I. THE REALITY OF GOD
A. Creation (Psalm 19.1-6; Romans 1.18-32)
1 The heavens are TELLING of the glory of God;
And their expanse is DECLARING the work of His hands.
2 Day to day pours forth SPEECH,
And night to night REVEALS knowledge.
3 There is no speech, nor are there words;
Their voice is not heard.
4 Their LINE has gone out through all the earth,
And their UTTERANCES to the end of the world.
18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who SUPPRESS THE TRUTH in unrighteousness, 19 because that which is known about God is EVIDENT within them; for God made it EVIDENT to them. 20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. 21 For EVEN THOUGH THEY KNEW GOD, they did not honor Him as God, or give thanks; but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. 22 Professing to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures.
B. Design (Organization, Order, Purpose)
· The Placement of the Planets (Just a few degrees and…)
· The Language of the People
- Words have Power
- Words have Purpose
- Words have Perseverance
· The Establishment of Periods
C. Man (Moral, Intelligent, Living) (Acts 17.28-29)
Acts 17:24-29 – (In Athens, Referring to the Temple to an Unknown God)
24 “The God who made the world and all things in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands; 25 neither is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything, since He Himself gives to all life and breath and all things; 26 and He made from one , every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times, and the boundaries of their habitation, 27 that they should seek God, if perhaps they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; 28 for in Him we live and move and exist, as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we also are His offspring.’ 29 “Being then the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and thought of man.
D. Philosophy (The idea of a supreme being, God)
II. THE CHARACTERISTICS OF GOD
A. Eternal (Who created God)
B. Freedom (Independent of creation)
C. Holiness (Psalm 99)
1 The LORD reigns, let the peoples tremble;
He is enthroned above the cherubim, let the earth shake!
2 The LORD is great in Zion,
And He is exalted above all the peoples.
3 Let them praise Thy great and awesome name;
Holy is He.
4 And the strength of the King loves justice;
Thou hast established equity;
Thou hast executed justice and righteousness in Jacob.
5 Exalt the LORD our God,
And worship at His footstool;
Holy is He.
D. Unchanging (Mal. 3.6; James 1.17)
“For I, the LORD, DO NOT CHANGE;
THEREFORE you, O sons of Jacob, are not consumed.
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation, or shifting shadow.
E. Infinite (Limitless – 1 Kings 8.27)
But will God indeed dwell on the earth? Behold, heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain Thee, how much less this house which I have built!
F. Love (1 John 4.7-8)
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 8 The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love.
G. Omnipotent (All Powerful – Gen. 17.1) [El Shaddai]
Now when Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to Abram and said to him, “I am God Almighty; Walk before Me, and be blameless.”
H. Omnipresent (Everywhere – Psalm 139.7-11)
Where can I go from Thy Spirit?
Or where can I flee from Thy presence?
8 If I ascend to heaven, Thou art there;
If I make my bed in Sheol, behold, Thou art there.
9 If I take the wings of the dawn,
If I dwell in the remotest part of the sea,
10 Even there Thy hand will lead me,
And Thy right hand will lay hold of me.
I. Omniscient (All Knowing – Psalm 139.16)
Thine eyes have seen my unformed substance;
And in Thy book they were all written,
The days that were ordained for me,
When as yet there was not one of them.
J. Righteous (Justice – Psalm 11.7)
For the LORD is RIGHTEOUS; He loves RIGHTEOUSNESS;
The UPRIGHT will behold His face.
K. Sovereign (Supreme – Psalm 135.6)
WHATEVER THE LORD PLEASES, HE DOES,
In heaven and in earth, in the seas and in all deeps.
L. True (Remember that God is Unchanging)
· The Master in the Math
- Rules of Math are Constant (1+1=2)
- Rules of Math are Trustworthy (1+1 ALWAYS =2)
- Rules of Math are NOT Contradictory (1+1 NEVER =3)
M. Unity (One, Indivisible – Dt. 6.4; Eph 4.6; 1 Tim 2.5)
Dt. 6:4 – “Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD is one!
Eph. 4.4-6 – There is ONE body and ONE Spirit, just as also you were called in ONE hope of your calling; 5 ONE Lord, ONE faith, one baptism, 6 ONE God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all.
1 Tim. 2.5-6 – For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave Himself as a ransom for all, the testimony borne at the proper time.
III. THE NAMES OF GOD
A. Elohim – Sovereign God
B. Yahweh – Covenant God
C. Adonai – Lord God
D. Theos – God (Gk.)
E. Kurios – Lord (Gk)
F. Despotes – Master (Gk.)
G. Father – Relationship with children
IV. THE CHOICE OF FAITH IN GOD
· One of the things about FAITH is that it is an invitation to believe without knowing all the facts at first. It is trusting God with the details.
· At the same time, however, we are expected to learn and grow in our knowledge and understanding of God…who He is…His nature…His will…His calling for us.