The Bible begins with the assumption that God exists (Genesis 1:1). God reveals himself through general revelation – His glory is revealed in his creation (Psalm 19:1-6, Romans 1:20), and His justice is revealed through the intuitive knowledge of the law of God in man’s conscience (Romans 2:12-16). God also reveals himself through special revelation. This would include the incarnation of Jesus Christ (John 1:1-3, 14) and the written Word of God (Galatians 1:11).  There is only one true God (Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 44:6, 45:21-22John 17:3; 1 Corinthians 8:4; 1 Thessalonians 1:9). He an infinite Spirit (John 4:24) perfect in all His attributes, one in essence, eternally existing in three distinct persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Though the word Trinity does not appear in scripture, there are many passages that differentiate the persons of the Godhead (Matthew 3:16-17; 28:19-20; 1 John 5:7; John 14:8-16, 14:26, 16:7-15; Acts 20:28; 2 Corinthians 13:14).They are not three distinct Gods, but rather three distinct persons in the Godhead (John 10:30; John 14:7-11; Colossians 2:9), and are coeternal and coequal ( John 16:7-15; I John 5:1-8). The nature of God is revealed through His names. His personal name is Yaweh (Isaiah 42:8; “LORD”). He is also called God (Genesis 1:1-3; Matthew 1:23 Heb. Elohim, Gr. Theos), and Lord (Genesis 15:2; Psalm 110:1; Matthew 3:3 Heb. Adonai Gr. Kurios). The attributes of God can be placed into two categories – communicable and non-communicable. God’s attributes can also be classified in terms of His greatness and His goodness. God’s greatness is demonstrated in that he is uniquely separated from (1 Samuel 2:2; Isaiah 40:18; Exodus 8:10) and sovereign over (Daniel 4:35) all his creation. He is omnipotent (Isa. 40:28, Psa. 77:13), omnipresent (Psa. 139:7-12), and omniscient (Psalms 139:1-4, Isaiah 40:28; Ezekiel 11:5; Romans 11:33-36). He is infinite, which includes his eternality (Psalm 90:1-2, 93:2); He is immutable (Malachi 6:1; James 1:17); He is immense (1 King 8:27).  God’s goodness is demonstrated in His holiness (Isa. 6:3; 1 Samuel 2:2; Psalm 99:5,9; Leviticus 20:26), His justice(Isaiah 45:21; Job 37:23; Psalm 89:14) , His righteousness (Psalm 7:9,11;), His wrath (Psalm 7:11; 2 Kings 22:13), His truthfulness (Revelation 15:3), His faithfulness ( Lamentations 3:22-25; 1 Corinthians 10:13; Hebrews 13:5), His Love (1 John 4:8,16; John 3:16), His mercy (Lamentations 3:22-25; Romans 12:1), and His grace (Psalm 84:11; Acts 11:23, 20:24; Romans 5:2, 5:15-21, Romans 6:14; 1 Corinthians 15:10; 2 Corinthians 12:9; Ephesians 3:7). God is self-existing (Exodus 3:14; John 5:26). Though He is Creator of all, He is only the Father to those that have placed their faith in Jesus Christ (John 8:41-44; Rom. 8:15; Gal. 4:6; John 1:12).

Jon Beazley

Passionate about Jesus, husband to my gorgeous wife Bethany, father, and pastor, who enjoys power lifting, the great out doors, and a good cup of coffee!

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