Who is God?
People have asked this question and others like it for thousands of years. When Moses and Aaron came before Pharaoh to deliver him a message Pharaoh responded this way.
“And Pharaoh said, Who is the Lord, that I should obey his voice to let Israel go? I know not the Lord, neither will I let Israel go.”
– Exodus 5:2
Due to Pharaoh’s lack of understanding of who God was he brought judgment onto his land. Many people are familiar with the Sunday school story of Moses and the plagues that fell on Egypt. Again, all of these plagues lead back to disobeying God due to a lack of relationship.
Knowing God, just like anything else works both ways, out of Pharaoh’s rejection to the voice of God caused judgment. Yet, Moses followed the voice of the Lord by faith even when it seemed crazy. The result came about in leading the entire nation of the children of Israel, out of bondage in Egypt, and toward the land promised by God.
God requires complete obedience and submission to His voice for those who follow after Him. Following God requires two major traits: Faith and Love.
- Faith that God’s desires and plans for your life is better than your own. Faith His way truly is the best possible option. Putting your faith in God leads to salvation and remission of sins, giving us eternal life.
- Love being the necessary ingredient to active faith. One believes and has faith in God because they love Him and they know He loves them. Love does not always need a specific definition of intentions. Mere desire to please the one you love often is sufficient enough.
In my few short years on earth if I have learned anything about God it is that His desires are better than mine. God truly wants what is best for you. Developing a relationship with God and striving to follow His voice is necessary for everyone.
Just like if one were to pursue a relationship with a friend. Pursuing a relationship with God requires: getting to know who He is, establishing a daily communication with Him, and following Him through obedience to His word. 2 Timothy 3:16 states that the Bible is the written word of God. Thus, reading and obeying the Bible is the same as obeying the very voice of God.
“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:”
– 2 Timothy 3:16 KJV
“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,”
– 2 Timothy 3:16 ESV
The Bible gives us numerous insights in understanding God, listed below are a few.
- God is a Spirit
“God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.”
– John 4:23 KJV
- God is Holy
“For I am the Lord that bringeth you up out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: ye shall therefore be holy, for I am holy.”
– Leviticus 11:45 KJV
- God is Creator Alone
“Thus saith the Lord, thy redeemer, and he that formed thee from the womb, I am the Lord that maketh all things; that stretcheth forth the heavens alone; that spreadeth abroad the earth by myself;”
– Isaiah 44:24 KJV
- God brings Salvation
“Salvation belongeth unto the Lord: thy blessing is upon thy people. Selah.”
– Psalms 3:8 KJV
- God is One
“For thou art great, and doest wondrous things: thou art God alone.”
– Psalms 86:10 KJV
- God is Omnipotent (All-Powerful)
“I know that You can do everything, And that no purpose of Yours can be withheld from You.”
– Job 42:2 KJV
- God is Omniscient (All-Knowing)
“O Lord, You have searched me and known me. You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off. You comprehend my path and my lying down, And are acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word on my tongue, But behold, O Lord, You know it altogether. You have hedged me behind and before, And laid Your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonder- ful for me; It is high, I cannot attain it.”
– Psalm 139:1-6 KJV
- God is Omnipresent (Everywhere)
“But will God indeed dwell on the earth? Behold, heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain You. How much less this temple which I have built!”
– 1 Kings 8:27 KJV
In the Old Testament Israelites had various names for God depending upon how they had come to understand Him through His works in their lives. The name of God alone was so precious and sacred that no one dared to say it in fear of inadequate usage. Listed below are a few of the commonly used names for God by the Israelites.
- El Shaddai – Lord God Almighty
- Adonai – Lord, Master
- Jehovah Nissi – The Lord My Banner
- Jehovah-Raah – The Lord My Shepherd
- Jehovah Rapha – The Lord That Heals
- Jehovah Shammah – The Lord Is There
- Jehovah Tsidkenu – The Lord Our Righteousness
- El Olam – The Everlasting God
- Jehovah Jireh – The Lord Will Provide
- Jehovah Shalom – The Lord Is Peace
- Jehovah Sabaoth – The Lord of Hosts
In the New Testament God would manifest Himself in flesh and come to earth as the man Jesus Christ.
“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”
– Isaiah 9:6 KJV
Because of this, today we have the privilege of knowing God by His name Jesus. Vested within that name is everything that you have read about God up to this point. We literally have the ability to call upon the very name of God at any moment in time. Doing this draws Him to you just as calling a friend by their name. As renowned 19th century preacher Charles Spurgeon put it, “It does seems an incredible thing that such guilty nothing’s should have the power to move the arm that moves the world.”
In the next article we will discuss in further detail God coming to earth clothed in flesh.