Who is God?

The information below is taken from Our Beliefs, our statement of faith based on Bible truth.  For additional information about God, see What The Bible Says — God Part 1.

God and the Trinity

There is only one true, living God.   He is a Person and not a “force”.   He has revealed Himself as Yahweh, or Jehovah, which means I AM.   God is the Creator and Sustainer of the universe, our Redeemer, and Ruler of all things. He is infinitely holy, very great, and pure.  He cannot lie or do wrong.  He is a just judge, yet merciful and loving.  God is all-powerful, all-knowing and wise, and never changes.  He is eternally existent in three coequal Persons: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.  These three are One in essence and will, yet each has unique characteristics and function…

Jeremiah 10:10; 1 Timothy 4:10; Genesis 1:26; Exodus 3:14; Genesis 1:1; Hebrews 1:1-3; Isaiah 40:25-28; Isaiah 57:15; Habakkuk 1:13; Numbers 23:19-20; Psalm 92:15; Psalm 96:13; Jeremiah 9:24; 1 John 4:8-16; Romans 11:33-36; James 1:17; Luke 3:21-22; Deuteronomy 6:4

God the Father

God the Father reigns over the universe with providential care.  He is Spirit, and has revealed Himself as a personal God who wants us to know Him and have a personal relationship with Him.  He becomes our Father to all who become His children through accepting Jesus Christ…

Psalm 145:9; John 4:24; John 3:16; Romans 8:15; John 1:12

God the Son – Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ is God.  He is the eternal Son of God, and God the Son.  He became man without ceasing to be God.  He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin so that He could reveal God to man and redeem mankind from sin…

John 1:1,14; John 8:58; Hebrews 1:1-3; Romans 8:3; Philippians 2:5-7; Luke 1:30-35; Matthew 1:20-23; John 1:18; John 17:6; Romans 3:24-26

Christ lived a sinless life on earth and performed many miracles, then voluntarily gave Himself as a sacrifice for the sins of all people, and died on the cross. Christ was buried, and three days later was resurrected bodily from the dead and seen by many people over a period of several weeks.  He ascended to heaven, where He is sitting at the right hand of the Father, interceding for those who trust in Him…

Hebrews 4:15; Matthew 4:23-24; 1 Timothy 2:5-6; Romans 8:3; Acts 5:30; 1 Corinthians 15:1-8; John 20:24-29; Mark 16:19; Hebrews 1:1-3; Hebrews 7:24-25

Jesus Christ will return at an unknown time to claim His Church, who are all those who are believing in Him.  He is the only way to the Father, and salvation comes only through Him.  His sacrifice satisfied God’s righteous judgment against sin, and only through Him can we be forgiven…

Acts 1:11; Matthew 24:36; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Colossians 1:18; 1 Corinthians 12:12-13; John 14:6; Acts 4:12; Romans 3:21-26; Romans 5:9; Colossians 2:13-14

God the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is the third Person of the Trinity, coequal with God the Father and God the Son.  Scripture describes Him as the Spirit of the Lord, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, of counsel and strength, and of knowledge of the fear (reverence) of the Lord.  The Holy Spirit is called the Spirit of God, the Spirit of Christ, and the Spirit of truth.  He is also called the Comforter, the Spirit of grace, the Spirit of life, and the Spirit of adoption.  He convicts the world of sin so that we see our need for the Savior…

Matthew 28:19; Isaiah 11:2; Romans 8:9; 1 Peter 1:11; John 14:16-17; Hebrews 10:29; Romans 8:2; Romans 8:15; John 16:8-11

The Holy Spirit lives in every believer.  He guides, instructs, and comforts believers, and gives them spiritual gifts and empowers them to live a godly life. His presence in us is our guarantee of salvation.

John 14:16-17; John 16:13-15; John 14:26; Acts 9:31; 1 Corinthians 12:4-13, 27-31; Romans 8:13-14; Ephesians 1:13-14

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