What We Believe #2 – God
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A mother found her young son drawing a pencil sketch. When she asked what he was doing, he answered promptly and with considerable pride, “I am drawing a picture of God.”
His mother gasped, “But you cannot do that. No one knows what God looks like.”
“Well,” the little boy replied confidently, “when I get through, they will.”
The topic of God seems so simple. Yet it may be one of the hardest to talk about. Volumes could be said. Theological explanations can get us bogged down. If someone asked you to describe God, where would you begin?
In less than 25 words, our Statement of Faith begins, “There is one God (Deuteronomy 6:4), Creator of all things (Revelation 4:11), who is infinitely perfect (Matthew 5:48), existing eternally in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19).”
The word “Trinity” is not in the Bible. Yet we use it to describe the mystery of God’s nature.
One God exists eternally in three persons with the same divine essence – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Unity: One God. Diversity: Three Persons. Equality: Each Person is God.
The Bible doesn’t attempt to prove God’s existence. Rather, from the very first verse, God’s existence is assumed. “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1).
God made everything – heavens, earth, light, sky, land, seas, vegetation, sun, moon, stars, marine life, birds, animals, and climactically, God made a man and a woman.
God himself was not created, not made. He had no beginning and he will have no end. He always was, always is, and always will be. He is eternal. “From everlasting to everlasting you are God” (Psalm 90:2).
To say God is “infinitely perfect” means that all his attributes fit together perfectly. God’s unlimited power and his personal love are never in conflict with each other, for example.
God is also morally perfect. He is holy – totally unique and pure. He is righteous – the very standard of right and wrong. He is just – requiring his standards to be obeyed.
Outreach pastor Wade Bradshaw suggests that people’s thinking about God has changed: “It used to be, ‘Is there a God?’ and now it’s ‘What I know about God I don’t like.’”
But if people saw God as he really is, they may, like Moses, take off their shoes and acknowledge that they are standing on holy ground (Exodus 3:5).
~ Pastor Dave