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Who Is God-Part 2

Who Is God?-Part 2

written by on the topic of Bible Studies on April, 2010

Last month we began to investigate who God is. We understand that such an endeavor is commanded by God (Psalm 46:10), but we also understand that it is impossible to fully comprehend the Ancient of Days. Still, what a joy it is to study and learn about God Jehovah!

We have learned that God is Spirit and invisible. If this is true, how can He be a person and not simply a force or influence? To answer this question, we must understand what the characteristics of being a person are. A person consists of intellect, emotion, and will. Man, who was created in the image of God, also has these three qualities. To be created in God’s image also means that man has a triune nature. The fact that man is both a person and triune is what differentiates him from the animal species. Let’s take a closer look at the characteristics of a person and how they apply to God.

Scripture makes it clear that God knows all things and nothing is hidden from Him.

“Great is our Lord, and of great power: his understanding is infinite.” (Psalm 147:5)

Having emotion does not imply instability or weakness. Throughout Scripture, God displays righteous emotions.

God loves.
John 3:16
God grieves.
Genesis 6:6
God is compassionate.
Matthew 9:36
God is sorrowful.
John 11:35
God is angry.
Psalm 7:11
Mouth of God
Numbers 12:8
God hates.
Psalm 101:3
God is jealous.
Exodus 20:5

When we get jealous, it is a sinful jealousy. When God gets jealous, it is perfect and consistent with His nature.

Animals can only react to stimuli. A person can examine multiple options and choose the best option to direct his life. This unique ability is known as will or volition. It was God’s will to save a fallen race and to send His Son as the payment for that sin. Jesus came to fulfill the will of the Father.
“Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.” (Luke 22:42)

“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” (Romans 12:2)

Join us next month for part three in this series as we consider four more thoughts about who God is.

About the Author

Lank Oxendine is a full-time professor and the Dean of Men at Golden State Baptist College.

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