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What's The Bible Say About God?
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Well, biblical writers never present a philosophical argument for the existence of God...they know Him, personally, and under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit they describe His dealings with man...only "the fool" denies His existence. God is active and can be known...the Bible has a great deal to say about the God who acts.

What About God's Divine Nature?

God's a personality...He's not a "person" as humans are...still, He has characteristics which are "personal"---He lives, thinks, feels, speaks, loves, cares, is angry, grieved, pleased, can enter into personal relationship with Him. God can be "known" as a person because He has essential personal attributes.

He Lives---The Bible describes Him as "the living God" (Deut. 5:26) cries out for His companionship...turns to Him in need...trusts Him and serves Him. But man can also depart from God...this is sin.

He Speaks---God talks with man and man, addresses God...

He Plans---history isn't disconnected addicents. It's the unfolding of His divine purposes.

He Cares---God watches over men, birds, and animals. He's concerned about widows, orphans, the poor, the homeless, refugees, (Exod. 22:21-27) and children. He's concerned about man's physical needs. (1 Kings 19:5-7)

He Grieves---God grieves over man's sin and disobedience...the offering of loveless sacrifices and the practice of evil.

He Rejoices---He is pleased with sincere praises of a good man's behavior...ambitions and a consistent Christian life. Christ set Himself to please His Father. Those who lack faith can't please Him.

God is a spirit...He doesn't have a physical form or body---He can't be seen.
In Old Testament times He did reveal Himself.

God's full revelation comes through His son. (Jn. 14:7,9)

God's the Invisible One...He's not confined thought He may reveal Himself in distinct places. (Gen. 28:16)

Therefore, when the Bible says that man was made "in the image of God", it doesn't refer to physical likeness, but to moral affinity.

His addressability and moral accountability to God make him unique.

God is a Unity...He's described as "The only true God". (Jn. 17:3)

He's the One Lord. The Hebrew people were given proof of this in Egypt. (Exod. 8:10) The exiled Hebrews were reminded of the same truth---the prophets despised the multiplicity of heathen deities. The Israelites mocked these idols. Idolatry is an offence. (Isa. 2:8) God forbids it---within this unity God is know in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (Mt.28:19)

God is Eternal...Idols are worthless. (Isa. 46:5-7) The Word portrays Babylonians hurrying from the armies of Cyrus carrying their idos to safety---the Hebrew poeple have a God who safely carries them. Idols perish, but Israel rejoiced in a God who was eternal and everlasting. There's no beginning or ending with Him. He inhabits eternity. He's unique. He's the unchanging God. He's utterly dependable. Men break promises. But we can rely upon His unfailing world...He never fails! (Deut. 31:6)

Spiritual Appetite

Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
(Matthew 5:6)

Desire's an inward longing for something we don't have but feel we need. Hunger and thirst are appetites God gave humans to make us aware of a need. Hunger for God's Word and His attributes are the spiritual appetite God gives Christians to make us aware of spiritual needs. Do pagans pray to their idols and ask them for love, joy, internal peace, kindness, gentleness, goodness, meekness, or self-control? They ask for other things— material things, material blessings...well, some non-pagans do too....

God has given us faith to make us aware of spiritual needs. We're aware of our physical needs by nature, but we'd never be aware of these spiritual needs unless God, by His Spirit, makes us aware. It's a loving gift from Him!! He expects us to think about these needs and ask Him for them. Our very awareness of the need is a proof that God's working with us. This adds another step to the process of answered prayer: There has to be an awareness of need followed by the desire to have what we need. The desire moves us to make it known to God, and if it's really earnest and fervent, it fixes our minds on the object of our longing, motivating our pursuit of it. In other words, desire sets the will into action. What God really wants us to seek Him---what He is!

God's Faithfulness and Our's In Return

For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven. Thy faithfulness is unto all generations: thou hast established the earth, and it abideth.
(Psalms 119:89 - 90)

We all understand that God is faithful toward us, but we often don't understand the completeness of that faithfulness. We depend on it to save us, but we don't depend on it to keep us faithful. It seems for many that God's faithfulness stops with our salvation and after that we're still susceptible to the weakness of the flesh and the winds of doctrine. God's faithfulness extends eternally. The same God who made and implemented Salvation's Plan, also implemented a Plan for our Victory.

We're encouraged to hold fast to our faith and continue living for Him because of His faithfulness. That faithfulness provides a solid foundation for us to base our lives upon. We can know beyond any doubt that God will be there to support us and encourage us and bring us through any tribulation. We can know that we're able to triumph through any temptation because His Power's always available to us. Failure is never unavoidable for us because God is faithful to provide strength, comfort, support, encouragement and, even more wonderfully!, a way of escape! (There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it (I Corinthians 10:15)

There are many, many places in the Bible that describe and verify God's faithfulness. In the book of Hebrews we find a concentrated list of those who were faithful to God and because of that, did many wonderful works in His Name and to His glory. They even endured some horrific persecutions because of their belief in His Constancy. Read Hebrews and see how Sara trusted His faithfulness and conceived and bore a child when she was old, and Abaham, depending on the Faithfulness of God, stepped out and left his country and kindred to become the father of a great nation.

The concept of God's faithfulness is so firmly fixed in our minds that often we depend on His Faithfulness to compensate for our own short comings. However we have some responsibility also. We're to look closely at His Word and see that we don't neglect to obey it. See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven: (Hebrews 12:25)

His faithfulness must provoke a responsive faithfulness in us! A determination to obey God at all costs and live a life triumphant in Him.

He will bring us through any trial triumphantly if only we trust in His Faithfulness.