Saturday, May 3, 2008

Who Is God

By faith we believe our God is an invincible, omnipresent living soul; an absolute sovereign intellect embodied in an invisible Spirit {Heb. 11:6}. His existence is declared in the first verse of His Holy Scriptures, "In the beginning God--- (Gen. 1:1).”

Also in Gen. 1:2 we read,

“----and the Spirit of God was moving (or hovering) over the surface of the waters.”

In the book of Exodus, chapter 3, verse 14, God declares,

“I AM that I AM (KJV).”

And again,

"Lord, You have been our dwelling place in all generations. Before the mountains were born, or You did give birth to the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God (Psalms 90:1-2).”

God is the indestructible, eternal Holy Supreme Being; He is the one and only God and eternal power; He is the absolute authority; there is no other. God is sacred, holy and divine in nature. He is eternal life and radiant light penetrating his creation with His healing love, mercy, grace, and peace. The fact that all He created still exist today is evidence of His everlasting love, mercy and grace. He is the substance of all that exist and by His word all things are created and hold together (See Heb. 11:3 and Col. 1:17).

His glory is expressed in the manifestation of His moral beauty, pureness, perfection, righteousness, power and authority. Since the beginning of creation all that is created is a manifestation of His splendor and glory (Rom. 1:20).

He is the unfaltering rightness, the unwavering straightness and the steadfast perfection by which all else is measured. He is the foundation rock and His Word is the corner stone of His eternal kingdom. God’s word is the exact expression of His love and thoughts of His invisible soul. His Son Jesus, The Word of God in the flesh, is the ultimate manifestation of the invisible God and Father of all creation.

In the Gospel According to John we read,

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being by Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men (John 1:1-4).”

[and the Word was God]

“Word,” as used in verse 1 and 14 is translated from the Greek word “Logos.” In verse 1 of chapter 1 of John’s gospel we see “The Word” as being the person of God.

"And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us---- (John 1:14f).”

Here we see God, in the person of the Word, becomes flesh or man.

For it is written,


And it is written of Joseph, saying,

"----And he called His name Jesus (Matt. 1:25ff).”

The meaning of “word” is; a statement of or an expression of thought.

God’s soul is the seat of His intellect and is the seat of His thoughts. His Word is the expression of His thoughts and the person of His being that reveals the character and attributes of His invisible soul (see Heb. 1:3). The result of the works of His Word is an expression or a manifestation of the Father who is the invisible soul of God. Thus we have one God: God the Father (meaning source). God the Son, (The Word, the manifestation of the Father) and God the Holy Spirit (God is Spirit--John 4:24).

The Son of God is the Word of God and was in the beginning with God. He was the word spoken that commanded light. He is the One that spoke the word; therefore, He is the source of energy flow and is the light. Without Him the sun would be a smoldering ember in a vast universe of darkness.

“And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power. When He had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, 4 having become as much better than the angels, as He has inherited a more excellent name than they (Heb. 1:3-4NASU).”

15 “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities —all things have been created through Him and for Him. 17 He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. 18 He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything. 19 For it was the Father's good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him, 20 and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven (Col. 1:15-20NASU).”

8 “Philip said to Him, ‘Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.’ 9 Jesus said to him, ‘Have I been so long with you, and yet you have not come to know Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; how can you say, ‘Show us the Father?’ 10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father is in Me’ (John 14:8-10NASU)?”

“For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form, (Col. 2:9NASU).”

Thus the Holy Spirit has taught us from the Holy Scriptures that Jesus is the word of God; He is the Creator; the image and glory of God; and He is Immanuel; God with us. He is God created in the image of man; and He is man created in the image of God. Thus we understand that in Adam God first created man in His image, then in Christ Jesus He became the image of man.

After our Lord’s death, burial and resurrection He appeared to Thomas and he declared of Him, “my Lord and my God! (John 20:28)”

James C Sanford

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