God

The Bible does not debate the existence of God. God is not one about whom we may speculate, but one whom we must worship. The Bible begins with the grand declaration, “In the beginning God …” (Genesis 1:1).

But who or what is God? The only way we can properly answer that question is by paying heed to what God has revealed about Himself in His Word.

God cannot be defined, because to define something is to place it into a category, to distinguish it from other things. To define God is to limit Him. Indeed, God forbids us to have any earthly conception of Him or to make any image of Him.  God says, “To whom then will ye liken God? Or what likeness will ye compare unto Him?” (Isaiah 40:18). God is altogether other—He is infinitely greater than anything we can imagine. “For of Him, and through Him, and to Him, are all things, to whom be glory forever” (Romans 11:36).

About God’s being, we can say four things—He is personal, spiritual, transcendent and immanent.

As personal, God is a rational, self-conscious and conscious being. He lives, knows, thinks, plans, wills, speaks, and works. He is not a vague, impersonal force, or a “higher power.” He is an active and intelligent being. For this reason, He has names such as Father and Jehovah. Each of these names reveals something about God. He is also a “He” and not an “It.” This is important, because we cannot have a relationship with an impersonal “power.”

As spiritual, God is neither physical nor material. He does not have a physical form; He does not have a colour or shape. Jesus said, “God is a Spirit, and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth” (John 4:24). God is an infinite, eternal spirit, unlike the angels, who are created, finite spirits, who worship and serve God.

As transcendent, God is infinitely exalted above all created existence. God is not His creation—He is not part of His creation. He is called the Most High God, the one who is to be feared and worshipped. We must not have low or base thoughts of His infinite Majesty.

And yet, God is immanent. He is present in and with His creation. He is not a distant, unconcerned deity: “He is not far from every one of us: for in Him we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:27-28). Do you worship the God who gave you life and breath and all things?