The Glory of GOD
When it comes to Creation, we think of Genesis 1:1… “In the beginning, God created…” However, there is so much more to Creation than that. What are we referencing? We are referencing how the entire Trinity operated in the Creation Process. Why do we point this out? It is important to understand just how Creation came to be, and understand all of the aspects that God had to handle to be able to create all living and non-living things. He was the one who spoke to the living and non-living and formed things according to His Will!
It is good to quote Romans 1:20 before we get started, “Since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities – his eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.”
As Christians, we must acknowledge God, if we believe in Him, to be the Creator of the Universe and everything within and without it. Therefore, God is the Creator of everything inside and outside of this Universe. God is infinite and eternal – God is Spirit as Jesus has said! We cannot comprehend in our minute minds the awesomeness of God, because we weren’t made with the capability to do so. God stated this as we see in Isaiah 43:10, “’You are my witnesses,’ declares the Lord, ‘and my servant whom I have chosen, so that you may know and believe me and understand that I am he. Before me no god was formed, not will there be one after me.’”
We must declare His Awesomeness and glory every day; that is, be in awe of Him. It’s so beautiful. It’s pointless to ever think that you, anyone else, any other being above or beneath, side to side, etc. could ever surpass God, because each moment you take a breath, you are glorifying God, because He gave you life (Genesis 2:7; Psalm 139:14-15). He is the air you breathe; He is the substance of everything and everyone around you (Acts 17:25; Romans 11:36). He is everywhere, uncountable, and infinite. There is nothing without God, because He imparted and imputed His Being into everything around us, in us, and through us (Revelation 10:6). We are a part of God and are made in His Image as we see in Genesis. Even death has no power over us, because death is only a condition, but God is infinite. He gave us power to overcome death, if we choose life (that is to believe in Him) (1 Corinthians 15:57).
So yes, God exists in everything, and yes, we can freely believe in Him all we want. You know what? He made all of us because He loves us. He made everything because His Inheritance is given to His Children. Everyone on Earth and probably in parts of the Universe has a part of His Inheritance, however, His Children (that is His People have an additional part, which is eternal life. He imputes onto us immortality when we express faith in Him! He wants to give His Life over to people to save them from eternal death. The only way that God destroys is through eternal death, but He gives life in eternal life. Our lives on Earth are temporal and are our ground for accepting His Salvation and His Will! He came to save us all from eternal death, by becoming one of us purposely, and being subject to us for a change. Through this, He granted us salvation from death to life, because He loves us! This can be found in John 3:16-21.)
“By faith we understand that the Universe was formed at God’s Command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible” (Hebrews 11:3). This is saying that there is a substance in everything…you know what that is? It’s God! He is the substance of everything seen and unseen. The breath of His Mouth made the starry host (WOW!), as we see in Psalm 33:6.
When we believe in God – that means that we believe that He created everything and that He is eternally our only God. We have the privilege of believing in Him, and because of it, we are blessed eternally. What a deal! The Lord created us to be us in our capacity, which means that we were perfectly created to be able to handle living on Earth. If, in our current state, we were placed on even a nearby planet, we would not survive. There would be some inconsistency, nonetheless. He knows what He is doing! Furthermore, we live in just the right age, as we are crafted for a purpose of glorifying God.
The Nature of God
God the Father is the source of the Divine Nature of the Trinity, and He is the initiator and general director of the Godhead.
The All Knowing
The omniscience of God is the attribute of Him, to which, He knows everything past, present, and future. God knows even things hidden from human sight. Scripture notes the wisdom of God in all His actions, and even has it all ground into His Marvelous Knowledge. Feel free to study the Scriptural references, if you please.
- His Knowledge originates within Himself (Isaiah 40:13-14; Job 21:22; Romans 11:33-34; 1 Corinthians 2:16)
- His Knowledge is complete (Matthew 10:30; Psalm 147:4; Isaiah 40:26)
- He knows things hidden from human understanding (Deuteronomy 29:29; Job 37:15-16; Daniel 2:22; Matthew 24:36; Acts 1:7; 2 Corinthians 12:2-4)
- He knows of people’s actions, needs, hearts and minds, individually, and their sin (Job 24:23, 31:4; 34:21; Psalms 33:13-15, 44:20-21, 139:1-3; Jeremiah 2:2 16:17, 23:24; Matthew 6:8, 31-32; 1 Chronicles 28:9; Genesis 20:1-7; Hebrews 4:12-13; and even more)
- He knew of Jesus Christ’s passion (Acts 2:23, 3:18, 4:27-28)
- He knew who would become Jesus’ disciples (Romans 8:29; Jeremiah 1:5; Romans 11:2; 1 Peter 1:2)
- He knew of the free will people would have and would adopt in their actions (Psalm 139:4; Exodus 3:19; Deuteronomy 31:21; 1 Samuel 23:10-13)
- He knows those who are His (2 Timothy 2:19; Numbers 16:5; Exodus 33:12; Job 23:10; John 10:14; 1 Corinthians 8:3; Galatians 4:9; 1 John 3:19-20; Revelation 3:8)
Ever Present (Omnipresent)
God is omnipresent in that He transcends everything in space, and is present in all fullness.
- He transcends all spatial limitations (He can’t be boxed) (1 Kings 8:27; 2 Chronicles 2:6; Psalm 113:4-6)
- He is present throughout Heaven and Earth (Psalm 139:7-12; Jeremiah 23:23-24; Numbers 14:21; Deuteronomy 4:39)
- He is near to all human beings (Acts 17:27-28; Psalms 16:8, 34:18, 145:18; Isaiah 50:8, 57:15)
- He is always present with His People (Exodus 29:45, 33:15-16; Psalms 14:5, 72:19, 96:7-13; Malachi 1:11; Revelation 5:13; Isaiah 43:2; Zephaniah 3:17; 1 Corinthians 14:25; Genesis 28:15, 31:3; Matthew 29:20; 1 Corinthians 3:16; John 14:18; Ephesians 2:22; 1 John 3:24)
All Powerful (Omnipotent)
God is omnipotent, which means He has all power and able to do whatever He wills to do.
- Overall, He is omnipotent (Mark 10:27, 14:36; Genesis 18:14; Psalm 93:1; Luke 1:37; 2 Corinthians 4:7; Job 9:12, 42:2; Isaiah 14:27; Jeremiah 10:6)
- He is the Almighty (El Shaddai) (Genesis 28:3, 35:11, 43:14; Exodus 6:3; Job 11:7, 31:2)
- He is the Lord Almighty or God Almighty (Sabaoth) (Psalms 24:10, 89:8; Jeremiah 10:16; 2 Corinthians 6:18; Revelation 11:17, 19:6)
- He is the Mighty One (Genesis 49:24; Joshua 22:22; Psalm 50:1; Isaiah 1:24, 10:21, 60:16; Mark 14:62; Luke 1:49)
- He shows His Power through Jesus Christ (Acts 2:24, 4:10, 10:38; Romans 1:4; Ephesians 1:19-21; Colossians 2:13-15; Revelation 12:10; Luke 5:17, 6:19, 8:46; 2 Peter 1:16; Hebrews 7:16; 2 Corinthians 13:4)
- He rules in Creation (Romans 1:20; Psalms 19:1, 65:6, 68:34; Matthew 8:26) He cannot tolerate evil or be tempted with it (Habakkuk 1:13; James 1:13)
Jesus had urged us overall to think of God as our loving Father, because Jesus came to express not only the Kingdom of God, but also the love of the Father. Now, Jesus referred to God the Father as “Abba” – which is an Aramaic word roughly translated as “Daddy,” which shows the intimate relationship between God and His Son (or sons, such as us His People male and female).
God the Father is the perfect example for all Earthly fathers, because He is loving first, just, fair, graceful, kind, and an infinite other depictions. Nonetheless, His outstanding quality and notion of character is Love – “Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love” (1 John 4:8). Everything the Father does is motivated from love, and we are encouraged by Paul to do the same thing (as we see in 1 Corinthians 13), for if we don’t do something in love, it is as if we are a clanging cymbal or gong.
If we’re doing things in love, we’re doing things out of awe for the Father, out of a servant’s heart to help people, and out of the kindness that derives from the Father. Through God’s covenant with Abraham, He chose the Jews as His People. After that, he nurtured and protected them, even when they disobeyed…why? Because, He loved them! In God’s greatest act of love, He sent His only Son to be the perfect sacrifice for sin of everyone, which includes Jews and Gentiles alike.
This Aramaic word, “Abba,” is a common word used by people, especially young children, who would use it to address their fathers. This signifies a close/intimate relationship of a father and his child. Those that believe in Him have the right to call Him Father, for not everyone is a child of God. Only those who are born-again are to be called Children of God (as we see in John 1:12-13). We have the Spirit of Adoption, whereby we may cry Abba! Father! (Romans 8:15) We are promised that we are born of God (our Spirit is), so that we may be partakers of Him (John 1:13-14; 2 Peter 1:4). One day, we will be like Jesus, a son of God… (1 John 3:2, 5:1)!
What does this mean then? We are part of the Family now! If we are born again, we have been adopted into the family of God (John 1:12, 3:1-8; Romans 8:17; Galatians 4:7), which makes us “joint-heirs with Christ Jesus.” When were we chosen to become part of His Family? It was before the foundation of the world (as we see in Ephesians 1:4).
It is difficult to just explain one entity of God, as He is One God in three persons: The Father, The Son, and The Spirit. Therefore, we must continue to explore God in the other distinct persons, so that we receive a better understanding of God overall!