The God of the Bible (Godhead-Lesson-1)

Who is the God of the Bible

 

1- What important question does the Bible ask about God?

Job 11:7 Canst thou by searching find out God? canst thou find out the Almighty unto perfection?

– We cannot of ourselves find out God. God Himself must tell us about Himself.

2- What does God say about Himself?

Isaiah 40:26 Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things, that bringeth out their host by number: he calleth them all by names by the greatness of his might, for that he is strong in power; not one faileth.

– He is a creator of infinite power. Not only is He creator but He also upholds and maintains all His creation.

Isaiah 46:9, 10 Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure

– God is all knowing or omniscient.

3- How many true gods does the Bible reveal?

Deuteronomy 6:4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD

– God told the Israelites that He is ONE, as opposed to the heathen nations around them which worshiped multiple gods.

Deuteronomy 4:35 Unto thee it was shewed, that thou mightest know that the LORD he is God; there is none else beside him.

– There is none other besides Him. It is on this basis that God gave the first commandment which prohibits multiple gods.

Jeremiah 10:10 But the LORD is the true God, he is the living God, and an everlasting king: at his wrath the earth shall tremble, and the nations shall not be able to abide his indignation.

4- Who is the most qualified person to tell us about the true God?

John 1:18 No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.

– Jesus, the Son of God is the highest authority on this topic.

John 3:11 Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness.

– In speaking of God Jesus tells us what He knows and has seen. That was His mission in coming down from heaven; to tell us of heavenly things.

5- According to Jesus, who is “the only true God”?

John 17:1, 3 Father… And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.

– The only true God, according to Jesus, is the Father. Knowing the only true God and Jesus is the key to eternal life. A correct understanding of God is an issue that affects our eternal life.

6- Who is the Lord of heaven and earth, according to Jesus?

Matthew 11:25 At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.

– The Father is the Lord of both heaven and earth (see also Luke 10:21).

7- Who will the true worshippers worship?

John 4:23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.

– True worshippers worship the Father, the only true God, in spirit and in truth.

8- Who did Jesus say we should pray to?

Matthew 6:9-13 Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven … For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

– The Father’s will is done in heaven. The kingdom, power and glory belong to the Father.

9- Which is the first commandment of all?

Mark 12:28-32 And one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, and perceiving that he had answered them well, asked him, Which is the first commandment of all? And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these. And the scribe said unto him, Well, Master, thou hast said the truth: for there is one God; and there is none other but he.

– Knowing God is required before we can love Him. A correct knowledge of God is vital for our relationship with Him. The scribe agreed that there is only one God, and none other but He.

10- Did Jesus correct the scribe?

Mark 12:34 And when Jesus saw that he answered discreetly, he said unto him, Thou art not far from the kingdom of God.

– The belief of the scribe reflects the faith of the entire Jewish nation. The Jews believed in one God only.

John 8:41 Then said they to him, We be not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God.

11- Did Jesus identify who is the one God of the Jewish nation?

John 8:54 Jesus answered, If I honour myself, my honour is nothing: it is my Father that honoureth me; of whom ye say, that he is your God.

12- Is He the God of the Jews only?

Romans 3:29 Is he the God of the Jews only? is he not also of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also.

13- Did the apostles of Christ teach the Gentiles the same truth about God?

James 2:19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.

– James taught that there is only one God. Even the devils know that!

1 Timothy 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.

– Paul taught that there is only one God. Jesus is the only link between us and God. We can only know God through Jesus.

14- Who is this one true God?

1 Corinthians 8:4-6 We know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is none other God but one. For though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth, (as there be gods many, and lords many,) But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.

– The one God is the Father.

James 3:9 Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God.

Romans 15:6 That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Ephesians 4:6 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.

2 Corinthians 1:3 Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort.

– The Apostles of Christ taught that the one God is only the Father. We do not read about different persons making up one God. It is simply the Father.

15- Who is the living and true God?

1 Thessalonians 1:9, 10 For they themselves shew of us what manner of entering in we had unto you, and how ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God; And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.

– The “living and true God” is the Father.

16- Did the early Christian church maintain this belief of the Apostles?

Acts 2:42 And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.

17- Who is the creator of all things?

Revelation 4:9-11 And when those beasts give glory and honour and thanks to him that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever, The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying, Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.

Acts 17:24 God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands.

– We saw earlier that the Lord of heaven and earth is God the Father. It is God the Father who created all things.

18- How did God the Father create all things?

Ephesians 3:9 And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ.

Colossians 1:16 For by him [Christ] were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him.

Hebrews 1:2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds.

John 1:3 All things were made by him [the Word]; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

19- Who is the head of all things?

1 Corinthians 11:3 But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.

– The head of Christ is God, who is His Father.

20- Does Christ have a God?

Matthew 27:46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?

John 20:17 Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.

Ephesians 1:17 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him.

Revelation 3:12 Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.

Hebrews 1:9 Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.

21- Who does Christ belong to?

1 Corinthians 3:23 And ye are Christ’s; and Christ is God‘s.

22- When we get to heaven, who are we going to serve?

Revelation 21:22, 23 And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it. And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.

Revelation 22:3 And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him.

– We shall serve and worship God and the Lamb, for this is eternal life. To know them both throughout eternity will be our theme.

23- Do we wait till we get to heaven or can this fellowship begin sooner?

1 John 1:3 That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.

– This fellowship can begin now as we read and learn about the Father and the Son.

Conclusion:

We have seen that the word of God clearly tells us there is only one God. That one God is none other than the Father. This one God is the source of ALL life and power. The only way for us to know God is through His Son Jesus, who came to bring to us a true knowledge of God.

If there is only one true God, the Father, then what of Jesus Christ? Who is He?

The next lesson will examine this question.

 

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