03: Doctrine - God
God as Creator
God as Creator
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
“Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.”
For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross. And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds,
Because God is the creator of all things, he has authority over all things. The creation shows God’s power and wisdom.
What is God Like?
What is God Like?
"What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” - A.W. Tozer
Left to ourselves we tend immediately to reduce God to manageable terms. -A.W. Tozer
Theologians divide God’s attributes into two categories: Communicable and Incommunicable Attributes.
Incommunicable attributes of God are ones that are less shared with us, and communicable attributes are more shared with us.
Independence: God does not need us or the rest of creation for anything, yet we and the rest of creation can glorify him and bring him joy.
The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything.
Eternity: God has no beginning, end or succession of moments in his own being, and he sees all time equally vividly, yet God sees events in time and acts in time. (Cf. , , , , )
Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.
Omnipresence: God does not have size or spatial dimensions and is present at every point of space with his whole being, yet God acts differently in different places. (Cf. ; ; ; ; ;
Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence? If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there! If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me.
Holiness: God’s holiness is his inherent and absolute greatness, in which he is perfectly distinct above everything outside himself and is absolutely morally separate from sin. - John MacArthur
And one called to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!”
Goodness: All that God is and does is worthy of approval, and he is the final standard of goodness.
And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone.
Love: God is freely and eternally giving of himself for the good of others.
Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.
The Attributes of God by A.W. Pink
The Knowledge of the Holy by A.W. Tozer