From the book
SURPRISING THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT GOD #5
Most are not really surprising if you are reading the Bible - Keith Hunt
The nature of God is generally described with the terms "essence" and "substance," meaning that which underlies all outward display—the reality itself, whether material or immaterial, the substratum of anything. To speak of God is to speak of an essence, a substance, not of a mere idea or the personification of an idea.
God has life. Science generally defines life as "having the powers of growth, reproduction or creation, and the ability to adapt or initiate change." In contrast to the pagan gods of other religions, God is alive. He hears, sees, feels, acts, and is a live being. "For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son to have life in himself" (John 5:26).
God has spirituality. God is invisible, without physical parts, and is therefore free from this world's limitations. John 4:24 tells us that "God is spirit," which opposes the false notion that everything in the world can be explained by material things or the laws of nature. He can make himself known to humanity, but he is in essence an invisible yet personal spirit.
Humanity was made in God's image, which means that humans are personal beings, have intellect, retain a sense of morality, and have the ability to choose between right and wrong.
[IT ALSO MEANS WE ARE IN THE BASIC FORM AND SHAPE THAT GOD IS IN, IN HIS SPIRIT FORM; GOD DOES NOT HAVE EYE LASHES - HE DOES NOT NEED THEM; HE DOES NOT HAVE SEX ORGANS - HE DOES NOT NEED THEM; HE CAN APPEAR AS FLESH AND BONE - DID SO IN THE OLD TESTAMENT AGES, TO VARIOUS PEOPLE - SHOWN IN OTHER STUDIES - Keith Hunt]
Though it says in the Bible that no one can see God, some verses speak of God's "hands," and we also find the interesting story of Moses observing God's back as he walks by. Such expressions are anthropomorphic, describing an infinite God in human terms in order to help us better understand him.
[ANTHROPOMORPHIC IS HAVING HUMAN CHARACTERISTICS; BUT AS HUMANS WERE MADE IN THE LIKENESS OF GOD HE DOES HAVE THE BASIC FORM AND SHAPE AS LIKE A HUMAN - Keith Hunt]
God is personal. God has a personal existence, rather than being an impersonal force. He chooses people, reaches out to individuals, and develops relationships with them. Rather than the false notion of pantheism, which teaches that God is in everything and therefore has no distinct existence, our God has intellect, sensibility, and will. He chose to die personally on our behalf in order to restore our relationship with him.
God has personality. Psychology usually defines personality as "being self-conscious and having the powers of self-determination." God chose to create us, desires to know us, and explains himself to us in ways we can understand. All of these point to a God with personality.
God has names that reveal his nature. The name "I Am" reveals his own self-consciousness. The name "the Lord Will Provide" suggests his desire for personal provision. "The Lord Is Our Peace" reveals God's action on man's behalf. "The Lord Our Shepherd" demonstrates his personal guidance and goodness. And "the Lord of Hosts" reveals his headship over us.
God has emotions. If emotions help reveal the personhood of God, it should be noted that the Bible speaks of God grieving (Gen. 6:6), loving (Rev. 3:19), hating (Prov. 6:16), becoming angry (1 Kings 11:9), and becoming jealous (Deut. 6:15). The fact that he possesses emotions reveals that he must be personal.
God is the Creator. The Book of Genesis says that God is the creator of all things. The fact that he simply spoke things into being means he has infinite power and chose to use it in a personal way by creating mankind. As the prophet Isaiah puts it in 45:18, "He created it not in vain" (KJV).
God is a God of order. A quick look at creation reveals that he balanced the land and the sea, designed the intricate workings of our bodies, and spoke mighty mountains into existence. Rather than the world being haphazard and a product of random sampling, creation reveals a God who has carefully planned and ordered all things.
God takes care of us. Not only does he provide for our immediate needs, he personally directs and controls the free actions of men so as to determine all things in accordance with his eternal purpose. As Wordsworth said, "God foresees evil deeds, but never forces them."
God has a hand in human history. As the preserver of all things, not just setting creation in motion but becoming actively involved with our lives, God sustains us and watches over us. Everything from the writing of Scripture to the resurrection of Jesus, to making sure you heard the Good News is evidence of his concern for our eternal destiny.
[HE HAS A HAND IN HISTORY AS HE SEES FIT IN WORKING HIS PLAN OF SALVATION FOR ALL HUMANS; GOD CHOOSES TO CALL PEOPLE TO SALVATION WHEN HE DECIDES…. HENCE HE HAS A PLAN OF SALVATION - PROVED IN OTHER STUDIES ON THIS WEBSITE - Keith Hunt]
God is our Father. While this is largely a New Testament concept (the fatherhood of God could not be established until the appearing of his Son), it is clear that Christ's mission on earth was to make God known as "Father." Similarly, no one can experience God as Father except through the work of Jesus Christ, whose work on the cross makes us all brothers and sisters in the family of God.
[INTERESTING THE AUTHORS USE “FAMILY OF GOD” - I WONDER IF THEY REALLY UNDERSTOOD EXACTLY WHAT THAT MEANS. I HAVE A STUDY CALLED “A CHRISTIAN’S DESTINY” TO SHOW YOU WHAT THE BIBLE TEACHES ABOUT BEING IN THE FAMILY OF GOD, IT IS UNDER “SALVATION” SECTION - FIRST STUDY - Keith Hunt]
God is unified. There is only one God, with one essence, existing in three persons. Though God has three distinct faces (the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit), he remains a single, uniform being. Many heresies have been battled over the course of history regarding this point.
[THE HERESY IS BELIEVING AND TEACHING SOMETHING WITH 3 FACES; OR 3 SEPARATE INDIVIDUAL BEINGS IN HEAVEN; GOD IS NOT SOME FORM OF SPIRIT THAT CAN BE FATHER, SON, HOLY SPIRIT…..BEINGS, EITHER INDIVIDUALLY OR THREE AT THE SAME TIME, THEN MOVING BACK INTO SOME SINGLE BEING. THE GODHEAD IS ALSO NOT THREE INDIVIDUAL BEINGS. ALL THE VISIONS OF THE HEAVENLY THRONE IN THE BIBLE, SHOW TWO INDIVIDUAL BEINGS IN THE GODHEAD - FATHER AND SON. THE HOLY SPIRIT IS NOT AN INDIVIDUAL BEING SEPARATE FROM THE FATHER AND SON - ALL PROVEN IN OTHER STUDIES UNDER THIS SECTION OF THIS WEBSITE - Keith Hunt]
God is one, according to Deuteronomy 6:4, which does not mean he has one personality, but that his three persons exist in one being. There is only one God, the maker and sustainer of all life.
[UTTER NONSENSE THAT THREE PERSONS EXIST AS ONE BEING. GOD IS ONE AS GOD CALLED HUSBAND AND WIFE AS ONE, IN THE BOOK OF GENESIS. JUST AS JESUS SAID THE FATHER AND HIMSELF WERE ONE…. JOHN 10: 30! JESUS WAS GOD IN THE FLESH, THE FATHER WAS STILL IN HEAVEN WHO WAS GOD. BOTH OF THEM ARE GOD…. JOHN 1: 1-18. PAUL WAS INSPIRED TO SHOW US THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN BOTH - THE HEAD OF CHRIST IN AUTHORITY IS THE SUPREME GOD BEING…. 1 COR. 11: 3. ALL THE VISIONS OF THE HEAVENLY THRONE IN THE BIBLE HAVE ONE SUPREME BEING ON THE THRONE, WITH JESUS CHRIST ON HIS RIGHT HAND, NOT INSIDE HIM, OR ON TOP OF HIM, BUT NEXT TO HIM ON HIS RIGHT HAND. HOW SIMPLE IT IS TO KNOW THE TRUTH OF THE GODHEAD, BY THE WORDS OF JESUS HIMSELF THROUGHOUT THE GOSPELS, AND BY THE VISIONS OF THE HEAVENLY THRONE - BOOK OF REVELATION ETC. AS A KID GROWING UP IN A CHURCH OF ENGLAND SCHOOL, AND READING THE NEW TESTAMENT FOR MYSELF, I UNDERSTOOD AT AGE 10, 11, 12, THE TRUTH OF THE GODHEAD - Keith Hunt]
God is triune. As stated in the Athanasian Creed, "We worship one God in trinity and trinity in unity, neither confounding the persons nor dividing the substance." The Trinity is three eternally interrelated, interexistent, inseparable persons within one being. He is one in being and substance, possessed of three personal distinctions revealed to us as the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
[ALL GOOBY-GOO RUBISH! THE IDEA OF ONE SUBSTANCE THAT CAN BE THREE INDIVIDUAL PERSONS, THEN REVERT BACK TO ONE BLOB OF SUBSTANCE, OR AS THREE INDIVIDUAL BEINGS KINDA STANDING OR SITTING ON ONE THRONE IN HEAVEN, IS ALSO RUBISH! THE GODHEAD CAN BE KNOWN, THE NEW TESTAMENT SHOWS US VERY CLEARLY IF YOU READ IT AS A CHILD - Keith Hunt]
God is self-existent. He is absolutely independent of all else. As Christ says in John 5:26, "The Father has life in himself. The meaning is not that God invented himself but that he is self-sustaining and has been for all eternity.
God is eternal and is called "the Everlasting God" in Genesis 1 21:33 (KJV). He had no beginning and will have no end. The past, the present, and the future are equally known to him.
God is immutable. As an infinite being, he transcends all change. We can't add to him, increase his power, or watch him grow and change. His nature, attributes, and counsel are unchanging. "I the Lord do not change" (Malachi 3:6).
[GOD’S CHARACTER DOES NOT CHANGE; HIS WORKINGS WITH PEOPLE CAN CHANGE; I. E. THE OLD COVENANT IS NOT THE SAME AS THE NEW COVENANT….SEE BOOK OF HEBREWS. PHYSICAL CIRCUMCISION IS NOT REQUIRED UNDER THE NEW COVENANT….SEE ACTS 15 - Keith Hunt]
When the Bible says that God repents or changes (such as in Jonah 3:10 or Gen. 6:6), it doesn't mean that the Lord actually changed his mind. . . only that he changed his method. God remains the same in character, but as people change their attitude toward God, he in turn seems to change his attitude toward people. It's really the people who change!
[NOPE GOT THAT WRONG ALSO! GOD HAS CHOSEN TO WILL HIMSELF NOT TO KNOW CERTAIN THINGS…. GEN. 6:6 - HE WILLED HIMSELF NOT TO KNOW HOW BAD HUMAN CARNALITY COULD GET; SO IT DID INDEED GRIEVE HIM AT HEART, AND HE DID INDEED HAVE THE EMOTION OF THINKING HE SHOULD NOT HAVE MADE MANKIND. THE SECOND EXAMPLED IS IN GENESIS 18…. COMING TO SEE HOW BAD SIN WAS IN SODOM AND DEBATING WITH ABRAHAM OVER THE DESTRUCTION. JUST READ THESE PASSAGES AS THEY ARE, NO FANCY THEOLOGY NEEDED; GOD HAS THE POWER TO WILL HIMSELF NOT TO KNOW CERTAIN THINGS, IT’S AS SIMPLE AS THAT - Keith Hunt]
God is omniscient. He has perfect and complete knowledge. In the words of John Calvin, "God knows Himself and all other things in one Eternal and most simple act." Or, as Paul put it, "Oh the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out!" (Rom. 11:33).
[TO BE SURE HE DOES, IF HE HAS NOT WILLED HIMSELF NOT TO KNOW - Keith Hunt]
God knows all things, according to 1 John 3:20. He knows everything about the world—all actions throughout eternity, the entire plan of the ages, and each individual's part in it. "The eyes of the Lord are everywhere, keeping watch on the wicked and the good" (Prov. 15:3).
[THE EYES OF GOD DOES NOT NECESSARILY MEAN HIS LITERAL EYES, BUT HIS EYES OF SAY ANGELS THAT COME TO HIM AND REPORT THINGS. GOD WILLS HIMSELF NOT TO KNOW CERTAIN THINGS, AS I PROVE IN A STUDY ON THAT ISSUE - Keith Hunt]
If God knows everything before it happens, why doesn't he stop evil from occurring? The point must be made that he does! The Bible refers to God as our protector and gives clear examples of God holding back evil. However, the fact that he knows everything before it occurs does not mean he is the cause. Sometimes in his wisdom he allows evil to take place as part of his divine plan.
[GOD CREATED FREE WILL; WITH FREE WILL, EVIL CAN CERTAINLY COME. AGAIN GOD HAS WILLED HIMSELF NOT TO KNOW SOME THINGS BEFORE IT ACTUALLY HAPPENS…. GENESIS 6:6 ONCE MORE. IN GOD’S PLAN FOR MANKIND AND THIS EARTH, IT IS A PLAN THAT MUST ALLOW FREE WILL TO TAKE ITS COURSE, WHICH MEANS EVIL WILL COME. AND SO IN THAT SENSE GOD TAKES RESPONSIBILITY SEE ISAIAH 45: 7 - Keith Hunt]
God is omnipotent. His power is unlimited by anyone or anything outside himself. Nothing is too hard for him; he can bring anything to pass. As it says in Matthew 19:26, "With God all things are possible."
All nature is subject to God's control. He spoke light into being, calmed storms with his words, and raised the dead to life. Yet he will not do anything inconsistent with the nature of things—for example, he will not make past events to have not occurred. With the exception of miraculous events, God works within the realm of nature.
All human action is dependent on God's will and subject to divine control. When King Nebuchadnezzar became too proud, God compelled his humility (Dan. 4:19-37). When Jonah attempted to run away from God, the Lord arranged for him to repent. According to Daniel 4:35, "He does as he pleases with the powers of heaven and the peoples of the earth. No one can hold back his hand or say to him: 'What have you done?'"
[GOD CAN DO ANYTHING HE WANTS, WHEN HE WANTS TO DO IT; NOTHING IS BEYOND HIS ABILITY - Keith Hunt]
Angels and demons are under divine control. As created beings, they have no power over God's people unless the Lord allows it (see Job 1:12; Luke 22:31-32; James 4:7; Rev. 20:2).
God is omnipresent. He is active everywhere, not meaning that he is there in bodily form, but that his personal, spiritual presence is present everywhere at all times. "Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?" asked the psalmist David. "If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast" (Ps. 139:7-10).
[GOD THROUGH HIS HOLY SPIRIT CAN BE ANYWHERE AT ANY TIME - Keith Hunt]
God is particularly manifest in heaven. He is not necessarily "everywhere" in the same sense. His throne and his dwelling place are in glory.
[GOD CAN BE ANYWHERE AT ANY TIME, THROUGH HIS HOLY SPIRIT; HE HIMSELF AS A PERSONAL BEING IS ONLY IN ONE PLACE AT ONE TIME - Keith Hunt]
God is holy. The angels seen by the prophet Isaiah tell us he is "holy, holy, holy," which is his most emphasized characteristic. We are told in 1 John that "God is love," but we're never told he is "love, love, love." God is holy—Isaiah tells us his very name is holy.
God is separate from all evil. "Be holy, because I am holy," he says in Leviticus 11:44. He is perfect in character, he hates sin, and he desires for his followers to be holy. He delights in all that is righteous.
God is righteous and just. His holiness is revealed in the fact that he recognizes our sinful condition and offers atonement on our behalf. The holiness of God magnifies his redeeming love, which provides a means of escape to those who are dead in their sins.
The justice of God is evident in the fact that he punishes wickedness and rewards righteousness. Yet his justice is tempered by his love—forgiving the sins of repentant believers and delivering his people from eternal death.
God is love. He always seeks the highest good for us and desires a close relationship with each individual. He gave himself up for us through his substitutionary death on the cross. "This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son" (1 John 4:10).
The object of God's love is, first of all, his own Son, and second, all humankind. God loves each individual. He loves the world—even the worst sinner in it. As it says in John 3:16, "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."
God's love is shown through his sacrifice on the cross. The amazing part of Christ's death is not simply that he died for those who love him, but that he also died for those who hate him! Jesus even died for those who were putting him to death, revealing a love with no boundaries.
God is merciful. The word translated "mercy" means, literally, "lovingkindness." While mercy in the Old Testament generally had a negative connotation (lightening the misery of the guilty), the New Testament gave it the more positive meaning of being nicer to someone than he or she truly deserves.
God is gracious. Unique from mercy, the word grace retains the meaning of unmerited favor. The Lord grants humankind his favor as a gift. Salvation is not something we can ever earn or demand—it comes only by God's grace.
The purpose of God is to create life, allow it to fall, provide a means of salvation, and thus demonstrate his grace and greatness. From eternity God has purposed to save those people who believe in him, making them the object of his favor.
THE LIFE HE WANTS TO CREATE IS HUMAN KIND BECOMING A VERY MEMBER OF HIS ETERNAL FAMILY. PLEASE SEE MY STUDY CALLED “A CHRISTIAN’S DESTINY” UNDER THE “SALVATION” SECTION OF THIS WEBSITE; IT WILL BLOW YOUR MIND AS TO WHAT THE FATHER IN HEAVEN DESIRES TO GIVE TO THOSE WHO WILL BE HIS CHILD - Keith Hunt