From  the  book


SURPRISING  THINGS  YOU  SHOULD  KNOW  ABOUT  GOD #5


Most  are  not  really  surprising  if  you  are  reading  the  Bible  -  Keith Hunt



His Nature

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.

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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