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God

We believe...

There is only one God, eternally existent in three co-equal, triune persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. 
God is sovereign over all things visible and invisible. 
  • There is one and only one living and true God. He is an intelligent, spiritual, and personal Being, the Creator, Redeemer, Preserver, and Ruler of the universe. God is infinite in holiness and all other perfections. God is all powerful and all knowing. His perfect knowledge extends to all things past, present, and future, including the future decisions of His free creation. To Him we owe the highest love, reverence, and obedience. The eternal triune God reveals Himself to us as Father, Son and Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence or being. ​

  • Jeremiah 10:12-13 (ESV): 

It is he who made the earth by his power,
   who established the world by his wisdom,
   and by his understanding stretched out the heavens.
When he utters his voice, there is a tumult of waters in the heavens,
   and he makes the mist rise from the ends of the earth.
He makes lightning for the rain,
   and he brings forth the wind from his storehouses.

  • Revelation 19:11-16 (ESV): Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war. His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on his head are many diadems, and he has a name written that no one knows but himself. He is clothed in a robe dipped in[a] blood, and the name by which he is called is The Word of God. And the armies of heaven, arrayed in fine linen, white and pure, were following him on white horses. From his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations, and he will rule[b] them with a rod of iron. He will tread the wine press of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty. On his robe and on his thigh he has a name written, King of kings and Lord of lords.

God is omniscient (all-knowing). 
  • There are many passages in the Bible that speak to the omniscience of God, but Isaiah 46:9-10 sums it up saying, "for I am God, and there is no other; I am God and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done."

    • Isaiah 46:8-11 (ESV):  

Remember this and stand firm,
   recall it to mind, you transgressors,
remember the former things of old;
for I am God, and there is no other;
   I am God, and there is none like me,
declaring the end from the beginning
   and from ancient times things not yet done,
saying, ‘My counsel shall stand,
   and I will accomplish all my purpose,’
calling a bird of prey from the east,
   the man of my counsel from a far country.
I have spoken, and I will bring it to pass;
   I have purposed, and I will do it.

  • As human beings with finite minds, we cannot begin to fathom the depths of the infinite mind of God. 

  • God's omniscience means that God possesses everything knowable without the need for learning; every facet of thought, every possibility, every complexity and every outcome. In an instant, he already knows.

  • Isaiah 55:9 (ESV): 

For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.

God is omnipotent (all powerful).
  • From the first verse in the Bible (Genesis 1:1) where we see God creating the universe merely with his words to the very last chapter (Revelation 22) where God expresses Himself as the absolute, perfect, pre-eminent Being, God is clearly shown as the Almighty, all-powerful Creator, Lord and Sovereign. 
  • Genesis 1:1-2 (ESV): In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.

  • Daniel 2:21-22 (ESV): 

He changes times and seasons;
   he removes kings and sets up kings;
he gives wisdom to the wise
   and knowledge to those who have understanding;
he reveals deep and hidden things;
   he knows what is in the darkness,
   and the light dwells with him.

  • Revelation 1:8 (ESV): “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”

  • Revelation 22:13 (ESV): I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.”

God is omnipresent (ever present everywhere). 
  • The Bible states that God can be both present to a person in a manifest manner (Psalm 46:1, Isaiah 57:15) as well as being present in every situation in all of creation at any given time (Psalm 33:13-14). 

 

  • God is outside of time and He can therefore be everywhere in time (Revelation 1:8).

  • Psalm 139:7-8 (ESV): 

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!

  • Jeremiah 23:24 (ESV): Can a man hide himself in secret places so that I cannot see him? declares the Lord. Do I not fill heaven and earth? declares the Lord. 

God is triune (one God in three persons).
  • The Bible describes God as one in unity in a community of three persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. 

 

  • Genesis 1:1 (ESV): In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.

      The word translated "God" in this verse is the Hebrew word "Elohim" which literally translated would be "the plural God." Not

       multiple "gods" but one God in plural form, indicating the Trinity. This is further indicated in verse 2 where the "Spirit is

       specified in the creation of the earth. Later in the first three verses of the Gospel of John, we find that the "Word" was with

       God and "was" God and was the Creator of all things in the beginning. In verse 14 of that same chapter, it is revealed that the

       "Word" was "made flesh and dwelt among us," a reference to Jesus the Son of God. Therefore, we find the Trinity is creating,

       God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. 

  • Matthew 28:19 (ESV): Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in[a] the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

      Jesus affirms the Trinity in His "Great Commission" address. 

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