Sunday School Today: The Nature of God

God is a spirit (John 4:24). God does not have a body as we understand it. He is invisible to us; however, He has revealed Himself to us in a visible form in the person of Jesus Christ. In Christ, He came into the world with a body of flesh (John 1:14-18; Hebrews 1:3). “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation; because by Him everything was created, in heaven and on earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities–all things have been created through Him and for Him (Colossians 1:15-16).”

God is light. “Now this is the message we have heard from Him and declare to you: God is light, and there is absolutely no darkness in Him (1 John 1:5).”

God is love. “The one who does not love does not know God, because God is love (1 John 4:8).”

God is a consuming fire (Hebrews 12:29).

God hates. “Six things the Lord hates; in fact, seven are detestable to Him; arrogant eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that plots wicked schemes, feet eager to run to evil, a lying witness who gives false testimony, and one who stirs up trouble among brothers (Proverbs 6:16-19).”

God hears. The eyes of the Lord are open unto us, and His ears are open unto our prayers.

God is a person. Personal names are used in reference to Him (Exodus 3:14; Matthew 11:25). Personal characteristics are ascribed to Him, such as: (1) knowledge (Isaiah 55:9-10); (2) emotions (Genesis 6:6); (3) will (Joshua 3:10).

God is a unity. Scripture clearly teaches that there is one God (1 Timothy 2:5; John 10:30, 17:11), even though we know of God as the Father, the Son, and as the Spirit. The false teaching that there are many different gods is contrary to reason and to Scripture.

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