God the Father

Many people, tired of the culture of self, are looking for something better, something more satisfying.  They want to know God.  Fortunately, God wants us to know Him.  For that reason He has revealed Himself in many ways, the most important of which is the Bible.  The Bible writers made no direct effort to prove the existence of God.  They took that much for granted.  The Bible's first words, "In the Beginning God created the heavens and the earth" (Genesis 1:1), speak volumes about Him.  Before the world came into existence, God existed.  He's the Creator, the Source of life and every material blessing.


Nevertheless, there's much about God's basic nature that we don't understand because He hasn't revealed it to us.  Among these unknowns are God's eternal nature and His capacity to be everywhere at once.  We can never understand the essence of God's nature.  But we understand what He has revealed to us, at least to a point, and this revelation centers around His unfailing love. The New Testament presents God to us as a loving heavenly Father (Matthew 5:45; 1 John 4:8). Because Jesus has adopted us, we have become God's sons and daughters (John 1:12, 13).  God, our heavenly Father, is not a mere impersonal force.  Jesus told the woman at the well of Sychar that " 'God is Spirit' " (John 4:24) to suggest that God has a form, a shape.  This statement has to do with more profound aspects of God's divine nature.  He's above nature and beyond the capacity of our minds to imagine Him.  He lives on a plane far superior to ours.


The Hebrews concept of spirit was more concrete than abstract.  God dwells in that realm.  We cannot see Him, but we were made in His image (Genesis 1:27), which suggests that He also has a specific form.  Throughout its pages, the Bible presents God as a Person.  The words the Bible uses to describe God were chosen to make it as easy as possible for us to understand God as a Person.  He "talks," "hears," "sees," and "writes."  He suffers and feels sadness, and He also expresses both anger and joy.  He has free will (see Psalm 40:8; 2 Corinthians 1:1).  God judges (Psalm 7:11; Romans 2:16) and pardons (Isaiah 55:7).  Nevertheless, He is above all.  He created and sustains everything (Hebrews 1:1-3).  God is omnipotent (Revelation 19:6), sublime (Isaiah 57:15), omniscient (Ephesians 1:8), eternal and immortal (1 Timothy 1:17), and omnipresent (Psalm 139:7; Jeremiah 23:24).  He's free of time and space limitations in all His actions.

Everything that happens on our planet is under God's control.  He understands our plans, but He acts in ways that ensure the ultimate fulfillment and consummation of His will.  The qualities and powers that we see in God the Son and God the Holy Spirit also reveal to us what the Father is like.  

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