GOD THE FATHER

 
     
 

MEMORY VERSE: Who is like unto thee, O Lord, among the gods? Who is like thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders? Exo. 15:11.

BIBLE PASSAGE: Exodus 15:2-16
INTRODUCATION: Many philosophers in ages past had made great efforts trying to study God. Some sit and meditate for days on end trying to think into the realm created, the caused. However, the only true knowledge about God can be gained from the Bible (Jn. 1:18). The Old Testament, Moses talked to God and saw a part of Him but did not see His face (Exo. 33:23), But Jesus, who is God’s Son, came from heaven to reveal God the Father to us.

WHOI IS GOD THE FATHER?
God is a person, a Living Being. He is not just an influence or power like electricity (Jer. 10:10). He has eyes (11 Cor.16:9), eye that can move and see unlike the eyes of idols and other false gods. He also has knowledge and understanding (Ps. 94:11). He has ears that can hear and hands that can save (Isa. 59:1).

WHAT IS GOD LIKE?
God is a Spirit (Jn. 4:24). A Spirit has neither flesh, bones nor blood (Lk. 24:39). A Spirit cannot die, therefore God is immortal i.e. God cannot die. God is also invisible to mortal eyes (1Tim. 1:17). The reason why God is invisible is because He dwells in a light too bright that it will destroy ordinary human eyes (1 Tim. 6:16).

WHAT ARE THE OTHER CHARACTERISTICS OF GOD?
Only God has the following attributes:
(a) God is eternal: He has neither beginning nor ending (Ps. 102:24, 27). No idol is eternal since it was made by someone and therefore it had beginning. God, on the other hand, has no beginning. He has always existed. There had never been a time when there was no God (Ps. 90:2).
(b) God is unchangeable: He neither grows old, feeble nor less powerful (Mal. 3:6). There is never a change in Him no matter how little. He does not change with times or with the fashions of the world i.e. The God of the olden days is also the God of today (James 1:17).
(c) God possesses all powers. He has the power to create even simply by speaking (Gen.1:3). He can do all things and can bring something out of nothing (Job 42:2, Ps. 33:9). There is just nothing that He cannot do (Jere. 32:27).
(d) God is present everywhere at one and the same time. That means you cannot hide from Him. It also means that if you do his will, He is quite capable of protecting you wherever you may be (Ps. 139:7-9).
(e) God has all knowledge: Nothing is hidden from Him and that includes even your innermost thoughts (Ps. 94:11). Which means that you cannot deceive Him or pretend before Him (Job 42:2)? It also means that if you love Him and nobody else knows it, He will know!
(f) He is holy (1 Pet. 1:16), righteous (Jere. 12:1), merciful (Ps.103:8), Love (1 Jn. 4:8), faithful (11 Tim. 2:13), good (Ps. 25:8) and incorruptible i.e. He cannot be bribed!

CONCLUSION:
Since God is love, we should love Him. Since He is the King of Kings, we should serve Him. Since He is the only living God with powers to do and undo, we should obey Him. Since He is incorruptible we should fear Him because His decisions are final.

QUESTIONS
1. Where can reliable information be obtained about God?
2. What is God like?
3. How do we know that God is eternal?
4. How can God be present at all places at the same time?

FURTHER READINGS: The following passages will tell you more about God: Exo. 15:11, Num. 14:18, 1Kings 8:23, Josh.24:19, Ps. 86:10.

 
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