“When we preach Christ crucified,
we have no reason to stammer,
or stutter, or hesitate,
or apologize.”
~ C.H. Spurgeon

WHAT IS
GOD LIKE?

This is obviously the next question to be faced.  To acknowledge that God exists is one thing, and to acknowledge Him in the general sense that God speaks to us in creation and through the pages of the Bible is another.  But we need to know more.  What is God actually like?

The Bible gives us many clear and positive answers to this tremendously important question. Here are some of them.

God is
personal

God is not a thing,power, or influence.  He thinks, feels, desires, and acts in ways that show Him to be a living personal Being.  But He is not just the Man upstairsor some kind of Superman.  But the Lord is the true God; He is the living God, and the everlasting King (Jeremiah 10:10).

God is
One

There is only one true God.  He says, I am the First, and I am the Last; besides Me there is no God (Isaiah 44:6).  Yet God has revealed Himself as a trinityof three Persons the Father, the Son (Jesus Christ) and the Holy Spirit, each of Whom is truly, fully, and equally God. The Bible speaks of the glory of God the Father (Philippians 2:11) it says that the Word (Jesus Christ) was God; (John 1:1) and it speaks of the Spirit of the Lord (2 Corinthians 3:18).  While there is only one God, there are three Persons in the Godhead

God is
Spirit

He has no physical dimensions.  He does not have a body, nor does He have any characteristics that can be defined in terms of size and shape.  God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth (John 4:24).  This means that God is invisible.  No one has seen God at any time (John 1:18).  It also means that He is not confined to one place at a time, but is everywhere all the time: Do I not fill heaven and earth?says the Lord (Jeremiah 23:24).  Quite apart from anything else, this means that God is fully aware of everything that happens everywhere.  This includes not only everything you do and say, but every thought that passes through your mind.

God is
Eternal

God has no beginning.  In the Bibles words, from everlasting to everlasting, You are God (Psalm 90:2).  There never was a time when God did not exist, and there never will be a time when He will not exist.  God describes Himself as the One Who is, and Who was, and Who is to come (Revelation 1:8).  And He remains eternally the same: For I am the Lord, I do not change (Malachi 3:6).  All that God ever was He still is and always will be.

God is
Independent

Every other living being is dependent on people or things, and ultimately on God but God is totally independent of His creation.  He can survive on His own.  Nor is He worshiped with mens hands, as though He needed anything, since He gives to all men life, breath, and all things (Acts 17:25).

God is
Holy

Glorious in holiness, fearful in praises (Exodus 15:11).  There can be no comparison with the holiness of God.  No one is holy like the Lord, (1 Samuel 2:2) Who is utterly without fault or defect.  The Bible says of Him, You are of purer eyes than to behold evil, and cannot look on wickedness (Habakkuk 1:13).  And this holy God demands holiness from every one of us.  His command to us today is: Be holy, for I am holy(1 Peter 1:16).

God is
Just

The Bible says that the Lord is a God of justice; and that righteousness and justice are the foundation of His throne (Isaiah 30:18; Psalm 97:2).  God is not only our Creator and Sustainer; He is also our Judge, rewarding and punishing, in time and eternity, with a justice that is perfect and beyond any appeal or dispute.

God is
Perfect

His knowledge is perfect: And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to Whom we must give account (Hebrews 4:13). God knows everything in the past, present and future, including all our thoughts, words and deeds.  His wisdom is perfect and utterly beyond our understanding.  Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable His judgments, and His ways past finding out! (Romans 11:33)

God is
Sovereign

He is the sole and supreme Ruler of the universe, and nothing whatever is outside of His control.  Whatever the Lord pleases He does, in the heavens and in earth (Psalm 135:6).  With God there are no accidents or surprises.  He writes all the worlds history and works all things according to the counsel of His will (Ephesians 1:11).  God needs no advice or consent for anything He chooses to do.  Nor can anyone prevent Him doing what He pleases: No one can restrain His hand or say to Him, What have You done? (Daniel 4:35)

God is
Omnipotent

He is all-powerful.  In His own words, Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for Me? (Jeremiah 32:27)  This does not mean that God can do anything (He cannot lie, or change, or make mistakes, or sin, or deny Himself) but that He can do anything He wishes consistent with His character.

These are just brief sketches of some of the things God has revealed in the Bible about His own nature and character. 

There are other truths about God in the Bible (and we will look at one of these later on), though there are many things about Him we cannot possibly understand.  He does great things, and unsearchable, marvelous things without number (Job 5:9).  In that sense, we cannot find Him (Job 37:23), and no amount of human intelligence or reasoning can change that.

This should hardly surprise us.  If we could understand God, He would be unworthy of our worship.