Who Is God?

Who Is God?

  • Why should we study who God is?
  • Exodus 3:14–15
God said to Moses, “I am who I am.” He said further, “Thus you shall say to the Israelites, ‘I am has sent me to you.’” God also said to Moses, “Thus you shall say to the Israelites, ‘The Lord, the God of your ancestors, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you’: This is my name forever, and this is my title for all generations.”the God of his ancestors. 
  • Months and years after Moses continued to be awed by the God named “I am.”
  • Scripture is filled with descriptions of God.  -The Bible is the standard.
  • Hebrews 13:8 – “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” 
  • Nicene Creed: We believe in one God, the Father all-governing, creator of all things visible and invisible.

Who do other religions say God is?

  • Don’t all religions say the same thing about God?
  • How other religions answer the question of who God is: Islam, Buddhist, Hindu, Sikh, New Age, Atheist

What does God say about himself?

  • Colossians 1:15 – The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.
  • it’s not above God to step into our mess, to become one of us to show us the way home to him again
  • Luke 4:16-21
He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. He stood up to read, and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written:
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him. He began by saying to them, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”
  • Your Kingdom come…  “No one else is coming for you…”

A vision for how it will be

  • All other faith based systems give speculation about who God might be. But Jesus says, “this is who God is…” 
  • ‘God Knows’ – Minnie Louise Haskins

And I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year:
“Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.”
And he replied:
“Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the Hand of God. That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way.”