MorningStar Ranch Ministries

Lesson Two

GOD

The BIBLE reveals GOD as the only Infinite and Eternal Being, having no beginning and no ending. HE is Creator and Sustainer of all things. HE is the Supreme Personal Intelligence, and Righteous Ruler of HIS universe. HE is life, and therefore, the only source of life (John 5:26).

Man is natural and cannot know GOD by wisdom. "Can you discover the depths of GOD?" (Job 11:7 TO). GOD is a person and be known only by revelation. In the Old Testament HE revealed HIMSELF to and through HIS prophets. In the New Testament HE reveals HIMSELF through HIS Son JESUS CHRIST (Hebrews 1:1-3).

1. THE EXISTENCE OF GOD

Hebrews 11:6

The BIBLE nowhere attempts to prove or argue the existence of GOD. "For he who comes to GOD must believe that HE is." The existence of GOD is a fact taken for granted by the writers of both the Old and the New Testaments. "In the beginning GOD" (Gen. 1:1). The BIBLE opens by announcing the sublime fact of GOD and HIS existence. There are arguments for the existence of GOD; they are not conclusive, but are food for thought:

2. THE PERSONALITY OF GOD

1 Thessalonians 1:9

The BIBLE reveals GOD as a personality. HE is called " … a living and true GOD." One possessing self consciousness and self determination. HIS personality is shown in what HE does, such as:

Only a personality can hate, care, and grieve; therefore GOD must be a living, eternal and personal being.

3. THE NATURE OF GOD

1 John 4:8

There are four definitions of GOD in the BIBLE. Since GOD cannot be defined, they are incomplete. However, they do throw light upon the nature of GOD. They are:

The attributes of GOD reveal HIS nature. Do not think of HIS attributes as abstract, but as vital mediums through which HIS holy nature is unveiled… attributes ascribed to HIM, such as:

    1. Life is ascribed to GOD (John 5:26)
    2. All knowledge is ascribed to GOD (Psalms 147:5)
    3. All power is ascribed to GOD (Rev. 19:6)
    4. Filling the universe with HIS presence is ascribed to GOD (Psalms 139:1)

GOD is everywhere present, but HE is not in everything. If GOD were in everything, man could worship any object and he would be worshiping GOD. GOD is a spirit being. "And those that worship HIM must worship in spirit and in truth."

4. THE GRACE OF GOD

Ephesians 2:8

Grace is the love and mercy of GOD in action. Mercy is negative, and love is positive; both together mean grace. To show mercy in love is grace. GOD showed mercy in love when HE sent HIS Son to bear our sins in HIS own body on the cross (John 3:16).

The grace of GOD is nothing less than the unlimited love of GOD expressed in the gift of HIS Son, our Savior. It is the undeserved love of GOD toward sinners.

THE TRINITY OF GOD

By the Trinity of GOD we mean HIS tri-personal existence as Father, Son and Holy Spirit… three distinct Persons in one GOD.

    1. The Father is recognized as GOD (1 Peter 1:2) and is all the fulness of the GODHEAD invisible (John 1:18)
    2. The Son is recognized as GOD (Heb. 1:6) and is all the fulness of the GODHEAD manifested in the flesh (John 1:14).
    3. The Holy Spirit is recognized as GOD (Acts 3:4,5) and is all the fulness of the GODHEAD acting upon man, convicting him of sin (John 16:7-11) and guiding the believer into all truth (John 16:12-15).
    4. The doctrine of the Trinity is not explicit in the Old Testament, but rather is implied, "Then GOD said, Let US make man…" (Gen. 1:26).
    5. The doctrine of the Trinity is revealed in the New Testament. In Matthew 3:16 we have CHRIST being baptized in water, the Father speaking from heaven, and the Holy Spirit descending as a dove. We are to baptized in the "name (not names) of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit." (Matt. 28:19).
    6. Even creation implies the doctrine of the Trinity. In creation, we have space, matter, and time in one creation. In space, we have length, breadth and height in one space. In matter, we have energy, motion and phenomenon in one substance. In time, we have past, present and future in one time. In man, we have body, soul and spirit in one man (1 Thess. 5:23).
    7. In the Holy Trinity, we have Father, Son and Holy Spirit in one GOD.
    8. NNow proceed to Lesson 3