This study will not be about the nature of God, but about “who” the Bible says that God is. What should be our most fundamental of beliefs, is today widely disagreed upon by Christians. I have put a lot of thought into this article because of it’s importance, and because of the varying beliefs that Christians have as to who God is. There is much debate over it, but who God is, is something that many Christians never even think about, maybe because most think that all “real” Christians only believe the way that they themselves do. It’s important that we as Christians know who God is, so that we know who to worship as our God. Some Christians believe that our God is one God, made up of three separate persons of one nature, also referred to as the “Trinity”. Others believe that there is only one person known as “God”, and that he – previously being the Father, God, came to earth and became a man for our sake, then went back to heaven to become the Father, God, once again. This is also known as the “Oneness” doctrine. Yet another view holds that God is a “God family” containing two members – Father and Son. Along with these views are a number of beliefs that are somewhere in between. These differing viewpoints seem to be a result of most Christians closely adhering to some facts of the Bible , but tending to skirt around many others that may be misunderstood. So, leaving our denominational creeds behind, I would like to take a look at some easy to understand facts from the Bible that can help us to build our foundation on, and to find out who our real true God is.
Our beliefs as Christians should be built upon the words, and teachings of Jesus Christ. Here Jesus tells us why it is so important for us that we know the one true God.
Mark 12:29 And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: 30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment(see also Deu 10:12)
Who then is the one God that it is so important for us to know. Here, Jesus clearly, and emphatically tells us who our one true God is – the Father.
Joh 17:3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God……(Jesus praying to the Father)
Joh 20:17 Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.
Mark 10:18 And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God.(Jesus delineating between himself and God, the Father)
So then, understanding that there is only one Gospel(Gal 1:6-9), we would expect the Apostles to tell us the same thing that Jesus does – that there is only one God, who is called our Father.
1Co 8:6 But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him……
Eph 4:6 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.
2Co 1:2-3 Grace be to you and peace from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;
Rom 15:6-7 That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ……
1Ti 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
(See also 2Cor 11:31, Eph 1:3, Eph 1:17, Col 1:3, 1Pet 1:3)
In the previous verses the Bible clearly shows a distinction between who God is, and who Jesus Christ is. It should be clear then that our God is the Father, but many people have looked at other verses that are less clear than these, while reinterpreting these easier ones to support their own doctrines. If we believe that these verses are true though, then we must also believe that the Father is the God that true believers worship, as Jesus says in the following verses.
Joh 4:21 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. 22 Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. 23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.
This could end the study right here, but now that we know who God is – the Father, it’s also important for us to know that God’s Spirit dwelt in Jesus.
Mat 12:18 Behold my servant, whom I have chosen; my beloved, in whom my soul is well pleased: I will put my spirit upon him, and he shall shew judgment to the Gentiles.
Joh 1:33 And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost.
Mar 1:10 And straightway coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens opened, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon him:
Luk 4:1 And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness,
Joh 14:10 Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.
Acts 10:38 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.
Nobody has seen the unseen God at any time, but He revealed Himself and His will for us through Jesus, by His Spirit.
Joh 1:18 No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.
Joh 3:34 For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him.
Heb 1:1 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, 2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son……
Act 2:22 Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know:
If we understand then that it was God who was speaking through Jesus, verses like the following become easier for us to understand.
Joh 12:44 Jesus cried and said, He that believeth on me, believeth not on me, but on him that sent me. 45 And he that seeth me seeth him that sent me.
John 14: 7 If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.
God’s word gives life to those who hear it, and obey.
John 12: 50 And I know that his commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak.
Joh 6:63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.
Mat 4:4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
Rev 22:14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.
1Pe 1:23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.
Just as Jesus Christ was endowed with the gift of the Holy Spirit, did the will of God by the Spirit, was resurrected by the Spirit of God, and received an incorruptible glorified body, as followers of Jesus, we are joint- heirs of this same promise, and receive of the same Spirit that Jesus received from God, helping us to know God’s will for us, and to receive eternal life.
John 7: 38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. 39 (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)
Act 2:33 Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear.
Heb 10:15 Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before, 16 This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them;……35 Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward. 36 For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.
Joh 14:26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
Rom 8:9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. 10 And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 11But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you……..17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.
1Co 12:7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. 8 For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; 9 To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; 10 To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues: 11 But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.(1Cor 12:1-31)
1Jn 2:24 Let that therefore abide in you, which ye have heard from the beginning. If that which ye have heard from the beginning shall remain in you, ye also shall continue in the Son, and in the Father. 25 And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life.
(See also Eph 3:14-21)
Jesus’ Apostles, after receiving the promise of the Holy Spirit, went into the whole world to preach the Gospel, speaking and performing miracles by the Holy Spirit in the name of our Lord Jesus to the glory of God, our Father(Col 3:17, 1Cor 10:31, Eph 5:20), and also teaching other followers to do the same.
Joh 17:16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. 17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. 18 As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world.
Joh 20:21 Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.
Act 1:8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
Act 2:43 And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles.
(See also Acts 5:12-16, Acts 6:8, Acts 9:33-35, Acts 10:40-41, Acts 14:3, Acts 14:8-10, Acts 16:18, Acts 19:11-12)
Another important point to consider is that, because we worship only one God, the Father(Mat 4:10), this does not exclude Jesus Christ from being honored alongside God as his anointed one, and our King. Remember that God also anointed David to be the King of Israel, and he was said to be honored alongside God(1Chr 29:20). Therefore, Jesus, being heir to David’s throne, and being given all authority by God(Mat 28:18, Eph 1:19-22, Phil 2:8-11, 1Pet 3:22), can, and is also highly honored.
Php 3:3 For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.
Rev 5:13 And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.
So then, being armed with these nuggets of truth, it should be much easier for us to understand the meaning, and importance of verses such as John 14:6 (Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.), and John 8:51 (Verily, verily, I say unto you, If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death.) Once understood, it’s very hard to overlook the overwhelming evidence from scripture, and the pure simplicity of the Gospel. Our doctrine needs to be based on the firm foundation that is given to us through Jesus Christ in the Bible, and by God’s Holy Spirit that speaks to us in various ways. If it strays in any way from these truths, other aspects would need to be changed to “fit” that deviance – which unfortunately has already occurred in most of today’s denominations, and in all of our modern Bible versions to some degree, as witnessed by the various translations of important verses. Otherwise easy to understand verses have been manipulated in many cases to match the writer’s own doctrine. As Christians we need to test the Spirits, and be sure that our beliefs are based on the foundation that Jesus Christ gave us through the words he spoke. It’s important for us to remember that if we profess to be the followers of Jesus Christ, then we must obey what he says, which is ultimately the words of our Father, God.
Although I could have went into much more details, my hope is that you can understand at least the basic principles shown here. I know that this is a more difficult study than the previous ones I’ve done, and probably goes against many things you believe, or have been taught. I would ask though, that if you feel that I’m in error in any way, to point out specifically where it is that you believe my error is in the comment section. It’s forums like this where we can have an honest discussion without fear of being ridiculed for our beliefs.