Dig Deeper – Who is God (part 1)

Dig Deeper

In the Beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Genesis 1:1

 

The first verse in the Bible is packed with rich insight, in one short sentence so much is said and so many implications made.  In the beginning, referring to our beginning, GOD….  Who is this God?  Where did he come from and what can I know about him?  Is he the transcendent Being that all people worship?  Does he just go by different names for different people?  Should I worship him or fear him or maybe both?

 

When I was a young man I had an image of God that, well let’s just say I was terrified of Him.  I thought of him as this inescapable, unavoidable, and terrifying God who was looking for opportunity to point out my flaws and condemn me to an eternity of Fire.  But was this an accurate image of God?

In today’s world there are a lot of opinions about who God is, some say he’s the creation of man’s own mind, while others suggest that he is whomever you see him as.  We hear terms like worship the God of your choosing and there can’t be only one way to God but is this true?  Can we know, or are we destined to a life of uncertainty?  I don’t know about you but I want to know who the God is who is powerful enough to speak a world into existence.  I want to know the God that gives life.  I want to know the God who sustains life!  And shouldn’t a God who has the power to speak the world into existence have the right to define himself?  Shouldn’t we be seeking him as he presents himself?

Will the REAL GOD please stand up!

How can we possibly know that he God of the Bible is in fact the one true God?  Before we answer this question let me make sure we understand one thing on the onset.

Either the God of the Bible is the only true God or he’s no God at all.  He makes claims of exclusivity.   

  • 6:4 The Lord thy God is one God.
  • Deuteronomy 32:39  “See now that I myself am he! There is no god besides me. I put to death and I bring to life, I have wounded and I will heal, and no one can deliver out of my hand.
  • Isaiah 43:10-11  “You are my witnesses,” declares the LORD, “and my servant whom I have chosen, so that you may know and believe me and understand that I am he. Before me no god was formed, nor will there be one after me.  (11)  I, even I, am the LORD, and apart from me there is no savior.
  • There are 25-30 more similar claims in the Bible.  So the God of the bible claims exclusivity. Either he is the one true God or he is no God at all.

The God of Prophesy

One of the most compelling cases for God is his ability to accurately predict future events.  We know that much of what was written in the Old Testament was written before the time of Christ. Yet Jesus accurately fulfills over 300 prophesies, many of which he had no power to fulfill. (i.e. Betrayed for 30 pieces of silver, born in Bethlehem, crucified just to name a few)  Other “religions” claim many things but none even come close to the accuracy of the Bible.

The God of Power

I believe there are many stories about how God manifested his power before his people throughout time but the most compelling of all is the resurrection of Jesus Christ.  The fact that Jesus, in relatively modern times, rose from the dead and walked the earth after being publicly crucified is telling indeed.  Any God who has that kind of power sets himself apart from all the rest.  For more on the evidence of the resurrection click here.

 

Finding out who the real God is may very well be the most important quest of your life.  If the God of the Bible is the one true God, and I believe him to be, then he has clearly defined himself and given us everything we need to understand what he desires of us.  Continue to read over and pray over Genesis 1 and 2 and ask the Real God to give you answers and peace.  God Bless see you tonight!


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