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Question: What is God’s identity and the evidence to support the claims?

Does the true God exist?

Yes. True God exist (1 Jn 5:20; Rom 3:4) for he has “existence”, “representation” (Heb 1:3; 1 Jn 3:2) and his own image (Gen 1:27). Therefore, God is an existence who has personality and He is a true and living God (Jer 10:10; 1 Thess 1:9).

What is God’s identity and the evidence to support the claims?

Since the True God exist, it is important for us to get to know Him, to know who He truly is and His relationship with us. Today let us find out more about the True God and what is His will for mankind. There are evidence to support our claims on who He really is and we encourage you to find out for yourself.

What is the essence of God?

-What is God?

God is a Spirit (Jn 4:24) who fills everything in every way (Eph 1:23). But God does not mingle with anything else (Acts 17:24; Rom 11:35-36). It is unlike what the pantheons call “everything is God and God is everything.”

God is unique (Isa 40:18, 25), unlike the preposterous saying that “there is more than one god in the universe.”

-How many gods are there?

There is only one God. “The Lord is God of heaven above and on the earth below. There is no other” (Deut 4:39, 6:4). “The Lord our God is one” (Mk 12:29).

-What is God like?

God is Spirit (Jn 4:24) who fills “all in all” (Eph 1:23). However, this biblical truth should be differentiated from the pantheistic concept of some faiths which profess that “god is all” and “all is god”. The Bible teaches us that the true God is unique (Isa 40:18, 25); there is no possibility that He will merge with nature or anything else.

God’s nature has been revealed to us by Jesus Christ. The Bible describes that nature for our benefit, to enable us to become “partakers of the divine nature” (2 Pet 1:4). It tells us God is perfect (Mt 5:48); holy (Lev 19:2; 1 Pet 1:16); light (1 Jn 1:5); love (1 Jn 4:8); compassionate (Ps 145:9; 2 Cor 1:3); faithful (Ps 36:5; 1 Cor 1:9); righteous ( Job 35:2; 1 Jn 2:29); peace (Isa 9:6; 2 Cor 13:11); patient (Neh 9:30; 2 Pet 3:9); merciful ( Joel 2:13; Rom 9:15); jealous (Deut 4:24; Heb 12:29); hateful of sin (Prov 6:16–19; Heb 1:9); majestic (Ps 93:1; Isa 26:10).

-Where does God live?

“He lives in unapproachable light whom no one has seen or can see” (1 Tim 6:5; Job 9:11; 23:3, 8-9; Ex 33:20; Jn 1:18; Heb 11:27). The bible calls his dwelling “heaven” (Heb 9:24) which is also called “the third heaven” (2 Cor 12:2). Isaiah said that God is above all the stars (Isa 14:13), while the angels said he is in the highest (Lk 2:14). To sum up, God is in heaven (Ps 123:1; Mt 6:9); but God is a Spirit who surpasses materials, and so he is in all things (Ps 139:7-8) and fills heaven and earth (Jer 23:23-24) – that is to say that God is not confined by time or space.

What is God’s wisdom and knowledge?

“Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God!” (Rom 11:33) Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight (Heb 4:13) who knows the secrets of the heart (Ps 44:21; Jn 2:24-25; 1 Cor 4:5; Ezek 11:5). He takes note of evil when he sees it (Job 11:11). And he knows every word on man’s tongue (Ps 139:4). Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him (Heb 4:13).

What is God’s power?

God is capable of everything. “With God all things are possible” (Mt 19:26). There is nothing too difficult for him (Gen 18:14; Jer 32:17). So he is called “Almighty,” (Rev 11:7; Job 37:23) or “God Almighty” (Gen 17:1). In the original text, “God” also meant “powerful.”

What is God’s authority?

God’s authority is eternal (Dan 4:34). All authority in heaven and on earth belonged to God (Mt 28:18). There is no authority except that which God has established (Rom 13:1; Jn 19:10-11).

The following are examples of God’s authority:

1. Authority to rule over all (Ps 103:19; Jn 17:2).

2. Authority to judge all people and angels (Jn 5:27; Rev 11:18; 2 Pet 2:4).

3. Authority to bless and to curse (Isa 45:7; Jer 32:19; Lk 12:5; 2 Thess 1:8-9; Rom 2:6-10).

4. Authority to condemn and to forgive (Jn 3:18, 8:11; Mk 2:10; Mt 12:37).

5. Authority to determine life and death (1 Sam 2:6; Jas 4:15; Lk 12:20; Job 27:8 34:14-15).

6. Authority on the disposal of all things (Rom 8:20; 9:20-23; Neh 9:6; Heb 1:3; 2 Pet 3:7, 10).

7. Authority to decide on time (Eccl 3:1; Acts 1:7).

What is God’s position in the universe?

God is the master of the universe and all that is in it (Acts 17:24). “The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it, the world and all who live in it” (Ps 24:1). He is the heavenly father of mankind (Mal 2:10; Mt 23:9) who is over all and through all and in all (Eph 4:6). From him and through him and to him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen. (Rom 11:36).

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This is the true God: He is almighty and powerful. He is the creator and rule over the universe. What about His relationship with mankind?

What is God’s attitude towards mankind?

God loves mankind and he has drawn them with “everlasting love” (Jn 3:16; Jer 31:3). However Man is disobedient and forsake God in his ways, which lead to destruction. Yet God does not want anyone to perish. Out of mercy, he gives man the opportunity to repent and receive the grace of salvation.

Jesus Christ used the analogy of the return of the prodigal son to demonstrate how God treats us graciously with compassion (Lk 15:20; 1 Jn 3:1).

“All day long I have held out my hands to a disobedient and obstinate people” (Rom 10:21).

So what are God’s will and promise for mankind?

He predestined us to be his children (Eph 1:5; Jn 1:12-13). He promises us eternal life (1 Jn 2:25) which he promised before the beginning of time (Tit 1:2).

We become heirs having the hope of eternal life (Tit 3:7), co-heirs with Christ (Rom 8:17) and to receive an eternal inheritance kept by God for us in heaven (1 Pet 1:3-4).

Now, are we still unwilling to turn back to God?

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