"The Heavens declare the glory of God and the firmament showeth his handiwork; Day unto day uttereth speech and night unto night showeth knowledge and there is no speech or language where their voice is not heard." - Psalms 19:1-3 KJV
"Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. The Lord of hosts is with
us; the God of Jacob is our refuge." - Psalms 46:10-11
He that loveth not knoweth not God for GOD IS LOVE. I John 4:8
And the scribe said unto him, Well, Master, thou hast said the truth: for there is one God; and there is none other but he:
Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is. Jeremiah 17:7
There is only one true and living God in the universe according to the Bible, and all other gods are false gods or idols. People who worship those gods are guilty of idolatry and the teachers who promote those gods are called false prophets, deceivers, false teachers, and servants of the devil among other things. This is not a popular teaching among the people who follow the other gods; especially their leaders and holy men, however the scriptures are true. The Bible says; "Let God be true and every man a liar." (Romans 3:4) Whoa! This is too much, you might say, BUT I say unto you that if you believe you have truth to tell and you apologize for that truth, then it is not really truth to you, and that would make you a self-deceived person or a liar whose claim to believing in something is not true at all. I believe strongly that there are moral absolutes in the universe, and truth is a major one!
How can anyone honor a person who is constantly shifting positions; especially when it involves God or what men believe to be God? Of all the topics on earth discussed and debated by men, God is the most crucial of all if we believe there is an accountability to God and consequences to how we live and eternal life ahead. Here are some scriptures about the Bible's God being the one true and living God: Jeremiah 10:10 - "But the Lord is the true God; he is the Living God and an Everlasting King; at his wrath the earth shall tremble, and the nations shall not be able to abide his indignation." I Thessalonians 1:9 - "For they themselves shew of us what manner of entering in we had unto you, and how ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God." I John 5:20 - "and we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son, Jesus Christ, This is the true God and eternal life." John 17:3 - "And this is life eternal; that they might know thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent."
It is very significant that when speaking of God the Bible doesn't say he is one of many true and living gods. By using THE in all reference to him, it makes him exclusive and proves that the God of the Bible alone is the only living and true God in existence!
1 Chronicles 16:29 - Worship the Lord
in the beauty of holiness.
Some of the Attributes of God
Perfection - Matthew 5:48 - "Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in Heaven is perfect." God is all he ever could be in every way. He cannot be anything more than he is or anything less than he is because if he could change in any way his perfection would not exist and he would be as changeable as his creation. Perfection is not alterable! It was, is and will forever remain the same! God says, "I am God, I change not!" There is no other being in the universe who can make that claim, and since God is always the same, we can fully trust that he will do what he says. In the book of Deuteronomy 32:4 the Bible says; "He is the rock, his work is perfect, for all his ways are judgment; a God of truth and without iniquity; just and right is he." It is impossible for an imperfect being to do perfect work as is evidenced by the history of mankind, yet this verse declares God's work to be perfect! Perfection affects every other attribute of God because a perfect being doesn't change in any way. It is easy to understand then that God's love and wrath are both as perfect as they can be. God's mercy and judgment are also perfect as they can be. Everything that can be rightly said about God is absolutely perfect and unchangeable, including every attribute of his. Notice in Matthew 5:48 man is commanded to be perfect "as" his Father in Heaven is perfect. I believe that in a human being the word perfect applies only to doing the very best that we can do as humans. Obviously we can't be perfect "like" God is because we would then be a god ourselves, and contrary to the teaching of some, the Godhead is closed. No more true and living gods will be created.
Eternity - Psalms 90:2 - "Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hast formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting thou art God." Eternity is the idea that God never had a beginning and he can never have an end. In addition, he is not affected by time as mankind and all of creation is. The Bible speaks in many places of eternity when speaking of God and when speaking of man. It all began for mankind in Genesis Chapter 1, verse 26 when God said; "Let us make man in our image and in our likeness." To fully understand this verse we have to combine it with John 4:24 which says; "God is a Spirit, and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth." Did you catch the importance of that statement? If we are formed in the image of God, then we too are "a spirit." If we truly are spirits, then the body that surrounds our spirit is nothing but a temporary residence God created for us to live in as we walk this earth. Like God, our spirits are eternal and will never die. Our bodies collapse in a heap at death because there is no spirit in them. The house is empty much like there is no life in a house on earth when the whole family is not home. This, along with other supporting scriptures, gives credence to the teachings of an eternal home, either on the new earth of II Peter 3:13 and Revelation 21:1 or the Lake of Fire described briefly in Revelation 20:15. There are some teachers who mistakenly speak of an "eternal Hell" but they disregard this verse in Revelation which states that death and Hell will be cast into the Lake of Fire. Some also teach of an eternal Heaven for mankind, but as my readers can see, the New Earth will be the final eternal destination of the redeemed children of God. Eternity then is of great importance for all of us!
Omnipresence - Psalms 139:7-8 - "Whither shall I go from thy Spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence? If I ascend up into Heaven thou art there; if I make my bed in Hell, behold thou art there." God's omnipresence simply means that there is nowhere you can go that God isn't there. Isaiah 66:1 declares; "Thus saith the Lord, The Heaven is my throne and the earth is my footstool." I Kings 8:27 says; "But will God indeed dwell on the earth? behold the heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain thee. God is so vast that the universe cannot contain him. He can come and go as he wills, and there is nothing and nobody that can stop him. Since God is infinite he has no size because size can be measured. So then God can fill any person, and there is still plenty of him left over to fill everyone and every thing else. As with other attributes touched by his perfection, there is no limit to where God can be because if he had limits to where he could be he would no longer be infinite or absolutely complete.
Omnipotence - Psalms 62:11 - "God has spoken once; twice have I heard this; that power belongeth unto God." If we couple omnipotence with God's perfection we must come to the conclusion that there is no power existing in the universe that God does not own. The incredible thing about this is that God can be exceedingly generous by our standards when bestowing power upon mankind because all the power we have is on loan to us and can be recalled any time God chooses. In other words, whatever power we have still belongs to him so that in giving it to us he loses none of it. If God could be less powerful at any time or more powerful at any time he would cease to be infinite and unchanging. I feel like I am "beating a dead horse" as the old saying goes, but this wonderful perfection of God seals it in my heart that nothing about God can be changed one bit. Power does indeed belong to God, and mankind should be very thankful for any power that is given from his loving hand for our benefit. It is a great tragedy that mankind abuses this God-given power in so many ways, and in every case it is to the detriment of everyone involved including the persons abusing the power themselves. The more I think of this, the more I am saddened because of what could be accomplished if mankind would use this power in love and sincere concern for everyone. God has been very patient with us beyond our meager understanding! God would give us so much more if we could be entrusted to use it as we should!
Omniscience - Isaiah 40:13 "Who hath directed the spirit of the Lord or being his counselor hath taught him? 40:28 - There is no searching of his understanding." Here again is the limitless knowledge, understanding and wisdom of God! A. W. Tozer wrote; "God knows everything, past, present and future, instantly and without effort." Can we get a handle on that? Before the earth was ever formed God knew that I would be creating this page of this website today. God knows every thought, word and deed of every person who ever lived, currently is alive and will be alive in the future perfectly and he knew them before the earth was formed and will know them long after the current earth is gone and throughout all eternity. God knows the number of hairs on every head or the lack thereof and every tear in anyone's life perfectly. There is not one particle of information that has ever existed that exists without his knowledge. When we pray for something, God knows the need before we ask, but like an earthly Father, he desires that we make our needs known to him as a matter of trusting he will meet them. Philippians 4:19 makes it clear that he will do just that. When God does not give us what we request, we must understand that he knows what is best for us, and being the very best of Fathers, he will withhold from us anything we don't need.
Holiness - I Samuel 2:2 - "There is none holy as the Lord, for there is none beside thee; neither is there any rock like our God." God's holiness is something we can only grasp at, but never fully understand. Since we are sinful by nature, the idea of absolute purity runs contrary to what we are and what we understand. God alone is perfectly holy and pure! This will be one of the most frightening attributes of God on the day of judgment, because in the light of his holiness and purity, every person who died without getting right with God will come before him vile and sinful, and his holiness will cause such shame in them that they will be terrified before him with no place to hide. The sins of the people who refused to acknowledge what Jesus Christ did for them on Calvary will be so glaring that there will be instant understanding that the punishment they receive is what they will deserve, and every argument will be silenced in his presence. The Bible says, "There will be weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth." I cannot over-state this scene because it will be so overwhelming that it is impossible for my futile attempts to describe. Oh, that God would pour out his Spirit on those who profess to believe this, but who live in fear of what people will think or say or do if they declare it as it is. How many have passed on into eternity totally ignorant of what is coming for them because the body of Christ has been ashamed of his word and live in this world as if eternity will not come? How many pulpits in our land and around the world have created another gospel that caters to men for fear of offending them and ignorant that their soft preaching has been a stench in the nostrils of God. We are all guilty and have been for a long time, and we need new vision and power from God! This is a desperate time we are living in, and there must be a clarion call to repentance for the believers if we are ever to see God move among the lost through us for their salvation and continuance in the faith. The world is speeding toward eternity while Christians are asleep at their post. There is a cure for our lethargy and indifference, and it is the same as it was when we first trusted Christ for salvation. Repentance, faith and living and walking in the spirit, not only for our own sake, but for those who have not received this precious salvation that God has graciously given to us!
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