The word theos in Greek means “God.” Therefore, theology is the study of God. Before anything came into being, He was – and is – and shall always be – God. He is eternal, indicating that there is “no beginning and no ending” of Him. He is the Existing, Abiding, Eternal One. He was “in the beginning.” When that beginning was, no one can know. We live by the years, months, weeks, and days. We live by the watch, by the hour and minute. To the average person, with finite comprehension abilities, everything must have a beginning and an ending. NOT WITH GOD! He created the seasons, years, and days. “In the beginning” (no one knows when that was), God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1).
God’s existence is within Himself. He is self-existent. He caused us to be, but nothing caused Him to be. He always was and ever shall be God. God the Father is the creator of man, but only the Father of those who have accepted His Son Jesus. We who are Christians call Him Father. All mankind is God’s creation, but not all are children of God. The supernatural birth causes a person to be a son – “and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ” (Galatians 4:7). When Jesus was on the cross, He cried, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46). He called God “God,” not Father, because He was taking the place of the sinner. He was taking all our sins upon Himself. He was the Just dying for the unjust. Therefore, He could only use the title “God.” He is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ (Ephesians 1:3).
1. What do the following scriptures reveal about God’s nature and personality?
A.John 4:24 __________________________________________________________________________
B.Colossians 1:15 _____________________________________________________________________
C.John 1:18 ___________________________________________________________________________
D.1 John 1:5 __________________________________________________________________________
E.What does the light of God do? (John 1:9) _________________________________________
F.(1 John 4:8) ________________________________________________________
G. Who did God love? (John 3:16) ________________________________________
And how does He show His love? ____________________________________
2. God is a person. What do the following Scriptures reveal about His personality?
A.Genesis 6:6 ________________________________________________________
B.Proverbs 6:16 ______________________________________________________
C.Matthew 7:7-11 _____________________________________________________
D.1 Peter 5:7 ________________________________________________________________________
E. Exodus 3:4 ________________________________________________________________________
These scriptures prove that God is a person with feelings and the ability to communicate.
3. THE ATTRIBUTES OF GOD
The Latin word omni means “all.” Three words are commonly used to reveal attributes of God.
A.OMNIPOTENT – All Powerful
B.OMNIPRESENT – Everywhere At All Times
C.OMNISCIENT – All Knowing
Each scripture listed below reveals one of these three attributes. In the blanks, write the letter “A”
for scriptures that state that He is omnipotent, “B” for omnipresent, and “C” for omniscient.
A.Psalm 33:6-9 _______________________________________________________________________
B.Psalm 91:11 states that God has all power over _____________________________________.
C.Psalm 94:11 ________________________________________________________
D. Psalm 139:1-3 ______________________________________________________
E. Psalm 139: 7-10 _____________________________________________________
F. Psalm 147:4 ________________________________________________________
G. Jeremiah 23:24 _____________________________________________________
H. Daniel 4:17 ________________________________________________________
I. Matthew 19:26 ______________________________________________________
J. Acts 17:27 __________________________________________________________
K. Romans 16:20 states that God has all power over ___________________________
L. Matthew 10:30 ______________________________________________________
M. 1 John 3:20 ________________________________________________________
N. Revelation 20:14 states that God has power over _____________ and ___________
4. What do the following verses reveal about God?
A. Malachi 3:6 ________________________________________________________
B. God’s Word never changes. His love, holiness, and righteousness remain the
same. However, His judgments can change. According to Exodus 32:14, what did
God do concerning judgment against Israel?
5. How do we get to know this God as Father and become His children?
A. John 8:19 ________________________________________________________________________
B. John 5:23 ________________________________________________________________________
C. 1 John 2:22-23 ___________________________________________________________________
D. John 1:12 ________________________________________________________________________
What does this all mean? A child always has the nature of his father. The nature of the Adamic race is sinful. All of us are born with the Adamic nature. Therefore, by natural birth, we are sinful and serve sin and Satan.
When we accept the Son, Jesus, as our Redeemer, we experience the new birth – the supernatural birth. Then, and only then, is God our Father.
The world is divided into two identifiable groups – the unsaved are identified with Adam; the saved are identified with Christ. All people are identified with Adam by the natural birth. Saved ones are identified by spiritual birth in Jesus Christ.
As in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive (1Corinthians 15:22).
To call God Father, we must accept His plan of redemption. Redemption refers to being bought with a price. Jesus paid the price of our redemption on the cross.
It is a privilege to pray, “Our Father.” Can you?