The Gospel Project: Who is God?


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Daphne Nwobike, Editor: Virginia Bates

Different people have different views about God’s nature; some are plain wrong while others are accurate. Who do you think God is? Do you have a negative or positive perception of Him? No matter your answer to those questions, here are some truths about God’s character that are sure to shape how you view Him.

Truth #1: God Is The Creator Of The Universe.

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1). Our world is so intricate and complex. This trait alone speaks volumes about the fact that the earth was created by a God who is just as complex.  It is ludicrous to think that a painting painted itself. In the same way, it is more than absurd to believe that this vast creation created itself. The fact that creation exists means that a creator exists, and that creator is God. For a more in-depth explanation about God being the creator of everything, check out my previous article here.

Truth #2: God Is Holy.

“There is none holy like the Lord…” (1 Samuel 2:2). God is sin-free. He is the epitome of goodness and is the standard of all things moral in this life. Because He is so holy, He can not stand the sight or presence of sin. To better understand this, imagine you are a doctor about to operate on a patient. You have finished scrubbing down your arms and are germ-free. If a child with grimy fingers runs up to you, would you hug her, knowing that you are supposed to be clean? Of course not! You would move out of the way and explain how essential it is for you to stay unsullied. In the same way, God is so holy and righteous that He can not tolerate being in the same vicinity as sin. As a result, He sent His son, Jesus, who paid the price for sin, to allow us to become holy like Him.

Truth #3: God Is Merciful.

“But you are a God of forgiveness, gracious and merciful, slow to become angry, and rich in unfailing love” (Nehemiah 9:17). God delights in showing us mercy. He isn’t some tyrannical man sitting in the sky waiting for us to sin so He can throw us in hell. On the contrary, God is a loving father who wants to help us, His wayward children, come into a relationship with Him. He accomplished this through Jesus, who suffered for us. He did this so we could be free from the consequences of our sinful nature. God doesn’t want anyone to be separate from Him. His mercy upon us, in the form of Jesus’ death, is evidence enough.

I hope these truths help you view Jesus in a much better light and cause you to ponder on your next steps.