How do we know what God is like?
Well, the first thing we must admit is that the only way we know anybody is by meeting them personally or having someone who has, tell us about that person. When we speak of God we must use the same principle. The only way we can know God is if He introduces Himself to us or someone who has met Him shares that information with us.
But who can we trust? How do we know if they are telling the truth?
A second concern arises then, what if two, three or one hundred people say they know God and everyone describes Him differently and in contradiction? How do we know which person is telling the truth and the other ones are confused or lying?
And more to the point, what makes the Bible believable and its description of God accurate?
The answer is simple. Every historical, archeological, scientific, and prophetic statement made in the Bible is absolutely true. Even to the point where scientific information for example, is stated correctly when the men of the day did not understand it yet.
But in contrast, Hindus say the earth was formed on top of elephant backs, standing on turtles, etc. Mormons claim a civilization lived in America and Jesus visited them 2000 years ago. No archeological evidence supports this. Jehovah’s Witnesses claimed prophetic returns of Jesus and they never happened and then had to cover up their past untrue statements.
And these are just a few examples of every other religious book and its claims.
Whereas, the Bible is still constantly being proven true as more and more discoveries are made. Hundreds of prophecies about the coming Messiah – Jesus, were all fulfilled. In a court of law, the Bible would stand against every religion and claim. This is why the Bible’s description of God is so important!
The following claims are from its pages.
God always existed, not the universe. God is all powerful, all knowing, everywhere, and nothing is impossible for Him to do. He is holy, just, pure, love, and all truth.
Now doesn’t it seem logical that a powerful Creator would have the ability to make himself known. Would not the simplest way to do this be to introduce himself to mankind. In other words, come to earth and visibly show Himself?
This is what the historical records of the Bible proclaim. And the endless evidence of the Bible’s accuracy proves this is true God’s Words and history.
Here are a few things God reveals to mankind about Himself.
God has an appearance
Hebrews 12:29 …our God is a consuming fire.
Exodus 19: 16-20…Mount Sinai was completely in smoke, because the Lord descended upon it in fire. Its smoke ascended…whole mountain quaked.
Exodus 33:18-23 [Moses said to God] “Please show me Your glory?” Then He said, “I will make My goodness pass before you, and I will proclaim the name of the Lord before you I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.” But He said, “You cannot see My face; for no man shall see Me, and live.” And the Lord said, “Here is a place by Me, and you shall stand on the rock. So it shall be, while My glory passes by, that I will put you in the cleft of the rock, and will cover you with My hand while I pass by. Then I will take away My hand, and you shall see My back; but My face shall not be seen.”
Daniel 7:9-10 As I looked, thrones were set in place, and the Ancient of Days took His seat. His clothing was as white as snow; the hair of his head was white like wool. His throne was flaming with fire, and its wheels were all ablaze. A river of fire was flowing, coming out from before him. Thousands upon thousands attended him; ten thousand times ten thousand stood before Him.
Compare these descriptions with Revelation, chapters 1 and 19. God has an appearance but so different from us that looking at His face would kill us. He is described by eyewitnesses as being so powerful and explosive in presence that people were always afraid. The glowing supernatural presence is frightening. Now the next description is very hard to understand.
God is a trinity
The prophecy foretold:
Isaiah 9:6 “For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; … and His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor [term given to the Holy Spirit in N.T.], Mighty God [Jesus is God], Everlasting Father [title given to the first person of the trinity], Prince of Peace.”
Matthew 1:22-23 The fulfillment hundreds of years later:
She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name JESUS…which means, “God with us.”
As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven [sky] was opened, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting on Him. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with Him I am well pleased.”
The Trinity is revealed as God the [Everlasting] Father [voice from heaven], God the Son [Jesus standing in the river], and God the [Counselor] Holy Spirit [visible in the sky just above Jesus]. We do not believe in three different Gods. The Bible makes it clear there is only one God. “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one!” Deuteronomy 6:4 This is taken by faith, because it is hard to understand. But both facts are true and taken together, not contradictory.
Jesus is the 2nd person of the trinity, He is God
So Jesus always existed, He was not created. He miraculously became a human for a short time. While on earth He demonstrated that He has supernatural power and authority beyond anyone. Then His resurrection and ascension are further proof of His deity.
Also, Jesus took part in creation.
“All things were created through Him” Colossians 2:9
John 1:3-14 “Through Him all things were made; …
[Jesus] the Word became a flesh…” [human]
Without being any less God, He also became fully human by being born the child of Mary, miraculously conceived by the Holy Spirit. He grew up from a child to a man being tempted in all ways like us. For example, He got tired, hungry, thirsty, etc. Also He died.
Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 2:52; John 4:6; Hebrews 4:15
Jesus is the Messiah promised by God
Christ [Greek] = Messiah [Hebrew]
Jesus [Greek] = Yeshua = Joshua [Hebrew]
The Bible clearly claims that Jesus of Nazareth is the Promised One from the Old Testament. Matthew 16:16 “You are the Christ…” Mark 14:61-62; John 1:40-41; 4:25-26; Acts 2:36 Jesus is sinless, yes, the only person who is perfect. As the God-man on earth He was totally obedient to the Father. He was tempted in all ways like us but did not ever sin [disobey] against God‘s Law.John 8:46; Romans 5:19; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Hebrews 4:15; 1 Peter 2:22
The Bible also makes it clear that Messiah Jesus is our Savior from the criminal violations that we have committed. Jesus did not need to pay the death penalty for law breaking for himself, instead He died for you and me. His resurrection guarantees pardon and eternal life for all of us who admit our crimes, pled for forgiveness through Christ‘s sacrifice on our behalf, and repent [turn from our ways to follow Christ’s commands and example]. We can be freed from sin and have a personal relationship with God through Jesus.
Jesus is our example
While on earth, Jesus taught and modeled how God wants us to live. Remember He is God. He illustrated His compassion for people. Reading Matthew through John shows God’s intolerance of injustice,
obedience and devotion to authority, and many other real standards of motive and action. All given to teach us how to live. John 13:1-5; Ephesians 5:1-2; 1 Peter 1:14-15; 2:21-23; 1 John 2:4-6
Jesus is Lord
Lord is the term the Jews used in Jesus’ day for God. But also it was used in common terms for earthly masters or bosses. Therefore, we can see the importance of understanding that God wants us to show respect and honor to Him by obeying His will. Again this is the concept of repentance changing from running your life your way, to following Jesus and serving Him.
Romans 10:12-13; Philippians 2:9-11
Jesus is our Intercessor
He is the one mediator between God and man. We can only say we know God and love Him when we love Jesus and obey Him. God came to us through Jesus. He is the way to God and heaven, the absolute truth, and the only way for any man to receive eternal life and go to heaven when we die. Now He is seated at the right hand of the Father, being the place of honor and He is always there to defend us. Romans 8:34-39; 1 Timothy 2:5-6; Hebrews 7:23-25; 1 John 2:1-2
Finally, Jesus will return physically to this planet when the time is right. It will be a time of reward and judgment where Christians will be rewarded and live with Him forever. Matthew 16:27; 24:36-42; John 14:1-3; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Revelation 22:12-13
So check out the facts. Then begin to understand God by the eyewitness accounts and autobiographical revelations of God as given through the Bible. He created the universe, He intervened in the lives of people from the beginning, He shows mercy to all rebels that hate Him and defy Him if they humble themselves, admit their crimes and traitorous acts of rebellion, accept His provision of reconciliation, the sacrifice of His Son, Jesus, in their place, and follow His Son in obedience.