I have to begin my manifesto with my favorite topic. He is rightly given top billing. I will not be the center of my universe, but by God’s grace, I will always put God in the center. My God has revealed Himself to me through his prophets and apostles. Let me start by stating that He alone is God. There is no other. He is the ground of all being (Ex 3:13,14) and is not dependent on anyone or anything else. He is perfect in Himself and it is right to love Him with all I have and all that I am.
…Independent – By independent, we mean that God is sufficient in Himself, not needing anyone to help Him or needing anyone for companionship. He doesn’t need Satan as a contrast to Himself. God has no needs, but is complete and perfect in Himself. “Who comprehends the mind of the LORD, or gives him instruction as his counselor? From whom does he receive directions? Who teaches him the correct way to do things, or imparts knowledge to him, or instructs him in skillful design?” “I am the LORD, who made everything, who alone stretched out the heavens, who spread out the earth by Myself” (Isaiah 40:13 & 14; 44:24).
…Spirit – By spirit, we mean that God is not mortal, material or energy. He is not of this natural world. He isn’t male or female; nor can it be said that because He is without gender He is missing something. By spirit, we mean that God is a person, not a thing or a principle. “You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in the heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.” “Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever.” “…God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see.” (Ex 20:4; 1 Tim 1:17; 6:15, 16).
…Immutable & Eternal – By immutable, we mean that God does not change. We combine this with eternal because His changelessness is from “everlasting to everlasting.” God does not exist within time, as the universe and the rest of His creation. Everything that exists begins to exist, except the principle Mover of all things. Time speaks of events, cause and effect, but God is uncaused and without change. He is the ground of all being. He simply is. “But You, O Lord, sit enthroned forever; Your renown endures through all generations…You remain the same, and Your years will never end.” “The Preeminent One of Israel does not go back on His word or change His mind; for He is not a human being who changes His mind.” (Ps 102:12, 27; 1 Sam 15:29).
…Indivisible yet Triune – By indivisible, we mean that God is simple in the metaphysical sense. God is not a conglomerate of beings or things. He is one spirit and one being. Yet God is triune; Father, Son and Holy Spirit. This is an unexplained mystery, but we believe that it is true because the Scriptures unequivocally teach that the Son of God, Jesus, is divine. It also attributes all of the divine attributes to the Holy Spirit. Nor can it be said that the Holy Spirit is a thing, or a part of God like an arm; no, the Scripture plainly teaches that the Holy Spirit is a person. We should not be surprised that when it comes to God, 1 + 1 + 1 = 1. He is, after all, to great for us to comprehend. So if He says in His Word that He is one Being, and in other places says that Jesus and the Holy Spirit are also God, we do not question Him. “Hear, O Israel: the LORD your God, the LORD is one.” “Therefore go…baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” “May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.” “…to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ…” (Deu 6:4; Matt 28:19; 1Pe 1:2).
…Omnipotent – By omnipotent we mean that God is all powerful. This is not self-contradictory. This is nothing that God cannot do. He does anything that is within His character/heart to do. He can do anything that is not logically impossible, such as making a circle with corners or an object to heavy for Him to lift. “Is anything too hard for the LORD?” “Power and might are in Your hand, and no one can withstand You.” (Ge 18:14a; 2 Ch 20:6).
…Omnipresent – By omnipresent we mean that God is everywhere. In fact, as stated above, God isn’t contained within this universe; it is as if the universe is contained within Him. Just as God can’t be located on a timeline, so He can’t be located in space. He is everywhere at all times. It is difficult for limited human minds to comprehend eternity, much less God. “But will God really dwell on Earth? The heavens, even the highest heaven cannot contain You. How much less this temple I have built?” “‘Do I not fill heaven and Earth?’ declares the LORD.” (1Kg 8:27; Jer 23:24).
…Omniscient – By omniscient we mean that God knows all things past and all things future. This is true because of what we said about God being omnipresent and eternal, but it is also true because God not only created the universe, but He continually sustains it, as if if God were to direct His attention away from the universe it would cease to exist. God knows all things. “O LORD, You have searched me and You know me…Before a word is on my tongue You know it completely, O LORD.” “I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come.” “Oh the depths of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable His judgments, and His paths beyond tracing out!” (Ps 139:1-4; Isa 46:10; Rom 11:33).
…Sovereign – By sovereign we mean that God rules everything and everyone. “My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.” “Sovereign LORD, You have made the heavens and the Earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for You.” “All the peoples of the Earth are regarded as nothing. He does as He pleases with the powers of heaven and the peoples of the Earth. No one can hold back His hand or say to Him: ‘What have You done?’” (Isa 46:10; Jer 32:17; Dan 4:35).
…Loving, Gracious & Merciful – John writes in his first letter, “God is love.” (Be careful that you do not turn this around and make love your God.) God describes Himself in many other ways, but love is paramount. In the Law of Moses He says, “Let the beloved of the LORD rest secure in Him, for He shields him all day long, and the one the LORD loves rests between His shoulders.” Throughout the Prophets He repeatedly states, “But You are a forgiving God, gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love.” Furthermore, He is not so transient that we cannot have a relationship with Him. David says, “Because Your love is better than life, my lips will glorify You.” God declares the same thing to Jeremiah, “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness.” No one loves greater than God: “But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” “Because of His great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we ere dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.” “This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” (1 John 4:10 & 16; Deu 33:12; Ps 63:3; Neh 9:17; Jer 31:3; Rom 5:8; Eph 2:4-5).
…Holy, Righteous & Just – “
To be continued...