Lesson Two - God

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YHWH – (Hebrew name of God, usually spelled out LORD, but sometimes pronounced Jehovah or Yahweh)
 
KURIOS ‘O THEOS – (Greek name of God, usually translated the LORD God)
 
“And God spoke all these words, saying: “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.” Exodus 20:1-2
 
1. Who is God and what does the Bible tell us about Him?
 
Isaiah 42:8: I am the LORD, that is My name.
 
Jeremiah 10:10: But the LORD is the true God; He is the living God and the everlasting King.
 
Psalm 90:1-2: Lord, You have been our dwelling place in all generations. Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever You had formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God.
 
The true God is the LORD God – or Jehovah God – of the Bible. He is the living and eternal God who always was, who is and always will be.
 
2. How many true Gods are there? How many Persons are true God?
 
Deuteronomy 6:4: Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one!
 
1 Corinthians 8:4: There is no other God but one.
 
Matthew 28:19: Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit….
 
2 Corinthians 13:14: The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
 
Isaiah 48:16-17: “Come near to Me, hear this: I have not spoken in secret from the beginning; from the time that it was, I was there. And now the Lord GOD and His Spirit have sent Me.” Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel….
 
Numbers 6:22-27: And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying: “Speak to Aaron and his sons, saying, ‘This is the way you shall bless the children of Israel. Say to them: “The LORD bless you and keep you; The LORD make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; The LORD lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.”’ “So they shall put My name on the children of Israel, and I will bless them.”
 
1 John 5:7: For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one.
 
There is only one true God, but the one true God is three distinct Persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. The Father is God, the Son is God, and the Holy Spirit is God. Yet there are not three Gods but one, for God is one. This teaching of the Three/One or Triune God is taught throughout the Bible, beginning in the very first chapter of Genesis and continuing through the last chapter of Revelation. (Study your Bible and find out for yourself.)
 
3. What else does God tell us of Himself in the Bible?
 
John 4:24: God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.
 
Malachi 3:6: For I am the LORD, I do not change.
 
Psalm 102:27: You are the same, and Your years will have no end.
 
Genesis 17:1: I am Almighty God….
 
Luke 1:37: For with God nothing will be impossible.
 
Matthew 19:26: With God all things are possible.
 
Psalm 139:1-4: O LORD, You have searched me and known me. You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off. You comprehend my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word on my tongue, but behold, O LORD, You know it altogether.
 
John 21:17: Lord, You know all things….
 
Jeremiah 23:24: “Can anyone hide himself in secret places, so I shall not see him?” says the LORD; “Do I not fill heaven and earth?” says the LORD.
 
Proverbs 15:3: The eyes of the LORD are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good.
 
Leviticus 19:2: I the LORD your God am holy.
 
Isaiah 6:3: Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; the whole earth is full of His glory!
 
Deuteronomy 32:4: A God of truth and without injustice; righteous and upright is He.
 
2 Timothy 2:13: He remains faithful; He cannot deny Himself.
 
Psalm 145:8-9: The LORD is gracious and full of compassion, slow to anger and great in mercy. The LORD is good to all, and His tender mercies are over all His works.
 
Exodus 34:6-7: The LORD, the LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children and the children’s children to the third and the fourth generation.
 
1 John 4:8: God is love.
 
The Bible teaches us much about the true God. We call some of these qualities and characteristics of God the attributes of God. God Himself tells us in His Word that He is eternal, unchangeable, all-powerful, all-knowing, present everywhere, holy, just, impartial and fair, faithful, good, merciful, kind, gracious and loving.
 
 
SUMMARY
We believe that there is only one true God (Isaiah 44:6; I Corinthians 8:4). This God (called the LORD or JEHOVAH) is one divine Being or Essence, but three distinct Persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (thus the name, Triune or Three/One God), each being eternal and equal in power and majesty, because each Person is the LORD God (Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19; I John 5:7; Isaiah 48:16-17; John 1:1; Colossians 2:9; I Corinthians 3:16; Hebrews 9:14; I Peter 4:14). We believe that no one can worship or serve the Triune God except he believe that Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God and the Savior of mankind from sin and its consequences (John 3:18,36; 5:23; 14:6; I John 2:23; 5:11-12). Hence, all who deny the Trinity of God (that God is three Persons) or the Unity of God (that God is one divine Being), or who do not trust in Jesus Christ, the Son, for salvation, do not worship and serve the true God.

[Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.]

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