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What is God?



    
    

Clarify Share Report Asked July 01 2013 Mini Anonymous (via GotQuestions)

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Shea S. Michael Houdmann Supporter Got Questions Ministries
A. W. Tozer wrote, "'What is God like?' If by that question we mean 'What is God like in Himself?' there is no answer. If we mean 'What has God disclosed about Himself that the reverent reason can ...

July 01 2013 1 response Vote Up Share Report


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Mini Al Mari Private practice as a cardiovascular & thoracic surgeon
This is a very important question as it relates to who we are in the hierarchy of creation. As the Bible says, “the only accurate way to understand ourselves is by what God is…” Rom. 12:3(The Message, Colorado Springs, Navpress, 1993).
Knowing the different meanings of the original word translated to English "God" will illuminate our understanding. Where are we destined to be? Any concordance will describe what constitutes the generic word in Hebrew "Elohim" and "Theos" in Greek.
When the generic Elohim Creator is referred to, the specific name used is YHVH Elohim, El Shaddai, I AM. Otherwise, the generic name "elohim"and "theos" can also refer to angels including Lucifer the "god of this world", judges or any human being.
Jesus quoted psalms, in which humans were referred to as "god" (a type, not literal). As in, John 10:34 Jesus answered, “Is it not written in your law, ‘I said, you are gods’? Also in Ps. 82:6.

Currently, we are lower than angels. But, in the future, humans will be higher than them as the "world to come" will not be subjected again to angels but to us, being "sons of God" when we are changed in a twinkling of an eye from mortal to immortal, and being in the "body of Christ"(Heb 2:5-18; Ps.8:4; I Cor. 15:52; I Cor. 12:27). We are currently "an image of God" but eventually will be changed not only "after his likeness or image(mortal, as in Genesis)" but be immortal. And, while similar in "immortal composition", we are unique among each other and not the same. Yet, we will be "one" with Jesus the Son as well as "one" with God the Father in mindset, plan, direction and love for the Ten Commandments. Overall, we in the "God Kingdom", will continue to be under Jesus (the Head of the body/church) and eventually "all under the Father"(ICor.15:24-28), a functional subordination.


This is our destiny, after the Spirit of God dwells in this "temple" to guide, nurture us to have the "mind of Christ"(I Cor. 2:16).

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Mini Jack Gutknecht ABC/DTS graduate, guitar music ministry Baptist church
I love what my Roget's Thesaurus has, but I have added the references as they were not included: The Saviour—(1 Timothy 4:10)--For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe., The Mediator—1 Timothy 2:5, The Advocate 1 John 2:1, The Judge 
--Psalm 75:7 But God is the Judge; He puts down one and exalts another.
James 5:9 Do not complain, brethren, against
one another, so that you yourselves may not be judged; behold, the Judge is
standing right at the door.
Genesis 18:25 "Far be it from You to do such a thing, to slay the righteous with the wicked, so that the righteous and the wicked are treated alike. Far be it from You! Shall not the Judge of all the earth deal justly?"

The Lamb of God—John 1:29, The Word, Logos,--John 1:1-14; 1 John 1:1 Emmanuel—Matthew 1:23, Immanuel, The King of Kings and Lord of Lords—Revelation 19:16, The King of Glory—Psalm 24, The Prince of Peace—Isaiah 9:6, The Good Shepherd—John 10, The Way, The Truth, The Life—John 14:6, The Bread of Life—John 6:35, The Light of the World—John 8:12, The Sun of Righteousness Malachi 4:2, —Isaiah 12:2 --“Behold,

God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation”, God the Holy Ghost,
The Holy Spirit-- The passage on the new birth in Jn 3:5 ff we notice first. The expression, "except one be born of water and the Spirit," seems to contain a reference to baptism along with the action of the Spirit of God directly on the soul. In the light of other New Testament teachings, however, we are not warranted in ascribing saving efficacy to baptism here. The "birth," in so far as it relates to baptism, is symbolic simply, not actual. The outward act is the fitting symbolic accompaniment of the spiritual regeneration by the Spirit. Symbolism and spiritual fact move on parallel lines. The entrance into the kingdom is symbolically effected by means of baptism, just as the "new birth" takes place symbolically by the same means., Paraclete, The Comforter--
Holy spirit, the comforter, 

Proceeds from the Father
John 15:26 
GIVEN By
the Father
John 14:16 
By
Christ

Isaiah 61:3 
Through
Christs intercession

John 14:16 
Sent in
the name of Christ

John 14:26 
Sent by
Christ from the Father

John 15:26; 16:7 
AS SUCH HE
Communicates
joy to saints

Romans 14:17; Galatians 5:22; 1 Thessalonians 1:6

Edifies
the Church

Acts 9:31 
Testifies
of Christ

John 15:26 
Imparts
the love of God

Romans
5:3-5 
Imparts
hope

Romans 15:13; Galatians 5:5 
Teaches
saints

John 14:26 
Dwells
with, and in saints

John 14:17 
Abides
for ever with saints

John 14:16 
Is
known by saints

John 14:17 
The world
cannot receive

John 14:17 
· The Holy Spirit, Paraclete-- Christ's Use of

the Word: 
· We look at the contents of the word as employed by Jesus in

reference to the Holy Spirit. In John 14:16 the Paraclete is promised as one who is to take the place of Jesus. 
· (1) to show them the things of Christ, 
· (2) to teach them things to come, 
· (3) to teach them all things, 
· (4) to bear witness to Christ, 
· (5) to dwell in believers, 
· (6) to convict of sin, of righteousness and judgment., The Spirit of Truth-- John 16:13 (KJV)
13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, 
is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.

And God is the one who can be known. He's my personal SAVIOR, my SHEPHERD, my LIGHT, my SALVATION, my LIFE, my BREAD, my COMFORTER, and my ADVOCATE! Is He yours?

He is personal. He is a personal God. He is my God, and He is personal to me. He can be known ONLY through His Son, Jesus Christ! (John 14:6; Acts 4:12).

March 03 2019 1 response Vote Up Share Report


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Mini Alex Tsirikos
Put simply, God is the eternal, omnipotent being who created and sustains the universe. He is made up of three parts: God the Father (who created the universe), Jesus Christ (God's son, who was sent to be crucified for our sins), and the Holy Spirit (who helps to convict believers of their sin and ensures they don't lose their salvation).

March 04 2019 0 responses Vote Up Share Report


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