@Susan Fox – I’ve given this a lot of thought lately & even prayed to understand the Holy Trinity more. This is what I’ve gleaned—my own observations, but based on credible sources & from God’s word. I compiled this list last week, later seeing 2 Peter and 1 John’s letters. So this was handy! I may add more to it, as time goes by, as I learn more. My answer to the question, “Tell me everything you know about God?”
God is completely holy: set apart from everything & everyone else.
God is Spirit
God is Love
God is Life, and Light and Truth.
God revealed Himself to us as Three Persons, in One Godhead. Each Person is co-equal, co-eternal, & co-existent.
Our Triune Godhead is omniscient (knows everything) omnipotent (all powerful, with control over nature & everything He created) & omnipresent (everywhere at all times). Our God is immutable (He never changes, the same yesterday, today, and forever).
Our God’s personality is compassionate & patient, long-suffering & slow to anger, generous & gracious, gentle & forgiving, righteous & just. God actively reaches out to people, revealing Himself to us, to save us from ourselves. God has found creative ways to reach out to people for over 6,000 years throughout recorded history. God is relational within Himself. God wants a relationship with us too, wanting us to know Him as He is. God wants us to know Him, understand Him, and realize that He is “The Lord” of all.
Our God called Himself the Great “I Am”. He is the God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and King David, a covenant-making God that keeps His promises forever, & for His own Names’ sake. God remains Faithful to us, even when we are unfaithful, & for His own sake. God was first the Father of the nation of Israel, to whom He still remains faithful. But after Jesus’ sacrifice on our behalf at Calvary, at the fullness of time, God can be our Father too. We have access to our Father, knowing this from the documented events that happened during the Crucifixion. There is salvation by the Blood of Jesus. By His shed Blood, and by His wounds, we are “healed”: adopted into God’s holy Family, given the gift & the privilege of calling our God, “Abba”, meaning Father, where we are no longer His servants, and alienated from Him, but rather we are His children, His heirs, & close.
God revealed Himself to us as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Each Person is in relationship with each other; and each has a different function and role, in the One Triune Godhead. Theirs is like any other family structure, where there are different people, with different roles. Theirs is to be the model for us, to illustrate the principle of family, and of a covenant, such as a marriage covenant. Jesus is referred to The Groom; the Church (collectively) is referred to as Jesus’ Bride. Jesus is coming again, for His Bride. We, the Church, are to be waiting, anticipating His coming for us – be it through our death [“Absent from the body, present with the Lord.”] or through His second coming. It is documented that at His Ascension, the angel told the apostles Jesus would come again, in the same manner in which He rose into Heaven, at the last days.
The Father is the Most High, who hears and answers prayer, and it is His will that is to be done by everyone. Even Jesus did the Father’s will, putting aside His own will and being submissive to the Father, when Jesus became Incarnate (the Word of God, made Flesh). The Father disciplines people, and His love for justice results in people seeing His wrath, when what He instructs people or the nation of Israel to do is not obeyed. The Father is particular, and specific about what He wants from people. Everyone is to live life His way, and for His glory. But the Father takes pity on His people, always providing a way for us, and the nation of Israel, to come back to Him. Israel was to be an instrument used by God to draw and teach other nations and peoples about God, their Father and their King. But Israel turned from God at every chance; even today, only a remnant “hear” and “see” that Jesus is the promised Messiah, even though in their own Hebrew Scriptures, Jesus’ life fulfilled over 300 Old Testament prophecies, and the statistics of that happening are astronomical. But right now is The Church Age, and the “time of the Gentiles” where people of all nations and cultures are hearing God’s word, and coming to Him, through “The Gospel”, otherwise known as the “Good News”. The Father waits.
His Son, Jesus, called the Son of the Most High, is the Redeemer, the Word of God made an incarnate Man, Who promised to dwell with us forever, through the Holy Spirit. By Jesus, all things were made; through Him all things were made, and for Him, all things were made. Jesus is our Advocate to the Father, through our prayer. Jesus is our Brother, the “first-born” of the Family of God. He said, “Because I live, you will live also”. We are spiritually alive in Jesus the Christ, the Messiah, the Holy One of Israel promised since the Creation of the world, because the Holy Spirit entered into our hearts, making us part of God’s Family, giving us a new ‘spiritual DNA’. So no matter what our physical families are like, or were like, we have a new (and perfectly holy) spiritual Family: God our Father, & Jesus, our Brother. We are to abide “in Jesus”, living “in Him”, with Jesus being The Vine, and we (the Church), the Branches. The Father is the Vine Dresser – tending to the branches health, and ensuring growth.
The Holy Spirit is called the Counselor and the Comforter. He is the Author of Life and our Sustainer. We have intimacy with God because the Holy Spirit quickens our hearts, souls and minds, into new Life in the Spirit, helping us pray, even when words fail us. He reads our hearts, and through silent groaning and His insight into the emotions of our hearts and souls, when we have no words to communicate with the Father, the Spirit “speaks” with the Father for us. It can be wordless communication. The Holy Spirit seals us, and enters into our hearts when we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, and He leads and guides us into Truth = who is Jesus, and He promised to never to leave us or forsake us, ever. We can grieve and quench the Holy Spirit. So we can know the Holy Spirit is indeed a Person, because only a person can grieve. Upon entering into our hearts, after we accept Jesus as our Lord, the Holy Spirit gives us Gifts, so we can build up the Body of Christ, and lead others to Jesus, and it is the Holy Spirit that brings us into Eternal Life with the Triune Godhead, in Heaven, upon our physical death, because we were “sealed” by Him, a “deposit”, that He carries to completion, throughout our lives. The Holy Spirit does not forfeit a deposit (like a person buying a home that gives a good faith deposit – it is not forfeited). Our gifts are to be used to help the Body of Christ grow. Our gifts are not to be hidden, or kept for us only. Our gifts are to be shared.
Gifts are such things like: teaching, preaching, mercy, giving of resources, etc. to build up His Body, the Church.
Why did God go through all this trouble to reveal Himself? Everyone is born once, physically. But we all have sinned. We have all broken God’s commands. If we put two babies together and give them one cookie, they fight for it & cry, demanding it be theirs. So a selfish and sinful is our natural bent. The wages for sin is physical death. To make matters worse, we are all born spiritually dead. None of us look to God. We all look to the world – which is anti-God. So unless we are “re-born” spiritually, by hearing the Word of God, and accepting it, we will die twice in our lives: once physically, and if we remain dead spiritually, and die in that state, at the very end of time, we die spiritually too, and officially - meaning it is eternal separation from God, the absence of Light.
But the Father made a way for everyone to have access to Him: Jesus’ death on Calvary, by admitting we are sinners, submitting our wills to Jesus [as Jesus submitted His will to His Father] and willingly nailing our sins to His Cross. By doing so, we are spiritually “reborn”, as Jesus told Nicodemus. We gradually become transformed into new people, by the renewing of our minds. We will see “good fruit” as a result of our faith in Jesus (like the Book of James documents: “Faith without works is dead.”) Since we are still human, we will still sin. But we have an Advocate with the Father (Jesus) who knows our flaws and failings, and when we confess our sin to Him, He is faithful and just to forgive. We are called upon to also forgive others, as we have been forgiven.
We live to WANT to please Jesus. It is impossible to say we have faith, and that Jesus is our Lord, and then live a life of unrepentant sin. There is no way we can run from God, or hide from God. Our lives are totally exposed to Him, and He sees us, in total light. That thought would creep me out, before I came to Christ. But now I find it comforting.
When we are “in Christ”, we begin to see life and people from God’s perspective, from an eternal perspective. We hide God’s word in our hearts, much like Mary, the Blessed Mother, did when it is written that she “hid those things in her heart”. Psalm 119 tells us to hide God’s word in our hearts, so we will be equipped to handle temptation, and other tests that may come to us as a result of living life. We can choose not to sin, by meditating on God’s truths, praying over them, chewing on what they mean, and thinking about how people that went before us handled their problems and concerns.
Trusting God and Obeying God pleases Him. The Old Testament shows us how God always responded, when people took the time to read His word, and to know Him and to obey Him. It’s all over the Hebrew Scriptures, even with little King Josiah (King at age 8) and with Hezekiah, and all those leaders that respected God and His holy word. No one is more knowledgeable of God than King David! The Psalms tell us God’s mind.
It was after Solomon prayed that word came from God saying, “If my people who are called by My Name, will humble themselves and pray, and seek my Face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from Heaven, and I will forgive their sins, and I will heal their land.” – I think that’s from 2nd Chronicles. It’s a promise.
God never changes. We are called by His Name: Christians. While not everything in His word is written TO us, all of Scripture is written FOR us, and that’s a good verse to memorize, holding it in our hearts, and pondering it, as Mary pondered what she heard.