“We know what God is like because we know the character of Jesus Christ.”
- George Hodges
The Character of God
- God is the Alpha and the Omega—the beginning and the end. One of God’s names is “I am”. He has no beginning or ending.
- God is the creator of the universe. For this to be possible He existed before He created the world.
- God is the supreme power and authority of all things. Nothing can happen without God knowing it and allowing it to happen.
- God reveals to us everything we know about Him. He is a God who personally makes Himself known. We do not know all things about God, but each of us can know some things about Him.
God is Sovereign
We do not always know why some things happen, but God does. He has a purpose for everything.
“As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:9
God created the world by speaking it into existence. God is not limited in His power. He knows all things. He is always present.
The Main Characteristics of God are His Holiness and Love.
- God is holy. He is unique, sinless, and completely different. God contains every moral perfection. Every goodness is represented in God.
- God goes beyond loving; God is love. Nothing He does is outside of His love. Because of His great love He sent His son Jesus to die for our sins.
The Creator God
God made the heavens and Earth as we now know them. God spoke to the elements and the Earth was formed. God loves to create. His highest creation is man, a free moral agent. God took some clay and made the first man whom He named Adam. God told Adam to name all of the animals, fish, fowl and other things He had created. God wanted Adam and his wife Eve to live in the beautiful Garden of Eden and take care of the animals and garden.
The First Sin Against God
Garden of Eden: Satan is the first one known to have rebelled against God. Satan was an angel who wanted to take over Heaven so God removed him and sent him to Earth as a fallen angel. The spirit of Satan, in the form of a serpent or snake, came to the first woman Eve in the garden of Eden and tempted her to disobey God by eating from the tree of knowledge. She then invited Adam and he also ate of the forbidden fruit. As soon as they had eaten the forbidden fruit Adam and Eve noticed that they were naked. They felt shame and tried to cover themselves with fig leaves. God had created man and women and pronounced this creation, good. When sin entered the world man perceived the body as bad. Adam and Eve were ashamed to be seen naked by God; they felt like they had something to hide. The sin of disobeying God by eating the forbidden fruit caused them to be removed from the garden and they were estranged from the right to talk face to face with God. As descendants of Adam and Eve, we are all born with their sinful nature. Though they were tempted by the serpent, Adam and Eve willingly broke their covenant with God. Through their actions sin entered the world. The only way for the curse of sin to be broken was through a sacrifice of the perfect being.
The purpose of redeeming humankind is to unite the communion that was broken by sin. God did not intend for the world to be the way that it is, but He has made a way for redemption.
God wants us to be His people and not have sin in our lives. During the first 4,000 years or the Old Testament times, God provided a temporary sacrifice for people to receive forgiveness for their sins. Once a year, the sins of the people were symbolically heaped upon a goat which was driven out of the community. This process had to be repeated yearly. The priest would listen as people confessed their sins. He would then sacrifice an animal and offer the blood for the remission of the person’s sins.
Jesus, the Lamb of God, is the permanent sacrifice for our sins. The blood of Jesus provides forgiveness for our sins.
By sending His Son, Jesus, God made a New Covenant or New Testament with civilization. Only a perfect man could be the sacrifice. Jesus was the only person who could have ever fit the qualifications; He had been born without a sin nature.
When people are born they have a seed of rebellion within their hearts. It is referred to as the seed of Adam. As children grow, this spirit causes them to want to disobey or rebel against rules and authority.
God restored His relationship with mankind. The spirit within man also desires a relationship—a relationship with a higher power, the Creator, God. The God who created the first man Adam from the dust of the earth placed this emptiness within the heart of every person that remains reserved for the Spirit of God to dwell in—the God-shaped vacuum. When the Holy Spirit comes to dwell inside a person, He fills this void and the person experiences true peace and joy.
Many people resist the Spirit of God and try many other substitutes, but none of them satisfy very long. There is always a yearning for something to fill this empty spot. Alcohol, drugs, illicit sex, perversion, entertainment, gambling and the like are often tried by multitudes, only to realize that nothing will satisfy their need except God. To find God you must first acknowledge that Jesus is the Son of God. You must pray and believe upon the Lord Jesus Christ.