the doctrine of god
By Andrew E. Courtis
Who is God?
We cannot fully understand everything about God, but the Bible teaches us that we can know Him (Jer. 9:23-24). The only reason we can know who God is and what He is like is because He has told us. If God did not do this, we would never be able to know Him. Who is God? God is the maker of the “heavens and the earth” (Gen. 1:1), He makes everything in the universe work (Neh. 9:6), and He rules over the entire universe (Psalm 115:3). The Bible says that there is one God (Is. 44:6). You might notice that the world is filled with many “gods” but these are idols that people have made. Even though there is only one God, He exists in three Persons – God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit (2 Cor. 13:14). We can call these three Persons the Holy Trinity.
We can know God
Thus says the Lord: “Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches, but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the Lord” (Jeremiah 9:23-24)
God is the Creator
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1:1)
God make everything work
You are the Lord, you alone. You have made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them; and you preserve all of them; and the host of heaven worships you (Nehemiah 9:6)
God rules over everything
Our God is in the heavens; he does all that he pleases (Psalm 115:3)
There is one God
Thus says the Lord, the King of Israel and his Redeemer, the Lord of hosts:“I am the first and I am the last; besides me there is no god” (Isaiah 44:6)
God exists in three Persons
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all (2 Corinthians 13:14)
Who is God the Father?
God the Father is the first Person of the Holy Trinity. He is called the Father because of His relation to the second Person of the Trinity (God the Son). As the Father He created all things through His Son (1 Cor. 8:6) and planned all things that will ever happen (Rom. 11:36). Before the world was around He chose those who would be saved (Eph. 1:4) as a gift to His Son (John 17:2, 6, 7, 9, 11, 12, 24).
The Father created all things through His Son
Yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we exist (1 Corinthians 8:6)
The Father planned all things
For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen (Romans 11:36)
The Father chose who would be saved
Even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love (Ephesians 1:4)
Who is God the Son?
God the Son is the second Person of the Trinity. Like the Father, the Son (the Lord Jesus Christ) has always been around (John 1:1-2). He was appointed by the Father to come into the world and become a man. He lived a perfect life on earth without ever sinning! He suffered and became a sacrifice on the cross for sinners. He died, was buried and came alive again on the third day (1 Cor. 15:3-4) and went back to Heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father (Heb. 1:3). Jesus Christ is the only way we can receive salvation from sin (John 14:6).
Jesus has always been around
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God (John 1:1-2)
Jesus died, was buried and arose the third day
For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures (1 Corinthians 15:3-4)
Jesus went back to Heaven
He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high (Hebrews 1:3)
Jesus is the only way to be saved
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me (John 14:6)
Who is God the Holy Spirit?
God the Holy Spirit is the third Person of the Trinity. He shows people how wonderful the Lord Jesus Christ is (John 16:14) and He helps sinners believe in the Son of God. When someone believes in the Son of God He gives him or her gifts so that they can encourage other Christians (1 Cor. 12:7). The Holy Spirit lives within every Christian and helps them become more like the Lord Jesus Christ (John 14:16-17; Rom. 8:14-17).
The Holy Spirit shows us how wonderful Jesus is
He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you (John 16:14)
The gives Christians Spiritual Gifts
To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good (1 Corinthians 12:7)
The Holy Spirit lives within every Christian
For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him (Romans 8:14-17)