John 1:1-3, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.”
Psalm 18:30-31, “As for God, His way is perfect; The word of the LORD is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him. For who is God, except the LORD? And who is a rock, except our God?”
Exodus 3:13-14, “Then Moses said to God, “Indeed, when I come to the children of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they say to me, ‘What is His name?’ what shall I say to them?” And God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And He said, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.'”
To be honest, I was going to speak about the Character of God, The Living Word and I had Scriptures ready and such and then it dawned on me; how can we have a teaching or discussion about the Character of God Almighty, without first attempting to answer the question, Who IS God?
We could ignore this question and assume that everyone who will even be concerned with reading this article is already a “believer” in God and yet as so many of my Christian brothers and sisters can tell you, there is always that one searching heart, or that one Whom the Holy Spirit says, “I’m going to send them your way,” and if we just assume then we aren’t necessarily being of service or even necessarily surrendered to what the Holy Spirit wants to accomplish.
Aside from the fact, that a universal belief in A god is pretty much found in the majority of people across the world, at least in some form or another, I am here to attempt to share with you, just Who the ONE TRUE God, the Creator of All that is and the One whom followers lovingly call, Heavenly Father!
I in no way have all the answers and I will leave it up to the Holy Spirit to even determine if I have any “right” answers! We have already established in the previous article that for us, mankind as a collective, there was a beginning, not just concerning our existence, but our existence beginning with a relationship with the Creator from the very moment that “man became a living being,” (Genesis 2:7).
We know that according to the account written in Genesis that in that beginning, the first man, Adam, walked daily in the Garden with God. There is nothing that tells us that Adam saw the Lord with his own eyes, but we do know that Adam HEARD the Lord when He spoke, but also when He approached or “walked” in the Garden, for in Genesis 3:8, the writer, inspired by the Holy Spirit wrote, “And they (Adam and Eve) heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day,…” (parenthetical reference added for clarity).
We have established that God, our Creator and Heavenly Father is Spirit, and is not seen with our eyes, at least in this state of sin with which our fleshly, carnal “covering” is currently at. Adam and Eve MAY have been able to see some manifestation of Him before their sin, but the Holy Spirit via the Scripture didn’t think it necessary for our knowledge and so we must take into consideration the sum of ALL the Scriptures which tells us that “none can see God, for He is Spirit.”
We DO KNOW that God cared enough for this man and woman enough that He did walk and converse with them daily. How many days were they able to spend? Again, that is up for speculation, but imagine, no sin, so nothing barring the Father’s presence from His creation.
I also want to make something clear here; God KNEW Adam and Eve would sin, for that supreme knowledge is one of His Character Attributes of which we will discuss later. He did NOT shy away from Adam and Eve once they sinned. He continued as always to walk in the Garden and His question to Adam and Ever, “where are you?” was a rhetorical question causing them to face their disobedience and what it caused. You see, Adam and Eve’s sin caused THEM to shy away or hide from the Father Who had continued to walk daily and commune with them. THEIR shame caused them to turn away and hide!
So it is today! God is a Holy God and there is no sin, no darkness whatsoever in Him. He is ALWAYS trying to commune with His Creation for that is why He created us. But, it is the disobedience inherent in each of us that causes us to be blind and deaf to Him!! It is ONLY through the Redemptive sacrifice of God, the Son, Jesus Christ, who covers those of us who are willing to accept His sacrifice freely and it is through that gift that our spirit no longer condemns us and we again are able to “approach the throne of God boldly” and to once again commune with our Heavenly Father.
This is why we have to be so very careful when we condemn sin; and condemn sin we must, but NOT to condemn (pass judgment, sentence) those who do sin, for we are all, in this flesh, needing the covering of the Savior’s Blood to effect that communion with our Father. Until the day this flesh is turned to dust, we have that chance, that choice to accept that gift freely given and it is ultimately only Christ Jesus Himself who knows who has a relationship with Him. (See Matthew 7:23).
Going back to early Genesis, you can see that God, as our Heavenly Father still communicated with those that ultimately He had to cast out of the Garden. It was only as time and the sinfulness of man increased to such a tragic degree that man lost that ability to HEAR when the Lord speaks, but, He always had those prophets that He knew would still listen and obey. But even today, though it is not heard of often, there are wondrous accounts of the Lord speaking to man thus leading them to repentance. We must be so careful to NEVER, never underestimate the lengths the Father is willing to go to save His creation, for truly, He desires none should perish and that all would come to repentance! (2 Peter 3:9).
I wrote down a lot to show you that God is not just Creator, but He continues to strive to be a personal Father to each of us as individuals. This demonstrates that He IS a God with a personality, a God who loves, truly loves His creation, ALL His creation. Truly, there are not enough adjectives in the English language alone to describe all that God is to His creation!
But here is the thing that I hope you might have gotten from this; I CAN’T answer for you Who He is, for our God has the ability to relate to every individual throughout all time past, present and even future. When you look at how the writers of the Holy Bible described God, it ran the whole gamut of descriptions, because Who He is, is dependent upon the relationship the individual has with God, Almighty!
A word of caution; God created us in His image and we will discuss that later, but in that, man has inherited a creative streak himself and because of that man has a tendency of wanting to make God in his image, rather than the other way around. When I tell you that only the individual can truly describe who God is, it is because of the individual relationship with Him that determines that! David, described God as his Rock, his Shield, and so much more; and it was all because of David’s personal relationship with his Heavenly Father.
The truth that I can give you is based on His conversation with Moses in the wilderness, at that time that God called Moses out to lead the Israelites out of bondage. When Moses asked the Lord whom he should say sent him, the Lord replied, “I AM has sent me to you.”
God stated very clearly to Moses just Who He was when He told Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” I can tell anyone with a clear conscience, when someone asks me who God is, “HE IS!” God IS! To some, He is only a creator, to others, He is a Heavenly Father, and like David expressed, He is a Rock, our Salvation, our Mighty Fortress. I can tell you this, that the longer you have a personal relationship with Him and the more time you spend in communion with Him, spirit to Spirit in Truth, He will be WHO HE IS to you on that individual basis and nobody, in heaven or in earth can ever take that from you.