*Pastor’s Note: These lessons will be Scripture “heavy,” and though I am forewarning you I cannot apologize because it is the Word of God that brings things into the light. Remember that the Word says in the mouth of two or three witnesses, let everything be established. This is a spiritual principle that applies to the Word as well. (Matthew 18:16, 2 Corinthians 13:1). Also because of the need to explain, the lessons will have to be divided up into parts.
Right now I am in the middle of doing a study on the Godhead and I want to make sure I have all the Scriptures and thoughts lined up. Also, I am in communication with a Brother in Christ, that actually inspired me to do a study, but I have also realized I truly NEED to lay a foundation out first. That is what prompted this study first.
Now I may give you a little information that may be repeated in the next lesson, but bear with me as I believe this is one of the most important lessons we can learn from the Holy Spirit.
First, let me clarify this for those that have not been taught or are not one-hundred percent sure for the reason the Bible was handed down to mankind. It is not just an historical document though history is definitely involved, but rather through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit upon men of old, it points to what the title of this lesson is, the Character, Nature and Attributes of God Almighty.
You cannot have a relationship with someone, anyone, without getting to know them in a very personal way. That is what the Bible is and the purpose for which it was given. Salvation is only a PART of the Bible. The reason we NEED to be saved is to have a relationship with God, the Father, through His Son, Jesus Christ, as empowered by the Holy Spirit. Now many of you who have followed me for years have seen me write that phrase before.
Our relationship with God, the Father, was the reason we were created in the first place. To have a relationship with a creation that can choose to love Him for Who He is, was always His plan and the only way to have that kind of love is to give the creation the power to reason and to choose his direction in life. Without choice there can be NO true, unconditional love, love like the Father which in the Greek is Agape.
Again, I want to make this clear; salvation is the pathway to a relationship with the Father. It is the pathway through Jesus Christ, but it was not the sole purpose of giving us His written Word. The Word is there so that we may come to know our way to Him, but then to also and most significantly know Who it is we are getting to know and love!
When you get into the Word of God, if you do so with the motive and intent to seek out Who God is in the person of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, the Holy Spirit Who inspired the written Word will open your spiritual eyes and reveal to you just Who God is. First, He reveals though the importance of revealing the Son Who was sent to this earth to bridge the gap between mankind and the Father Who is Spirit.
First we’re going to delve into the Nature of God Almighty. We need to lay a foundation and get an understanding, as much as is humanly possible, of the nature and eventually the character of God. There is no way that man, the creation of God, is going to be able to fully comprehend these attributes of Our Heavenly Father. We were created with an ability to learn, to reason and to gain understanding, but we need to realize it will always be a sort of limited understanding until we are totally one with the Lord. Again, this understanding, empowered by the Holy Spirit, creates in us a realization of the magnitude and awe, or what the Bible describes as the fear of God.
Every relationship builds upon our knowledge of the individual in which we choose to have a relationship with. You do not have a relationship with someone that you do not know. Let me explain a little bit of the concept of relationship and especially as I hope to apply it to God Almighty.
For instance, I can not say that I have a relationship with a French scientist stationed in Paris. If there indeed is a French scientist stationed in Paris, I don’t know his name; for that matter I don’t even know this person’s gender. If this person exists, I know nothing that pertains to his even being a person. Therefore, I can surmise that given the Law of Probability, there IS someone stationed in Paris, France who is some type of scientist, but other than that, who can truly say with all certainty? On the other hand, if I have actually developed a relationship with someone in Paris, France who happens to be an archeologist, and I COMMUNICATE with that person via telephone, letters, the internet etc., and we converse back and forth and share personal information, I can state truthfully that I have a relationship with that person and can also thus call him by name which makes it personal. When I, therefore converse with you about this person, you would recognize that I am talking about a person who really exists because of a firsthand knowledge. The very same holds true with God. We can not develop a relationship with God, if we know nothing about Him. We can not develop one with Him if we do not communicate with Him, AND we can not communicate to Him with others in a believable way unless we DO have first hand knowledge of Him. He may be like the probable French scientist living in Paris. The odds are good that He exists, but we may never know without choosing to establish the relationship that proves to ourselves, and to others I might add, the truth of His existence.
Okay, the nature of God can be classified simply this way; it is for Him the nature of why He is God, part, of which defines Him as God, and the character, which we will get into later describes the other part that defines Him as God. The natural can be divided into about five categories, that we can rely on Scripture to define and explain. The natural attributes can be listed as follows: Omniscience, Omnipotence, Omnipresence, Eternity, and Immutability.
Now these are important in not just understanding Who God is, but also in understanding what so many describe as the MYSTERY of the Godhead. Personally, when you spend time meditating on these attributes, the Godhead doesn’t stay a mystery. But through tradition especially, and subtle misinformation, the Godhead is said to be a mystery and we will discover that in the latter lesson.
For now here are just a few Scriptures, and these certainly aren’t all of them, that promise God reveals things hidden to His children and those surrendered to Him about many things belonging to the Kingdom of God:
Job 12:22, Jeremiah 33:2-3, Daniel 2:21b-22, Matthew 13:11, Mark 4:11, Luke 8:10, Romans 16:25-27, 1 Corinthians 2:7, Ephesians 1:7-10, Ephesians 3:9-11, Colossians 1:26, Revelation 10:7.
The truth of the matter is that God does not keep things a mystery concerning Who He is. There are a few instances but very few where He tells the writer to seal up until the end times something that He, as God, has planned, but there is no where in the Bible that He says or states, He is a mystery Himself, to His children. Again, you can’t have a relationship with someone you don’t or can’t know.
Now, to the attributes listed above:
OMNISCIENCE: Omniscience is defined as “the state of having total knowledge, the quality of knowing everything.” In other words, it means having infinite and absolute unlimited knowledge and wisdom. Relating to God Almighty; He knows all things and is absolutely perfect in His wisdom, knowledge and understanding. It also means that of those things start and end with Him. Outside of Him, nothing else can be known for He knows it all! The scriptures are full of descriptions concerning God’s knowledge. The Apostle John writes this; “God is greater than our heart, and knows all things.” – 1 John 3:20b.
In Job 37:14-16, Elihu, a wise young man, states this, “Listen to this, O Job; Stand still and consider the wondrous works of God. Do you know when God dispatches them, And causes the light of His cloud to shine? Do you know how the clouds are balanced, Those wondrous works of Him who is perfect in knowledge?” Previously Elihu told Job, “For truly my words are not false; One who is perfect in knowledge is with you. Behold, God is mighty, but despises no one; He is mighty in strength of understanding.” – Job 36:4.
Psalms reads, “He counts the number of the stars; He calls them all by name. Great is our Lord, and mighty in power; His understanding is infinite.” – Psalm 147:4-5.
Mankind as a race has developed the sciences to try and explain and categorize the things which we experience and the world that is around us. But God created all that we try to explain with our sciences. He has ALL the knowledge of physics, astronomy, geology and so forth because He is the author of all them. Man only has that knowledge because God has graced mankind with that same knowledge. According to one dictionary, (there are many with similar meanings) the word science means: knowledge acquired by careful observation, by deduction of the laws which govern changes and conditions, and by testing these deductions by experiment.
People, man may have to acquire knowledge but God didn’t acquire this knowledge, HE IS the knowledge! That is part of His being, His nature. Thus, He is the One who CREATED the laws which govern the changes and conditions. Man can only test the deductions that he arrives at, but God instituted them. God’s knowledge is absolutely far-reaching. “For the ways of man are before the eyes of the LORD, And He ponders all his paths.” – Proverbs 5:21. Psalm 139:2-4, “You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off. You comprehend my path and my lying down, And are acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word on my tongue, But behold, O LORD, You know it altogether.” There are some things that man, in his finite mind, just can not understand or totally comprehend. God is God because of the fact that He is high and above His creation.
To sum up His Omniscience, Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out! “For who has known the mind of the LORD? Or who has become His counselor?” “Or who has first given to Him And it shall be repaid to him?” For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever. Amen. – Romans 11:33-36.