Q. Who is the true god?
A. Wow – that is a great question. Although, it is difficult to define God because He encompasses so many different, vast dimensions of the personal, physical, and spiritual realm/world. First of all I think we need to take in account or understand that God exists in the Holy Trinity – God (the Father), the Holy Spirit (which lives in us who have accepted Jesus), and Jesus (God’s Son – who is also our Savior and shed blood). “To Him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, for ever and ever!” – Revelations 5:13 With that said, God’s name in English is Jehovah (in the original Hebrew it is Yahweh). This name for God is used more than sixty-eight hundred times in the entire Bible. The name means “to be.” This means that God is ever-lasting, self-existing. God is the God who always is. Secondly, God is the Provider (Jehovah-Jireh). Jireh means “he sees ahead.” God sees what you need before you even have a need, and He provides. One story in the Old Testament that references God as the Provider is in Gen. 22 when God asks Abraham to offer his son as a sacrifice. When Abraham was ready to take his boy up for the sacrifice, he said to his servants, “Stay here with the donkey while I and the boy go over there. We will worship and then we will come back to you” (Gen 22:5). Abraham new God would provide the sacrifice because of God’s promise to multiply Abraham’s family. Abraham then named the place of sacrifice where God provided a ram Jehovah-Jireh (Gen 22:13-14). God is also our Healer. In Exodus 15:26 God make this promise to His people, “If you listen carefully to the voice of the Lord your God and do what is right in His eyes, if you pay attention to His commands and keep all His decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the Lord, who heals you.” God is continually healing us through His Spirit everyday. Jesus displays God’s healing power in the New Testament. He says, “Rise and walk. Be healed. Be made whole” (see John 5:3-9). And because of Jesus’ blood we can receive that healing power each and every day through the Holy Spirit. Another name for God is Jehovah-Nissi, which also means that God is our banner. An example of this name occurs in Exodus 17 when the Amelekites were trying to prevent Isreal from entering the Promised Land. Moses told Joshua to round up some men to form an army, and to pursue the Amelekite army. While Joshua and his men fought Moses stood on top of the hill and held up the staff of God in his hands. All the while Moses held up the staff, the Isrealites were winning against the giants of the Amelekites, but if Moses let down the staff, the Amelekites would start to win. In the same way, God is victorious over evil and darkness in our lives. Because of the shed blood of Jesus we can be victorious and carry with us the cross of Jesus to fight the “giants” in our own lives. Jehovah-Mekaddish: God who makes us holy. God has the power to make us holy, but He has given us a free will to accept the blood of Jesus. With the acceptance and desire for Jesus in our lives, repenting for our sins, we gain the Holy Spirit who makes us holy. “Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him; for God’s temple is sacred, and you are that temple” (I Corinthians 3:16-17). “Do you know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body” (I Corinthians 6:19-20). God is also a God of peace. In Philippians, the Word says, “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4:7). In John, chapter 16, Jesus says, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (v.33) God is our Shepherd – Ps. 23:1 – “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want” (see also vs. 2-6). God is our Righteousness. In I Corinthians 1:26-31, Paul writes about what God chooses to do with His children, and in vs. 30 Paul addresses how God chooses to make us righteous – “It is because of Him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God – that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption.” By the gift of the Holy Spirit, Jesus helps us to walk daily in righteousness. Lastly, God is always present. In Matthew 28:20, Jesus says, “Surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” And also in Revelations Jesus says, “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End” (22:13). These things mentioned are good definitions and descriptions of God; however, God is so much bigger than words can say or can even describe. It’s very difficult to define God. In order to truly know God and know who He truly is, we just have to study His Word (daily) and seek Him (daily and with reckless abandon). He will reveal Himself to us, but He desires our will. He desires us to have a love and a passion to know Him more. I hope this helped you to have a better grasp of who God is. I encourage you to continue attending church and to daily seek Him. God bless. Andria