It’s natural to seek truth, answers, and hope in the middle of this crazy world. One of the questions we often ask in our search for truth is, “Who is God?”
Has anyone ever asked you who God is? Perhaps you didn’t know how to respond, or maybe you find yourself asking that question today. Whatever brings you here, know that there are answers to be found in God’s word, the Bible.
Everyone wonders how we got here and what the purpose of life is. God alone has the answers we seek, and our hearts long to know him. But in the hustle and bustle of daily life, it can be easy to forget our great quest.
Journey to the Mountaintop
One summer, as I was hiking through the mountains on a quest of my own, the journey toward the top was more difficult than I’d expected. I didn’t think I would reach the summit, but I was assured that what awaited me at the top was worth it.
Every time I felt like giving up, I’d see someone coming down the mountain with a massive smile on their face. “It’s worth the view!” they all said. “Keep going!”
We hiked up steep trails through the woods for what felt like forever until, finally, the trees parted, and we reached the mountaintop. What I saw utterly took my breath away.
The beauty of God’s creation stretched out before me as far as the eye could see. I felt like I was taking in the whole world, with miles and miles of rolling hills. The trees, hilltops, and skyline all swirled together like a beautiful masterpiece painted by the hands of a gifted artist.
I felt small and humbled but in the best way. When I gazed out over the beauty of creation, I found myself in awe of the one who created it. Psalm 19:1 says:
“The heavens declare the glory of God,
and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.”
It’s no wonder my mountaintop experience pointed me to God! But nature isn’t the only place he has chosen to reveal himself. God has also given us his word, the Bible. It points us to him better than even the perfect mountaintop view.
Many people think the Bible is just an ancient book of rules, but it’s so much more. At its core, the Bible is the story of who God is and how he rescues his people.
The All-Powerful God
So who is God? He is the all-powerful, all-knowing creator of everything. No wonder creation makes us want to worship him! Revelation 4:11 says:
“Worthy are you, our Lord and God,
to receive glory and honor and power,
for you created all things
and by your will, they existed and were created.”
God is also completely holy and good. That means he is glorious, worthy of our praise, and set apart from sin. Instead of a cosmic bad guy who wields ultimate power without care, he is the ultimate hero who does only good, which comes from his innate goodness. Exodus 15:11 says:
“Who is like you, O Lord, among the gods?
Who is like you, majestic in holiness,
awesome in glorious deeds, doing wonders?”
The God of Love
Thankfully, he’s not only powerful but loving as well. After all, how could he not care when he’s the one who created us?
God’s love is revealed in 1 John 4:16:
“So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.”
We’ve talked about some of his attributes, but who is God? He is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, three in one, but still just one perfect, holy God.
The Story of God
Throughout the Bible, we see God’s magnificent story as he creates the world and makes people in his image to be in union with him. Then we see the heartbreak when humanity decides their way is better than God’s.
Adam and Eve ate the fruit from the only forbidden tree, and sin entered the world. Mankind climbed mountains and ignored the one who created them. They fought amongst themselves, forgetting whose image their brother was made in.
After humanity sinned, God would have been entirely just to leave us to our own demise. After all, we turned away from him. We thought our way was better.
But God didn’t desert us! Of course, he also couldn’t be okay with sin because he wouldn’t be just if he let it go unpunished. But he loved us so much that he decided to come to rescue us from sin.
John 3:16-17 explains it best:
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.”
God sent his Son to Earth to take the punishment we deserved. Imagine for a moment that you were in court about to receive sentencing, and at the last minute, the judge stepped in and said, “I’ll take their punishment.”
That’s what God did for us through Jesus. He died on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins so we could be forgiven. But because God is also perfectly strong and powerful, Jesus didn’t stay dead. He came back to life, which means we can also be raised with him.
Many have claimed that raising Jesus from the dead would be impossible, and they would be right … unless, of course, it was done by the one who created all life to begin with. Since God is the author of life, then he can freely give it as he chooses.
Before he returned to Heaven, Jesus told his followers that he’d return for them. In the meantime, after he left, he would send his Spirit to be with them! Today, everyone who believes in Jesus for salvation has the Spirit of God living with them, giving them faith, comforting them, guiding them, and bringing joy as we look forward to Christ’s return.
Where to Look for God
There’s a lot more to say on the subject of who God is. In fact, the apostle John says that Jesus has done far more than we know.
John 21:25 says it like this:
“Now there are also many other things that Jesus did. Were every one of them to be written, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written.”
If the entire world can’t contain everything Jesus did, then we certainly won’t be able to fit it all here. For that reason, please don’t consider this an inexhaustible resource but just a simple starting point.
The Bible is a great place to learn who God is. You can read it for free online at www.biblegateway.com, or if you’re old school and prefer the paper version, visit any local church, and they’d probably be thrilled to offer you a free Bible. You can also head over to our video section and see some of the Bible stories that talk all about who God is.
Just as the people coming down the mountain said, “It’s worth it! Don’t stop!” They were right. I can assure you. He’s worth the search!