The Bible teaches several key truths about God. First, there is only one true, unchanging God. In Deuteronomy, God reveals himself and says, “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.” Isaiah 45:5 says, “I am the Lord. There is no other. Besides me there is no God.” Therefore, Christians do not believe that hundreds of gods exist who are equally worthy of worship and able to save. Rather, there is only one, true God worthy of our worship and devotion and who is able to save us from sin, the God of the Bible. He is all-powerful, all knowing, and rules and reigns over all things.
Secondly, although there is one God, he eternally exists as three distinct persons—The Father, Son, and Spirit. Christians refer to this as the Doctrine of the Trinity. Each member of the Trinity is fully and equally God, but distinct from one another. The Father directs all things and plans man’s redemption, sending the Son. The Son (Jesus) accomplishes man’s redemption and forgiveness through his death on the cross and his resurrection from the dead. The Spirit draws us to Jesus and applies that redemption by changing our hearts and empowering Christians to live like Jesus.
This is probably one of the most difficult doctrines of the Christian faith. Many people struggle to explain the Doctrine of the Trinity, trying to fit God into a box. This leads people to say several wrong things about God. Many religions want to claim that Jesus was just a good prophet or teacher, while Christianity affirms that Jesus was much more than that, he is God in the flesh. These truths distinguish Christianity faith from all other religions. Despite what many want to claim, all religions are not claiming the same thing about God or paths to the same God.
Furthermore, these truths reveal aspects of who God is that give us hope. For example, because God has always lived in perfect relationship with himself, we know that he is relational. He wants to know us and to be known by us. He is not a distant dictator that simply screams out commands to us and threatens to smite us with lighting bolts if we don’t do what he says. He isn’t simply some cosmic counselor in the sky we can only run to when we have problems, but are ignored by the rest of our lives. He values relationship, so much so that the Father actually sends the Son to restore relationship with us. The real question that everyone has to ask is, “Do I have a real, personal relationship with God through his Son, Jesus Christ?” This is the most important question anyone ever answers!
- When you think of God, what comes to mind?
- How do the three persons of the trinity impact your relationship with God?
- What does it mean to you that the all-powerful, all-knowing God desires to be in relationship with you?
Doctrine of God
There is only one true God, who eternally exists as three distinct persons – Father, Son, and Spirit – who are each fully and equally God in eternal relationship with one another.
Key Scripture: Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19; John 1:1-2,14; Ephesians 1:3-14; 2 Peter 1:20-21