Written by Heather Zubiate
Who Is God According To Scripture?
Within Scriptures numerous pages, God lays out the progressive revelation of his mysterious existence, and his well made plan for our existence and salvation. I say "mysterious" not meaning that these things can't ever be known, but that they are revealed to anyone who is dedicated in pursuing
Words Not In The Bible
What Makes God Divine?
Let's not be willfully blind. God does indeed know all, he says so, and within the word "predestination," there lies a key to understanding God's omniscience. And as far as I can recall of my studies in Greek Mythology, I never got the impression that any of the Greek gods actually possessed any of these divine attributes they may have been ascribed. If Zeus really thought of himself as omnipotent, then he would not have feared being usurped, or overthrown by the lesser gods. Also, if Zeus were omniscient, then the other gods would not have been able to fool him. The LORD God, has no such fears of being usurped by lesser spirit beings, and he certainly isn't fooled by them. At any rate I will define these terms here and give Scripture references to them.
1 Kings 8:27 Isa. 43:2 Zech. 4:10
Job 34:21 Isa. 57:15 Matt. 18:20
Ps. 139 Jer. 16:17 Col. 1:17
Prov. 5:21 Jer. 23:24 Heb. 4:12-13
Prov. 15:3 Amos 9:2-3 and many many more...
Omniscient – all knowing, knows everything
Deut. 29:29 Jer. 1:5 Rom. 8:29
Job 37:15-16 Jer. 23:24 1 Cor. 2:11
Ps. 147:5,45 Matt. 10:30 1 Jn. 3:20
Isa. 40:13-14,28 Acts. 1:24 and many, many more...
Omnipotent- all powerful, can do anything, nothing is too hard for him
Job 37:23; 38:1-41:34 Isa. 44:24 Jn. 10:17-18
Ps. 33:6 Isa. 46:10-11 Rom 4:17
Ps. 135:6 Jer. 32:17 Heb 1:3
Ps. 147:5 Amos 9:5-6 And many, many more...
and if I may be so bold as to suggest one that is rarely used:
Omnific – or, all creative, meaning he has created everything! [I just love to read the dictionary, don't you?!]
Gen 1:1 Ps. 146:6 Acts 14:15
Gen. 18:14 Isa. 32:17 Acts 17:24
2 Kings 19:15 Isa. 40:26-29 Col. 1:16
Job 38:1-41:34 Isa. 45:12 Rev. 14:7
Ps. 102:25 Jer. 27:5 And many, many more...
Ps. 115;15 Jn. 1:1-3
Let's go over that again. The Father being originator of all life is seated in heaven. Taking on his role as Jesus (the Son of God, or God in the flesh) he was then able to be our redeeming sin offering on earth. Then God's Holy Spirit executed the power of God from on high (as opposed to an evil spirit), when he overshadowed a young virgin girl named Mary, the same Spirit that bears witness of the truth and grace of Jesus, the Son of God. All divine attributes of which are performed under specific names or titles, that reveal the character and nature of that particular role God himself operates under at ALL times, not in a linear succession as in Modalism. This is how Matthew 28:19 is to be understood, not as some strange polytheistic menagerie, or an "implication" of a Triune God, but as the fullness of God's royal titles in Christ Jesus. This would explain why the disciples baptized only in the name of Jesus in the book of Acts, rather than the triad of titles listed in the book of Matthew. Come to think of it, I read a great teaching put out by Steve Ritchie regarding this subject and rather than me rehashing it, you can read it here, its terrifically exciting! Amen!
Does the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit of the Trinity really share these divine attributes equally, as claimed by the Trinity definition, or does each "person" of the Godhead possess only one, and not the others? Or if they so happen to possess an uneven amount of each attribute, then what's the ratio? Well, if we are to believe the “Trinity” doctrine, then they should be divvied up equally, right? So why is the Holy Spirit hardly ever given any billing in the Old and New Testament compared to, or in tandem with, the Father and then Jesus? Jesus said that the Father is greater than he is, and the Holy Spirit only glorifies the Son of God. Jesus, while on earth before his crucifixion, couldn't be in more than one place at one time, his flesh limited his omnipresence. does Scripture say otherwise? Do you see my problem with the "equal" claim? Next up to be examined is the titles of God!