Who Is God? 5 Truths of God's Divinity (2023)

No other question is more important than “Who is God?”

Get this one right — and experience who He is each day — and you’ll enjoy life to the full! We see this in Deuteronomy 7:12-13, Psalm 16:2, John 10:10, and James 1:17. We also see this today.

One of my mentors told me, “I am convinced that the answers to every problem and issue of life for both time and eternity are resolved through a correct understanding of God.” What hope!

Another mentor said, “When I don’t take time to reflect on the God I serve, He becomes too small to help me; so, I decide to handle the anxiety myself and blame God for it later.” Yikes!

I love what A. W. Tozer wrote: “The man who comes to a right belief about God is relieved of ten thousand temporal problems, for he sees at once that these have to do with matters which at the most cannot concern him for very long.” Again, what hope!

Who is God?

So, “Who is God?” Among many other biblical and theological words, 5 stand out. All 5 words are multiplied by eternity and infinity.

In other words, what do we mean when we say, “My love falls impossibly short of God’s love?” Everything about God stretches not only across the 100 billion light-years of this universe, but also stretches far beyond this universe to God’s throne in heaven.

So, what are the 5 words that answer, “Who is God?”?

1. God’s Sovereignty

Remember, each word is multiplied by eternity and infinity. That’s what it means to be the Lord God, after all!

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“Sovereign” appears hundreds of times in Scripture and is embedded 6,700 plus times in the sacred divine name, YHWH. The latter typically appears as the word “LORD” capitalized in most modern Bible translations.

When we think about who God is, we begin by describing Him as all-powerful (omnipotent) and everywhere-present (omnipresent).

The biblical heroes of the faith rejoiced in both aspects of God’s sovereignty. King David said, “The LORD has established his throne in heaven, and his kingdom rules over all” (Psalm 103:19). Later he prayed, “Yours, LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours. Yours, LORD, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all” (1 Chronicles 29:11).

The initial followers of Jesus Christ prayed, “Sovereign Lord, you made the heavens and the earth and the sea, and everything in them” (Acts 4:24). Later the Apostle Paul described God as “the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see. To him be honor and might forever. Amen” (1 Timothy 6:15-16).

So, does God’s power and presence permeate every moment and millimeter of your life?

Yes! You’re never alone. And you’re never powerless. God is with you asking, “What do you want Me to do for you?” Call out to Him now.

2. God’s Providence

Unlike “sovereign,” the word “providence” (referring to God) doesn’t appear in a single Bible verse. In some ways, that’s fitting. After all, “providence” speaks of God’s eternal, infinite, and (mostly) invisible hand at work in nations, tribes, families, and individuals.

Heroes of faith — Abraham, Joseph, Ruth, Ezra, Esther, and many others — rejoiced in God’s providence, which increased their faith and trust in Him. Job humbled himself before God and said, “I know that you can do all things; no purpose of yours can be thwarted” (Job 42:2). Centuries later, the Lord assured the prophet Isaiah: “I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say, ‘My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please’” (Isaiah 46:10).

After witnessing a tremendous miracle, King Nebuchadnezzar wrote to everyone in his empire: “He [the LORD] does as he pleases with the powers of heaven and the peoples of the earth. No one can hold back his hand or say to him: ‘What have you done?’” (Daniel 4:35). The Apostle Paul reaffirmed that God “works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will” (Ephesians 1:11).

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So, does God’s guidance and goodness permeate your life?

Yes! Life is abundant when you recognize and rejoice in both today!

3. God’s Holiness

“Holy” and its synonyms appear more than 1,600 times throughout the Bible. It quickly becomes clear that God is holy, people aren’t, God expects us to be holy, and we can’t be without His divine transformation.

After giving the Ten Commandments, the Lord told His ancient people: “Do not profane my holy name, for I must be acknowledged as holy by the Israelites. I am the LORD, who made you holy” (Leviticus 22:32). He also told them: “Be holy because I, the LORD your God, am holy” (Leviticus 19:2).

Old and New Testament heroes of faith talk about the dichotomies of holiness, which both challenged them and spurred their faith into action. In the middle of the Bible we’re told, “Your throne, O God, will last forever and ever; a scepter of justice will be the scepter of your kingdom” (Psalm 45:6). Toward the end of the Bible, we’re told, “God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in his holiness” (Hebrews 12:10).

So, does God’s glory and purity permeate your life?

Yes! Now is the time to confess any known sins and embrace God’s holiness anew.

4. God’s Love

Jesus and His apostles didn’t invent the idea of God’s love. Far from it!

Remember the Lord’s sacred name, YHWH? Here’s the first part of how the Lord Himself defines it: “Then the LORD came down in the cloud and stood there with him and proclaimed his name, the LORD, and he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, ‘The LORD, the LORD, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin’” (Exodus 34:5-7).

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Did you notice the word “love” appears twice?

Actually, “God” and “love” appear adjacent to each other many, many times throughout the Bible, especially in the New Testament. The most famous of those verses is John 3:16. Other famous verses about God’s love include Romans 5:5, Romans 5:8 and Romans 8:38-39. Still, others include 1 John 4:7-10, 1 John 4:16, and 1 John 4:19. But it’s not enough to just know about God’s love.

So, does God’s graciousness and passion permeate your life?

Yes! Open your heart and arms to receive His love right now.

5. God’s Plans

When we think about who God is, we can’t finish before we talk about Him as all-knowing (omniscient). This doesn’t mean God knows all the facts in the universe. Well, that’s true, He does, but God knows much, much more.

Remember phone books? A million facts, but none that could change your life. By themselves, facts are just facts. God not only has all knowledge, but also has all-discernment, all-insight, all-understanding, all-wisdom, and “way-above-our-heads” ways.

The Lord puts it this way: “‘For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ declares the LORD. ‘As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts’” (Isaiah 55:8-9).

In other words, “God alone knows” multiplied by eternity and infinity.

None of us knows 0.000001% of everything that’s true and right and important and life-changing. So, why in the world are we ever tempted to think we know better than God? We know better than Him on how to run our lives? Not a chance!

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So, does God’s mystery permeate your life?

Yes! Humbly acknowledge His higher, heavenly wisdom and ways today.

God Is More

In this article, I don’t want to imply that 5 words alone can describe who God is. Believe me, I know He is much more!

When I read Scripture, I’m reminded that the Lord God is One in Three (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) infinitely and eternally.

When I’m stressed, I remember the Lord’s presence is with me and thank Him for His infinite and eternal joy and peace.

When I’ve sinned, I recall the Lord’s holiness and love and thank Him for His marvelous, amazing mercy and grace.

Bottom line: Don’t forget to experience who God is each day— so you can enjoy life to the full!

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Who Is God? 5 Truths of God's Divinity (1)The lateDavid Sanford’s book and Bible projects were published by Zondervan, Tyndale, Thomas Nelson, Doubleday, Barbour, and Amazon. His latest book was Life Map Devotional for Men published concurrently with his wife Renee’s book, Life Map Devotional for Women.

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FAQs

What are the 5 divine attributes of God? ›

The Westminster Shorter Catechism's definition of God is an enumeration of his attributes: "God is a Spirit, infinite, eternal, and unchangeable in his being, wisdom, power, holiness, justice, goodness, and truth."

Who is God according to the Bible? ›

God in Christianity is believed to be the eternal, supreme being who created and preserves all things. Christians believe in a monotheistic conception of God, which is both transcendent (wholly independent of, and removed from, the material universe) and immanent (involved in the material universe).

Who is God and what does he? ›

We read in Genesis, the first book of the Bible, that God created everything—light, earth, water, air, plants, animals, and humans. God created the entire world out of nothing—and everything that God created, God called “good.” God saved the best for the last day of creation; he created man and woman in his own image.

What are the five values of the kingdom of God? ›

love God and love your neighbour. honesty / truth. humility. joy in others' achievements.

Who is God simple definition? ›

God : the supreme or ultimate reality: such as. : the Being perfect in power, wisdom, and goodness who is worshipped (as in Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and Hinduism) as creator and ruler of the universe.

What are 3 characteristics of God? ›

In Western (Christian) thought, God is traditionally described as a being that possesses at least three necessary properties: omniscience (all-knowing), omnipotence (all-powerful), and omnibenevolence (supremely good).

How did the Bible describe God? ›

Acts 17: 24-28, “The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by hands. And he is not served by human hands as if he needed anything, because he himself gives all men life and breath and everything else.

Who created the God? ›

We ask, "If all things have a creator, then who created God?" Actually, only created things have a creator, so it's improper to lump God with his creation. God has revealed himself to us in the Bible as having always existed. Atheists counter that there is no reason to assume the universe was created.

Who Named God God? ›

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Who is God's first man? ›

ADAM1 was the first man. There are two stories of his creation. The first tells that God created man in his image, male and female together (Genesis 1: 27), and Adam is not named in this version.

What does all truth is God's truth mean? ›

Science. “All truth is God's truth” is probably the most familiar and famous quote from St. Augustine (A.D. 354-430). Those five words express confidence in God, truth, the Bible, science and the ultimate alignment of all inquiry and discovery.

What are God's truth for us? ›

God's Truth is reality based on His omniscient wisdom and knowledge, not on our own subjective standards. God teaches us His Truth through the Holy Spirit. His indwelling Spirit guides us, counsels us and leads us in the Truth. He reminds us of the Truth we have learned so we can live a life of Truth.

What is God's standard of truth? ›

“The Standard of Truth has been erected; no unhallowed hand can stop the work from progressing; … the truth of God will go forth boldly, nobly, and independent, till it has penetrated every continent, visited every clime, swept every country, and sounded in every ear, till the purposes of God shall be accomplished, and ...

What are the principles of God? ›

These include: the Lordship of Christ over all our life and thoughts; the responsibility to love God with our whole being and to love our neighbor as ourselves; the responsibility to pursue righteousness and practice justice and mercy to everyone; and participation in the worship and activities of the church, which ...

What are values 5? ›

The 5 Values are: Honesty, Integrity, Accountability, Excellence, and Fun. The way we understand these Values and how they are applied to our business are described below.

What are the 7 keys to the kingdom? ›

Outlining seven principles which include- Love, Repentance, Faith, Obedience, Purpose, Fearless, and Prayer- Seven Keys to Becoming A Kingdom Maker will thrust you into a life of freedom and intimacy with God as you become pregnant with his purpose and live out his plan for your life!

What are the four divine attributes of God? ›

necessary existence (God exists, and could not fail to exist), aseity (God's existence does not depend on anything else; God is uncaused), immutability (God does not change), and. eternal or everlasting existence (God exists at all times or outside of time).

WHAT ARE GODS 10 attributes? ›

God is omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient. He is eternal, everlasting, and His words stand firm forever. God is giving and gracious, he is compassionate and merciful. He is our Father to whom we can cry Abba Daddy.

Who Is God a person? ›

God is more than person; God is superperson, superpersonality, supreme consciousness, and superintellect. God is a person and has these qualities without the human limitations. God is an intellect which is not limited or finite, not faulty or corrupted.

What are the three divine persons of God? ›

A Trinity doctrine is commonly expressed as the statement that the one God exists as or in three equally divine “Persons”, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

What is the divine nature of God? ›

The divine nature refers to the spiritual attributes of God (His spiritual nature), the righteous character of God (His righteous nature) and the supernatural possibilities of God (His supernatural nature). Possessing the divine nature, therefore, makes us act like God.

How is God described? ›

In monotheistic thought, God is usually viewed as the supreme being, creator, and principal object of faith. God is typically conceived as being omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent, and omnibenevolent, as well as having an eternal and necessary existence.

How did Jesus say he was God? ›

John 8:58 “Jesus answered them: 'I solemnly declare it: before Abraham came to be, I AM.” [This was the name God gave himself when he first communicated with Moses, Exodus 3:14 “God replied, 'I am who am. ' Then he added, 'This is what you shall tell the Israelites: I AM sent me to you. '”]

What color does the Bible say God is? ›

Jesus himself said that “God is Spirit.” Whether or not spirit can possess the property of color I do not know but, if so, we are certainly not told which color. Besides that, both the Old and New testaments insist that God is invisible to humans.

What are the 8 divine attributes of God? ›

Each of them ascribes to God a pair of properties from the following list of divine attributes: (a) perfect, (b) immutable, (c) transcendent, (d) nonphysical, (e) omniscient, (f) omnipresent, (g) personal, (h) free, (i) all-loving, (j) all-just, (k) all-merciful, and (1) the creator of the universe.

What are the eight divine components of God's? ›

There are eight aspects in which God can be experienced: as Light, Sound, Peace, Calmness, Love, Joy, Wisdom, and Power.

What are the 8 Word of God? ›

The word of Christ, the Bible, is God speaking to us about His Son, or God speaking to us through His Son. The Christian church has been in agreement for nearly 2,000 years that the Bible is the Word of God, one that speaks primarily about his Son, Jesus Christ.

What are the 4 Omni's of God? ›

Gaining deeper insight into the four "Omnis"—omnipresence, omnipotence, omniscience, and omniaction—can revolutionize your healing practice by giving you a more complete understanding of God.

Who is God in the Bible characteristics? ›

Another characteristic of God is that “God is love.” (1 John 4:8, NIV) He is also gracious and compassionate, slow to anger, and abounding in love and faithfulness (Exodus 34:6). God the Father committed history's most powerful act of love by sending His Son, Jesus Christ, to live among us, die for us, and forgive us.

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