There’s no better way to start the week than by filling up with God’s Word. So each Monday morning join me here to take a brief, but reflective look into a passage of Scripture.
It amazes me that the Creator God has revealed Himself to us in the Bible. Although our finite human brains cannot comprehend all that God is, we can study what God has made known to us about Himself.
We can deepen and enrich our relationship with God through a better understanding of His nature. As we grow in our knowledge of Him we will respond with greater worship, trust Him more fully, and love Him more completely. Let’s get started this morning by considering the four Bible passages that tell us “God is…”
3”But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. 24God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” John 4:23-24, ESV
Let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, 29for our God is a consuming fire. Hebrews 12:28b-29, ESV
5This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. 1 John 1:5, ESV
7Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. 1 John 4:7-8, ESV
What four descriptions do the biblical authors use in these passages to help us understand God’s nature?
- God is Spirit. He is not confined by time or space. He is not limited by the physical realm. God cannot be defined by the same stuff we are.
- God is a consuming fire. We sinful humans tend to take God too casually. He is holy, righteous, and just. He is worthy of not just our worship but also our obedience.
- God is light. The Bible often uses “darkness” to depict sin and “light” to depict righteousness. God, who is transcendent in holiness is completely and totally righteous. There is no speck of sin in Him.
- God is love. God is the originator and giver of love. God doesn’t merely “love.” Everything He does is an expression of His perfect love.
Take a moment this morning to contemplate the nature of God Praise Him for who He is.