What is God like?
What picture can I draw? How can I paint God? God is spirit. The Bible maintains that no one can see God's face and live (Exodus 33:20). After God has given some instructions to the Israelites, he said that they had seen no form of any kind - only heard a voice. They were not to make any idol of any likeness, because they would be enticed to give to that idol worship that belonged only to God.

However, the Bible does describe God in terms that we can appreciate. For example, we read of God having arms, legs, eyes, ears, feelings, etc. These descriptions, though not intended to be taken literally, give us an understanding of God. Here are some things we can know about God from the Bible.
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God is not limited in time, space, knowledge or power.
God is eternal. There was no beginning and there will be no end.
'Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God' (Psalm 90:2)
'For a thousand years in your sight are like a day that has just gone by, or like a watch in the night.' (Psalm 90:4)

'The eyes of the Lord are everywhere, keeping watch on the wicked and the good.' (Proverbs 15:3)
'Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I go from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; If I make my bed in the depths, you are there.' (Psalm 139:7-8)
'Acknowledge and take heart this day that the Lord is God in heaven above and on the earth below. There is no other.' (Deuteronomy 4:39)
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God exists independantly of anything else.
For as the Father has life in himself ...' (John 5:26) God is not dependent on anyone for life. We are dependent on God.
'Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God' (Psalm 90:2) God existed before anything else.
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God is triune.
This is an attribute of God that is difficult to understand, even though it is clearly taught in the Bible. God is one spirit being, but in the one God there are three persons that can be distinguished. These three persons are referred to in the Bible as the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. It has been described as a distinction without a division, but there are differences in the way the three persons operate.

'The Son is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word.' (Hebrews 1:3)
Jesus claimed to be the Son of God, equal with the Father. 'My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; ... I and the Father are one' (John 10:29,30)
The three persons are linked in Baptism. '... Baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, ...' (Matthew 28:19)

'You, however, are not controlled by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ. (Romans 8:9-10) The same Spirit is called the Spirit of God and the Spirit of Christ.
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God is consistant and faithful.
God is not a man that he should lie, nor a son of man that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?' (Numbers 23:19) What God says, he will do. He keeps his promises.
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God's word is absolute.
'... So is my word that goes out of my mouth: it will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it' (Isaiah 55:11)
'Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away' (Mark 13:31)
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God is just in all His ways.
'Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; love and faithfulness go before you.' (Psalm 89:14)
Sometimes we might not understand what God does or allows, but we must accept it as God's good will. 'For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are my ways your ways, declares the Lord.' (Isaiah 55:8)
'And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him.' (Romans 8:28)
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God is loving and caring, compassionate and patient.
'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.' (Deuteronomy 34:6-7)
'But God demonstrated his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners Christ died for us.' (Romans 5:8)
'For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.' (John 3:16)
'Or do you show contempt for the riches of (God's) kindness. tolerance and patience, not realizing that God's kindness leads you toward repentance. (Romans 2:4)
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God is great and holy, but wants fellowship with people.
'For this is what the high and lofty One says - he who lives forever, whose name is holy: I live in a high and holy place, but also with him who is contrite and lowly in spirit.' (Isaiah 57:15)
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God is willing to accept anyone seeking forgiveness.
'We tell you the good news: What God promised our fathers he has fulfilled for us, their children, by raising up Jesus. ... Therefore, my brothers, I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you.' (Acts 13:38)
'Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved (Romans 10:13)
'Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.' (Matthew 11:28)
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God is seen in Jesus.
This is most important. When God sent His Son Jesus into the world, Jesus displayed to everyone what God is like, in a way that nothin else in creation could have. Jesus said 'I and the Father are one.' (John 10:29,30). Therefore, when you examine Jesus, you will be finding out what God is like. Jesus is a full revelation of God. 'Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father' (John 14:9)
Jesus commented to some religious men about the Old Testament (Bible): 'These are the Scriptures that testify about me, ...' (John 5:39)
The Bible is the self-revelation of God to people. There is also other Bible-based literature that we have and which you may find useful. Please contact us if you have any questions, and make use of any resources that we may have.
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