God the Father

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key principle: isaiah 6:3

isaiah 6:3

And one called to another and said:

“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts;

the whole earth is full of his glory!”

God is Holy, being the total sum of what/who God is; He is HOLY!

key principle: isaiah 57:15

isaiah 57:15

15 For thus says the One who is high and lifted up,

who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy:

“I dwell in the high and holy place,

and also with him who is of a contrite and lowly spirit,

to revive the spirit of the lowly,

and to revive the heart of the contrite.

God is above all job 35:4-8 and is unique (transcendent), yet still near to us because of His humility psalm 18:35 .

my notes:

supporting scriptures

job 35:4-8

I will answer you

and your friends with you.

5 Look at the heavens, and see;

and behold the clouds, which are higher than you.

6 If you have sinned, what do you accomplish against him?

And if your transgressions are multiplied, what do you do to him?

7 If you are righteous, what do you give to him?

Or what does he receive from your hand?

8 Your wickedness concerns a man like yourself,

and your righteousness a son of man.

psalm 18:35

You have given me the shield of your salvation,

and your right hand supported me,

and your gentleness made me great.

key principle: jeremiah 32:17

jeremiah 32:17

‘Ah, Lord God! It is you who have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and by your outstretched arm! Nothing is too hard for you.

God is all powerful (omnipotent) to fulfill everything He says ii timothy 2:13 . This does not mean He can do anything, as He has revealed blessed inabilities or things it is impossible for Him to do: Lie hebrews 6:18 , Deny Himself ii timothy 2:13 , Change malachi 3:6 , Be thwarted job 42:2 , Be tempted by evil james 1:13 . Praise God for His inabilities!

He cannot lie

hebrews 6:18

so that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us.

He cannot deny Himself

ii timothy 2:13

13 if we are faithless, he remains faithful—

for he cannot deny himself.

He cannot change

malachi 3:6

6 “For I the Lord do not change; therefore you, O children of Jacob, are not consumed.

He cannot be thwarted

job 42:2

2 “I know that you can do all things,

and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted.

He cannot be tempted by evil

james 1:13

Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one.

key principle: psalms 139:1-12

psalms 139:1-12

O Lord, you have searched me and known me!

2 You know when I sit down and when I rise up;

you discern my thoughts from afar.

3 You search out my path and my lying down

and are acquainted with all my ways.

4 Even before a word is on my tongue,

behold, O Lord, you know it altogether.

5 You hem me in, behind and before,

and lay your hand upon me.

6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;

it is high; I cannot attain it.

7 Where shall I go from your Spirit?

Or where shall I flee from your presence?

8 If I ascend to heaven, you are there!

If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!

9 If I take the wings of the morning

and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,

10 even there your hand shall lead me,

and your right hand shall hold me.

11 If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me,

and the light about me be night,”

12 even the darkness is not dark to you;

the night is bright as the day,

for darkness is as light with you.

Everything is in God’s presence (omnipresent) jeremiah 23:23-24 and He also knows everything (omniscient) hebrews 4:13 matthew 10:30 .

supporting scriptures

jeremiah 23:23-24

“Am I a God at hand, declares the Lord, and not a God far away? 24 Can a man hide himself in secret places so that I cannot see him? declares the Lord. Do I not fill heaven and earth? declares the Lord.

hebrews 4:13

And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account.

matthew 10:30

But even the hairs of your head are all numbered.

key principle: psalms 90:2

psalms 90:2

Before the mountains were brought forth,

or ever you had formed the earth and the world,

from everlasting to everlasting you are God.

God is eternal, He has no beginning and no end romans 16:26 . For us He is the beginning and the end revelations 21:6 romans 11:36 .

supporting scriptures

romans 16:26

26 but has now been disclosed and through the prophetic writings has been made known to all nations, according to the command of the eternal God, to bring about the obedience of faith

revelations 21:6

And he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment.

romans 11:36

For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.

key principle: hebrews 13:8

hebrews 13:8

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

God does not change in His character and essence {immutable} malachi 3:6 , like our world does james 1:17 or like we do numbers 23:19 , but rather responds to us according to His faithfulness as we change jeremiah 18:1-12 .

supporting scriptures

malachi 3:6

“For I the Lord do not change; therefore you, O children of Jacob, are not consumed.

james 1:17

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.

numbers 23:19

God is not man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it?

jeremiah 18:1-12

The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: 2 “Arise, and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will let you hear my words.” 3 So I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was working at his wheel. 4 And the vessel he was making of clay was spoiled in the potter’s hand, and he reworked it into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to do.

5 Then the word of the Lord came to me: 6 “O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter has done? declares the Lord. Behold, like the clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel. 7 If at any time I declare concerning a nation or a kingdom, that I will pluck up and break down and destroy it, 8 and if that nation, concerning which I have spoken, turns from its evil, I will relent of the disaster that I intended to do to it. 9 And if at any time I declare concerning a nation or a kingdom that I will build and plant it, 10 and if it does evil in my sight, not listening to my voice, then I will relent of the good that I had intended to do to it. 11 Now, therefore, say to the men of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem: ‘Thus says the Lord, Behold, I am shaping disaster against you and devising a plan against you. Return, every one from his evil way, and amend your ways and your deeds.’

12 “But they say, That is in vain! We will follow our own plans, and will every one act according to the stubbornness of his evil heart.’

key principle: i john 4:8

i john 4:8

Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.

God is love, the very epitome of what love is. Yet never mistake this: God is love, but love is not God. God defines love with the truth of who He is ii john 1:1-6 . So we must learn what true love is from God rather than understand God through our idea of love i john 3:18 i john 5:1-3 .

supporting scriptures

ii john 1:1-6

1 The elder to the elect lady and her children, whom I love in truth, and not only I, but also all who know the truth, 2 because of the truth that abides in us and will be with us forever:

3 Grace, mercy, and peace will be with us, from God the Father and from Jesus Christ the Father’s Son, in truth and love.

4 I rejoiced greatly to find some of your children walking in the truth, just as we were commanded by the Father. 5 And now I ask you, dear lady—not as though I were writing you a new commandment, but the one we have had from the beginning—that we love one another. 6 And this is love, that we walk according to his commandments; this is the commandment, just as you have heard from the beginning, so that you should walk in it.

i john 3:18

Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.

i john 5:1-3

Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the Father loves whoever has been born of him. 2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments. 3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome.

my notes:

deuteronomy 6:4 isaiah 45:5 isaiah 48:11 john 5:22-23
matthew 28:19 matthew 3:16-17 ii corinthians 13:14 The Bible describes God as One, but in three persons of one essence, personality and will {the Trinity}.

supporting scriptures

deuteronomy 6:4

“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.

isaiah 45:5

I am the Lord, and there is no other,

besides me there is no God;

I equip you, though you do not know me,

isaiah 48:11

For my own sake, for my own sake, I do it,

for how should my name be profaned?

My glory I will not give to another.

john 5:22-23

For the Father judges no one, but has given all judgment to the Son, 23 that all may honor the Son, just as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him.

matthew 28:19

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

matthew 3:16-17

And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him; 17 and behold, a voice from heaven said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.”

ii corinthians 13:14

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.