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Posted by Colby Kinser on

We believe in one God, Creator of all things, holy, infinitely perfect, and eternally existing in a loving unity of three equally divine Persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Having limitless knowledge and sovereign power, God has graciously purposed from eternity to redeem a people for Himself and to make all things new for His own glory.

God is the lone Creator. He created all that exists apart from Himself (Jn 1:3; Col 1:16; Mal 2:10). All He made was good (Gn 1; 1 Tim 4:4), creating everything from nothing by only His own authoritative command (Gn 1.2; Ps 33:6, 9). God possessed the attribute of Creator even before creating our universe. He Himself is uncreated (Act 17:24-25), therefore Creator and the Created are distinct from each other. Humankind is uniquely created in His image (Gn 1:26-27).

As Creator, He has all prerogative, authority, and judgment over Creation, determining its purpose (Gn 1:28-30; 2:15-24; 3:22-24; Ps 98:9) to His own glory (Ps 19:1; Rom 1:20), which also encompasses humanity’s purpose (Gn 2:15; Acts 17:28). Furthermore, He demonstrates loving care over His creation, even when it is rebellious against Him (Gn 2:21; Jn 3:16; Rom 5:8).

He also possesses aseity. God the “I AM” self-exists eternally and is therefore utterly independent (Act 17:24-25). He has no needs and is completely satisfied within Himself. Hence, His actions, especially toward us, are entirely for His pleasure rather than for satisfying some lack.

Existing logically prior to matter, God is necessarily spirit, so He is rightly worshiped in spirit (Jn 4:24). He eternally exists as three divine, distinct Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (2 Cor 13:13; Eph 1:3-14; Mt 28:19; Jn 14:26; 17:20-26; Acts 1:1-6; Heb 9:14; 1 Pe 1:2). Each Person is fully God, and yet there is only one God (Dt 6:4; Isa 43:10). Within the Trinity is perfect eternal love and harmonious collaboration (Jn 17:23; 1 Jn 4:8).

Ezekiel repeatedly states God’s desire is that mankind knows that He is the Lord (cf. Isa 43:10), and Judges describes the travesty of forgetting who He is (Jdg 3:7; 8:34). Knowing God as He has revealed Himself is essential to eternal life (Jn 17:3; Heb 11:3, 6). If created beings are ignorant of God’s revealed attributes and His purpose for their existence, they cannot know themselves nor can they trust Him with their lives or salvation (2 Tim 1:12).

God is the only one for whom every analogy eventually and necessarily breaks down (whereas analogies for finite things can be sufficient). He is infinite (Rv 1:8), which is not to say that He is “really, really” exceptional in a given attribute, but that He possesses all His attributes infinitely, without bound, without flaw, and without measure. For example, it is logically possible to traverse something that is “really, really long,” but it is impossible to traverse the omnipresence of God (Ps 139:7-10). Consequently, He is also perfectly holy (pure and set apart; Isa 6:3) and necessarily simple and unchanging (Ps 102:27). Anything less than perfection in all His attributes would mean He is not God (Jam 1:17), being improvable and less than the best possible being.

God always knows all things past, present, and future (Ps 139) and has the power to do all things consistent with His character (Jer 23:17). Otherwise, we have no means to hope that He will act reliably and efficaciously for good to fulfill His purposes and promises to us. He would not be trustworthy. And yet we remain culpable for our freely-made decisions (1 Cor 3:9-15). Therefore, He can sovereignly permit and even use evil to accomplish His purposes (Gn 50:20; Job 1:12).

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