The essential nature and revealing activity of God

Simply put: God[1] wants to be known

The God of the universe is all knowing, all loving, always present, and longs to be at the center of all He has created. He is not hiding nor is He in solitary confinement. God’s nature is very public. His works are always on display[2]. The natural landscapes and atmosphere of the created world point to a God who enjoys His work and sees it as good[3]. God’s work is good because He is supremely good[4]. In His goodness, He made the crown of creation – mankind, who could enjoy all that God is and all that God has made[5]. The fingerprints of God are all over us, made in His image and likeness. However, God is the initiator of our knowledge of God. We did not stumble upon or seek out a relationship with God[6]. It was because of God’s great love that He has chosen to reveal Himself to us[7]. God was the catalyst of creation and the conductor of man’s community with God. All that we know of reality points to His glorious nature, ability, and intelligent design.

As God reveals Himself fully, we discover that His very nature is relational. He exists in Triune form. Three very distinct persons yet in complete harmony form one God. A theologian once said, “Deny the doctrine of the Trinity and you’ll lose your salvation; try to comprehend it, and you’ll lose your mind.[8]” This glorious mystery is composed of God the Father, God the Son whose name is Jesus, and God the Holy Spirit each bonded together in love for each other and for us. Each person is essential to our faith and vital to our understanding of God as the triune relational creator of life[9].

[1] . By the term “God” we mean the perfect, intelligent, conscious, moral Being existing from eternity, the Cause of all created things. – F.G. Smith, What the Bible Teaches, Warner Press 1945

[2] Psalm 19:1

[3] A common phrase in the creation account from Genesis Chapter 1, The Holy Bible

[4] Psalms 107:1

[5] Genesis 1:26-31

[6] Romans 3:11

[7] Romans 5:8

[8] Stanley J. Grenz, Created For Community, Baker Books 1996

[9] See Chapter 8 “The Trinitarian God” of Gilbert Stafford’s Theology for Disciples, Warner Press 1996