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Who is God and Who are You?
An outline of the basic truths God reveals about Himself and you in the Bible

Who is God?

  1. "... God said to Moses, I AM WHO I AM." (Exodus 3:13-18)
    His name in the original Hebrew as given by Moses is Yahweh or Jehovah, and it means
    "I am". The entire Bible is His revelation of who He is. God has many names that describe who He is. He is all of the names he has revealed to us in the Bible and more. (Recommended -- See Lambert Dolphin's extensive discussion: The Names of God.) He is one God in the persons of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (Deut. 6:4 & Genesis 1:26; Isaiah 48:16; Prov. 30:4; Acts 8:29;10:19,20) He is the creator of the universe (cosmos). (Rom. 14:9) He is holy. John writes that "God is love." (1 Jn. 4:8,16) He is everywhere, is all powerful, and is all-knowing. He is holy, infinitely good, eternally existent, perfect in love, righteousness, and justice.

  2. Jesus, the Son of God, is the Christ (Messiah), the Word of God who was with God the Father from the beginning. (John 1:1) The prophet Micah wrote around 400 BC that "...His goings forth are from long ago; from the days of eternity." The prophet Isaiah (700 BC), "...His name shall be called, Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace." (Micah 5:2, Isaiah 9:6) Jesus is fully God and fully man, the 2nd person of the Trinity. He is the Bread of Life, the Light of the World, the Way, the Truth, and the Life. (John 6:35-58, 8:12, 11:25, 14:6) He is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of His nature. (Heb 1:3) When questioned as to how He could have seen Abraham who lived 2000 years before Him, Jesus replied, "...Before Abraham was, I am." (The Pharisees then immediately tried to kill him.) (John 8:52-58)

  3. The Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity, convicts the world concerning sin, righteousness and judgment, baptizes and fills believers, gives gifts as He wills to believers for ministry to God and the body of Christ, and enables and empowers every true Christian by His indwelling presence to serve and obey Jesus Christ, give witness of Him, and to live a life pleasing to Him. Growth in obedience and holiness (sanctification) is a lifelong process orchestrated and accomplished by the work of the Holy Spirit. Being filled with the Holy Spirit results in manifestation of His gifts, worship and adoration of God and the fruit of the Holy Spirit (love, joy, peace, longsuffering (patience), kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control) (Gal. 5:22,23). He gives power to bear witness to the world of Jesus -- that Jesus is the Christ (Messiah), risen from the dead, exalted and enthroned with God over the nations, over heaven and earth, and that He is coming again (Acts 2, Rev. 3:21).

  4. God is the creator of the universe (cosmos), described in Genesis 1 & 2. God created man and woman in His own image, and without sin.

  5. Because of the first man (Adam's) transgression (the first rebellion), sin and death came. The whole world became subject to sin and corruption. Consequently, all are born in sin, having no spiritual life (the eternal life of God) in themselves, and suffer the consequence of sin which is death. (See Genesis 3, Romans 3, 5 & 6.)

  6. "God so loved the world [cosmos] that He gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life." (John 3:16) God the Father sent his Son to be conceived and born of Miriam, a virgin woman betrothed to Joseph in Israel, through the work of the Holy Spirit. Jesus is the Son of man, born a Jew, who came to His own people, his own creation. Yet His own did not receive Him. He grew up in Nazareth, lived a life of perfect righteousness without sin, taught and healed multitudes, cast out demons, and performed miracles. He was crucified and died of His own free will, taking our sin and God's judgment for sin upon Himself, all according to the Old Testament scriptures. Through His sacrificial death and His shed blood on the cross, He gave eternal life to all who repent and believe in him. He rose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven, and is presently seated in glory as Lord and Christ (Messiah) at the Father's right hand. He will return from heaven to earth "as lightning flashes from east to west", seen by all, to His city, Jerusalem, with all power and glory as Ruler over the nations and cosmos, King of kings and Lord of lords. See Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, and Acts.

  7. Salvation is provided by God by grace through faith alone in Jesus Christ, and not by works. There is no other way that one can be saved than through faith in God's Son. This comes through regeneration (rebirth) by the Holy Spirit, repentance toward God, and belief in Jesus Christ alone as your risen Lord and Savior.

  8. One who has been saved, truly been born of God (born again), and belongs to Him cannot be lost. Of all those whom the Father has given His Son, He loses "not one of them." Not all who call Jesus Lord will enter the kingdom of heaven, but those who do the Father's will as He reveals it to them through His word.

  9. The Bible, consisting of the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments, is the Word of God, given by the inspiration of God. The Bible is the only infallibly written truth regarding all matters of faith and life to enlighten us to the knowledge of God and as to how we may glorify and enjoy Him.

  10. Holy, elect angels are continually ministering in heaven and among us as God directs them. Satan and demons are unholy, fallen angels who are evil, and they are real. Got created all cherubs, sarafs, and angels, including Lucifer, the most powerful cherub. Lucifer rebelled against God, taking many other angels with him. He and his angels (demons) were driven out of heaven down to earth. In the Bible he is called satan (meaning adversary) and the dragon. He, satan, is the enemy of God and mankind, and is the deceiver of the world. He manifests himself and seeks to entrap through the appearance of good, and often appears as an angel of light. His true purpose and practice is to steal, kill, and destroy. He is the source of all that is evil.

  11. God defeated and triumphed over satan through the death and the blood of His Son on the cross and His resurrection from the dead after three days. God, through his Son working in His believers, will defeat satan utterly, finally culminating in God's rule on earth through His Son, Jesus Christ (the Messiah). In the end, God will cast satan, satan's angels, and all belonging to him into "the lake of fire," where they will be tormented day and night forever. (Rev. 20:1-15.) Through the atoning work of Jesus Christ and the ministry of the Holy Spirit is salvation, healing, and deliverance for all who come to Jesus Christ in faith, who will enter into His glory forever. See Is. 14:12-20 (Called the "King of Babylon"), Ezek. 28:12-19 (Called the "King of Tyrus") and Rev. 12:7-12. And Rev. 20:1-15.

  12. At the end of the ages, there will be a Final Judgment. All who have been chosen by God from the beginning, who have responded to His offer of salvation in Jesus Christ will be resurrected and will reign with Him forever. This is the first resurrection.
    All those who have died without Christ, who have not responded to His offer of salvation will be brought to stand before Him "from whose face the earth and heaven fled away." They will be judged according to their works. They will then be cast into the lake of fire for eternity with Satan and his angels, which is called the second death. (This is the message given by Jesus in detail to John and in other places in Scripture, e.g. Rev. 20:1-15.)

    This will usher in a new heaven and new earth, and the new Jerusalem where "the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away."
    (Rev. 21:3-5)

    "For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea."
    (Hab. 2:14)

Who are You?

  1. You are a person created in God's image. You are a spiritual being. But you are dead even though you live, as God states it, because you are a descendant of Adam, who sinned and died. You need to be saved. You need a new birth. You need new life, eternal life. Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life," and "I am the resurrection and the life." You can only come to God, and obtain eternal life through God's Son, Jesus Christ. God makes you His new creation, His descendant, His child, through the death and resurrection of His Son, Jesus Christ. (John 1:10-13)

    Ask God to show you who Jesus is, and ask him to save you. It is God who grants you repentance and opens your heart to believe Him and respond to Him. Only God can open your heart to truly believe in His Son and be saved.
    (John 6:35-45,65) "If you confess with your mouth, Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you shall be saved" (Rom. 10:9,10) Here's what to do:

    1.Repent (turn from your own way to God), believe in, and receive Jesus Christ, the Messiah. You have sinned and fallen short of God's glory. You are perishing. But God so loved you, that He sent His very own Son to pay the full price for your sin by dying in your place and shedding His blood for you on the cross. 2. Confess openly that you believe in Jesus Christ as your Lord who saves you, that nothing and no one can save you but Him, and 3. Believe from your heart that God raised Him from the dead. (Read the accounts of
    His resurrection.) Please read these to see God's plan of salvation for you: Isaiah 52:13-53:12; John 1:10-13; John 3:1-18; John 5:21-24; John 6:26-29; John 14:1-6; Romans 3, 5 & 6; Rom. 10:9,10; and Eph. 2:8,9 OR All references together. 4. Get baptized. "Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit." Acts 2:37-39 (Baptism is an evidence of your salvation. Baptism in itself cannot save you. Only Jesus and faith in Him alone saves you. I Pet. 3:18-21; Eph 2:8,9)

    If you would like, you can pray this prayer.

    If you already consider yourself a Christian and you fit the description in
    Rev. 3:14-21, He is knocking at your door. "Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come into him, and sup with him and he with Me.

    If you come to this relationship with God through repentance and faith in Jesus Christ you are a new creation, being born again from God. The following is true of you now:

  2. You have received forgiveness of your sins, personal relationship with the Father through new birth, the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit, and eternal life. You will also find healing, restoration, deliverance, and your destiny and purpose through Him.

  3. Through new birth you have been baptized by the Holy Spirit into Jesus Christ and into his body (the true Church or "called out ones"). As you continue to seek Him, you will become baptized in and filled with the Holy Spirit. This will enable and empower you for obedience to Him. You will experience God's love, mercy, and grace. You will receive spiritual gifts and there will be accompanying signs, as the Holy Spirit sovereignty chooses, with power to preach and give witness to Jesus Christ, live for, and suffer with joy for Him. (1Cor. 12:11-31; Acts 4:18-33; Eph. 5:17-21) See also Mark 16; John 14:11-16; Acts 1:1-8; Acts 2; Acts 4; Rom. 12:6-8; 1Cor. 12-14; Eph. 4; 2 Tim. 3:12 OR All references together.

  4. Through baptism by/in the Holy Spirit into Jesus Christ, you have died, you are buried, and you are raised up with Christ, a new creation. This is the entire basis for your new life as a Christian. (Rom. 5-8; Gal 2:20) If you press on to know and follow Him you will grow in sanctification (holiness) and in the grace and love of Jesus Christ.

  5. You can be filled with the Holy Spirit and his power to live a godly, Christ-honoring life as befits the gospel of Jesus Christ and the Kingdom of God. The Holy Spirit gives you the power to live who you he made you to be in Christ through the new birth. As you walk by the Spirit, you will no longer carry out the desires of the flesh, but rather his desires in and for you, for his glory. (Gal 5:16-25) He will bless and reward you for letting him live his life through you. When you do fall or sin, He will not condemn you, turn you away, or leave you, for Jesus has cleansed you with His blood He shed for you on the cross. (Rom. 7 & 8, 2Tim. 2:13; 1John 2:1,2; Rev. 12:10,11) If you confess your sins, He is always faithful and just to forgive you and cleanse you from all unrighteousness! (1John 1:9) He will always instruct and restore you, if you will keep coming to him in confession and repentance.

  6. God's purpose for you is that you know Him, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His suffering. In this you will bear much fruit and glorify him. (Phil. 3:7-14) You will experience trials and persecution, but you will learn how to "count it all joy" to suffer with and experience intimacy with Christ.

  7. You will begin to engage and will overcome the enemy (satan) through Jesus Christ in you, by the power of the blood of Christ, by the working and power of the Holy Spirit, and by the application of the Word of God, with a passion for God and His name, honor, and glory.

Complete Text: KJV Bible (King James Version) NASB Bible (Modern English)

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