Who Is God
(Genesis 1: 1) "God created the heavens and the earth."
(Deuteronomy 6:4) "The Lord our God is one God."
(Isaiah 45:5-7) "I am the Lord and there is no other, there is no God other than me ... that there are none beside me. I am the Lord and there is no other. I created the light, and create darkness. I make peace, and create evil, I the Lord do all these things."
(Isaiah 46:9-10) "I am God and there is no other. I am God and there are none like me, declaring the end from the beginning. And declaring from ancient times the things that have not yet happened."
(John 4:24) "God is spirit, and to worship him you must worship him in spirit and in truth."
(Acts 17:24-26) "God made the world and all things within it, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelling not in temples made with hands. And has made of one blood all nations of men that dwell on the face of the earth. And has predetermined their appointed times, and the borders of their habitations."
(1 John 4:16) "God is love, and he that dwells in love dwells in God, and God in him."
What Does God Look Like, no one has seen the Father
Though no one has ever seen the Father, we are given clues as to his appearance.
(Genesis 1:27) "God created man in his own image,"
(Genesis 5:1) "In the day that God created man, God created him in his likeness."
(Exodus 33:17-23) "And the Lord said unto Moses, I will do this thing also that thou hast spoken: for thou hast found grace in my sight, and I know thee by name. And he said, I beseech thee, show me thy glory. And he said, I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the Lord before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy. And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live. And the Lord said, Behold, there is a place by me, and thou shall stand upon a rock: And it shall come to pass, while my glory passes by, that I will put thee in a clift of the rock, and will cover thee with my hand while I pass by: And I will take away mine hand, and thou shall see my back parts: but my face shall not be seen."
(Daniel 7:9) "I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wool: his throne was like the fiery flame, and his wheels as burning fire"
(John 1:18) "No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him."
(John 5:37) "And the Father himself, which hath sent me, hath borne witness of me. Ye have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his shape."
(John 6:46) "Not that any man hath seen the Father, save he which is of God, he hath seen the Father."
(1 Timothy 6:16) "Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen."
(1 John 4:12) "No man hath seen God at any time."
As for those scriptures that state individuals both saw and heard God, Genesis 23:30, Exodus 3:6, 33:17-23, Numbers 12:6-8, Joshua 5:13, 6:2, Judges 6:12-14, Isaiah 6:1-3, and Ezekiel 1:26, 2:4, it was not God the Father, but God the word who became the Christ.
What Is Gods Name
In the Hebrew language it is written . Nobody knows for sure how the name of God was originally pronounced. The language used in writing the Bible was Hebrew, and when the Hebrew language was written the writers wrote only consonants and not vowels. Hence, when they wrote God's name, they did the same thing and wrote only the consonants.
Different scholars have different ideas about how the name YHWH was originally pronounced.
It is evident that the original pronunciation of God's name is no longer known. Nor is it really important. If it were, then God himself would have made sure that it was preserved for us to use. The important thing is to use God's name according to its conventional pronunciation in our own language.
Most names found in Scripture reveal the inner character and nature of the one that bears them. The Bible reveals that God has many names and titles. We can better understand who God is when we study His names as used in Scripture.
OLD TESTAMENT NAMES
"Elohim" (Genesis 1:1) Elohim is the most common name that is translated as "God." Elohim comes from a root that means "strength, might, power." It is used over 2300 times. Elohim is unusual since it is plural. It can also be translated as "gods." Elohim can be combined with other words. When that happens different attributes of God are emphasized. Elohay Kedem God of the Beginning: (Deuteronomy 33:27). Elohay Tz'vaot God Of Hosts, or God of Armies: (2 Samuel 5:10). Elohay Mishpat God Of Justice: (Isaiah 30:18). Elohay Selichot God Of Forgiveness: (Nehemiah 9:17). Elohay Marom God Of Heights: (Micah 6:6). Elohay Mikarov God Who Is Near: (Jeremiah 23:23). Elohay Chasdi God Of My Kindness: (Psalm 59:11, 18). Elohay Mauzi God Of My Strength: (Psalm 43:2). Elohay Tehilati God Of My Praise: (Psalm 109:1). Elohay Yishi God Of My Salvation: (Psalm 18:47, 25:5). Elohay Elohim God Of Gods: (Deuteronomy 10:17). Elohay Tzur God Of Rock: (2 Samuel 22:47). Elohay Kol Basar God Of All Flesh: (Jeremiah 32:27). Elohay HaRuchot LeKol Basar God Of The Spirits Of All Flesh: (Numbers 16:22). Elohim Kedoshim Holy God: (Leviticus 19:2, Joshua 24:19). Elohim Chaiyim Living God: (Jeremiah 10:10). "EL" Is another name that is translated as "God." El is a simple form related to Elohim. It is used over 200 times. "El" is often combined with words that emphasize different attributes of God. El HaNe'eman The Faithful God: (Deuteronomy 7:9). El HaGadol The Great God: (Deuteronomy 10:17). El HaKadosh The Holy God: (Isaiah 5:16). El Yisrael The God Of Israel: (Psalm 68:36). El HaShamayim The God Of The Heavens: (Psalm 136:26). El Sali God Of My Rock: (Psalm 42:10). El Simchat Gili God The Joy Of My Exaltation: (Psalm 43:4). El Rah'ee The God Who Sees: (Genesis 16:13). El HaKavod The God Of Glory: (Psalm 29:3). El De'ot The God Of Knowledge: (1 Samuel 2:3). El Olam The God Of Eternity, or The God Of The Universe: (Genesis 21:33). El Emet The God Of Truth: (Psalm 31:6). El Emunah The Faithful God: (Deuteronomy 32:4). El Yeshuati The God Of My Salvation: (Isaiah 12:2). El Chaiyai The God Of My Life: (Psalm 42:9). El Echad The One God: (Malachi 2:10). El Rachum The God Of Compassion: (Deuteronomy 4:31). El Chanun The Gracious God: (Jonah 4:2). El Kana The Jealous God: (Deuteronomy 4:24) (Exodus 34:14). El Tzadik The Righteous God: (Isaiah 45:21). El Shaddai God The All Almighty/Powerful One: (Genesis 17:1). El Elyon The Most High God: (Genesis 14:18). El Yeshurun The God of Yeshurun: (Deuteronomy 33:26). El Gibor The Mighty God: (Isaiah 9:6). Immanu El God Is With Us: (Isaiah 7:14). "ELAH" Is another name that is translated as "God." It is used 70 times in the Scriptures. It can be combined with other words so that different attributes of God are emphasized. Elah Yerush'lem God of Jerusalem: (Ezra 7:19). Elah Yisrael God of Israel: (Ezra 5:1). Elah Sh'maya God of Heaven: (Ezra 7:23). Elah Sh'maya V'Arah God of Heaven and Earth: (Ezra 5:11). "ELOAH" Is the singular of Elohim. It is used 50 times in the Bible. It too is translated as "God." "YHVH" Is a name that is translated as "LORD." It is used over 5500 times, more than any other name for God. It is also referred to as the "Tetragrammaton", which means "The Four Letters" because it comes from four Hebrew letters: Yud, Hay, Vav, Hay.
This name comes from the Hebrew verb which means "to be." YHVH emphasizes God's absolute being.
Although some pronounce YHVH as Jehovah or Yaweh, we no longer know the proper pronunciation. The Jewish people stopped saying this name by the third century A.D. out of fear of violating the commandment "You shall not take the name of YHVH your God in vain" (Exodus 20:7). According to the rabbis, the Tetragrammaton may not be pronounced under any circumstances.
When YHVH is combined with other words the LORD's different attributes are emphasized.
YHVH Elohim LORD God: (Genesis 2:4). YHVH M'kadesh The LORD Who Makes Holy: (Ezekiel 37:28). YHVH Yireh The LORD Who Sees: (Genesis 22:14). YHVH Nisi The LORD My Miracle, or The LORD My Banner: (Exodus 17:15). YHVH Shalom The LORD Of Peace: (Judges 6:24). YHVH Tzidkaynu The LORD Our Righteousness: (Jeremiah 33:16). YHVH Rofehcha The LORD Who Heals You: (Exodus 15:26). YHVH Tz'vaot The LORD Of Armies: (1 Samuel 1:11). YHVH O'saynu The LORD our Maker: (Psalm 95:6). "YAH" Is a shortened form of YHVH. It means the same thing as YHVH, and is used approximately 40 times in the Scriptures. Yah appears primarily in the book of Psalms. It is also found in the compound word "hallelu-Yah", which means "praise Yah (the LORD)." "ADONAI" Is the rabbinic substitute for the Tetragrammaton. It can literally be translated as "my lord or lords." It is an emphatic form of the word "Adon", which means "master" or "lord." Adonai is usually translated as "Lord." It is used approximately 450 times. Adonay HaAdonim Lord Of The Lords: (Deuteronomy 10:17). "ADON" means "Lord": (Isaiah 10:33). The Lord God of your Fathers, the God Of Abraham, the God Of Isaac, And the God Of Jacob The Lord God of your Fathers, the God Of Abraham, the God Of Isaac, And the God Of Jacob (Exodus 3:15) I am who I am I am who I am, or, I will be what I will be (Exodus 3:14-15).
NEW TESTAMENT NAMES
Father (Matthew 6:9) Abba Father: (Romans 8:15) God The Father (2 Timothy 1:2) The Father Of Lights (James 1:17) The Father Of Glory (Ephesians 1:17) The Father Of Spirits (Hebrews 12:9) Father of Mercies (2 Corinthians 1:3) The God Of Our Fathers (Acts 7:32) God Of All Comfort (2 Corinthians 1:3) God Of Peace (Hebrews 13:20) The God Of Glory (Acts 7:2) The Living God (2 Corinthians 3:3, 6:16) The God Of Israel (Matthew 15:31) Lord God of Israel (Luke 1:68) Lord Almighty (2 Corinthians 6:18) The Almighty (Revelation 1:8) The Creator (Romans 1:25, 1 Peter 4:19) The Most High God (Hebrews 7:1) The Majestic Glory (2 Peter 1:17) The Majesty (Hebrews 1:3) The King Of The Nations (Revelation 15:3) The Lawgiver And Judge (James 4:12) The Eternal Immortal Invisible King (1 Timothy 1:17) A Consuming Fire (Hebrews 12:29)
God is a creator, creating is what he does. God is an entity, one being that is self existing, unlimited in space, in time, knowledge, and in power. Mankind has this need or desire to define things, yet God has no desire to be defined, for in that way we limit him, and God is limitless. And no one can truly grasp what God is because we are physical, and God is spiritual. God is also the head of a family, the God family, comprised of the Word which is the only begotten Son, Christ, and the Cherubs which include Satan, the Angels which include the fallen Angels now called Demons, and the chance for man once the spirit of God enters into that person, although one does not actually become a member of the God family until after their resurrection. God is spirit and truth, and as such this can be the only way in which we can worship him. His whole essence is that of love, love for creating, and love of his creations.
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