So what is God like?
First, God is able to do all that He wills to do. Nothing is too hard for God, and He upholds all things by the word of His power. Both the Old and New Testaments speak of God’s almighty power and that all things are possible for Him. Genesis 17 and 18, Isaiah 44, Matthew 19:23-26, Ephesians 1-3, Hebrews 1.
God is able to do all He wills to do because He is all powerful, but His character determines how that power is used. God’s power is used according to His character, self-control, and self-restraint. We do not force God’s hand. He doesn’t do everything we ask Him to do or everything He can do. He does what He chooses based on His non-contradictory nature. Numbers 23, Psalm 115, Proverbs 16:32, Hebrews 6:13-20.
God’s power is controlled by His character. God established a created order that is in keeping with His character. God does not and will not change the past. God does change the present and He forgives. If we want to see God’s power in our lives, we need to pray for what is in His character, not for things that are contradictory.
God is not only all powerful, but He is all knowing. God knows all things. His knowledge is full and complete. God knows all of our ifs, ands, and buts. God knows all about us, inside and out. God does not merely fact gather. He knows because this is His creation, and He knows the best way to accomplish His purpose. Psalm 147, Isaiah 46, Matthew 10:26-32, Matthew 16:5-9, Acts 2:22-25, Acts 15:6-11, Romans 11:33-35.
Also, God is all present. God is in a place, but is not limited to a place. There is no place we can go where God is not. We cannot run from Him, nor escape Him. Genesis 28:10-17, Psalm 139, Jeremiah 23:23-24, Acts 17:22-31.
Jesus would tell the woman at the well that the place is not the most important thing for connecting with God, but that we connect with Him in spirit and truth. We can always pray and expect God to hear us because God is always present.
This is part 2 of the second lesson in a twelve part series on Basic Theology. Each part is broken into two half-hour sections. These recordings are part of a series called Theologoumenon. They were recorded by Dr. Bush so that people in the churches, not just in seminary classrooms, could have easy access to lessons in basic theology.
1. The Word of God (part 1 – part 2)
2. God the Creator (part 1 – part 2)
3. God the Redeemer (part 1 – part 2)
4. Redemption (part 1 – part 2)
5. The Holy Spirit and His Gifts (part 1 – part 2)
6. The Trinity (part 1 – part 2)
7. The Doctrine of Sin Part 1 (part 1 – part 2)
8. The Doctrine of Sin Part 2 (part 1 – part 2)
9. Salvation (part 1 – part 2)
10. Doctrine of the Church (part 1 – part 2)
11. Last Things (part 1 – part 2)
12. How to Recognize Heresy (part 1 – part 2)