The Pryor Times

November 8, 2012

There is one true God

Evangelist, Chouteau Hills Church of Christ
Steve Lay

PRYOR — Throughout the ages, man has worshiped various idols, stars, and other things.  But there is only one true and living God.  Deuteronomy 4:35 says that the Lord Himself is God and there is none other besides Him.  God said in Isaiah 44:6, “Besides Me there is no God.”  And Paul added in I Timothy 2:5, “For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus.”

    Since it is a fact that something cannot come from nothing, it must also be true that something has always existed.  It is also a fact that life must come from life.  The logical conclusion is that what has always existed is God, who is alive and is powerful enough to create this universe in which we live.

    The very first verse of the Bible says, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”  This is talking about the beginning of time.  God has always existed, even before time (as we know it).  God could certainly say, “Before the beginning, I AM!”

God is omnipotent or all-powerful.  His great power can be seen in that He created this universe simply by speaking it into existence.  The Bible says in Psalm 33:8-9, “Let all the earth fear the LORD; let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him.  For He spoke, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast.”  Jeremiah told God in Jeremiah 32:17, “There is nothing too hard for You.”  And the angel Gabriel told Mary in Luke 1:37, “For with God nothing will be impossible.”

If people were asked to describe God in one word, probably the number one answer would be “Love.”  That is the way God is described in I John 4:8.  How fortunate we are that God is love!  He demonstrated His love for us by giving His Son Jesus to die for our sins.  No one deserves God’s love, for we have all sinned and thus fall short of His glory (Romans 3:23).  Paul tells us that Christ died for the ungodly, and that God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.  As the apostle John wrote, we ought to love Him because He first loved us.

Even though humans are foolish and disobedient, God is kind to us and willing to forgive us.  He extends his grace and mercy to all men.  If we are willing to repent and obey Him, He will freely forgive us.  Psalm 145:8 says, “The Lord is gracious and full of compassion, slow to anger and great in mercy.”

But God also demands that we acknowledge Him as God.  He says in Psalm 46:10, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”  The wise man, Solomon, wrote in Ecclesiastes 12:13, “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: fear God and keep His commandments, for this is man's all.”  When people do not acknowledge Him as God, they will have to face the wrath of God (Romans 1:18-32).  Hebrews 10:31 says that it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

Many people fail to realize that God is also a consuming fire (Hebrews 12:29).  God will one day take vengeance on those who do not know Him and on those who do not obey the gospel of Jesus Christ (2 Thessalonians 1:7-9).  We are warned in Hebrews 2 that under the Old Law, every transgression and disobedience received a just reward.  In other words, God punished every disobedience.  God does not change (Malachi 3:6).  So, as the writer of Hebrews asks, “How shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him?”

God is God!  Recognize His awesomeness, and be obedient to Him!