God’s existence and loving nature are evident in the world around us1. He is better understood by seeing how He is described in the Bible. However, since God is infinite, He is beyond our understanding2. The Bible tells us there is one God3, but describes Him as existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit4.
God the Father - He is Father over creation5 and all people6. He has a special fatherly relationship with Jesus7 and those who have trusted in Jesus8.
God the Son - Jesus is the Son of God9. When He became human, He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of Mary, a virgin10. Though He was
fully human11, He was fully God12 at the same time and never did anything sinful. He was executed on a cross to pay the penalty for the sins of all people13. Three days after His death, He rose from the dead to establish that those who have trusted in Jesus will rise to eternal life14. Jesus returned to Heaven15 and has been given a place of honor where He represents us before the Father16. Someday He will return to take those who have trusted Him for forgiveness of their sins to Heaven with Him17. Later, He will return to the Earth to judge all people and rule the Earth18.
God the Holy Spirit - The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God and is fully God19. Although He was active prior to Jesus’ return to Heaven20, He began working in new ways after that event that are both predicted by Jesus21 and described by His followers. Today, God sends the Holy Spirit to live in everyone who has trusted Jesus22. It is through the Holy Spirit that God influences people in an unseen way. Living in us, He teaches us21; prays with us23; directs us24; assigns us work25; gives us new life26; guarantees our eternity with God27; and brings about positive changes in our attitudes28. The Holy Spirit also gives us special abilities to accomplish His work29. For the Holy Spirit to best do His work in us, we must give Him complete control
of our lives30. The Holy Spirit is also active in the world helping all people see that they need forgiveness from their sins21. Miraculous Languages - During the transitional period from the Old Testament into the New Testament, God demonstrated that the words of Jesus’ early followers were from God by performing many confirming miracles. This included a miraculous ability to speak in known languages that were unknown to the speaker. This ability was never common to all followers of Jesus or necessary to demonstrate the Holy Spirit’s presence in a person31.
Descriptions of God’s character include loving32, holy33, and never changing34. His abilities include knowing everything35, being everywhere in Heaven and Earth at the same time36, able to do anything37, and always existing38. God created everything39; God holds everything together40; and everything exists to bring Him pleasure41. Everything we do should bring glory to God42.
1) Romans 1:18-20; 2) Psalm 145:3; 3) Deuteronomy 6:4; 4) Matthew 28:19; 5) Ephesians 3:14-15; 6) Acts 17:28-29; 7) John 3:16; 8) John 1:12; 9) Luke 1:35; 10) Matthew 1:18; 11) Hebrews 2:14; 12) John 1:1-2; 13) 2 Corinthians 5:21; 14) 1 Corinthians 15:20-23; 15) Acts 1:9-11; 16) Romans 8:34; 17) John 14:2-3; 18) Matthew 25:31-34; 19) Isaiah 6:8-9 with Acts 28:25-26; 20) Genesis 1:2 and 41:38; 21) John 14:16-26, 16:7-15; 22) John 7:37-39; 23) Romans 8:26; 24) Galatians 5:18; 25) Acts 13:2; 26) John 3:5-6; 27) Ephesians 4:30; 28) Galatians 5:22-23; 29) 1 Corinthians 12:1-7; 30) Ephesians 5:18; 31) 1 Corinthians 12:30; 32) 1 John 4:8; 33) 1 Peter 1:16; 34) Malachi 3:6; 35) Psalm 147:4, 5; 36) Psalm 139:7-10; 37) Matthew 19:26; 38) Psalm 90:2; 39) Genesis 1:1; 40) Colossians 1:17; 41) Revelation 4:11; 42) 1 Corinthians 10:31