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The Nature of God


 

God is Eternal

God is eternal:  God had an origin:  
Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.  Psalms 90:2 God came from Teman, the Holy One from Mount Paran.   Habakkuk 3:3

The second passage has sometimes been taken as a singular passage indicating that God had a time and place of origin.  This passage actually indicates the wonderful signs and miracles of God that the Israelites witness in connection with the giving of the law.  Teman and Paran are (or were) regions to the south of Palestine.  This is evident in the parallel text of Deuteronomy 33:2, "He said: 'The LORD came from Sinai and dawned over them from Seir; he shone forth from Mount Paran. He came with myriads of holy ones from the south, from his mountain slopes."

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God is Spirit

God is a spirit God has a material body
"Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a spirit does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have."  Luke 24:39

"God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth."  John 4:24
 

When the LORD finished speaking to Moses on Mount Sinai, he gave him the two tablets of the Testimony, the tablets of stone inscribed by the finger of God.  Exodus 31:18

He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.  Psalms 91:4

His splendor was like the sunrise; rays flashed from his hand, where his power was hidden.    Habakkuk 3:4

These passages, which depict God as having hands, fingers, wings, feathers, and the like, are simply metaphors and hyperboles.  "Finger of God" is His direct Agency. 

 

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God is One

God is One Plurality of gods
"Hear O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord."  Deuteronomy 6:4

"See now that I even I am he, and there is no god with me."  Deuteronomy 32:39

"I am the Lord, and there is none else, there is no God besides me." Isaiah 14:5

"And this is life eternal, that they might know thee, the only true God."          John 17:3

"But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him."  1 Corinthians 8:6

"And God said, Let us make man in our image after our likeness."  Genesis 1:26

"And the Lord God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil."  Genesis 3:22

"And the Lord appeared unto him in the plans of Mamre:  and he sat in the tent door in the heat of the day;  and he lifted up his eyes and looked, and lo, three men stood by him; and when he saw them, he ran to meet them from the tent door, and bowed himself toward the ground, and said, 'My Lord, if now I have found favor in thy site.'"  Genesis 18:1-3

"Worship him, all ye gods." Psalms 97:7

With regards to the two passages from Genesis, some Biblical scholars differ in their opinions on the plural form.  Some hypothesize that the plural form is meant to infer a plural of majesty, excellence, or power.  Others feel it refers to the triune nature of God - three persons in one God.  And still others are of the opinion that God is speaking of the heavenly host of angels.  Of the third passage from Genesis, Abraham sees three men.  Yet of these, he is obviously able to distinguish his Lord, and address Him specifically.  The other beings are probably angels. 

While specific interpretations of the passage in Psalms differ somewhat, all conclude that the "gods" referred to are subservient to God (Elohim).  Some view this as a reference to judges and magistrates in the land, while others interpret this to mean false gods.

 

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