And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.
If eternal life is knowing God, what is He like? Can we learn His character and know how He will behave towards us? Can we hear and recognize His voice and can we know for sure which circumstances in our lives come from Him?
The Bible tells is that we can know God and understand His nature. He has revealed Himself in Scripture and in the person of Jesus. We are living in the time of the New Covenant, which is God’s full revelation of His intentions for mankind. All previous covenants where a part of the journey that prepared man for his redemption from sin through Jesus the Messiah.
God’s true nature and character are revealed to us through His written Word and through the Word (God) that became flesh and dwelt among us, Jesus (John 1:1-5, 1:14).
God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become so much better than the angels, as He has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.
He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins. He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.
Philip said to Him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us.”Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works.
We can read the stories of Jesus’ life in the Gospel Books of Matthew, Mark , Luke and John and see God in action through the person of Jesus. I encourage you to read these Gospels with new eyes, taking note of how Jesus acts and responds in every situation. Through this you can see God’s nature and character!
Some characteristics of God:
- God is totally good and is not the initiator of evil
- God is love
- God can be trusted
- God is not holding your sins against you
- God is a healer
- God speaks, we can know His will and hear His voice
God is totally good and is not the initiator of evil
Good things are from God and bad things are the work of the devil. God does not initiate evil things to teach us a lesson. God seeks to guide and teach us through His Word and through the Holy Spirit. If you are a parent, you would never give your children cancer or cause them to go financially bankrupt to teach them a lesson. You love your children and want only good things for them. Why then do people think that our father God is less loving towards His children than we are to ours?
The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.
1 John 1:5
This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning
Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone.
God is love
God not only loves us but He is the very definition of love. God loves totally and unconditionally. God is not like men who love to be loved or who love for what they can get. God loves us even if we hate Him and never love Him back.
1 John 4:8
He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved),
1 John 4:9-11
In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
God can be trusted
This may seem a strange thing to say, but many Christians do not trust God. They do not trust that He will be constantly good to them. They do not trust that He will consistently intervene on their behalf and they do not trust that His behavior will be in their best interests.
There is this feeling that God is totally in control and He will do whatever He wants and we will never or seldom understand why. In this thinking, we are reduced to helpless pieces in a chess board being moved around and sacrificed as God wants.
In Psalm 138:2 we see that God places His Word above His name. His name Yahweh/Jehovah means “I Am”. God is subjecting Himself to His Word. He will never act contrary to His Word.
I will worship toward Your holy temple, And praise Your name For Your lovingkindness and Your truth; For You have magnified Your word above all Your name.
My covenant I will not break, Nor alter the word that has gone out of My lips
“God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?
Your faithfulness endures to all generations; You established the earth, and it abides.
2 Timothy 2:13
If we are faithless, He remains faithful; He cannot deny Himself.
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.
God is not holding your sins against you
God is not keeping score of your sins. When you are born-again, you are a new creation and God forgets your sins. God see’s you pure and righteous because you are in Jesus.
that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him. For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord,
“This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the LORD: I will put My laws into their hearts, and in their minds I will write them,” then He adds, “Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.”
As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us.
2 Corinthians 5:21
For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
God is a healer
God is a healer and it’s always His will to heal! It takes a distortion of Scripture to come to any other conclusion. Sickness is a curse and health is a blessing, sickness is not a “blessing in disguise”. If you want to get a clear definition of what God thinks is a curse and that He thinks is a blessing, read Deuteronomy 28 where He defines blessings and curses for the nation of Israel.
But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.
When evening had come, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed. And He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying: “He Himself took our infirmities And bore our sicknesses.”
1 Peter 2:21-24
For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps: “Who committed no sin, Nor was deceit found in His mouth”; who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously; who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed.
Jesus always healed those that came to Him without exception.
Bless the Lord, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases,
God speaks, we can know His will and hear His voice
God speaks to His children, both through His written Word and through the Holy Spirit to our spirit. We can hear His voice and get guidance and wisdom in this world.
My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.
So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.
2 Timothy 3:16-17
All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.
But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye. Do not be like the horse or like the mule,
Which have no understanding, Which must be harnessed with bit and bridle, Else they will not come near you.