I have been studying and teaching Bible doctrine for over 48 years and the shepherding teacher for home based Churches. Sola Scriptura
Our God is the God of the Impossible
God Almighty has three attributes that the gods of mythology do not possess: omnipotence, omnipresence, and omniscience. These three are best illustrated within the Godhead; the Trinity. Without understanding these characteristics of God, it leads to the failure of the churches to teach and believe in the absolute sovereignty of God; creating a void that allows the doctrines of men to supersede the Word.
Omnipotence - all powerful.
- God the Father - Job exclaimed in chapter 42:2 - no plan of God can be thwarted. The Psalmist in 115:3 tells us that God does whatever pleases Him. Isaiah 44:24 everything was created by Him. Per Jeremiah 32:27 nothing exists that is too difficult for God. “For with God, nothing shall be impossible.”
- God the Son - All authority has been given to Jesus found in Matthew 28:18. Jesus is the chief in all authority and power. Hebrews 1:3 sustains all things by His power. He is the Alpha and Omega, the Almighty.
- God the Holy Spirit - He is called the Spirit of counsel and power in Isaiah 11:2. God’s reply to Zechariah in chapter 4:6 “... not by might or power [of man] but by my Spirit says the Lord of hosts.”
Omnipresence - God is everywhere simultaneously.
- God the Father - He is our refuge and strength, always present in times of trials; a source of comfort for His own - Psalm 46:1 Per Jeremiah 23:23 God is always at hand and never afar off. Nothing in all of creation is hidden from His sight for as Hebrews 4:13 puts it; “ … all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of Him…” to whom all will give an account.
- God the Son - Psalm 145:18 “The Lord is nigh unto all them that call upon Him …” Where two or three are gathered in His name; He is there. Matthew 18:20 We have His promise in Matthew 28:20 that He is with us always.
- God the Holy Spirit - Where can anyone go where the Spirit does not abide; heaven, hell or on the far side of the sea? Psalm 139:7-10 We, the born-again believers, have the promise that the Spirit will dwell within us forever. John 14:16-17
Omniscience - all knowing.
- God the Father - A profound testimony of Job 12:14 “With Him is wisdom and strength, he hath counsel and understanding.” God knows our thoughts and our words before we speak; knows our needs before we ask; He imparts His wisdom to the wise and to all who seek His counsel. If our hearts should condemn us, God is greater for He knows everything. 1 John 3:20
- God the Son - As the judge of man and creation, He will give to every man according to their ways, for He has searched their deceitful hearts. Jeremiah 17:9-10 He knew the thoughts and intentions of the hearts of all men for all things were committed unto Him by the Father and only He knew the Father. Matthew 11:27 The churches of Revelation chapters 2 and 3 fell under His watchful eye for our instruction in righteousness.
- God the Holy Spirit - John says it best in chapter 14:26 “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in My name, He shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said to you.” What God the Father knows, our Lord knows and what the Lord knows, the Holy Spirit knows; for they are one.
Most churches will intellectually acknowledge these three attributes but many reject the teaching of the Trinity. Many do not believe that Jesus is God Almighty, though the scriptures declare it to be so. They make out Christ to be a prophet at best and relegate the Spirit to an attribute of the Father. It seems they do not consider that blasphemy of the Father and Jesus are forgivable, whereas blasphemy of the Holy Spirit is not forgivable. A few teach that Jesus and the Father are one, but also shelve the Holy Spirit to be a function of the work of God. Pandora’s box is then opened as the doctrines of men begin to supersede the Word of God when it comes to the battleground of the sovereignty of God.
The Word declares the absolute sovereignty of God
A small sample from the Word of God:
- Numbers 23:19 "God is not a man that He should lie; neither the son of man that He should repent.
- Isaiah 55:11 "So shall my Word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto Me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it."
- Psalm 119:89 "Forever, O Lord, thy Word is settled in heaven."
- Proverbs 1:7 "The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction."
- Matthew 4:4 "...It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God."
- Hebrews 12:2a "Looking unto Jesus the Author and Finisher of our faith:..."
Reality or Just a Myth
Does the world see God as a reality in your life?
Being that we are very emotional creatures, we need every tool at our disposal to balance out our emotions with some Spock-like logic. We, as Christians have a tendency to live and act by what another person in which we have strong confidence writes, preaches or teaches. The Bible commends those who search out the Scriptures to prove the validity of another's teaching, using the written Word as the final authority. Having the written Word at hand helps us not to take Scripture out of context and as 2 Peter 1:20 states "...no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation.", to keep everything in perspective. That which I write and teach is open to reproof and correction, when another rightly uses the Word in its entirety as their basis. We must have a teachable spirit about us; sadly I find this lacking in many believers and social media has become a haven for the unteachable.
Having stated the above, one needs to ask themselves these questions. Is your God who He says He is or the product of a doctrine that places your will above that of God's will? If you say you can 'unfriend' God and negate your salvation, haven't you made yourself more powerful than God? If your works could not save you, why would you think your massively imperfect works this side of heaven will keep you saved? What future sins were not paid for completely on the cross? Does God have an escape clause, because He really is not omniscient? Is He powerless to hold on to that which He has purchased? Do you become free of the guilt of sin because the Holy Spirit, which sealed you, has packed His bags and departed?
Remember the prodigal son: while he was living a godless life away from his father ... he was still the father's child and loved by the father. When he returned with a repentant heart, he not only was received with joy, he had become a much wiser son. Even in a rebellious heart, the will of God will be done. Anyone and everyone that teaches that one must walk a perfect path to keep their salvation is either deceived or a liar, a wolf in sheep's clothing.