Simple Basics about God and the Bible

The Bible itself was not written by men, it was written by God through men

    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.
    ~ 2 Timothy 3:16-17

    “Knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.
    ~ 2 Peter 1:20-21

The various Bible writers lived at different times, some separated by hundreds of years. In many cases they were complete strangers to one another. Some were businessmen or traders, others were shepherds, fishermen, soldiers, physicians, preachers, kings-human beings from all walks of life. They served under different governments, and lived within contrasting cultures and systems of philosophy. But here is the wonder of it all: When the 66 books of the Bible with their 1,189 chapters made up of 31,173 verses are brought together (KJV), we find perfect harmony in the message they convey.
(From http://www.bibleinfo.com/en/questions/who-wrote-it )

“Thus says the Lord” occurs 418 times in the NASB, 413 in the KJV; and “God said” occurs 46 times in both the NASB and the KJV. (From http://carm.org/bible-inspired )

God was not created nor born, and God will live forever
God tells us that He exists “from everlasting to everlasting” meaning eternally in the past and eternally in the future, He has existed and will always exist. Think of a timeline with no ends in either direction.

    Before the mountains were brought forth, Or ever You had formed the earth and the world, Even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God. ~ Psalm 90:2

    I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End,” says the Lord, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty. ~ Revelation 1:8

In the beginning no one else existed – except that God was God in three parts: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit
We know that God the Father/Creator and God the Holy Spirt both existed at the time of creation based on what we read in Genesis.

    In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. ~ Genesis 1:1-2

We also know that Jesus Christ, also called the “Word of God”, was with God at the time of creation

    In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
    He was in the beginning with God.
    All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.
    In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.
    ~ John 1:1-4

And here we see that God created everything that exists, including angels and demons (demons were originally created as angels before their fall)

    For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.
    And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. ~ Colossians 1:16-17

Angels were created by God as servants of Him for a variety of jobs
Some are assigned the special job of being God’s messengers, some are protectors, some serve Him in His heavenly courts, others as warriors, some are used in judgment, and Michael as an Archangel is a protector and defender of Israel.

As a messenger and as a protector:

    Behold, I send an Angel before you to keep you in the way and to bring you into the place which I have prepared.
    Beware of Him and obey His voice; do not provoke Him, for He will not pardon your transgressions; for My name is in Him.
    But if you indeed obey His voice and do all that I speak, then I will be an enemy to your enemies and an adversary to your adversaries.
    For My Angel will go before you and bring you in to the Amorites and the Hittites and the Perizzites and the Canaanites and the Hivites and the Jebusites; and I will cut them off. ~ Exodus 23:20-23

As agents of God’s judgment:

    So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come forth, separate the wicked from among the just, and cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth.
    ~ Matthew 13:49-50

    And the angel answered and said to him, “I am Gabriel, who stands in the presence of God, and was sent to speak to you and bring you these glad tidings. ~ Luke 1:19

As warriors, particularly Michael the Archangel:

    And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought. ~ Revelation 12:7

    But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me twenty-one days; and behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left alone there with the kings of Persia.
    ~ Daniel 10:13

God needed no tools or help when He created the world
He is so almighty and powerful, He simply spoke it into existence.

    Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.
    Then God said, “Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.”
    Then God said, “Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear”; and it was so.
    Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth”; and it was so.
    ~ Genesis 1:3, 6, 9, 11

    By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, And all the host of them by the breath of His mouth.
    He gathers the waters of the sea together as a heap; He lays up the deep in storehouses.
    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.
    ~ Psalm 33:6-9

There are other Bible verses that say God created the earth in six days besides those in Genesis 1
(Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. So the evening and the morning were the sixth day. ~ Genesis 1:31)

    Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
    Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates.
    For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.
    ~ Exodus 20:8-11

Jesus even confirms that what Moses wrote in Exodus (above) is true:

    For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me; for he wrote about Me.
    But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My words?
    ~ John 5:46-47

God specially created each and every one of us
He created us in His image, and that makes us unique and special among all of His creation.

    Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
    So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. ~ Genesis 1:26-27

    But from the beginning of the creation, God ‘made them male and female.’
    ~ Mark 10:6

    For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb.
    I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well.
    My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. ~ Psalm 139:13-15

God is Omnipotent, Omnipresent, and Omniscient
“Is God omnipotent, omnipresent and omniscient? In answering such questions, we should always begin with another question: ‘What does the Bible teach on these matters?’ If our beliefs are not rooted in God’s inspired word, they are not beliefs worth having!” ~ Wallace Smith

Omnipotent – God is all-powerful

    And I heard, as it were, the voice of a great multitude, as the sound of many waters and as the sound of mighty thunderings, saying, “Alleluia! For the Lord God Omnipotent reigns!
    ~ Revelation 19:6

Omnipresent – God is everywhere

    Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence?
    If I ascend into heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there.
    If I take the wings of the morning, And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
    Even there Your hand shall lead me, And Your right hand shall hold me.
    ~ Psalm 139:7-10

Omniscient – God knows everything

    Indeed, the darkness shall not hide from You, But the night shines as the day; The darkness and the light are both alike to You.
    ~Psalm 139:12

    Would not God search this out? For He knows the secrets of the heart.
    ~ Psalm 44:21

The world and everything in it
My money, my car, my house, City Hall, the White House, the city of Spokane, the state of Washington, my wife, my kids, my mom and my dad, the sun, the moon, the stars, and me – everything belongs to God. Why? He made it all.

    A Psalm of David. The earth is the LORD’s, and all its fullness, The world and those who dwell therein.
    For He has founded it upon the seas, And established it upon the waters.
    ~ Psalm 24:1-2

    Indeed heaven and the highest heavens belong to the LORD your God, also the earth with all that is in it.
    ~ Deuteronomy 10:14

    Yours, O LORD, is the greatness, The power and the glory, The victory and the majesty; For all that is in heaven and in earth is Yours; Yours is the kingdom, O LORD, And You are exalted as head over all.
    ~ 1 Chronicles 29:11

God made the earth beautiful so that it could glorify Him, and also because He loves us

    Praise the LORD! Praise the LORD from the heavens; Praise Him in the heights!
    Praise Him, all His angels; Praise Him, all His hosts!
    Praise Him, sun and moon; Praise Him, all you stars of light!
    Praise Him, you heavens of heavens, And you waters above the heavens!
    Let them praise the name of the LORD, For He commanded and they were created.
    ~ Psalm 148:1-5

    For you shall go out with joy, And be led out with peace; The mountains and the hills Shall break forth into singing before you, And all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. ~ Isaiah 55:12

“…Turn to Genesis 2 and see what we can see. The first thing to notice is that the beauty and goodness and lavishness of creation is God’s idea. The trees are described as pleasant to the sight and good for food. Then God says, ‘You may eat from every tree, except that one.’ One ‘No’ in a world full of yes. Beautiful trees, tasty fruit, a party in your mouth—and it’s all for you, with divine endorsement.”
(From http://www.hopeingod.org/sermon/why-god-created-world )

God’s “rules”
God creates rules and laws for our benefit, our good, our protection, and for His glory.

    Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, The Holy One of Israel: “I am the LORD your God, Who teaches you to profit, Who leads you by the way you should go.
    Oh, that you had heeded My commandments! Then your peace would have been like a river, And your righteousness like the waves of the sea.
    ~ Isaiah 48:17-18

None of us can follow the rules and laws perfectly. Therefore, we have what the Bible calls sin which leads to eternal death (or separation from God).

We cannot be saved from eternal death by following the rules, rather only by faith in Jesus Christ.

    For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.
    For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
    ~ Ephesians 2:8-10

    And he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”
    So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.” ~ Acts 16:30-31

Have you been saved by Jesus? God made it so easy! Simply talk to God and tell Him you believe in Jesus, and ask Him to save you.

Also take a look at From Useless Things to Mercies and Manna

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5 thoughts on “Simple Basics about God and the Bible

  1. Where did you get it from that “God was God in three parts: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit”. According to the Holy Scriptures there exists only One True God of gods to Whom we should give honour. Nowhere in the Bible you will find the trinity or saying that Jesus is the Divine Creator God. God Who does not tell lies said about the Nazarene Jew “This is my only begotten beloved son”. Jesus is the son of God but not god the son, a whole difference.

    • Though the Bible never uses the word “trinity”, the Bible is extremely clear that Jesus is not only the Son of God but He is also one with God the Father and the Holy Spirit. As a matter of fact, when reading through the Bible in its entirety there can really be no confusion that this is what it says. Here are a few verses for your consideration:

      John 1:1 – In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

      John 1:14 – And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

      John 10:30 – I and [my] Father are one.

      Isaiah 9:6 – For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

      John 20:28 – And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.

      John 8:58 – Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.

      Hebrews 1:8 – But unto the Son [he saith], Thy throne, O God, [is] for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness [is] the sceptre of thy kingdom.

      Titus 2:13 – Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;

      Colossians 1:16 – For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether [they be] thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:

      Colossians 2:9 – For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.

      John 1:3 – All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

      1 Timothy 3:16 – And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.

      John 14:10 – Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.

      John 14:9 – Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou [then], Shew us the Father?

      1 John 5:7 – For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.

      Thank you for asking!

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