Who is God? The Creator and sovereign Lord
People need to know who God is and where they stand in relation
God exists. He is the Creator. Because He made us, we are totally
dependent upon Him. He can do as He pleases. He is in charge
of the universe.
"In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth."
“Ah Lord GOD! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth
by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing
too hard for thee:” (Jeremiah 32:17)
“He hath made the earth by his power, he hath established
the world by his wisdom, and hath stretched out the heaven
by his understanding.” (Jeremiah 51:15)
“The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth
his handywork.” (Psalm 19:1)
God is the sovereign ruler of the universe. He is the King
“O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!
who hast set thy glory above the heavens.” (Psalm
“Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens; let thy glory be
above all the earth” (Psalm 57:5)
"But our God is in the heavens:
he hath done whatsoever he hath pleased." (Psalm 115:3)
"I blessed the most High,
and I praised and honoured him that liveth for ever, whose
dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom is
from generation to generation: And all the inhabitants of
the earth are reputed as nothing: and he doeth according
to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants
of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him,
What doest thou?" (Daniel 4:34-35)
"In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated
according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after
the counsel of his own will:" (Ephesians 1:11)
can God be sovereign and man be free?
"That God predestines, and
that man is responsible, are two things that few can see.
They are believed to be inconsistent and contradictory;
but they are not. It is just the fault of our weak judgment.
Two truths cannot be contradictory to each other. If, then,
I find taught in one place that everything is fore-ordained,
that is true; and if I find in another place that man is
responsible for all his actions, that is true; and it is
my folly that leads me to imagine that two truths can ever
contradict each other. These two truths, I do not believe,
can ever be welded into one upon any human anvil, but one
they shall be in eternity: they are two lines that are so
nearly parallel, that the mind that shall pursue them farthest,
will never discover that they converge; but they do converge,
and they will meet somewhere in eternity, close to the throne
of God, whence all truth doth spring." (Charles H.
Spurgeon, New Park Street Pulpit, 4:337)
As Creator, God is worthy of man’s worship.
"Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power:
for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they
are and were created." (Revelation 4:11)
God is holy. He never sins. He always does what is right.
one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the
LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory."
"For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity,
whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place,
with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to
revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart
of the contrite ones." (Isaiah 57:15)
"But your iniquities have separated between you and your God,
and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not
hear." (Isaiah 59:2)
"But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all
manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy;
for I am holy."
(1 Peter 1:15-16)
"Who shall not fear
thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? for thou only art holy:
for all nations shall come and worship before thee; for
thy judgments are made manifest." (Revelation 15:4)
God loves us. He wants to have a friendly relationship with
us. He wants us to be saved and has provided the means of
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten
Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish,
but have everlasting life." (John 3:16)
"But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were
yet sinners, Christ died for us." (Romans 5:8)
"The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count
slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing
that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance."
(2 Peter 3:9)