God Is A Spirit

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John 4:24

God is by nature a spirit, not an organism made of matter. In both Classical Hebrew and Koiné, the word spirit refers to wind or breath. This, however, does not mean that God is air, but that He is transcendent: His being consists of something that is beyond what is physical, beyond what we can see or touch (Job 23:9; John 3:6,12).

This transcendence of God is logical. If God created the heavens, the earth, and the waters (Genesis 1:1-2); that is, if He created the universe, with all its matter, energy, time, and space; then God’s nature must be transcendent because He exists and lives without needing any of these (for He existed and lived prior to these).

Moreover, we ought to keep in mind that although the Bible tells us other spirit beings exist (Colossians 1:16), God also transcends them: God created them, and they do not share all His attributes (inherently eternal, omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient, etc.). Thus, God is unique, and He alone is God.

Ponder

How does science define life, and does this scientific definition apply to God or not?

Read Genesis 1:26-27. How are we human beings both like God and different from God?

The Bible tells us that other spirit beings exist. What do you know about them? How are they both like God and unlike Him?

Why is God alone worthy of our worship, and why are these other spirit beings not worthy of our worship?

Pray

God, my God, you are transcendent, you are a spirit, you are wonderful! In all the universe, and in Heaven itself, there is none like you–you alone are God!

You are my God, and you alone I worship. You are my God, and in you alone I trust. You are my Creator, my Maker, my King, and my Redeemer.

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God Is All Powerful

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Luke 1:37

Reflect

In a single year (2016), the U.S. used a total of 3,902,000,000,000 kilowatt hours, that is 3,902 billion kilowatt hours. That is a lot of power! Nevertheless, it does not compare to the amount of power produced by the Sun in one second: 38,460 septillion watts! That is, 38,460, 000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 watts.

Now, the Sun is only one star of many. Just how many? Some scientists estimate a total of 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 stars in the universe.
Going by these numbers, how much power do all these stars produce in a year? And how much power have they produced in the time they have been? These numbers truly defy imagination!

And yet, the Bible tells us that God created all these stars (Genesis 1:16) and that He maintains all of them in existence by his power (Hebrews 1:13). How powerful God must be! He truly is all powerful!

Ponder

Close your eyes and picture a star. Do you see the star in your mind? Picture now a second star? Keep adding stars in your mind without losing a clear picture of them all.

Can you picture septillion stars?

What other works or miracles has God done, and how do these make His power seem even greater than the existence of the stars does?

What other verses of the Bible would you have used to prove that God is all powerful?

Some people challenge God’s omnipotence by stating God cannot lie or create another god greater than Himself. Are these challenges legitimate? Do they really limit God’s power?

How can we appropriately respond and relate to God’s overwhelming power?

Pray

God, Father, how much your power surpasses understanding! When I think about such power, I can only picture myself like a drop of water falling into the sun—I am consumed before ever reaching the surface. Who will not fear you? Who will not tremble before you? Who will not worship you? Anyone who does not bow before you will be like that drop of water.

Nevertheless, you invite me, through the grace of your Son Jesus Christ, to behold your glory, to come close to you, and to praise you for all eternity! How great and wonderful you are!

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God Is Eternal

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Psalm 90:2.

Reflect

God created the heavens, the earth, the oceans, and every living creature in them, including human beings. God created the stars, the galaxies, the universe, and all reality. Even time is God’s creation.

God existed long before He created any of them, and God will continue to exist long after they are gone: for there never was a time when God did not exist, nor will there ever be a time when God does not exist. God exists from eternity unto eternity.

God is eternal. For this reason, time is relative to Him: a thousand years are to Him like a day, or even like a fraction of a night. God is not subject to time.

Ponder

  • Why should God’s eternity cause us to feel awe before Him?
  • Why should God’s eternity motivate us to trust in God?
  • Does it make sense to believe that God had not beginning?

Pray

Lord, I am filled with fear and wonder when I reflect that you are eternal. I am not eternal, and nothing in nature is eternal; but you, Lord, are eternal (you alone!). I praise you for who you are, and I humble myself before you to worship you. I am encouraged to put my trust in you, who lives forever.

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