Bible Basics (5th edition): A study manual revealing the joy and peace of true Christianity

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Who is God?
“This is eternal life, that they may know You,the only true God”
JOHN 17:3
Who is God?
God does Exist

A tall order for the atheist admittedly – but the Bible gives us plenty of convincing evidence that God does indeed exist.  In addition to this “intellectual” evidence, is “experiential” evidence – believers can see God at work in their own lives.

Examining the intricate structure of our bodies (Psalm 139:14), the evident design in a flower, gazing up into the vastness of space on a clear night, these and countless other careful reflections on life surely make atheism incredible.  To believe that there is no God, and that everything and everyone we see around us came from nothing and no-one, is against all the laws of probability.  Surely this requires more faith than to believe that He exists.  Without God there is no order, purpose or ultimate explanation in the universe, and this will, therefore, be reflected in the life of the atheist.

There is Only One God:
The Explosion of the Trinity Myth

Deuteronomy 6:4,5 states:  “The LORD our God, the LORD is one!  You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength”.  So the LORD’s unity is strongly linked with His being our God, the sole Lord and unrivalled Master of His people.  It was the unity of God, and the imperative from it to love Him with all the heart, which was programmatic for the Jews’ daily living.  This is why it was Jewish practice to recite these words several times a day, and also on their deathbed.

If there is only “one” God, as this passage clearly maintains, where does this leave the popular doctrine of the trinity?  The trinity is one of the greatest false doctrines of all time, in its claim that there are three “persons” in the Godhead.  The word trinity is never even found in the Bible.  The Bible teaches that God is the Father of the Lord Jesus Christ, and that the Holy Spirit is His special power.  Three separate entities – not “three in one” – as the confusing doctrine of the trinity would have us believe.

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God is from Everlasting to Everlasting

See what Habakkuk 1:12 builds upon the fact of God’s everlasting nature:  “Are You not from everlasting, O LORD my God, my Holy One?  We shall not die”.  If we truly believe that we are His people, not those of this world, and that we are truly part of His eternal family, then His eternity becomes a guarantee of our eternal salvation.

God is the Creator

Because of God’s awesome creation and the power of the Word that formed it all, we should likewise stand in awe of Him and recognize the power of His word (Psalm 33:6-9).  Because we are created in God’s image; the structure of our very bodies is an imperative to give ourselves totally to His cause (Matthew 22:19-21).  Whatever bears God’s image – i.e. our very bodies – must be given to Him.  “It is He who made us, and (therefore) we are His (Psalm 100:3 NIV).  We must be His in practice because He is our Creator.  So it is not that we merely believe in creation rather than evolution; more than this, such belief in creation must elicit a life given over to that creator.

God Sees and Knows All Things,
Through His Spirit

The Old Testament character of Job knew this, and therefore he commented, it was impossible that he would lust after a woman, if he really believed (as he claimed he did) that God was omniscient:


Likewise God had to remind Israel:

"Can any hide himself in secret places, so I shall not see him?” (Jeremiah 23:24)

The context is appealing to the people to quit their sins.  We should labour to enter the Kingdom, because God knows absolutely our every thought and action of ours and will ultimately judge them (Hebrews 4:11-13).

God is a Real, Personal Being

“An ‘impersonal God’ – well and good.  A subjective God of beauty, truth and goodness, inside our own heads – better still.  A formless life-force surging through us, a vast power which we can tap – best of all.  But God Himself, alive, pulling at the other end of the cord, perhaps approaching at an infinite speed, the hunter, king, husband – that is quite another matter.  There comes a moment when the children who have been playing at burglars hush suddenly:  was that a real footstep in the hall?  There comes a moment when people who have been dabbling in religion suddenly draw back.  Supposing we really found Him?” (C.S. Lewis, Miracles).  But the personal reality of God is startling and gripping and eternally demanding.

God is a real person, as the following points prove:





The personality of God is, therefore, related to the Gospel of the Kingdom.  There can be no sensible concept of worship, religion or personal relationship with God therefore until it is appreciated that God is a real being and that we are made in His image.  We need to develop His mental likeness now, so that we may be made fully like Him in the Kingdom of God.
What Does This Mean for Me?

There is a vast difference between having a vague notion that there is a higher power, and actually being certain of what He is offering in return for faithful service to Him.  Hebrews 11:6 makes this point, we “must believe that He (God) is” AND “that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him”.

An awareness within us that there is a God, does not mean that we are automatically acceptable to God.  If we seriously agree that we really do have a creator, we should “therefore keep His… commandments” (Deuteronomy 4:39,40).  As we search the Scriptures in order to do this, we will find that our faith in God’s existence is strengthened.

Bible Basics: Contents

Part 1: "The things concerning the Kingdom of God" Study 1: God 1.1  The Existence Of God || 1.2  The Personality Of God || Belief In Practice 1: Knowing God || 1.3  God's Name And Character || Belief In Practice 2: Grace (John Parkes) || Belief In Practice 3: The All Seeing God || Belief In Practice 4: God Is Omnipotent || Belief In Practice 5: Responding To The One God || 1.4     The Angels || Belief In Practice 6: God As Creator || Digression 1: God Manifestation || Digression 2:  Why The Trinity Was Accepted || Study 1: Questions Study 2: The Spirit Of God 2.1  Definition || 2.2  Inspiration || 2.3  Gifts Of The Holy Spirit || 2.4  The Withdrawal Of The Gifts || 2.5  The Bible The Only Authority || Digression 3: Is The Holy Spirit A Person? || Digression 4: The Principle Of Personification || Belief In Practice 7: The Implications Of Inspiration || Study 2: Questions Study 3: The Promises Of God 3.1  Introduction || 3.2  The Promise In Eden || 3.3  The Promise To Noah || 3.4  The Promise To Abraham || 3.5  The Promise To David || Belief In Practice 8: Covenant Relationship With God || Study 3: Questions Study 4: God And Death 4.1  The Nature Of Man || 4.2  The Soul || 4.3  The Spirit || 4.4  Death Is Unconsciousness || 4.5  The Resurrection || 4.6  The Judgment || Belief In Practice 9: Judgment Now || 4.7  The Place Of Reward: Heaven Or Earth?|| 4.8  Responsibility To God || 4.9  Hell || Digression 5: Purgatory || Digression 6: Ghosts And Reincarnation || Digression 7: The 'Rapture' || Belief In Practice 10: The Motivational Power Of Understanding Death || Study 4: Questions Study 5: The Kingdom Of God 5.1  Defining The Kingdom || 5.2  The Kingdom Is Not Now Established || 5.3  The Kingdom Of God In The Past || 5.4  The Kingdom Of God In The Future || 5.5  The Millennium || Digression 8: The Kingdom Of God Now (Graham Bacon) || Belief In Practice 11: What The Kingdom Of God Means Today || Study 5: QuestionsStudy 6: God And Evil 6.1  God And Evil || 6.2  The Devil And Satan || 6.3  Demons || Digression 9: The Implications And Origin Of The Belief In A Personal Satan || Digression 10: Witchcraft || Digression 11: What Happened In Eden? || Digression 12: Lucifer || Belief In Practice 12: Battle For The Mind || Study 6: Questions

Part 2: "The things concerning...the name of Jesus Christ" (Acts 8:12) Study 7: The Origin Of Jesus. 7.1  Old Testament Prophecies Of Jesus || 7.2  The Virgin Birth || 7.3  Christ's Place In God's Plan || 7.4  "In the beginning was the word" || Digression 13: Jesus The Son Of God (Michael Gates) || Digression 14: Did Jesus Create The Earth? || Belief In Practice 13: Jesus Didn’t Pre-exist: And So What? || Study 7: Questions Study 8: The Nature Of Jesus 8.1  Introduction || 8.2  Differences Between God And Jesus || 8.3  The Nature Of Jesus || 8.4  The Humanity Of Jesus || 8.5  The Relationship Of God With Jesus || Belief In Practice 14: The Real Christ || Digression 15: How The Real Christ Was Lost || Digression 16: The Divine Side Of Jesus || Study 8: Questions Study 9: The Work Of Jesus 9.1  The Victory Of Jesus || 9.2  The Blood Of Jesus || 9.3  Jesus As Our Representative || 9.4  Jesus And The Law Of Moses || 9.5  The Sabbath || Digression 17 The Crucifix || Digression 18: Was Jesus Born On Dec. 25th? || Belief In Practice 15: The Meaning Of Christ’s Resurrection For Us || Belief In Practice 16: Christ Died For Me- So What Should I Do? || Belief In Practice 17: The Real Cross || Belief In Practice 18: The Inspiration Of The Cross || Study 9: Questions || Study 10: Baptism Into Jesus 10.1  The Vital Importance Of Baptism || 10.2  How Should We Be Baptized? || 10.3  The Meaning Of Baptism || 10.4  Baptism And Salvation || Digression 19: Re-baptism || Digression 20 The Thief On The Cross || Belief In Practice 19: The Certainty Of Salvation || Study 10: Questions Study 11: Life In Christ 11.1  Introduction || 11.2  Holiness || 11.2.1  The Use Of Force || 11.2.2  Politics || 11.2.3  Worldly Pleasures || 11.3  Practical Christian Life || 11.3.1  Bible Study || 11.3.2  Prayer || 11.3.3  Preaching || 11.3.4  Ecclesial Life || 11.3.5  The Breaking Of Bread || 11.4  Marriage || 11.5  Fellowship || Study 11: Questions ||