SHINING LIGHT    7 MINISTRIES
SHINING LIGHT    7 MINISTRIES
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THE NATURE OF GOD
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One of the most important revelations we can receive from the Bible is the disclosure of the knowledge
and nature of God.  The Bible gives us insight about and what God is like, that is, His attributes, his ways
in dealing with mankind, about His Will for man and also about His heart.  Our traditions, preconceptions,
cultural influences, experiences and reasonings do not always tell us the truth about God, but the Bible
does.  In order to have a positive relationship with the Lord, we must know His nature and His real
character.  Is He an angry God up there with a big stick ready to strike at the moment we sin, or is He a
merciful God who wants to impart to us (His children), His life and blessing, independent of our
performance?  The real fact and truth is, that God wants us to worship Him and know Him in a very
personal and real way.  This can only happen through the power and working of the Holy Spirit in an
earnest believers life.  It can happen no other way.  
"Not by power, not by might, but my Spirit says the
Lord"
(Zechariah 4:6).  Without the Holy Spirit, we may know about God, but we will not know Him and
experience relationship with Him.

The Holy Spirit will never reveal God as being different to what the Scriptures reveal.  We must not
believe every spirit, but test the spirits.  
(1 John 4:1)  The Bible declares over and over about the
goodness of God and all that He does is good.  God is good!
 Psalms 136:1  O GIVE thanks to the Lord,
for He is good; for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever.
 The Nature of God is to do good.  He
has given good things for us to enjoy.  
1 Tim 6:17-18  Command those who are rich in this present age
not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to
enjoy
.  Another thing we must know in the revelation of the nature of God, through His Word to us, is
that He is a God of Love.
 1 John 4:8  He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.  God's
thoughts and plans for us are plans for good, not for evil.
(Jeremiah 29:11)

Concerning the Nature of God, there is no way we could sum up all that there is to know about His
character and put Him in a box and feel satisfied that we have a handle on the knowledge of His
Person.  He allows us scripturally to know about Him, but He affords us the honor and privilege to know
Him personally by experience, in a tangible reality and way, by the presence of His power in the interior
kingdom of our hearts where His Spirit dwells.  This was the desire of King David and he spoke this so
well in  
Psalms 21:1-6 THE KING [David] shall joy in Your strength, O Lord; and in Your salvation how
greatly shall he rejoice! 2 You have given him his heart's desire and have not withheld the request of
his lips. 4 He asked life of You, and You gave it to him — long life forever and evermore. 5 His glory is
great because of Your aid; splendor and majesty You bestow upon him. 6 For You make him to be
blessed and a blessing forever; You make him exceedingly glad with the joy of Your presence.

God tells us in the Word, that His ways are higher than our ways and He lets us know that He is Supreme
and holds all power, glory, knowledge, truth and righteousness in His the dominion of His sphere and
realm of authority.
 Isaiah 55:8-9  For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways ,
says the Lord. 9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways
and My thoughts than your thoughts.
Concerning the "Attributes of God", which are the qualities or perfections of His Divine Nature.
We first learn that God is omnipotent.  A big word which says, that God has and holds all power to do
whatever He chooses.  
Jeremiah 32:17  Alas, Lord God! Behold, You have made the heavens and the
earth by Your great power and by Your outstretched arm! There is nothing too hard or too wonderful for
You.
 And also in the New Testament we see this: Revelations 19:6  After that I heard what sounded like
the shout of a vast throng, like the boom of many pounding waves, and like the roar of terrific and
mighty peals of thunder, exclaiming, Hallelujah (praise the Lord)! For now the Lord our God the
Omnipotent (the All-Ruler) reigns!
 And secondly we learn that God is omniscient.  This means that God
knows everything!  
Psalms 147:5  Great is our Lord and of great power; His understanding is
inexhaustible and boundless.  

Thirdly, God is omnipresent.  He fills heaven and earth and there is no place where He is not there
watching.  Not only that, but as Creator God, He also stands outside the heavens and the earth.          
Gen 1:1  IN THE beginning God (prepared, formed, fashioned, and) created the heavens and the earth.  
A scripture in the New Testament speaks this so beautifully as well:
Hebrews 11:3  By faith we
understand that the worlds [during the successive ages] were framed (fashioned, put in order, and
equipped for their intended purpose) by the word of God, so that what we see was not made out of
things which are visible.
 God is not, as the doctrine of Pantheism says in simply summing God up,  "it
supposes God and nature, or God and the whole universe, to be one and the same substance — one
universal being; insomuch that men's souls are only modifications of the divine substance".  This
understanding is atheistic and should be treated under the subject of atheism.   (Pantheism definition
taken from McClintock and Strong Encyclopedia).   
Our fourth Attribute of God, declares that God is
Eternal, before all things and without end.  
Colossians 1:17  And He Himself existed before all things,
and in Him all things consist (cohere, are held together).
 Psalms 102:27 But You remain the same, and
Your years shall have no end.  We see in this verse as well that God never changes, he remains the
same.
 This is His fifth Attribute which describes His qualities or perfections.  God never changes.  
Malachi 3:6  For I am the Lord, I do not change; that is why you, O sons of Jacob, are not consumed.  Heb
13:8 Jesus Christ (the Messiah) is [always] the same, yesterday, today, [yes] and forever (to the ages).

The next part of our introduction into the Nature of God,  will be to investigate and learn of "His
Characteristics".  We had previously discussed first that God is Love and this was seen in 1 John 4:8.  
God is the greatest lover of His people.  There is no greater than this.  This love includes people who
have been corrupted by sin. He cares about us, He is patient and kind with us, and He has good plans
for us.
 Jeremiah 29:13-14   And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your
heart. 14 I will be found by you, says the LORD, and I will bring you back from your captivity" (from the
bondage of sin).
  The second characteristic of God revealed to us, is that God is Holy.  1 Samuel 2:2  
There is none holy like the Lord, there is none besides You".
 Holiness is spiritual beauty.  It is also total
moral uprightness and separation from all that is unclean or evil.  Like a diamond in the light with many
faces, each of God's attributes shines out in perfect balance.  There is no defect in God's character or
nature.  He is perfect.

Our third characteristic of God is that He is righteous (honest, impartial, fair, upright).  Psalms 116:5  
Gracious is the Lord, and [rigidly] righteous; yes, our God is merciful.
 Everything that God does is
always fair and right from a moral point of view.  As judge of all the earth, God is a just judge.  He judges
with fairness, knowing all the facts and all the intentions of men's heart.  
Romans 2:16   On that day
when, as my Gospel proclaims, God by Jesus Christ will judge men in regard to the things which they
conceal (their hidden thoughts).
 We have also seen in the opening of this introduction, that God is
good.  This is our fourth characteristic revealing the nature of God, God is good.  (
Psalms 136:1)  He
wants good things for people and for the universe which He has created.  Jesus did the will of the
Father, doing good and healing those who were oppressed by the devil, because God was with Him.  
Acts 10:38-39  how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about
doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him
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understand that God does not force people to be good.  It is because of the evil within people, that
there is so much suffering in the world.  This is why God has sent His Son, Jesus.  He came to deliver us
from all evil and give us His very nature and character, but He does not force us.  
A fifth characteristic of God is that He is truthful and is as integral as His Word.  Numbers 23:19  "God is
not a man, that He should lie".
  And in the New Testament in the Gospel of John 17:17 Sanctify them
[purify, consecrate, separate them for Yourself, make them holy] by the Truth; Your Word is Truth.
 God
hates lying because it opposes His very nature!   
A sixth characteristic is that God is faithful.  This
means that He keeps His promises.  He never forgets what He promises to us his Word.
 2 Timothy 2:13  
If we are faithless [do not believe and are untrue to Him], He remains true (faithful to His Word and His
righteous character), for He cannot deny Himself.
 A seventh characteristic of God's nature is that He
alone is wise IN Himself.  
Romans 16:27  To [the] only wise God be glory forevermore through Jesus
Christ (the Anointed One)!
  God knows what He is doing and He is doing all things that He sees fit for
the universe and for all of creation.  Any wisdom we may have received comes from God, not from our
own independent creativity.  Wisdom is knowledge that is correctly applied to achieve the right
purpose.  

The eighth of God's characteristics is that God is forgiving and kind by nature.  1 John 1:9  If we [freely]
admit that we have sinned and confess our sins, He is faithful and just (true to His own nature and
promises) and will forgive our sins [dismiss our lawlessness] and [continuously] cleanse us from all
unrighteousness [everything not in conformity to His will in purpose, thought, and action].
  He even
blesses His enemies at times and longs that His loving kindness might lead them into repentance so
that He can forgive them.
Romans 2:4 Or are you [so blind as to] trifle with and presume upon and
despise and underestimate the wealth of His kindness and forbearance and long-suffering patience?
Are you unmindful or actually ignorant [of the fact] that God's kindness is intended to lead you to repent
( to change your mind and inner man to accept God's will)?

As we have seen and it has been stated, God is good.  He acts for the good of the entire universe
according to His infinite knowledge and wisdom. Yet He leaves room for the free will choices of men
and the activity of Satan's kingdom so that He can have as a final result, truly tried, tested and mature
sons and daughters who love Him from the very depths of their hearts.  This is God's purpose. This
explains why God permits evil to exist for the time being.  God's love for us caused and motivated Him
to give us His Son, Jesus Christ, as an atoning sacrifice upon the Cross of Calvary, to take away the guilt
of our sins, and make it possible for us to become transformed as adopted son of God.

Being a God of love, it is not surprising then to know that God is also very compassionate.  Mark 6:34  As
Jesus landed, He saw a great crowd waiting, and He was moved with compassion for them, because they
were like sheep without a shepherd; and He began to teach them many things.  He is moved by our
sufferings and wants to help us.  We may have been evil, but God is also forgiving and merciful to those
who confess and forsake their sins, by trusting In Him.  
John 3:16   For God so greatly loved and dearly
prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten ( unique) Son, so that whoever believes in
(trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal
(everlasting) life.
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Questions To Ask In Your
Growing Relationship As A Disciple Of Jesus Christ
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1.  Read Romans 5:13.  What does the word "impute" mean?  
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2.  
Read Romans 7:7.  What was the purpose of the Law?  
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3.  
 Read Galatians 3:24.  According to this verse, what was the purpose of the Law?
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4.  
Read John 8:1-11.  How did Jesus deal with the woman caught in adultery?
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Read John 8:11.  What did Jesus tell the woman she should do?________________________________

6.  
Read John 3:17-21.  Did God send His Son into the world to condemn the world?
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7.  Why did God send His Son into the world?  Vs 17____________________________________________

8.  How might we be saved and not condemned?  Vs 18 _________________________________________

9.  Since sin (darkness) opposes God's Nature (light and truth) and He hates it with a passion because it
is evil, what does He tell us we should do in John 3:20-21?
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10.  Is this what happened to the adulterous women when she came into the light (truth) and presence of
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11.  
Read 1 John 4:8.  According to this verse, what is the true nature of God?
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12.  
Read Romans 5:6.  God's love was directed towards us when we were what?
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13.
 Read Romans 5:8.  God loved us while we were what?  _____________________________________

14.  
Read Romans 5:10.  God loved us while we were still what? ___________________________________

15.  If you asked Jesus Christ to forgive you and be your Savior and Lord, trusting in His sacrifice as
payment for your sins, would God show you His true nature and character of mercy, love, grace and
faithfulness?  _________________________________
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Scriptures Provided To Use With Questions
Romans 5:13
(For until the law sin was in the world, but sin is not imputed when there
is no law.

Romans 7:7
What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but
by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet.

Galatians 3:24-25
Therefore the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might
be justified by faith.

John 8:1-11
BUT JESUS went to the Mount of Olives.
2 Early in the morning (at dawn), He came back into the temple [court], and the people
came to Him in crowds. He sat down and was teaching them,
3 When the scribes and Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery. They
made her stand in the middle of the court and put the case before Him.
4 Teacher, they said, This woman has been caught in the very act of adultery.
5 Now Moses in the Law commanded us that such [women — offenders] shall be stoned to
death. But what do You say [to do with her — what is Your sentence]?6 This they said to try
(test) Him, hoping they might find a charge on which to accuse Him. But Jesus stooped
down and wrote on the ground with His finger.

7 However, when they persisted with their question, He raised Himself up and said, Let him
who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her. 8 Then He bent down and
went on writing on the ground with His finger. 9 They listened to Him, and then they began
going out, conscience-stricken, one by one, from the oldest down to the last one of them, till
Jesus was left alone, with the woman standing there before Him in the center of the court.
10 When Jesus raised Himself up, He said to her, Woman, where are your accusers? Has
no man condemned you? 11 She answered, No one, Lord! And Jesus said, I do not
condemn you either. Go on your way and from now on sin no more.

John 3:17-21
For God did not send the Son into the world in order to judge (to reject, to condemn, to pass
sentence on) the world, but that the world might find salvation and be made safe and
sound through Him. 18 He who believes in Him [who clings to, trusts in, relies on Him] is not
judged [he who trusts in Him never comes up for judgment; for him there is no rejection, no
condemnation — he incurs no damnation]; but he who does not believe (cleave to, rely on,
trust in Him) is judged already [he has already been convicted and has already received his
sentence] because he has not believed in and trusted in the name of the only begotten Son
of God. [He is condemned for refusing to let his trust rest in Christ's name.]

19 The [basis of the] judgment (indictment, the test by which men are judged, the ground
for the sentence) lies in this: the Light has come into the world, and people have loved the
darkness rather than and more than the Light, for their works (deeds) were evil. [Isa 5:20.]
20 For every wrongdoer hates (loathes, detests) the Light, and will not come out into the
Light but shrinks from it, lest his works (his deeds, his activities, his conduct) be exposed
and reproved. 21 But he who practices truth [who does what is right] comes out into the
Light; so that his works may be plainly shown to be what they are — wrought with God
[divinely prompted, done with God's help, in dependence upon Him].

1 John 4:8
He who does not love has not become acquainted with God [does not
and never did know Him], for God is love.

Romans 5:6
While we were yet in weakness [powerless to help ourselves], at the fitting time
Christ died for (in behalf of) the ungodly.

Romans 5:8
But God shows and clearly proves His [own] love for us by the fact that while we
were still sinners, Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One) died for us.

Romans 5:10
For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, it is
much more [certain], now that we are reconciled, that we shall be saved (daily delivered from
sin's dominion) through His [resurrection] life.
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Answers to Questions
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1.  Read Romans 5:13.  What does the word "impute" mean?  To charge to one's account.

2.  
Read Romans 7:7.  What was the purpose of the Law?   To make sin known.

3.   
Read Galatians 3:24.  According to this verse, what was the purpose of the Law?  To show
mankind their need of the Savior, Jesus Christ.

4.  
Read John 8:1-11.  How did Jesus deal with the woman caught in adultery?  In mercy and grace.

5.
Read John 8:11.  What did Jesus tell the woman she should do?   Stop sinning.

6.  
Read John 3:17-21.  Did God send His Son into the world to condemn the world?  No.

7.  Why did God send His Son into the world?  Vs 17   To save the world.

8.  How might we be saved and not condemned?  Vs 18  By believing In Jesus.

9.  Since sin (darkness) opposes God's Nature (light and truth) and He hates it with a passion
because it is evil, what does He tell us we should do in
John 3:20-21?  Come into the light so that
our sins may be  exposed.

10.  Is this what happened to the adulterous women when she came into the light (truth) and
presence of Jesus ?  Yes.

11.  
Read 1 John 4:8.  According to this verse, what is the true nature of God?   Love.

12.  
Read Romans 5:6.  God's love was directed towards us when we were what?  Without
strength; i.e. helpless and ungodly.

13.  
Read Romans 5:8.  God loved us while we were what?  Sinners.

14.
 Read Romans 5:10.  God loved us while we were still what?  Enemies.

15.  If you asked Jesus Christ to forgive you and be your Savior and Lord, trusting in His sacrifice
as payment for your sins, would God show you His true nature and character of mercy, love,
grace and faithfulness?  Yes.
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