Reflecting God: Who Is God?

If you were asked, “Who is God?” how would you answer? It’s not an easy, straight-forward question to answer, is it? We might describe our relationship with God, show examples of how He works in our lives, or share some Bible references, but God is so much bigger than we can even imagine, much less explain.

Yet we are talking in this study about how to reflect God. What are God’s names and attributes? Why do I want to reflect Him—what is there about God that I am willing to place my relationship with Him as the most important thing in my life?

In my poem, God Is the Light Source: Metaphors, I wrote the follow lines about who God is:

He is the great I AM,

the first and the last,

outside of time and place,

beyond human imagining

or understanding.

I realize that my answer is, “I only know little bits and pieces.” But, it also is, “God is my purpose, my life source, my strength. He keeps His promises and never changes. It is only through the Holy Spirit’s presence in me that I have purpose and can love.”

That is what God means to me, but does it answer the “who” question? The answer is very confusing and complex.

I went to one of my favorite sources for clarity and understanding: www.bibleproject.com
They have a video that helped me understand that even the question, “Who is God,” is too big of a question for anyone of us to answer. God gave Moses this answer, “I Am Who I Am.” Watch the video below.

SCRIPTURE ABOUT GOD

15For this reason I too, having heard of the faith in the Lord Jesus which exists among you and your love for all the saints, 16do not cease giving thanks for you, while making mention of you in my prayers; 17that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him. 18I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, 19and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might 20which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, 21far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. 22And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church, 23which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all. 
Ephesians 1:15-23, NIV

THINK ABOUT IT

  • Highlight or underline all the descriptors of God in this passage from Ephesians.
  • Do you see God described as different personages: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit?
  • How are they separate and one at the same time?
  • What reaction or emotion do you have towards God when you read about Him in these verses?

SCRIPTURE ABOUT OUR REFLECTION

Note some of the ways we are invited to partner with God’s royal and triune identity.

5Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, 6who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. 8Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, 10so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Philippians 2:5-11, NIV
9 “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10 If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. 11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. 12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 
John 15:9-12, NIV

THINK ABOUT IT

  • Highlight the first verse of each of the texts above. These verses are the theme; what follows is description and encouragement.
  • If God introduces Himself to us by describing and showing His love, what does that mean our reflections of God should look like?
  • Think about our question from the beginning of the blog, “Who is God?” These two verses encapsulate the “Good News,” the Gospel, the place where God begins His relationship with us by inviting us into His circle of love. Could you answer that question better now?

HOW IT WORKS

Take God’s words in, and like Jesus’ mother Mary, ponder them in your heart. Then let them come out and share with us how you can tell someone about God. Even more important, how can you SHOW them about God; how do you reflect Him?

If you want to share on this blog, send a picture of your response to me at KSEvenhouseWWV@gmail.com

Then come back and Thursday to see some other responses.

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