Though some people see God as a cranky old man out to get us, the Bible teaches that the triune God, who is Father, Son and Holy Spirit, passionately loves all people, even though he knows all the wrongs we have done. God, who wants to spend all eternity with each of us, eagerly awaits the homecoming of his long-lost children. He wants them to receive his grace and mercy, and enjoy their place in his family of love and joy.
In one of his sermons, famous English preacher Charles Haddon Spurgeon noted this concerning the study of God (theology):
The highest science, the loftiest speculation, the mightiest philosophy, which can ever engage the attention of a child of God, is the name, the nature, the person, the work, the doings, and the existence of the great God whom [Jesus] calls his Father. There is something exceedingly improving to the mind in a contemplation of the Divinity. It is a subject so vast, that all our thoughts are lost in its immensity; so deep, that our pride is drowned in its infinity. Other subjects we can compass and grapple with; in them we feel a kind of self-content, and go our way with the thought, “Behold I am wise.” But when we come to this master-science, finding that our plumb-line cannot sound its depth, and that our eagle eye cannot see its height, we turn away with the thought, that vain man would be wise, but he is like a wild ass’s colt; and with the solemn exclamation, “I am but of yesterday, and know nothing.” No subject of contemplation will tend more to humble the mind, than thoughts of God.
Spurgeon reminds us that the great and central question of the Christian faith is this: Who is God? God’s answer is not a proposition, but a person: the incarnate Son of God, Jesus Christ. As the self-revelation of God, Jesus is the focal point of our knowledge of God’s nature. Throughout history, many great thinkers pondered the nature of God. The result was the doctrine of the Trinity, which was developed to counter the false teachings about God that had infiltrated the church in its first three centuries. Though the doctrine of the Trinity does not answer all questions concerning God’s nature, it helps us focus on who God is without wandering away from sound doctrine. Below are links to GCI articles on the nature of God, including ones on the doctrine of the Trinity and related topics, including our response to God. For a 424-page PDF that compiles articles about God and theology, click here.
Who is God?
- The God revealed in Jesus Christ (introduction to Trinitarian faith)
- An introduction to God
- God Is… (booklet):
- Let God be God
- Theology—what difference does it make?
- Foundations of theology for Grace Communion International
- Predestination—does God choose your fate, or does he let you do that?
- God’s names and titles
- Avoiding the pitfall of panentheism
Essays on theology
- Clarifying our theological vision
- A theology of the Holy Spirit
- The kingdom of God
- Wholehearted—finding personal wholeness in Jesus
The doctrine of the Trinity
- The Trinity—just a doctrine?
- Does the Trinity doctrine teach three Gods?
- 1 + 1 + 1 — it just doesn’t add up
- Is the Trinity in the Bible?
- How many Gods does God say there are?
- Only one God
- What does Deuteronomy 6:4 mean?
Articles about Jesus
- Who Is This Man?
- Is Jesus really God?—a look at the Arian controversy
- What Jesus’ Incarnation shows us about what it means to be human
- Jesus—the unexpected Messiah
- Why did Jesus have to die?
- Jesus—alive forevermore!
- Jesus was not alone
- Evidence of the resurrection
- The power of the resurrection
- Why Jesus gives us hope
- Did you kill Jesus?
- Two truths we learn from Jesus’ death
- Commemorating the crucifixion
- Jesus—the complete salvation package
- Christ’s resurrection—our hope of salvation
- The Incarnation—the greatest miracle
- The birth of Jesus—a story of shame
- Appreciating Christ’s sacrifice
- It isn’t just about how he died
- Don’t cry for Jesus
- The dual nature of Jesus Christ
Articles about the Holy Spirit
- The Holy Spirit
- The Deity of the Holy Spirit
- The Holy Spirit—the personal presence of God
- The Holy Spirit at work
- Can you hear the Holy Spirit?
- Do you have the Holy Spirit?