And, while there are things we can learn about God from the things He has made, a GREAT way to grow in a right understanding of God is by reading things we see that HE, Himself, has said and done in the Bible. A good understanding about God isn’t just based on nice ideas, but on things God has said about Himself and things we can see He has done in the real world in history.
Beginning all the way back in Genesis, we see things God said and did that help us see who He is and what He’s like. We see that He is the creator, loving, faithful, the king of the whole earth, one who helps those in need - and many other things too!
From thinking through the different things you’ve read in the Bible, hopefully you can think of many other things the Bible says that help us better know who God is - like, for instance that God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are God - the Trinity.
Looking at what we see in the Bible as a whole, among other ones, two key words that could be used to describe God are loving and just. In one of the most central messages of the Bible, we see that because of His love, God the Father sent His Son, Jesus, to die on the cross to pay for sin which, because of His justice, deserves punishment. In love, Jesus satisfied God’s justice by taking the punishment for sin so people can be forgiven and have eternal life with Him. The Bible says we receive forgiveness of sin and eternal life by faith in what Jesus has done.
Who God is and what He is like is a BIG subject. So don’t expect these few paragraphs to do justice to describing all that He is! This is a very brief big-picture look at SOME of the things the Bible says about God. I encourage you to regularly take time to read the Bible to learn more and more things that He has said and shown to us about who He is. And I encourage you to ask Him to not only help you know ABOUT Him as you do this, but to help you get to know Him better, personally.
Christian Waltmire, Youth Pastor
This article is largely copied/adapted from "God" from youthbiblelessons.org. See YouthBibleLessons.org Lessons page for copying/adapting terms.
And, quick note to give credit: While I don't know that I agree with some of what the book talks about or that I would necessarily recommend it, the idea in paragraph two was a good idea that I gleaned from a book I happened to be reading from today (God Who Acts, by G E Wright)