Q1 Does God exist?
does. The Bible speaks of a true and living God who is responsible for creating
the universe, mankind and all living things (Gen 1; Jer 10:10; 1 Thess 1:9; 1 Jn
5:20). Two thousand years ago, He manifested in the flesh as Jesus Christ to
preach the gospel and to die for us on the cross (1 Tim 3:16; Heb 1:3).
Q2 When did He begin to exist?
no beginning and no end. He declares, “I AM WHO I AM” (Ex 3:14), the one “who
is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty” (Rev 1:8; cf. 4:8). He is
immortal (1 Tim 6:16) and remains the same forever (Heb 1:12; 13:8). Hence, the
Bible calls Him the “eternal God” (Deut 33:27), “Everlasting Father” (Isa 9:6)
and “living God” (Heb 10:31), who is “from everlasting to everlasting” (Ps
many gods are there?
only one true God. The Bible says, “The Lord our God, the Lord is one” (Deut
6:4; cf. Mk 12:29). He is “God in heaven above and on the earth beneath; there
is no other” (Deut 4:39).
Q4 What is God
Spirit (Jn 4:24), who fills “all in all” (Eph 1:23). However, this biblical
truth should be differentiated from the pantheistic concept of some faiths
which profess that “god is all” and “all is god”. The Bible says that the true
God is unique (Isa 40:18, 25); He is not synonymous with nature or anything
character has been revealed to us by Jesus Christ. The Bible describes it for
our benefit, to enable us to become “partakers of the divine nature” (2 Pet
1:4). It tells us that God is perfect (Mt 5:48); holy (Lev 19:2; 1 Pet 1:16);
light (1 Jn 1:5); love (1 Jn 4:8); compassionate (Ps 145:9; 2 Cor 1:3);
faithful (Ps 36:5; 1 Cor 1:9); righteous (Job 35:2; 1 Jn 2:29); peace (Isa 9:6;
2 Cor 13:11); patient (Neh 9:30; 2 Pet 3:9); merciful (Joel 2:13; Rom 9:15);
jealous (Deut 4:24; Heb 12:29); majestic (Ps 93:1; Isa 26:10); hateful of sin
(Prov 6:16–19; Heb 1:9).
Q5 Where does He live?
dwells in “unapproachable light. No man has seen or can see Him” (1 Tim 6:16;
cf. Ex 33:20; Job 9:11; 23:3, 8–9; Jn 1:18; Heb 11:27). He resides in “heaven”
(Ps 123:1;Mt 6:9; Heb 9:24), “the third heaven” (2 Cor
12:2), “above the stars” (Isa 14:13) and in “the highest” (Lk 2:14). As God is
Spirit (Jn 4:24), He transcends time and space: He can be everywhere at the
same time (Ps 139:7–8)—filling heaven and earth with His almighty presence (Jer
cannot see God, so how do we know He exists?
invisible, but He has given us ample evidence of His existence:
scientists believe that the universe materialized out of a primordial explosion
of unimaginable energy—the so-called “Big Bang Theory”. Yet, they cannot
explain the source of the energy, nor how the process began. However, there is
no such ambiguity in the Bible, for it reveals that God created the universe.
Indeed, the whole of creation testifies to His existence:
since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen,
being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and
Godhead, so that they are without excuse” (Rom 1:20).
earth is the Lord’s, and all its fullness, the world and those who dwell
therein” (Ps 24:1).
• “For of
Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be
the glory forever. Amen” (Rom 11:36).
am the Lord, who makes all things, who stretches out the heavens all alone, who
spreads abroad the earth by Myself” (Isa 44:24).
stretches out the north over empty space; He hangs the earth on nothing” (Job
• “By the
word of the Lord the heavens were made, and all the host of them by the breath
of His mouth” (Ps 33:6).
faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the
things which are seen were not made of things which are visible” (Heb 11:3).
“Nevertheless He did not leave Himself without witness, in that He did good, gave us rain from heaven and fruitful seasons, filling
our hearts with food and gladness”
gives to all life, breath, and all things” (Acts 17:25).
NATURAL ORDER WITHIN THE UNIVERSE
witness order all around us—in the movement of the stars and planets, the
passing of day and night, the changing of the seasons, and the cycle of life
and death. From these things, we realize there must be a Master of the universe
who created such order, and who continues to sustain everything by His power
(Neh 9:6; Heb 1:3; 2 Pet 3:7).
source of all goodness is God, for Jesus says, “No one is good but One, that
is, God” (Mt 19:17). Because His nature is intrinsically good, He has provided
us with moral values to help us discern right from wrong (Rom 2:14–16). In
addition, He has given us an innate desire to seek Him and to worship Him.
Hence, the Bible says, “Because what may be known of God is manifest in them,
for God has shown it to them” (Rom 1:19).
highlights the power of God to perform miraculous deeds in the lives of His
people. Today, He continues to perform miracles in the true church. They enable
people to know that He is God (1 Kgs 18:38–39) and
prove that what is impossible with man is possible with Him (Mt 19:26).
E. GOD’S MANIFESTATION IN THE FLESH
years ago, God manifested in the flesh as Jesus Christ—a miracle without
precedent (1 Tim 3:16). The Bible says, “In the beginning was the Word, and the
Word was with God, and the Word was God” (Jn 1:1). Jesus came to the world to
seek and to save those who were lost (Lk 19:10) and to bear witness to what He
had received from God (Jn 8:26). In doing so, Jesus revealed God who had never
been seen by man
(Jn 1:18). Hence, He says, “He who has seen Me has
seen the Father” (Jn 14:9).
is the inspiration of God: “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and
is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in
righteousness” (2 Tim 3:16). It speaks of His work from the beginning of time,
His relationship with man, His will and His truth. It contains many prophecies
that continue to be fulfilled to this day. The whole book testifies to the
power of God (Mk 12:24).
Spirit is the Spirit of God (Jn 4:24), who was poured out on believers for the
first time on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:1–4). Today, God gives the Holy
Spirit to those in the true church. It is an experience we can see and hear
(Acts 2:33). When this “power from on high” enters believers’ hearts
24:49), it enables them to speak in spiritual tongues (Mk 16:17; Acts 2:4;
10:46; 19:6). In this way, the Spirit testifies that God is real, and that He
is the one who bestows this grace (Lk 24:49; Jn 15:26).
church is the body of Christ, “the fullness of Him who fills all in all” (Eph
1:23). It is through the church that God’s will, wisdom, power, glory, truth
and blessings are revealed (Eph 1:19; 3:9–10). It comprises God’s chosen people
who have been brought forth by the word of truth, and for this reason, they are
called the “firstfruits of His creatures” (Jas 1:18).
nature is just, and His justice governs our lives and fate. The Bible says, “Do
not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also
reap” (Gal 6:7). On earth, God’s justice is administered by the authorities He
has ordained (Rom 13:1–2), but it will be administered a final time by Jesus at
His second coming (Rev 20:11–15). The Lord says, “And behold, I am coming
quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every
one according to his work” (Rev 22:12).
EXISTENCE OF THE DEVIL
reveals the existence of the devil and the work of demons. Mark 5:1–20, for
example, records the story of a demon-possessed man from Gadara who lived among
the tombs and was delivered by Jesus (Mk 5:1–20).
there are people who continue to suffer on account of evil spirits. Within the
True Jesus Church, ministers are able to cast them out in the name of Jesus
through the power of the Holy Spirit. From these experiences, we understand
that demon-possession is real, and that it is a spiritual affliction that only
God can resolve.
Q7 Is it possible to know everything about God?
beings, we have limitations, meaning that God will transcend our complete
understanding in this lifetime (Job 36:26; 1 Cor 13:12). Nevertheless, He has
given us sufficient evidence to enable us to find Him and to reach out to Him
(Acts 17:27). Moreover, in our faith journey, we can grow to know Him better by
relying on His wisdom and revelation (Hos 6:3; Eph 1:17).
Q8 What do we know about His wisdom and knowledge?
that God is omniscient. The Bible declares, “Oh, the depth of the riches both
of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His
ways past finding out!” (Rom 11:33). He knows the thoughts and motives of man:
“For He knows deceitful men; He sees wickedness also. Will He not then consider
it?” (Job 11:11; cf. Ps 44:21; Ezek 11:5; Jn 2:24–25; 1 Cor 4:5). Also, He
knows every word we speak (Ps 139:4). In short, everything is laid bare before
His eyes (Heb 4:13).
Q9 What do we know about His power?
that God is omnipotent. The Bible says, “With God all things are possible” (Mt
19:26), meaning that nothing is too difficult for Him (Gen 18:14; Jer 32:17).
Therefore, in the Bible, He is called the “Almighty God” (Gen 17:1), “the
Almighty” (Job 37:23), and the “Lord God Almighty” (Rev 11:17). The Hebrew word
for “God”, el, carries the meaning
of “strength” or “mighty”.
True Jesus Church.