I’m studying our church beliefs and articles of faith right now :
#1 We believe in one eternally existent, infinite God, Sovereign Creator and Sustainer of the universe; that He only is God, [creative and administrative,] holy in nature, attributes,and purpose[;]. The God who is holy love and light [that He, as God,] is Triune in essential being, revealed as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
(Genesis 1; Leviticus 19:2; Deuteronomy 6:4-5; Isaiah 5:16; 6:1-7; 40:18-
31; Matthew 3:16-17; 28:19-20; John 14:6-27; 1 Corinthians 8:6; 2
Corinthians 13:14; Galatians 4:4-6; Ephesians 2:13-18; 1 John 1:5; 4:8)
Notes to self about belief #1:
Let’s break all that up a little
God is Eternally Existent. Eternal is time without limits. He is eternal. He always has existed. God has no beginning or end.
God is infinite- Infinite means without limits. We have a hard time understanding this, because we are so limited with our time, space, and activities, but God has NO limits!
God is sovereign- He is the supreme authority. Creator and Sustainer of the universe. All that is created, He created. Everything is made by him or through him.
God is Holy in Nature- Holy in Hebrew = kadash
Holy in Greek = hagios
Holy in Latin = sanctus
Sanctify = to make holy
There are 3 elements of Holy (Holiness)
3. Radiance (Glory)
God is the only one who can be set apart by these three things. Therefore He alone is Holy!
Triune in essential being- Triune is defined as “Three in One”. God has one nature, but reveals himself to us in three persons; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit
Definition of Person- Identity, Awareness, Self Disclosure
Feelin’ pretty good about article #1 J