Duration: 365 days
GOD IS… (PSALM 45:1-2)
The opening chapters of the Bible reveal God as the Creator of all things, self- sufﬁcient, all- powerful, sovereign over all. He is also loving, intimately involved with His creation, and He exists from everlasting to everlasting.
Nothing could be more momentous than “In the beginning God…” With those ﬁrst words, the Bible announces that all that followed in history was subject to His will— hence, the divine adjectives using the preﬁx, “omni” (meaning “all”). God is omnipotent (all powerful), omniscient (all knowing), and omnipresent (present in all places).
Because God is a real person, He has personality traits. He is no mere “force” or vague form of “transcendence.” He values, wills, acts, and communicates— and with great speciﬁcity. Every passage in the Bible is pregnant with the revelation of His nature, and Genesis 1–3 is a perfect example. For instance, the Garden of Eden (see article, p. 9) demonstrates His astonishing generosity; the command to avoid certain fruit reﬂects His standards of holiness; the fall (see article, p. 13) shows both His justice and His redemptive love.
Though the Bible will speak of God in many ways (e.g., as a shepherd is Psalm 23:1 and as love itself in 1 John 4:8), Genesis 1–11 employs two names for Him. The ﬁrst is Elohim (Genesis 1:1), a generic name for divinity. It literally means “gods,” so many scholars have taken it to indicate a “plurality of majesty” and to hint at the existence of the Trinity— Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (see articles “Trinity,” p. 1494, “God the Father,” p. 1582, “Jesus Christ,” p. 1576, and “God the Holy Spirit,” p. 1452). The other word is Yahweh (Genesis 2:4), a more personal name for the One true God. It underscores His absolute existence.
Eventually, God would enter into the story of mankind in the most powerful and tangible way possible— the incarnation, when God came to the earth in the form of a human through the birth of Jesus Christ. It is, thus, in the Gospels that God is best seen to be gracious and merciful, far beyond what any human could imagine. Indeed, because of Christ’s work on earth, His sacriﬁcial death, and the teachings of the apostles, the extent of God’s love is no longer a mystery, though the wonder of it far exceeds our comprehension.
Taken from NIV Storyline Bible©2017 HarperCollins Christian Publishing