Continuing my posts on a Statement of Faith, I now turn to a brief statement on what I believe about God:
I believe in the one true God, who is the author, creator, and source of all life, goodness and blessing.
God is one, yet exists and has revealed Himself as three distinct persons—the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. There are numerous ways to describe this Triune nature of God (a three-leaf clover, a triple-helix, a triangle, etc), but no one example is complete. The fact is, the One and Three nature of God is a mystery, but it is Biblical (see Matt. 3:13-17, 2 Cor. 13:14, 1 Cor 12:4-6; Matt. 28:19-20, Eph 4:4-6; John 14:26, and more).
God, who exists outside of space and time, stepped into space and time, creating everything that is for His own purposes, to demonstrate His own glory, power, wisdom and goodness. God continues to provide for and sustain His creation. As the sovereign over all of creation, there is nothing that is beyond God’s control, nothing that is beyond His power to redeem, and no one that is beyond God’s saving reach. God has a plan for all things (Eph 1:10), and His sovereign will cannot be thwarted.
God is a God of love. In grace God chooses to show love and mercy. When we were dead in trespasses and sin, God made us alive with Christ, saving us by grace through faith, as a sheer gift of sovereign love. However, God’s gracious loving kindness did not compromise His justice. God remains perfectly just and holy in the salvation of sinners by placing the judgment and wrath for our sins upon His sinless Son, Jesus Christ, who is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. Proving His love for us, He sent Christ to die for us, so that by His grace, we may live righteous and holy lives in the power of His Holy Spirit.
God, and God alone, is worthy of worship. Worship is what God deserves, simply because of who God is. Worship is our rightful and joyful response to God’s love. Indeed, our purpose in life is to “glorify God and enjoy Him forever” (Westminster Shorter Catechism, Q. 1). Worship is not merely something that we do when we gather as a congregation on a Sunday morning, it is a way of life that proclaims the gospel, celebrates the goodness and majesty of God, and submits to His righteous and gracious lordship over all of creation, and over every aspect of our individual and corporate lives.