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A famous British judge, known for his strong belief in God, sometimes encountered people who said they didn't believe in God. He always asked them to describe the god they didn't believe in. After listening to their reply, he would tell them that he did not believe in the god they had just described either.

How few truly know and understand God today! In the words of one theologian, “Modern men often search for God in vain.”

The main reason is that most people receive their concepts of God from other people rather than from God's inspired Word, the Bible. That is why their view of God almost never accurately matches the biblical revelation of what God is like.

Another reason is that many religious teachers have never accessed the real key that opens up the knowledge of God. That key is the gift of God's Holy Spirit—accessible to all those the Creator calls and who are willing to acknowledge who and what we are in relation to Him (Isaiah 66:1-2 Isaiah 66:1-2 1 Thus said the LORD, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: where is the house that you build to me? and where is the place of my rest? 2 For all those things has my hand made, and all those things have been, said the LORD: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembles at my word.
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). And that gift of God's Spirit is only “given to those who obey Him” (Acts 5:32 Acts 5:32And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God has given to them that obey him.
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)—a biblical requirement ignored by far too many theologians.

The apostle Paul explains the only way that limitation in human understanding can be overcome: “But as it is written: 'Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.' But God has revealed them to us [Christ's true followers] through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God” (1 Corinthians 2:9-10 1 Corinthians 2:9-10 9 But as it is written, Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God has prepared for them that love him. 10 But God has revealed them to us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God.
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, emphasis added throughout).

Without God's Holy Spirit, human beings are helpless in seeking to comprehend the things of God: “But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned” (verse 14).

So how do we go about discovering the things of God? Becoming better acquainted with the marvels of the creation and our awesome universe itself is one helpful key. “The heavens tell of the glory of God. The skies display his marvelous craftsmanship,” declared King David (Psalms 19:1 Psalms 19:1The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows his handiwork.
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Yet the Bible itself is the one overriding key to knowing and understanding God. As it states, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God” (2 Timothy 3:16 2 Timothy 3:16All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
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Let's briefly look at 10 major attributes and qualities of God that His Word teaches (realizing, of course, that there are many more).

1. God is our Creator

God is the Supreme Creator of everything. Yet in the last century and a half the theory of evolution has become a big barrier to belief in God as Creator. This atheistic line of thought dominates the thinking of the world's intelligentsia. In fact, much of modern higher education is based on an irrational belief in a series of lucky accidents—mindless evolution. (To see the falsity of this widely accepted theory, request or download our free booklet Creation or Evolution: Does It Really Matter What You Believe? )

God the Father accomplished the creation by and through His Son Jesus Christ. Notice what the apostle Paul tells us: “God … created all things through Jesus Christ” (Ephesians 3:9 Ephesians 3:9And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world has been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:
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). He expanded this wondrous truth to the church at Colosse: “For by Him [Jesus Christ] all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him” (Colossians 1:16 Colossians 1:16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:
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Christ is the Creator! The book of Hebrews confirms this truth: “God . . . has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds” (Hebrews 1:1-2 Hebrews 1:1-2 1 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, 2 Has in these last days spoken to us by his Son, whom he has appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;
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The awesome creation account in Genesis 1 is confirmed and complemented by the opening verses of John's Gospel: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made” (John 1:1-3 John 1:1-3 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
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). Verse 14 tells us that “the Word” through whom God created all things is Jesus Christ. (To understand more, request or download our free booklet Life's Ultimate Question: Does God Exist? )

2. God is supreme Lawgiver

The apostle James, the Lord's brother, reminds us that “every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning” (James 1:17 James 1:17Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom is no ficklenss, neither shadow of turning.
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). One of the greatest gifts God has given mankind is His spiritual law. This apostle then refers to it as “the perfect law of liberty” (verse 25). He also calls it “the royal law” (James 2:8 James 2:8If you fulfill the royal law according to the scripture, You shall love your neighbor as yourself, you do well:
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One noted British professor of law wrote: “Law is all-pervasive. It exists in every cell of life. It affects everyone virtually all of the time. It governs everything in life and even what happens to us after life . . . It governs the air we breathe, the food and drink that we consume, our travel, sexuality, family relationships and our property” (Gary Slapper, How the Law Works, 2007, p. 1).

Why, then, do so many religionists believe and teach that God's law is a yoke of bondage? How they have distorted God's Word! The entire universe operates under the laws of physics. We can absolutely count on Halley's Comet appearing in the sky at a specific time. Our civilized world suffers enormous harm when the forces of anarchy gain the upper hand. Without law, human civilization could not long endure.

The prophet Isaiah tells us that “the Lord is our Lawgiver” (Isaiah 33:22 Isaiah 33:22For the LORD is our judge, the LORD is our lawgiver, the LORD is our king; he will save us.
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Jesus Christ summed up the Ten Commandments in two broad principles: love of God, “the first and great commandment,” and love of neighbor (Matthew 22:36-39 Matthew 22:36-39 36 Master, which is the great commandment in the law? 37 Jesus said to him, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like to it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
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). The Ten Commandments constitute a law of love. “For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome” (1 John 5:3 1 John 5:3For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.
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3. God is love

The word love is probably the most misused, misapplied term in the English language. Lustful desire to possess another person most certainly is not real love. Love is so often confused with lust in the TV and movie world. Many are misled into sin by countless fantasy films promoting illicit eroticism. (Stories of how wholesome relationships develop into true romantic love are rare in the entertainment media.)

The New Testament was originally written in Greek, which has the distinct advantage of having different words for different kinds of love. Agape is the term that best describes God Himself. It generally expresses altruistic, outgoing concern for others.

The apostle John explains, “Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is born of God and knows God. But anyone who does not love does not know God— for God is love” (1 John 4:7-8 1 John 4:7-8 7 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loves is born of God, and knows God. 8 He that loves not knows not God; for God is love.
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, New Living Translation). Our Creator continually teaches human beings to love both God and neighbor.

Love is the first and foremost expression of God's Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22 Galatians 5:22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
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The apostle Paul tells us how love should function in a spiritually transformed person: “Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity [sin], but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails” (1 Corinthians 13:4-8 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 4 Charity suffers long, and is kind; charity envies not; charity braggs not itself, is not puffed up, 5 Does not behave itself unseemly, seeks not her own, is not easily provoked, thinks no evil; 6 Rejoices not in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7 Bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8 Charity never fails: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.
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What is the ultimate, perfect expression of God the Father's love for human beings trapped in their sins? The Bible gives us the answer: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16 John 3:16For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
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4. God is full of justice and mercy

God's love embraces both justice and mercy. He is a God of justice as well as abundant mercy. It is because of the divine attribute of justice that the penalty for our sins—our transgressions of God's law (see 1 John 3:4 1 John 3:4Whoever commits sin transgresses also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.
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)—had to be paid. But it is through divine mercy that Christ died for our sins. Since “the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23 Romans 6:23For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
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), the sinless Christ suffered a cruel death in our place so that the God of justice could also show us His great mercy—thereby freely forgiving our sins so He could give us everlasting life.

The Bible takes sin seriously! Sin constitutes rebellion against God, who opposes all forms of evil. Cheap grace has never been part of the Father's plan and is absolutely contrary to His divine character. We have all broken His spiritual law, and true repentance is the first step on our way back to Him.

Yet reconciliation to God the Father could only be made possible by the steepest price imaginable—the shed blood of His Son Jesus Christ. As the apostle Peter expressed it, “You were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot” (1 Peter 1:18-19 1 Peter 1:18-19 18 For as much as you know that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; 19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:
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When Jesus returns to reign on the earth, He will bring order to the whole world—“and establish it with judgment and justice” (Isaiah 9:7 Isaiah 9:7Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, on the throne of David, and on his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from now on even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.
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). Also notice that “with righteousness He shall judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the earth” (Isaiah 11:4 Isaiah 11:4But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth: with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked.
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We should never overlook God's justice and His judgments, which are generously tempered by great mercy. James wrote that “mercy triumphs over judgment” (James 2:13 James 2:13For he shall have judgment without mercy, that has showed no mercy; and mercy rejoices against judgment.
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). Paul wrote, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort” (2 Corinthians 1:3 2 Corinthians 1:3Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;
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5. God is eternal

Jesus Christ prayed shortly before His agonizing suffering that would end in His death, “And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was” (John 17:5 John 17:5And now, O Father, glorify you me with your own self with the glory which I had with you before the world was.
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). God existed before everything!

Remember that “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever” (Hebrews 13:8 Hebrews 13:8Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.
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). The glorified Christ stated, “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, . . . who is and who was and who is to come” (Revelation 1:8 Revelation 1:8I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, said the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.
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). “The Alpha and the Omega” is an idiomatic Greek expression denoting “the eternal creative existence of God” ( The New Bible Dictionary, 1974, p. 26).

Hebrews 7:3 Hebrews 7:3Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like to the Son of God; stays a priest continually.
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speaks of One who has “neither beginning of days nor end of life.” This is the High Priest Melchizedek (verse 1), the One who later became Jesus Christ. (For the biblical evidence, see our free booklet Who Is God? ) Indeed, Christ's existence is “from everlasting” (Micah 5:2 Micah 5:2But you, Bethlehem Ephratah, though you be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of you shall he come forth to me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.
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The prophet Isaiah recorded this awesome truth about God: “For thus says the High and Lofty One who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy …” (Isaiah 57:15 Isaiah 57:15For thus said the high and lofty One that inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.
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). God the Father and Jesus Christ (the Word) have always existed. They are divine spirit beings (John 4:24 John 4:24God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
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). No one created Them. They were present before the beginning of the creation — before time began. They are eternal!

6. God is a family

The apostle Paul exclaimed, “I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named” (Ephesians 3:14-15 Ephesians 3:14-15 14 For this cause I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,
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God is not a closed Trinity, but an expanding family. Concerning the Trinity doctrine, The Oxford Companion to the Bible 's opening words under the article “Trinity” are enlightening:

“Because the Trinity is such an important part of later Christian doctrine, it is striking that the term does not appear in the New Testament. Likewise, the developed concept of three coequal partners in the Godhead found in later creedal formulations cannot be clearly detected within the confines of the [New Testament] canon” (Bruce Metzger and Michael Coogan, editors, 1993, p. 782, emphasis added).

The word later here is a vital key in understanding why general Christian belief became burdened with the Trinity doctrine. It wasn't until long after the Bible was written that theologians originally came up with the doctrine, and others added to and elaborated on it down through the centuries.

Regrettably, the Trinity doctrine has been a major barrier to clear comprehension of the biblical truth that God is a divine family. (To understand much more, request or download our free booklet Who Is God? )

The God family is headed by the Father and presently consists of God the Father and God the Son, Jesus Christ. Their plan and desire is fully focused on “bringing many sons [and daughters] to glory” (Hebrews 2:10 Hebrews 2:10For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.
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Jesus Christ is “the firstborn from the dead” (Colossians 1:18 Colossians 1:18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.
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)—“the firstborn among many brethren” (Romans 8:29 Romans 8:29For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.
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). These passages mean that many more are going to join the family as divine spirit beings like the Father and Christ at the first resurrection, when the righteous are raised to everlasting life (see 1 Corinthians 15:49-54 1 Corinthians 15:49-54 49 And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly. 50 Now this I say, brothers, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither does corruption inherit incorruption. 51 Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
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; 1 John 3:1-2 1 John 3:1-2 1 Behold, what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knows us not, because it knew him not. 2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it does not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
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; Revelation 20:6 Revelation 20:6Blessed and holy is he that has part in the first resurrection: on such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.
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Those who are truly converted and have received God's Holy Spirit are already reckoned to be a part of the family (again, see Ephesians 3:14-15 Ephesians 3:14-15 14 For this cause I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,
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). They await the final step at the second coming.

At that time Jesus “will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body” (Philippians 3:21 Philippians 3:21Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like to his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things to himself.
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). Then it can be said in its fullest sense, “I will be a Father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty” (2 Corinthians 6:18 2 Corinthians 6:18And will be a Father to you, and you shall be my sons and daughters, said the Lord Almighty.
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Even this supremely important step involves only the firstfruits of God's salvation, as He will eventually add countless others to His family. (For further knowledge of our Creator's awesome plan and purpose for humanity, request or download our free booklet What Is Your Destiny? )

7. God is the great Healer

In spite of all the wondrous achievements and advancements in medical science, mankind is still plagued by diabetes, cancer, heart disease, AIDS, a host of harmful addictions and unending chronic ailments. Certain medicines can aid the healing process, though sometimes with serious side effects. Human beings still desperately need divine healing.

Over time our Creator has made it possible for doctors and researchers to gain marvellous insights into how our bodies function. Jesus Christ never spoke against the physicians of His day. On the contrary He said on one occasion, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick” (Matthew 9:12 Matthew 9:12But when Jesus heard that, he said to them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick.
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). Luke, who travelled extensively with the apostle Paul and wrote a large portion of the New Testament, was called “the beloved physician” (Colossians 4:14 Colossians 4:14 Luke, the beloved physician, and Demas, greet you.
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All that properly said, most Christians do not realize that the Bible describes God as our healer. “I am the LORD who heals you,” He says (Exodus 15:26 Exodus 15:26And said, If you will diligently listen to the voice of the LORD your God, and will do that which is right in his sight, and will give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases on you, which I have brought on the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that heals you.
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). Yet His miracle-working power does not always find much favor in our largely secular society. Even in a local area of the Holy Land some 2,000 years ago, the Bible states that Jesus “could do no mighty work there, except that He laid His hands on a few sick people and healed them. And He marveled because of their unbelief” (Mark 6:5-6 Mark 6:5-6 5 And he could there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands on a few sick folk, and healed them. 6 And he marveled because of their unbelief. And he went round about the villages, teaching.
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Nonetheless, He healed many during His earthly ministry: “Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people” (Matthew 9:35 Matthew 9:35And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.
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A noted British theologian rightly contradicted this common assessment: “To deny even the possibility of miracles, whether from theological prejudice or scientific secularism, borders on the absurd. Since we believe that God is the sovereign Creator of the universe, he is certainly able to intrude into his own world. We have no liberty either to lock him up into one of our neat little boxes or to dictate to him what he is permitted to do” (John Stott, Evangelical Truth, 2003, p. 124).

Many Christians are not even aware of the Bible's instruction when they become ill: “Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord” (James 5:14 James 5:14Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:
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Jesus said, “According to your faith, let it be it unto you” (Matthew 9:29 Matthew 9:29Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it to you.
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). To understand how to increase your faith, request or download our free booklet You Can Have Living Faith .

8. God is the ultimate planner

All human beings are important in God's eyes. The first man and woman were the crown of His physical creation. After all, He made them in His own image (Genesis 1:26-27 Genesis 1:26-27 26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth. 27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
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), and we are their offspring.

Jesus Christ said, “And I, if I am lifted up from the earth [referring to His crucifixion that would soon take place], will draw all peoples to Myself” (John 12:32 John 12:32And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to me.
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). The first step in God's plan for humankind was the sacrifice of His Son so our sins could be forgiven. But His divine plan doesn't stop there.

Notice what Paul told the Christians of Ephesus: “He made known to us his secret purpose, in accordance with the plan which he determined beforehand in Christ, to be put into effect when the time was ripe: namely that the universe, everything in heaven and earth, might be brought into a unity with Christ” (Ephesians 1:9-10 Ephesians 1:9-10 9 Having made known to us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he has purposed in himself: 10 That in the dispensation of the fullness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:
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, Revised English Bible).

In this present age, much remains in chaos and confusion. “For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now” (Romans 8:22 Romans 8:22For we know that the whole creation groans and travails in pain together until now.
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). But it won't always be this way. Read the next verse: “Not only that, but we also who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption [or full rights of sonship], the redemption of our body [at the time of the resurrection]” (verse 23).

A little earlier Paul had written that “the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God” (verse 19). God is going to straighten everything out with the help of His resurrected saints. That is why He is calling the firstfruits of His family during this age of man. Many more will be called to salvation in due time.

God will complete His great purpose in the step-by-step order revealed in the Bible. Our Creator has revealed all seven steps of His majestic divine plan through the observance of the annual biblical festivals. To understand each one, ask for or download our free booklet God's Holy Day Plan: The Promise of Hope for All Mankind .

9. God reveals the future

No human seer or prophet could have accurately predicted the remarkable rise and fall of nations, leaders and people foretold in the Bible. God counsels us all to “remember the former things of old [the things He has already accomplished], for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like Me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things that are not yet done” (Isaiah 46:9-10 Isaiah 46:9-10 9 Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, 10 Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:
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Our Creator “calls those things which do not [yet] exist as though they [already] did” (Romans 4:17 Romans 4:17(As it is written, I have made you a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who vivifies the dead, and calls those things which be not as though they were.
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). He has the power, foresight and wisdom to bring things to pass according to His great plan and purpose for mankind. “Indeed I have spoken it; I will also bring it to pass. I have purposed it; I will do it” (Isaiah 46:11 Isaiah 46:11Calling a ravenous bird from the east, the man that executes my counsel from a far country: yes, I have spoken it, I will also bring it to pass; I have purposed it, I will also do it.
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God not only foretells a wondrous future world of prosperity, peace and plenty, but also a time of horrifying catastrophes that man will first bring on himself. Although our expanding modern technology, growing exponentially, lavishes on us many labor-saving devices our forefathers could only dream of, it has also produced incalculable means of self-destruction threatening our security.

Meanwhile crime and violence, sickness and disease, famine and starvation, poverty and unhappiness are accelerating just as God prophesied in His Word long ago. He is a living God of love and mercy, justice and compassion—and He will intervene to save humanity from itself (Matthew 24:21-22 Matthew 24:21-22 21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. 22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.
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If God did not exist, truly our fate would be tragically sealed and all human life doomed. But He is our living, intervening God. He is quite aware of present world trends and is deeply concerned about our own self-inflicted plight. Humanity is caught in a destructive trap of rebellion against our Creator—and we are completely helpless to deliver ourselves out of it.

That is why God the Father will send His Son Jesus Christ back to earth to save us from ourselves (Revelation 11:15 Revelation 11:15And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.
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). During that millennial period many billions of people will be brought to real repentance through the word of God going to all nations from Jerusalem.

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10. God cares for you

Diana, Princess of Wales (1961-1997), brought caring and compassion into the forefront of the public mind. Noted British historian and journalist Paul Johnson wrote, “She had the most princely gift of making the most insignificant person feel important to her, the recipient of her undivided attention, no longer excluded and ignored but brought into the warm circle, welcomed, cherished, made much of.”

Caring and compassion is one divine attribute that people sometimes overlook in considering our Creator. But King David didn't. He exclaimed: “But You, O LORD, are a God full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering and abundant in mercy and truth … You, Lord, have helped me and comforted me” (Psalms 86:15-17 Psalms 86:15-17 15 But you, O Lord, are a God full of compassion, and gracious, long suffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth. 16 O turn to me, and have mercy on me; give your strength to your servant, and save the son of your handmaid. 17 Show me a token for good; that they which hate me may see it, and be ashamed: because you, LORD, have helped me, and comforted me.
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In the Gospels we read that “when Jesus went out He saw a great multitude; and He was moved with compassion for them, and healed their sick” (Matthew 14:14 Matthew 14:14And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick.
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). The apostle James later wrote that “the Lord is very compassionate and merciful” (James 5:11 James 5:11Behold, we count them happy which endure. You have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.
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This sinning world in which we live inevitably creates much anxious worry in many people. But the apostle Peter tells us to exhibit true humility and trust in God in “casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you” (1 Peter 5:6-7 1 Peter 5:6-7 6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: 7 Casting all your care on him; for he cares for you.
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David beautifully expressed our Creator's care and concern for you: “Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: who forgives all your iniquities, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from destruction, who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies” (Psalms 103:2-4 Psalms 103:2-4 2 Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: 3 Who forgives all your iniquities; who heals all your diseases; 4 Who redeems your life from destruction; who crowns you with loving kindness and tender mercies;
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Summing up

One passage in the book of Ephesians sums up what God wants His people to know and understand about Him. Paul told the Christians he wrote to that he prayed for them with this in mind: “that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power” (Ephesians 1:17-19 Ephesians 1:17-19 17 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: 18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, 19 And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,
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Our prayer likewise is that you will seek understanding of your Creator, receive what He reveals and experience the power of Him working in your life! GN