Who is God

God is the creator, the builder of our universe and everything in it. However He is also much more then that. He is the forgiver of sins and loves each one of us as his children. 

God comes to us in 3 forms:
  • God The Father
  • God The Son
  • God The Spirit

God: The Father

"In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth" Genesis 1:1 (NCV - New Century Version)

God created everything in the universe including us, he created us in his image and what God created he loved. He created us to be perfect, however when the serpent tempted Eve with the apple (Genesis 3) we became separated from God. Although we sinned against God he never stopped loving us. 

All throughout the Old Testament there are examples of good people receiving His blessing and bad people receiving His judgement. Two examples are Noah being saved from the flood (Genesis 7) and Sodom and Gomorrah being destroyed for its depravity.(Genesis 19:23-25). 

God: The Son

God came to us in the form of a man, Jesus Christ,  conceived by the Holy Spirit and born to the Virgin Mary. He was God's only Son who was born for our salvation. When Jesus was an adult He was tempted by the Devil (Luke 4) He overcame these trials by believing in the Scripture and trusting in God.

After these tests he started his ministry, teaching people using parables and healing people when they asked. Some of his teachings upset the Jewish priests so they plotted to get rid of him (John 11:45-57) and through the betrayal of Judas Iscariot, one of Jesus' own disciples (Luke 22) Jesus was arrested at night by the Temple guards at the Garden of Gethsemane (Luke 22:47-53). Jesus is then taken to be questioned by the high priest where they tried to find some reason to execute him (Matthew 26:57-67), in the morning after his arrest the priests decide to take Jesus to see the Roman governor Pontius Pilate, who can find no reason to execute him(Matthew 27:11-14), but due to the threat of civil unrest instigated by the priests Pilate reluctantly hands Jesus over to them to be crucified (Matthew 27:26-31)

Jesus was hung from the cross on Golgotha (Place of skulls) outside Jerusalem in between two criminals(John 19:18), and at noon on the day after his arrest the "whole country became dark and the darkness lasted for three hours" (Matthew 27:45) Jesus was offered a sponge soaked in vinegar, when he tasted it Jesus uttered three words "It is finished" and bowed his head and died. (John 20:28-30)

Because the following day was a special Sabbath the Jewish people didn't want any bodies left on the crosses, so the Roman soldiers broke the legs of the two criminals to hasten their demise but when they came to Jesus they saw he was already dead, however to make sure that he was dead a soldier pierced Jesus' side with a spear (John 19:31-37)

Jesus was buried in a tomb in a garden closed to where he was crucified (John 19:38-42) A heavy stone was rolled in front of the tomb (Mark 15:46). On the next day, 3 women came to see Jesus' body however when they got to the tomb they saw that it was empty and that the stone had been moved. In the tomb was an angel wearing white robes who told the women that Jesus had risen from the dead, and that they should tell all of Jesus' disciples (Mark 16)

After this Jesus appears several times to his followers, before finally ascending into Heaven (Luke 24:50) to sit at the right hand of God. 

His life and His teachings are told in the first four books of the New Testament, which make up the gospels, from his humble birth to his horrific death and His amazing Resurrection and Ascension. 

God: The Spirit

The Holy Spirit helps people to perform miracles such as healing, speaking in tongues (other languages), and being able to write down the words of God. In the letter to Corinth Paul writes about several spiritual gifts and how we should seek those instead of material possessions (1 Corinthians 14:1-25). 

Jesus' original apostles were granted a gift from the Holy Spirit in the book of Acts to help them to talk in different languages which would help them to spread the message of God and his Son Jesus (Acts 2:1-13).

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