The Bible tells us three things specifically about the nature of God. We must form our thoughts, ideas and opinions about God in the light of these three things.
GOD IS SPIRIT.
John 4:24 declares, God is Spirit. In the original text there is no corresponding word for the indefinite article a. Our King James translation, God is a Spirit, is horrendous. The text should read, God is Spirit. To say, God is a Spirit, is to suggest that he is one among many. Our Lords words to the Samaritan were God is Spirit. God is Spirit in the highest sense of the word.
This distinguishes him from all his creatures. He made his angels spirits. Man was created with a spirit. Even Satan is a spirit. But God is Spirit. That means that he has no physical, visible body. If God had a body he could not be omnipresent and infinite. He would be limited to one place at a time. But, because God is Spirit, he is both infinite and omnipresent. He fills heaven and earth at all times. And, because God is Spirit, all who worship him must worship him in Spirit and in Truth.
GOD IS LIGHT.
God is light, and in him is no darkness at all (1 John 1:5). Light is the exact opposite of darkness. In the Scriptures darkness represents sin, evil and death. Light represents holiness, truth and life. When John says, God is light, his meaning is this: -- God is the sum and essence of all that is excellent. God is holiness, God is truth, God is life, because God is light.
GOD IS LOVE.
Twice, the Holy Spirit moved John to tell us that God is love. (1 John 4:8, 16). It is true that God loves, that love is in God, and that love comes from God. But John is not describing an act of God, or a gift of God, but an attribute of God. God is love.
As his nature is Spirit and Light, so in the essence of his Being God is love! Whenever we think about the love of God we must understand that Gods love is altogether like himself. It is uninfluenced, eternal, infinite, sovereign, immutable, holy, effectual and free. Love is not a fickle passion or emotion with God, as it is with men. Love is the commitment of Gods glorious Being to the salvation of his elect.
This love is what the theologians call a communicable attribute of God. All who are born of God are made partakers of this attribute of the divine nature. It is written, He that loveth not knoweth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
Grace Baptist Church of Danville - Grace For Today Radio Message #812
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