In this episode of Three Dimensional Theology we’re talking about God.
That’s a really broad topic, after all God is infinite, all powerful, and all knowing. How can this be condensed into a short podcast format? Well, it can’t. In fact, we humans are finite creatures who don’t have the ability to talk about an infinite God at all.
Except that this God that the Bible talks about sometimes talks to us. This God sometimes comes and addresses people. And then he tells them to share this encounter with others.
Who or what is God? We don’t have time to do justice to this question. Indeed, we aren’t up to the task. But we can look at what God does, and what God says about himself. Theologian Robert Jenson (who died about a year ago) once said, “God is whoever raised Jesus from the dead, having before raised Israel from Egypt.” I think that’s pretty good. And I think it directs us to one of the most interesting times when God identifies himself: Exodus 3.
“Moses said to God, “Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what shall I tell them?”
God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I AM has sent me to you.’ ”
God also said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites, ‘The LORD, the God of your fathers—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob—has sent me to you.’
“This is my name forever,
the name you shall call me
from generation to generation.
“Go, assemble the elders of Israel and say to them, ‘The LORD, the God of your fathers—the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob—appeared to me and said: I have watched over you and have seen what has been done to you in Egypt. And I have promised to bring you up out of your misery in Egypt into the land of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites—a land flowing with milk and honey.’” (Exod 3:13–17 NIV11)
Who is God? God gives three part answer:
God is “I AM WHAT I AM”
God is the God of this people
God is the God who has seen what’s gone on, and promises to rescue his people from it
Of course as Christians, we have a bit more to say. God is Trinity - Three in One. Our God is the God that we come to know in Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit.