FOGBO Unit 2a and 2b 
Table of Contents  
 
1. Understanding the Nature and Character of God.
The study of the Godhead.     
Seeing the Heart of God in His attributes.
The Triune Uniqueness of God.   
 
The study of the Godhead. Introduction The importance of knowing about our God.  God lives as three persons. Here we see the uniqueness of our God.   Each person of the Godhead has the same attributes or qualities that identify them as the one true God of Heaven. Looking at them we can see a great deal about our God and His heart for us. 

The study God as a person by looking at Jesus.  The written Word of God declares the nature and character of God. The life of Jesus, the Word made flesh, demonstrates the nature and character of God by His responses and relationships with those around Him.

 2. Understanding God as a Person by looking at Jesus .  
Syllabus and assignments for Understanding the Nature and Character of God.  

 

 INTRODUCTION TO THE STUDY OF GOD.  God wants us to know and understand Him.  "But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD." Jer. 9:24    Jesus wants us to know Him.   "Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls." Mat. 11:29

The saved want to know Him.  "Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; " Phil. 3:8-10

The focus and purpose of this course is to help you to know your God, and His heart. The goal of this course is to help you be like Him.  "Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus." Phil. 3:12-14

Solomon said: "For as he thinketh in his heart so is he: . . ." Prov. 23:7  

The more we know and think about the Lord, the more we will want to be like Him, the more we become like Him.  This is a universal law or principle of being conformed by the thoughts we dwell on. [ meditation ] Sometimes spoken of as the law of Positive thinking, when applied to business that produces success. Conversely it also conforms one to evil if one dwells on such things. It is wise to guard our thoughts, that we be molded , or conformed into the will of God, a Christ like life. Lest we become conformed to the world.   “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” Romans 12:2
  
HOW DO WE GET TO KNOW GOD?  “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.....And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth." ohn 1:1, 14 “If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him. Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us. Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?" John 14:7-9.   

                                                               
WE CAN SEE AND KNOW THE LIVING WORD TODAY, through the written Word of God, the Bible. If our eyes are set to see our God, and not to look for words to justify our cause, or to condemn another, we will see God. We see Him through what He says, and what He does. We see his heart through His will for us, as well as in His denials to us.


1. The study of God is important to understanding His will and His Word. The principles, and precepts of God's Word, come from the attributes or qualities that make God what He is.  "Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him." John 14:6-7 The only way the written Word can be understood, is in terms of a way of life. The only life that lived the truth is Jesus. Therefore, only as we look to see Him in the Bible, can we understand His Word.  

2. The study of God is equally important to know what we are to be like. For we were made to be like Him.   "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 creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them." Gen 1:26-27  
 
HOW CAN WE BE LIKE GOD, if we do not take time to know Him? 

HOW CAN WE KNOW HIM,  if we do not take time to study His Word? 

Here is an Illustration I use of the Trinity.

Now let us consider the works of the GODHEAD?    It is only through the Scriptures, we can see the intimate Heart of God by His personal attributes.   

GOD ALONE HAS THE UNIQUE QUALITY OF BEING ABLE TO LIVE AS THREE PERSONS, Each one having the same qualities or attributes that makes Him God.   

1. GOD IS OMNIPOTENT (all powerful)   "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth". Gen. 1:1 "And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect." Gen. 17:1   Consider: Deut. 3:24 and Mat. 19:26  
      
Attributes of God the Father  "Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time." 1 Pet. 1:5 Consider John 10:27-30

Attributes of God the Son   "Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:  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: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.  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.  For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;" Col. 1:15-19 Consider: 2 Cor. 12:9
 
Attributes of God the Holy Spirit   "Through mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God; so that from Jerusalem, and round about unto Illyricum, I have fully preached the gospel of Christ." Rom. 15:19  Consider: Eph. 3:16 

2. GOD IS OMNISCIENT (all knowing)   "Doth not he see my ways, and count all my steps?" Job. 31:4  "For his eyes are upon the ways of man, and he seeth all his goings. There is no darkness, nor shadow of death, where the workers of iniquity may hide themselves death, where the workers of iniquity may hide themselves." Job 34:21   Consider:  Job. 31:4; Psa. 139:1-4, Psa. 147:5; 1 John. 3:20    

Attributes of God the Father.   "I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man  according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings." Jer.17:10    

Attributes of  God the Son.  "And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works”. Rev. 2:23

Attributes of God the Holy Spirit.  "For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God." 1 Cor. 2:11  

3. GOD IS OMNIPRESENT (ever present, infinite,)   "Know therefore this day, and consider it in thine heart, that the LORD he is  God in heaven above, and upon the earth beneath: there is none else." Deut. 4:39   Consider:  Psa. 139:7-10 
                       
Of God the Father.  "Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? saith the LORD. Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith the LORD." Jer. 23:24  "For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the  midst of them." Mat. 18:20

Of GOD the Son. "Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all." Ephesians 1:23   Consider Col. 2:9

Of God the Holy Spirit.  "Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?"   Psa. 139:7,  consider John 14:16 - 17
                                
4 GOD IS ETERNAL  (always existed and always will, past, present, and future)   "The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms: and he shall thrust out the enemy from before thee; and shall say , Destroy them." Deut. 33:27  

Of God the Father.   "Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations. Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God." Psa. 90:1-2   

Of God the Son.   “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty." Rev. 1:8

Of God the Holy Spirit.  "How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?" Heb. 9:14                                                                   

5. GOD IS ABSOLUTE  (perfect and complete)   "For truly my words shall not be false: he that is perfect in knowledge is with thee. Behold, God is mighty, and despiseth not any: he is mighty in strength and wisdom.”Job 36:4-5  Consider: Job. 37:16 and Mat. 5:48
                                                                        
6. GOD IS SELF-SUFFICIENT He is the source of all things that exist, including His own life. He is not dependent on anyone or anything, but himself.  "Moreover the LORD answered Job, and said, Shall he that contendeth with the Almighty instruct him? he that reproveth God, let him answer it." JOB 40:1-2  Consider: Isa. 45:9-13; Rom. 9:14-25; Col. 1:12-18.    
 
7. GOD IS FREE (not in bondage to anyone, or anything, free to act on His will alone)   “But now, O Lord, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are work of thy and.” Isa. 64_8   Consider: Jer. 18:1-6; Job 40:1-2, Col. 1:15-19.  

8. GOD IS IMMUTABLE (unchanging, always the same, His word is sure) God's immutability makes Him the God of INTEGRITY, making His Words truth, and His promises sure. "God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good? Num. 23:19  Consider: Exodus. 3:7-14; Mal. 3:6; James. 1:17
 
"JESUS CHRIST THE SAME YESTERDAY, AND TO DAY, AND FOR EVER." Heb. 13:8

God's IMMUTABILITY makes Him a God of DISCIPLINE. As all that He does must be in line with His character and in harmony with it, therefore He is consistent in His actions and judgments.  

9. His character is HOLY. (pure, undefiled, no evil in Him)  "Who is like unto thee, O LORD, among the gods? who is like thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders?" Ex.15:11  Consider:  Psa. 99:9; James 1:13; 1 John 1:5 
 
10. God's character is RIGHTEOUS  (all that He does is just, by His scale of values, being in harmony with His character.)   "That be far from thee to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked: and that the righteous should be as the wicked, that be far from thee: Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?" Gen. 18:25    Consider:  Deut. 6:25 and Psa. 31:1; 97:2; 119:137-138
   
11. God's character is LOVE (pure, faithful, sacrificial)   "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”  John 3:16-17   Consider:  John. 15:9-10; 17:23-26; 1 John 4:8, 16.
       
12. God's character is MERCIFUL (compassion, involvement, forgiveness)  " 1 And the LORD said unto Moses, Hew thee two tables of stone like unto the first: and I will write upon these tables the words that were in the first tables, which thou brakest. 2 And be ready in the morning, and come up in the morning unto mount Sinai, and present thyself there to me in the top of the mount. 3 And no man shall come up with thee, neither let any man be seen throughout all the mount; neither let the flocks nor herds feed before that mount. 4 And he hewed two tables of stone like unto the first; and Moses rose up early in the morning, and went up unto mount Sinai, as the LORD had commanded him, and took in his hand the two tables of stone.
5 And the LORD descended in the cloud, and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the LORD. 6 And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, 7 Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children's children, unto the third and to the fourth generation.
Exodus 34:1-7  Consider: Gen. 19:14-16; Psa. 145:18; 2 Cor.1:3-4; Eph. 2:3-5    

God's character is GRACIOUS (giving undeserved loving kindness) "Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus."  Rom. 3:24-26  Consider: Rom. 5:15, 11:6; Eph. 2:4-10.  
 
GOD'S LOVE, MERCY, and GRACE are closely related and function together. It is also good to remember they are not separated from God's HOLINESS and RIGHTEOUSNESS. Everything God does must be in harmony with all of them.

How much should we praise Him, for being the wonderful God He is?  

Think on this! "And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints." Rev. 5:8  Could it be that He loves us so much, and values our praise so much, that He puts them in golden vials?  That He takes them out longingly wanting to hear them more often than He does. Ashamedly I think so, and praise Him more often. How about you?     

Self test: on the nature and character of God.   These questions are more than an academic quiz, they help you think through the facts you have learned, so that you can form convictions as to the will of God for your life.  Remember meditation on God’s Word is the key to gaining wisdom, and only when it is applied in your life are you assured of being in the will of God and the place of His blessing.

Things to consider:  
Q1. Why is the study of God so important, and what will it produce in you?  
Q2.  Consider the three persons of God, and tell why each is important to you.  
Q3. Explain why each attribute of God is important to you when you consider the following questions in the light of.1 Pet.5:7 "Cas­ting all your care upon him; for he careth for you."   
(a) as your Saviour and intercessor? (b) as your judge? (c) as your Father? (d) His will for your life?
Q4.  What have you learned of God's heart from looking at His attributes?  
Q5.  What response should you have?
 

Syllabus for Understanding God as a Person by Looking at Jesus   

1. Assignment:  Look up all references given, and summarize them.  We must keep in mind that we were made to be in the image and likeness of God, therefore we are to take on His character and live by His standards, and not ours or the worlds. Remember every true Biblical Doctrine is in harmony with the nature and character of God. See what you can learn of God’s hearts desire for you in this lesson.  

2. Assignment: For the application of what you have studied in this unit. Write me a letter on how the image and person of God as seen through Christ, differs from that characterized by different religions?

Let's look at the person of God, as seen in Jesus.                                                           

 UNDERSTANDING GOD AS A PERSON BY LOOKING AT JESUS  UNIT 2b

Jesus said we could see and know God the Father if we take time to see, and observe Him. It was true then, and is true today, if we look in the Scriptures to see Him, know His ways, and His heart. "Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him. Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us. Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father? Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works' sake." John 14:6-11   

God wants us to know and understand Him. "But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD." Jer. 9:24  Consider: Mat. 11:29  
 
1. HIS INTELLECT (knowledge) is equal to the Father.  "That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ; In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge." Col. 2:2-3  

Think on this!  "And needed not that any should testify of man: for he knew what was in man."  John 2:25  Consider: Col. 1:14-19 and Psa. 139:1-4   
 
2 HIS EMOTIONS (feelings) LOVE: Jesu's love is unconditional and disciplined. Being in subjection to His holiness and righteousness, His love is never permissive or selfish. "Now before the feast of the passover, when Jesus knew that his hour was come that he should depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end." John 13:1  Consider: John 14:31, Phil. 2:6-8; 1 Cor. chapt. 13; Rom. 8:35-39

JOY: His joy came from His Father's will, and His obedience to it.  "In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes: even so, Father; for so it seemed good in thy sight." Luke 10:21  Consider: Luke 15:5; John 17:13; Heb. 12:2; 1 Cor. 1:24-29
        
GRIEF and TEARS for He is tenderhearted.  "Then when Mary was come where Jesus was, and saw him, she fell down at his feet, saying unto him, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died. When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews also weeping which came with her, he groaned in the spirit, and was troubled. And said, Where have ye laid him? They said unto him, Lord, come and see. Jesus wept. Then said the Jews, Behold how he loved him!" John 11:32-36  Consider: Luke 19:41
   
SORROW:  (sadness). "And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and very heavy. Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me." Math. 26:3738  Consider: Isa. 53:1-12
 
FEAR: Jesus had to experience the unknown. "Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me. And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt." Mat. 26:38-39  Consider:  2 Cor. 5:21   

The Lord knew what sin had done to, and with, man.   However the Lord, being Holy, had never personally experienced sin.  That had to be the most repulsive, obnoxious, thought. It must have almost devastated His Holy and Righteous mind with fear of such an experience. Much less the thought of the absolute alienation, total abandonment of the Spirit of God, resulting from His becoming our sin. These two experiences were foreign and frightening to the Lord. However, fear was conquered by committing Himself to the will of His Father with His victorious cry: "nevertheless not my will, but as thou wilt " Fear can be dealt with in our lives in the same way.  The previous passage has been my personal source of peace in may terrorizing moments in my life. I pray it is, or will be, as much help to you as it is for me. 

PEACE: Is the result of contentment in His position with, and in the will of His Father.   "And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do. And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was. I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word." John 17:3-6  Consider:  John 17:10-12, 22-26
 
COMPASSION: Having empathy (entering in and sharing in another's position) is always active never passive.   "Then Jesus called his disciples unto him, and said, I have compassion on the multitude, because they continue with me now three days, and have nothing to eat: and I will not send them away fasting, lest they faint in the way." Math.15:32   Consider: Mat. 20:34, 23:37.
 
JEALOUS: Loyalty or faithfulness in keeping guard for your or another's property.  "Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me.” Ex. 20:5  Consider: Exodus 34:14 and John 2:17
 
ANGER:  His anger is directed toward the sin, not the sinner. "And when he had looked round about on them with anger, being grieved for the hardness of their hearts, he saith unto the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it out: and his hand was restored whole as the other." Mark 3:5  Consider: John 2:13-17          
                                                                              
Jesus kept His emotions under the control of His character, by the Holy Sprit, showing us the God of heaven is a God of discipline. "Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need." Heb.4:4-16  Consider: Heb. 2:17-18, 7:26  
                                                                                                                                  
3. HIS WILL 

To OBEY His Father.  "I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me." John 5:30  Consider:  John 6:38, 14:10 and 15:10

To Glorify the Father. "These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to  heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee: As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him. And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do."  John 17:1-4   Consider: John 15:8  

To SANCTIFY HIMSELF: set apart unto God being totally committed to Him and His Word.   "And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth."  John 17:19   Consider: John 14:10-11  
  
4. HIS CHARACTER 

 HOLY:  Pure and undefiled, in motive and actions. "And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God." Luke 1:35  

    Consider:   He is __________________ 2 Cor.5:21  
                      He is __________________ 1 Peter 1:19
                      He is __________________ Mat. 27:1-4  
   
RIGHTEOUS: Just in all His ways by God's standards and values.   "That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord." Rom. 5:21 _ Consider: Rev. 19:11

 GUILELESS: No deceitfulness in His motives or actions. "Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:" 1 Pet. 2:22-23   Consider:  Luke 23:34    

GRACE: Unmerited favor and loving kindness for the undeserving.   "And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth." John 1:14   Consider: 2 Cor.8:9, 12:9   

FORGIVING:  Forgetting our offenses to Him.  "Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots."  Luke 23:34   Consider:  Eph. 1:7  

MERCIFUL:  Having compassion meeting the need. "For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham. Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people. For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted." Heb. 2:16-18  Consider: Mat.20:30-34   
                        
HUMBLE: Void of pride of self and accomplishments; willing to serve even the undeserving.   "Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:  Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross." Philip. 2:5-8 

MEEK:  Not weak, but restraining the use of power for the benefit of others.  "Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father." John 10:17-18   Consider Math. 11:9,  Luke 23:34-43 
   
FAITHFUL:  Consistent, steadfast and sure. (Immutable)  "If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself." 2 Tim. 2:13    Consider:  John 13:1, 17:4, 11-12, Rev. 19:11
  
LOVE: (pure, faithful, unconditional, sacrificial)  "He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins." 1 John 4:8-10   Consider:  1 Cor. Chapt. 13; Rom. 5:8-10; Gal. 5:22-25; Eph. 2:4-6 

Keep in mind the Lord our God disciplines His emotions and actions by His immutable character therefore He is the God of integrity the great " I AM THAT I AM" of Moses.  "    Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever" Heb. 13:8   Consider: James 1:17

                                                      
Self test: On Understanding God as a person by looking at Jesus. 
These questions are more than a academic quiz, they help you think through the facts you have learned, so that you can form convictions as to the will of God for your life. Remember meditation on God’s Word is the key to gaining wisdom, and only when it is applied in your life are you assured of being in the will of God and the place of His blessing.
 
Things to consider: 
Q. 1 What have you learned about God as a person by looking at Jesus?  
Q. 2 How did Jesus control His emotions?  
Q. 3  What are some of the implications of His life, that effect yours?  

You are now ready for  Unit 3  The Study of Mankind

May your decisions bring you the promise Romans 8:28  “ And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”

 

Your friend in Christ Warren T. Smith

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