The Character of God
The world has no shortage of theories as to what they believe ‘God’ to be like. As Christians, we believe God has revealed his character comprehensively through the Bible. Importantly, it is within the pages of scripture that we find detailed revelation of God’s knowable attributes such as his holiness, love, sovereignty, omniscience, and more. We as a church are committed to interpreting these scriptures rightly, so that we might know and love God as he truly is. We recognise that the deeper we delve into understanding the true nature of our Creator, the better equipped we are to gain understanding, too, of our own identities as his image-bearing creation. Furthermore, with the Spirit’s help, our biblical knowledge of God enables us to keep the commandment of loving him with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength. As theologian A.W. Tozer once wrote, “To know [God] is to love him, and to know him better is to love him more.” In fact, John tells us that God is love, demonstrating this by sending his son to die the death for sin in our place.
Love is but one attribute of God. Paul writes in Galatians that the fruits of the Holy Spirit are ‘love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control’. Furthermore, God reveals himself to Moses as ‘The Lord, gracious, and slow to anger, abounding in faithful love’. Above all, though, God is the epitome of holiness and purity. He is depicted as shining brighter than the sun, with eyes of fire, and speaking with the voice of rushing waters. The Cherubim and Seraphim in heaven call him thrice holy, a Hebrew superlative referring to God’s superiority as the Most Holy.