Saturday, December 17, 2011

Truths About The Living God - Intro

Our God is the living God. Think about the implications of that title: The Living God. First of all, He is the living God. When the word the is used, it implies that there is only one. Otherwise, we would use a, or an. Jehovah is not a living God; He is the living God. Different people groups have worshiped many different idols and images as gods, but none of these are alive. Only Elohim, the God of the Bible, is called The Living God.

Next we must see the implication behind the word living. What does it mean to be alive? The dictionary gives a couple definitions: having life; living; existing; not dead or lifeless; in a state of action; active. Jehovah is distinct from any other gods because He alone is alive. There is nothing dead or lifeless about Him, and He is always active. Acts 17:28 tells us, "For in Him we live, and move, and have our being..."

Lastly, God. As you may know, the Hebrew word is Elohim. This is the plural form of El. The use of the plural form is explained by the doctrine of the Trinity. God is three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, yet they are all equally God. Of course we cannot understand this fully, but it is a truth taught throughout the Holy Bible.

Over the next few weeks, I plan to go through the 30 times The Living God is mentioned in Scripture. 15 in the Old Testament, and 15 in the New Testament. I hope you'll read along and study for yourself, as I study through these passages. 

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