In this post, I’ll explain who is the living God.
But first, before we take an in-depth study about this, it will be good for us to define who God is.
Who is God?
“God,” according to Google, is:
(in Christianity and other monotheistic religions) the creator and ruler of the universe and source of all moral authority; the supreme being.
In other words:
God is a supreme being, a deity, a supernatural immortal being with superior powers.
Now get this:
When the word God is written with a lower-case letter “g” as in gods, it represents a deity, especially with a statue or figurine.
But, you cannot compare this type of gods to the true living God, which is written with the capital letter “G.” as in God.
Here’s another way to think about it:
While Apostle Paul, together with Barnabas, had entered Lystra and started to preach the gospel, they encountered a certain man who was without strength in his feet as he was a cripple from his mother’s womb.
So, when Apostle Paul was preaching, he saw this man sitting, and he observed him intently and saw that he had faith to be healed.
Therefore with a loud voice… Apostle Paul commanded the cripple to stand up, and the cripple leaped and walked.
When the people of Lystra saw what had happened, and as the town of Lystra was full of idolatry, they shouted to Paul and Barnabas that “the gods have come down to us in the likeness of men!”.
They quickly named Barnabas, Zeus, and Paul, Hermes because he was the chief speaker.
They even brought oxen and garlands to offer sacrifices to them.
But when Paul and Barnabas heard this, they tore their clothes among the multitude.
Then they cried out to them like this:
“Men, why are you doing these things?
We also are men with the same nature as you, and preach to you that you should turn from these useless things to the living God, who made the heaven, the earth, the sea, and all things that are in them (Acts 14:15).
From what Apostle Paul and Barnabas spoke, we can clearly learn that gods are useless things, but we have a living God.
So, the big question is… Who is the living God?
Keep reading, and you’ll find out.
Who is the living God?
The answer is simple!
1. He is the creator of everything
The living God is the one who made heaven, the earth, the sea, and all things that are in them.
He is the creator of everything, an attribute that is not found in man or any curved idol.
Bottom line: the Living God is the source of all life and doesn’t need help from any other god to create.
2. He is “I Am That I Am”
The living God is known as I AM who I AM and doesn’t need any human being to define Him.
As Exodus 3:14 says, 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.'”
In simple terms, this means God is infinite, and He is sovereign over our lives. He Is Who He Is.
3. He is omnipotent
The living God is omnipotent, meaning He’s mighty in power.
For example, Psalm 147:5 (NIV) states, “Great is our Lord and mighty in power; his understanding has no limit.”
God can do what he wants.
4. He is omnipresent
The living God is omnipresent, meaning He’s everywhere.
The eyes of the Lord are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good. (Proverbs, 15:3).
As Psalm Acts, 17:27 explains:
God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us.
5. He is omniscient
The living God is omniscient, which means He knows everything that can be known.
For example, John 16:30 states. “Now we can see that you know all things and that you do not even need to have anyone ask you questions. This makes us believe that you came from God.”
In fact, He knows what you are going to say even before you say it.
For example, Psalm 139:4 states, “Before a word is on my tongue, you, Lord, know it completely.”
6. The living God is three in one (Trinity)
The living God consists of the Trinity of which is:
- God the Father is called the living God
- God the Son is the resurrection and the life
- God, the Holy Spirit, is called the life-giving Spirit.
Therefore: the living God is the source of life to all living things on earth.
7. He hears your cry!
The living God is not deaf but hears the cries of His people and attends to their needs (1 Timothy 6:17), unlike the idols that are carried everywhere and neither listen, speak, or attend to anyone’s needs.
As Psalm 34:17 says, “The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them: He delivers them from all their troubles.”
In other words: When you cry out to living God, he listens to you and solves your problems.
But the bottom line is this:
The living God lives forever.
In fact, He is the One who was, is, and is to come.
He is the Alpha and the Omega: He proved this by resurrecting Jesus Christ from the dead.
… and now Jesus Christ lives forever and ever.
Now: this Jesus Christ, the living God, has become the source of life to those who believe in Him.
That is why we labor and strive because we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially those who believe. (1 Timothy 4:10).