God is. [Exodus 7:14 and entire biblical record] He was before all things, He is the center and ultimate source of all things, and nothing else exists that doesn’t owe its beginning and ongoing existence to Him. [Genesis 1-2, Colossians 1:16-17, Revelation 1:8, Revelation 4:11]

God is perfect. [2 Samuel 22:31, Matthew 5:48]

~ He is perfect in character. [Psalm 148:13, Isaiah 25:1, 1 John 1:5]
~ He is perfect in power. [Jeremiah 32:17, John 13:3, Romans 1:20, Philippians 3:21]
~ He is perfect in knowledge and understanding. [Proverbs 2:6, Isaiah 11:2, Isaiah 40:14]

God is holy. [Leviticus 11:44, Psalm 99:9, Revelation 4:8, and frequent references to the Spirit of God as the Holy Spirit]

God is love. [Psalm 145, 1 John 4:8,16]

God is truth. [John 14:6, John 16:13, 1 John 5:6]

God has revealed Himself as three persons or personalities:
~ One who is called the Father; [1 Corinthians 8:6, Galatians 1:3-4, Ephesians 4:6, Philippians 4:20]
~ One who is called the Son, Jesus, and the Christ; [Matthew 27:43, Mark 1:1, Luke 1:35, John 20:31] and
~ One who is called the Spirit. [Genesis 1:2, Exodus 31:3, Romans 8:9&14]

All three are part of one and the same God. [Matthew 28:19, John 1, Colossians 2:9]
The three act distinctly yet always in unity of purpose and direction with each other. [Luke 1:35, Luke 3:22, John 14:26, John 15:26, John 16:15, Galatians 4:6, 1 Peter 1:2]

God is relational and values life shared which can be seen in His own choice to exist as three persons rather than one. [John 17:10-11, John 17:20-23]

God created other beings and the world that is for His purposes. All that is, including us, exists for Him and for His purposes. [Genesis 1-2, Romans 8:28, Romans 9:14-23, Ephesians 1:3-12, Colossians 1:16, Hebrews 13:20-21] This means that we have no purpose or meaning apart from Him and what He intends us for. While He is and will always remain first and fully deserving of us and all we are (we exist primarily to worship Him)

He is also for us and desires to benefit us. [Psalm 145:8-9, Romans 8:28, 2 Peter 3:9]

He loves us. [Deuteronomy 7:9, John 3:16, Romans 5:8] God in His love and wisdom chose to create us with the ability to make our own decisions. [Deuteronomy 30:11-20, John 7:17] With this will to choose mankind has chosen our own desires over God’s. Every person has. [Ecclesiastes 7:20, Romans 3:32, Romans 5:12] This is what God calls sin – anything we choose instead of Him (because, again, we are by and for Him). Because God is perfect and cannot directly relate to sinful people our sin separates us from Him. [Romans 1:18-32, Romans 6:32, Romans 8:7, Colossians 1:21] This is not the ‘natural’, original state of humanity, but it is now our common state. Our rebellion affects ourselves, others, and even the physical world around us. [Genesis 3, 2 Samuel 12:1-15, Romans 1:21-22, 1 Timothy 4:2, James 4:1-2, Romans 8:19-22]

Humanity senses this loss of relationship with God (we can tell things aren’t right) and is constantly trying to make up for this lack in many ways. Many human religions have been created as attempts on our part to make up the difference that we feel; but we are not able to make ourselves perfect (holy), which is what would be necessary for us to relate to God directly again. [Jeremiah 2:11-13, Ephesians 5:18 (alcohol vs. God), and countless examples in the biblical record and human history of the various things people have pursued to find meaning and direction]

God in His love was not content to leave us with the consequences of our rebellion. [Romans 5:6-8] But our sin must be dealt with in order to restore our relationship with Him. So God chose to make a way by taking the consequences of our rebellion on Himself. He sent His Son to live as human, being born to a woman, to be beaten and killed and then come back from death to life. [Matthew 20:28, Luke 19:10, 1 Corinthians 15:3-4, 2 Corinthians 8:9, Colossians 1:20-23] His Son is called Jesus and the Christ (which means the Chosen One). Because He was perfect and was God He was fully qualified to take on all our sin and its consequences, though He deserved none of it. [John 1:29, 2 Corinthians 5:19,21, Hebrews 4:15] This act, God’s plan for salvation, stands forever as the very definition of love. [John 3:16, Romans 5:8] The creator paid the penalty of the creation’s rebellion against the creator. What wondrous love is this! And having died physically, His resurrection to life demonstrates and proves His ability to save from death all those who choose to trust Him rather than themselves or any other savior. [John 11:25, 1 Corinthians 15:12-57, 1 Peter 3:18-22]

There is salvation in no other source, no other savior and especially not in our own efforts. [John 10:10-11, John 14:6, Galatians 2:15-16, Ephesians 2:8-9]

God’s plans continue and cannot be thwarted. [Psalm 33:11, Proverbs 19:21, Isaiah 55:11] God is building His Kingdom. [Much of Matthew, Luke 4:43, Ephesians 3:10-11, Colossians 1:12-13, Revelation 5:9-10]
His Kingdom is made up of all creatures who choose Him over themselves, who choose to accept Jesus’ sacrifice on their behalf and Jesus’ rightful claim as Lord of all. [John 6:35-40, Acts 2:38-39, Ephesians 2:19-22] While this most certainly does include subservience (we are by and for Him), this is no oppressive slavery but rather joyful discovery of right relationship restored including the completeness, peace, power, and purpose that we find in God through Christ. [John 15:11, Acts 1:8, Acts 20:24, Romans 8:6, Romans 15:14, Galatians 5:22-23, Colossian 1:29, 1 John 2:5,4:12]

In serving Him, in worshiping Him, we become much more than just saved rebels. We become participants in His plan to build His Kingdom, and each of the members of His Kingdom (now referred to as members of the body of Christ) are given gifts to use in order to further the work of building His Kingdom and, indeed, to administer God’s grace to others. [2 Corinthians 5:17-20, 1 Peter 4:10, Ephesians 4:4-16]

Just as Jesus Himself demonstrated through His work, the ongoing work of building the Kingdom is most easily contained in two directives:

~ Love God and love others. [Matthew 22:37-40, Romans 13:8-10] We love God by giving Him what He deserves – our worship and our obedience. [Deuteronomy 11:1, John 14:21, Hebrews 12:8, 1 John 5:3]
We love others by choosing to put their best interests ahead of our own personal desires and working diligently for their benefit. [Romans 14:19, Romans 15:2, Galatians 6:10, Ephesians 4:29, Philippians 2:4]

When Jesus completed His work on earth, He returned to His Father and is no longer present in this world directly. [Acts 1:1-11] However, God did not leave us without help for the work He has called us to. The Spirit of God, who was at work in creation and interacts directly with the thoughts and intentions of people throughout history according to His own purpose, was sent by Jesus from the Father to guide and direct all those who are His. [John 14:15-16, John 16:7-15]

The Spirit is the source of the gifts and empowerment all members of the Kingdom of God have been given in order to carry out God’s purposes and continue the work of building His Kingdom. [Acts 1:8, 1 Corinthians 2:4, 1 Corinthians 12:4-11, Galatians 5:16-25] Sometimes the working of the Spirit is viewed by the world as ‘miraculous’ because He enables God’s people to do things they would not otherwise be able to accomplish on their own. [John 14:12 and the evidence of Acts and the experience of the Church throughout history] This is to God’s glory.

The Spirit is the source of conviction. [John 16:8] The Spirit is the power and agent that enables rebellious, blind, foolish people to see their lack and the great gain there is in God and turn back to Him. [John 3:5-6, Romans 8:1-16, Titus 3:5-6]

The Spirit also has worked through people over time to write down some direction for all our benefit. This is contained in the books of the Bible as originally written. The Bible is the work of the Spirit through the minds and personalities of various individuals chosen by Him for this purpose. [2 Peter 1:20-21] The Bible is reliable and authoritative because it is the work of God. [Matthew 5:17-18, 2 Timothy 3:16-17] God has instructed us to study it and use it in our lives. [Deuteronomy 6:4-9, Psalm 119:9-16, Romans 15:4]

The third source of guidance and assistance for us in carrying out the work of the Kingdom is the other members of the body of Christ, the church. [Ephesians 4:11-16, Hebrews 10:24-25]
~ We are meant to be interdependent, with different people having different parts to play which complement each other; not all have the same role, gift, calling, etc. but all are necessary and important. [1 Corinthians 12:12-27, 1 Corinthians 14:26, 1 Peter 4:10]
~ We are meant both to serve each other and be served by each other to such a degree that love for each other becomes obvious to those who observe the church. [John 13:34-35, Acts 2:42-27, Romans 12:9-13, 1 Corinthians 13, Galatians 5:13, Ephesians 4:32, Colossians 3:12-16]

~ We are meant to be united and to live life together just as the three persons of God are united and live life together. [John 17:20-23, 1 Corinthians 1:10, Ephesians 4:2-6] The work of the Kingdom of God in this world will continue until the good news of God’s salvation has been shared with all peoples. [Matthew 24:14, Revelation 7:9]

When Jesus left, He promised to return. [Matthew 24:30, Luke 21:27, John 14:1-3, Acts 1:11] When He returns again He will establish God’s Kingdom physically in this world for what the Bible refers to as the ‘thousand year reign’. [Revelation 20:4-6] After this time some people and angels will again rebel and fight against God, but He will defeat them and separate them from Him, His people, and this world forever. [Revelation 20:7-10] He will destroy this current world and create a new heaven and new earth in which He and all who have chosen Him will live together forever without sin, without death, without pain and without suffering of any kind. [Revelation 21] Even those who have died physically will be resurrected, judged as to whether they are in Christ or not (for He is the only salvation), and either eternally separated from or eternally united with God according to their own choice as evidenced by the actions of their life. [Matthew 25:31-46, Romans 14:10-12, Hebrews 9:27, Revelation 20:11-15, Revelation 21:27] In the end, all created things will see clearly what God has done and will acknowledge that He was right and just. [2 Thessalonians 1:6]

All creation will acknowledge Him as God. [Philippians 2:9-11, Romans 14:11, Ephesians 1:9-10] For those who are in Christ, we also will be judged as to the quality of our work for the Kingdom of God and, though our spiritual fate will not be in doubt, we will be rewarded according to our work (though we are saved according to Christ’s work!). [1 Corinthians 3:11-15, 2 Corinthians 5:10] However, we will acknowledge that even our work was accomplished through the grace of God and empowerment of His Spirit. And so we will celebrate Him and rejoice in our relationship with Him forever. [Revelation 19:1-8, Revelation 21] And Jesus will be acknowledged and celebrated as the true Lord and Savior of all. [Ephesians 1:4-14, Philippians 2:9-11]

God is. This above all else defines reality and truth.

Jesus died. This above all else defines both love and honor – worthy is the Lamb who was slain!

As for us, we were created for His glory, and our rightful purpose is to live for and find life in Him. We are saved or condemned for His glory, we live for His glory, and we shall live forever for His glory as living illustrations of His grace and holiness.