Walking through the New City Catechism in 2020

Question 2: Knowing our God

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Question: What is God?

Answer: God is the creator and sustainer of everyone and everything. He is eternal, infinite, and unchangeable in his power and perfection, goodness and glory, wisdom, justice, and truth. Nothing happens except through him and by his will.



In the first question and answer, we claimed that belonging to God is our permanent source of comfort & hope. But is ownership by another naturally comforting? That depends on the owner, so this second question moves us to consider the God to whom we belong.

As we begin to consider God, we must admit that we can not know him merely through our own speculation. Instead we must consider carefully his revelation of himself found in his Word—the Bible. God has made himself known to us. So what has God revealed to us about himself?

Starting in Genesis we see a foundational truth of what God is—he is the creator of everyone and everything. Nothing would exist if he had not made it. He designed all things and he spoke it all into being by his powerful word. Scripture also speaks of God continuing to care for his creation. He has never abandoned what he made; to the contrary, he sustains everyone and everything. From the burning of the largest star to the life of the smallest insect, every molecule that is in the whole universe remains forever under God’s active care. This is true of you as well. As David recognized in Psalm 139:13–14, God formed your inward parts and knitted you together in your mother’s womb. You have been fearfully and wonderfully made by him. May this astounding truth cause you, like David, to praise God for his wonderful works.

This is only the start of what God is. As our answer this week continues, all that God is he has always been. He has always existed, even before creation, even before time. That’s what is mean by “eternal.” And there are no limitations whatsoever placed on any aspect of God. He is infinite in all that he is. How much knowledge does God possess? Infinite knowledge. How much power does God have to accomplish his purposes? Infinite power. Also, he is infinitely merciful, infinitely loving, infinitely holy, infinitely righteous, and infinitely wrathful toward sin. What God has always been, he always will be. As he said through the prophet Malachi: “I the LORD do not change.” In all that God is—whether his power or perfections, goodness or glory, wisdom, justice, or truth—he is unchanging and unchangeable.

The final portion of this answer emphasizes God’s sovereignty. God is intricately involved in everything that takes place in all of his creation. He controls all events powerfully and perfectly according to his will, so that all things work together to accomplish his purposes and bring him the most glory.

Is it comforting to belong to such a God as this? Yes! For God is not only our creator who cares for us physically but also our Father who cares for us spiritually. All those who trust in God belong to him because he sent his son, our Savior Jesus Christ, to die and pay our sin-debt in order to purchase us as his own people. Since God is your Creator, Sustainer, Father, and Savior, you can find hope in your body and soul, both in life and death, now and forever, being entirely in his hands and at his disposal.

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