Jehovah is the God of the Bible. The Bible revealed Him as:
- A person – Luke 24:39; Ex. 3:7,14
- Living – Jer. 10:10; Acts 14:15; Ex. 3:6; I Thess. 1:9; 2 Chro. 16:19
- Knowledgeable – Ps. 94:11
- Spirit – Jn. 4:24; I Tim. 1:17; I Tim. 6:16
- Savior – Deut. 6:4; Isaiah 44:6; 45:21
- Eternal – Ps. 90:2; Gen. 1:1; I Tim. 1:17; Isaiah 43:10,11
- Unchanging I Sam. 15:29; Mal. 3:6; Jas. 1:17
- Omnipotent – Gen. 1:1; 1:3; Job 42:2; Psa. 33:9; Jer. 32:27
- Omnipresent – I Ki 8:27; Ps.139:7-9; Jer. 23:23; Eph. 1:23
- Omniscient – I Chr. 28:9; 2 Chr.16:9; Ps. 94:11; Dan. 2:20; Job 42:2; Isaiah 40:28
- Holy – Ex. 15:11; I Sam 2:2; Is. 6:3; I Pet. 1:16
- Righteous – Ps. 116:5; Ezra 9:15; Ps. 145:17; Jer. 12:1
- Merciful – Ps. 103:8; Deut. 4:31; Ps. 86:15; Rom. 9:18
- Loving – I Jn. 4:8-16; Jn. 3:16; I Jn. 3:16; Jn. 16:27
- Father – Jn. 16:27; Heb. 12:6; Matt. 6:9; Jn. 5:17; 1:14; 1:12; Ps. 68:5; Ex. 4:22; 2 Cor. 6:17, 18; Luke 3:21,22
- Just – Deut. 32:4; Ps 19:9; Isi 45:21; I Sam 2:3; Gen. 18:25; I ki 8:32
- Faithful – I Cor. 1:9; 2 Tim. 2:13; Deut. 7:9; 32:4
- Glorious – Ex. 15:11; Ps. 145:5
- Longsuffering – Num. 14:18; Micah 7:18
- Compassionate – I Kings 8:23
- Unsearchable – Job 11:7; Psa 145:3
- Good – Ps. 25:8; 119:68
- Immutable – Ps. 102:26, 27; Jam. 1:17
- True – Jer. 10:10
- Incorruptible – Rom. 1:23
- Consuming fire – Heb. 12:29
- Gracious – Exod. 34:6; Psa 116:5
- Jealous – Joshua 24:19; Nahum 1:2
- Great – 2 Chr. 2:5; Ps. 86:10
- Invisible Job. 23:8, 9; I Tim. 1:17
- Upright – Psa. 25:8; 92:15
- Light – Isaiah 60:19; I Jn. 1:5
- Perfect – Matt. 5:48
- Immortal – I Tim. 1:17; 6:16
- None like Him – Ex. 9:14; Deut 33:26
- Have a Son (Jesus) and adopted children
- Holy Spirit Bible Writer
- God of the Universe – Psalm 24:1
- Satan and all evil
- Trinity acting in unity – Gen. 1:3; Jn 1:1; Gen. 1:2; Job 26:12,13
- Possessor of Heaven and Earth and all within
- Regenerator or Author of New life
- Creator – Gen 2:4; Ps. 24:1
- Shepherd (who is caring) Ps 23:1
- Blessing – Ps. 7:17
- Supreme – Gen. 14:22
- Ruling – Gen. 15:2
- Revealer – Gen. 21:33
- Healer – Ex. 15:26
- Fights for us – Ex. 17:15
- Sanctifier – Ex. 31:13
- Gives peace – Judges 6:24
- Lord of Hosts – I Sam. 1:3
(The one who is Possessing)
- Justifier – Jer. 23:6
- The Lord at Hand – Ezek. 48:35
(Who is present with His people)
- Accessible – Jn 17:22
- Abode Everywhere and lives in Heaven – Luke 11:2
- Wants us to have faith in Him and Jesus
No one can come to God on his own unless the Holy Spirit of God draws him. In the same way no one can choose Jehovah as his God on his own. Rather it is Jehovah God Himself who chooses sinner for salvation.
Assuming that I have the facts and all that is needed to make a choice of my God, my choice will be Jehovah God of the Bible over any other gods for the following reasons:
- The Fatherhood of God.
“Our Father which art in Heaven …..” (Matt. 6:9). This is our happiest conception of God. Pagan religions know nothing of a God which is a “loving heavenly Father”. Pagan religions portray their gods as immense, terrible, cruel and one to be dreaded (feared greatly). The Bible pictures our God as loving, friendly, companionable, approachable and desirable. It was the Savior Jesus Christ who taught us to pray “Our Father” – this is a new revelation of God. God is revealed as Father in two ways:
- As the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Jn. 5:17; 1:14.
- As the Father of those who believe on the Lord Jesus. John 1:12, “But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God”. “Beloved, now we are children of God”. (I Jn. 3:2) “A Father of the fatherless, and a judge of the widows is God in His habitation.” (Ps. 68:5) “And thou shalt say to Pharaoh, Thus says the Lord, Israel is My son, even My firstborn” (Ex 4:22).
Jehovah Elohim is the creator of all, but only Father of those that are in the family of God.
“Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, and will be a Father unto you and you shall be My sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty”. (2 Cor. 6:17, 18).
As a Father God bestows love on His children that is to those in the family of God.
As a Father God gives life to His children; there is no sonship without a new birth. This relationship, Father and son, gives a true ideal for work (it is not master and slave). When God first finds us, we were slaves/prisoners to sin, Satan and death. We soon grow to become servants, friends, sons and heirs of God. This growth is wonderful. We were found dirty, stinking, naked, sick, starving and thirsty without a God in the world. But God remedy this by cleaning us, healing us, clothing us, feeding us, quenching our thirst and becoming our God and our Savior. What a wonderful God and Father Jehovah is? It is as a Father that He hears and answers our prayers, sifting the request as a true Father. And parenting us as a Father should. Blessing and chastising us as the need may be.
In the words of Abd Al-Masih (Islam under The Magnifying Glass, pp 19-22, Light of Life, Villach, Austria) “God became flesh in Jesus Christ. He did not remain a distant, foreign and unknown creator, but revealed Himself as an intimate and loving Father. God has bound Himself in a binding way as a Father to each person who accepts Jesus Christ as his Savior and Lord.
Lord Jesus taught us to pray to “Our Father in heaven…” (Luke 11:2-4). To deny or to empty the very name of the Father would be to tear the heart out of the gospel. “Father” was the first word of Jesus on the cross and it was to the “Father” that He cried out in His last sentence. Jesus revealed the innermost secret of the essence of God to His disciples as the basis and goal of the new covenant.
God did not remain an unfamiliar Lord whom we must address as “master”. We have the privilege of addressing our Heavenly Father in the familiar term, “You”, “Abba”. The Spirit of God testifies with our spirit that we are the children of God”. Every sincere Christian has direct contact with God. We are not slaves, but children of the new covenant through the grace of Jesus Christ. Muslims pray, often more than Christians, but their official prayer consists of a prescribed liturgy and not a direct conversation with God. In Islam all men are categorized as slaves “slaves of Allah” that were created to worship Allah. But through Jesus we are not slaves: we are children of God. The door to our Father stands wide open. Our prayer is a conversation with God straight from the heart, full of requests, intercession, thanks and worship. We have a direct line to a Father who hears us at all times. Muslims can also cry out in their own words to Allah, in addition to the five times of prescribed prayers, but these attempts at making contact are like a call towards an empty sky. A Muslim does not know whether anyone will listen and whether his prayer will be answered. Allah is too great to bind himself to his worshippers. A Muslim or people of other belief have no personal contact with God. This remains the privilege of Christians.
Since Islam rejects the fatherhood of God, it sets itself on the road that leads to destruction. Muslims must accomplish everything alone when preparing themselves to give account before Allah on the Day of Judgement or the Day of Religion. Their god is an incorruptible witness and judge, before whom there is no regard to kingship or person. All sins will be mercilessly uncovered. It is terrible to fall into the hands of Allah. He hardens who he will, and saves whom he will. No one knows exactly what Allah will decide to do with every individual. But the gospel reveals the will of our Father Jehovah to us, and we know that He desires that all men should be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth. So we can approach the Day of Judgement with great comfort, for the judge is our Savior Jesus Christ.
God sent His only begotten Son into this evil world that He might reconcile all me to Himself. Jesus Christ bore the sin of everyone and suffered the punishment in our place. The Father did not break the holy law when HE justifies sinners, but fulfilled it through the substitution of Christ’ death. Only through the crucified One do we receive the privilege to call God our Father. He has given all judgement to His Son, who will judge in complete unity with the Father. Everyone who believes in the Father through the Son has already been rescued from judgement. (Jn. 3:16-19; 5:22-23).”
- The Covenant of grace.
The second reason why Jehovah is my God and not any other gods is the covenant of grace given by Jehovah God. The covenant of grace may be defined as that gracious agreement between the offended God and the offending but elect sinner, in which God promises salvation through faith in Christ, and the sinner accepts this believingly, promising a life of faith and obedience.
God has promised in Gen 17:7, “I will be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee.” (see also Jer. 31:33; 32:38-40; Ezek. 34:23-25; 30, 31; 36:25-28; 37:26, 27; 2 Cor. 6:16-18; Heb. 8:10). This one promise really includes all other promises, such as
- The promise of various temporal blessings, which often serve to symbolize those of a spiritual kind;
- The promise of justification, including the adoption of children, and a claim to life eternal;
- The promise of the Spirit of God for the application, full and free, of the work of redemption and of all the blessings of salvation; and
- The promise of final glorification in a life that never ends. (cf. Job. 19:25-27; Ps. 16:11; 73:24-26; Isa. 43:25; Jer. 31:33; 34; Ezek. 36:27; Dan. 12:2,3; Gal. 4:5,6; Tit. 3:7; Heb. 11:7; Jas. 2:5).
- Jesus wants Me to be with Him
The third reason why Jehovah is my God and not any other gods in the world is because Jesus (Jehovah) wants me to be with Him. “Father, I will that they also, whom Thou hast given Me, be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory, which Thou hast given me; for Thou lovedst Me before the foundation of the world” (Jn. 17:24)
- The Unsearchable Gifts of Christ and the Holy Spirit.
These are dealt with in my other papers:
- The Gift of the Holy Spirit: Wonderful, Diverse and Free
- The Unsearchable Riches of Christ.
I will use this opportunity to invite you to come to Jehovah and be saved through His gift of His Son to the world (Jn. 3:16, 17). All you have to do is confess your sins to Him, repent of them and accept Jesus Christ as your Master and Savior. Please don’t procrastinate do it right away. Hell is full of people who delayed making this decision. As you do it, I welcome you to the family of God. God loves you and so do I.