Q. 4. What is God?
A. God is a Spirit, infinite, eternal, and unchangeable, in his being, wisdom, power, holiness, justice, goodness, and truth.
When we contemplate the Transcendent Creator of the universe it is difficult, because in the analysis we have no adequate words. Everything falls short, which is at the heart of the commandment against idolatry: even the most respectful, reverent images we could make of our God fall woefully short.
We are created in the image of God, representing Him within the finite bounds of Creation in a very limited way. We are like Him and yet altogether unlike Him.
It is important to think through His infinite nature (to the extent that we can), His eternal existence and complete lack of change. This is difficult for creatures who pretty much define their lives by change, but nonetheless necessary if we are to avoid important pitfalls in our faith. For example, justice, truth, goodness and mercy begin with God, not any external standard. There is no standard by which God can be judged, for He is the author of every standard.
I have heard men and women say “well, if God is that way, then I cannot worship Him.” And this is an absolutely true statement, up to a point: none of us can worship God in our natural fallen state. We are wholly incapable of worship (Romans 1-3, Ephesians 1-2), being dead in sin. But that isn’t what they really mean. What they really mean is that they have a concept of justice they’ve gotten from somewhere, a concept of mercy, a concept of goodness, and now they will compare the Transcendent, Unchanging Creator to their standard. Generally as they do this, they are blind to the breath-taking arrogance of their position. As they read Scripture, they interpret God’s actions through their filter of what He should be in their minds versus who He is revealed to be, and they go astray.
Beware this: if you worship a god that you are comfortable with, who contains no element of fear for you, whose mystery is largely solved in your mind…
…you do not worship God at all.