The Bible and God
The Bible - Tanakh (Old Testament) and New Testament
God gave His commandments, decrees and precepts in the Torah (first five books of the Bible) directly to Moses at Mt. Sinai for Israel (Exodus 19; Deuteronomy 5-6:2) and that the Torah is the foundation for the entire Bible.
The Tanakh (the Hebrew Bible consisting of Torah, Nevi’im - books of the prophets, and Ketuvim - all remaining books; otherwise known as the Old Testament) and the New Testament books are consistent and continuous in their testimony of the One True Living God and His purposes (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
God - His identity
The Tanakh (Old Testament) and New Testament testify that there exists only One True Living God and that He exists eternally in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Genesis 1:1-2; Psalm 2; Psalm 80:17; Isaiah 9:6-7, 42:1-7; Ezekiel 1:25-28; Daniel 7:13-14; Matthew 3:16-17; Matthew 11:27; John 1:14; John 10:30; 2 Corinthians 3:17)
That these, being one God (Deuteronomy 6:4), are equal in deity, power, and glory. He is the God of all Creation, God of the Bible, God of Israel and God of the Church.
God - His heart and desires
God’s greatest desire is to dwell in intimate relationship with people so, together, God and people can govern Creation in love, joy and peace. We believe He expressed His desire to dwell with His people as He dwelt with Adam and Eve, with Israel in the Tabernacle (Exodus 40:34-35, 38) and in the Temple (2 Chronicles 7:1-3, 11-12), and indwells people now by His Holy Spirit through the New Covenant (John 14:16-17, 16:13-15; Acts 1:3-5, 2:1-4; 1 Corinthians 3:16). God will fulfill His desire to dwell with His people when He returns to earth as Messiah, fulfilling the rehearsal of Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles) and dwells in person with His people in Israel (Matthew 26:27-29; Revelation 11:15-17, 19:6-7, 20:6).
God created Adam and Eve (and thus humanity) in His image and likeness for an intimate relationship with Him. God gave authority over the earth to Adam and Even so they, and their descendants (humanity), would govern Creation with Him (Genesis 1:26-28, 2:4-25). After evil and sin entered Creation following Adam and Eve’s transgression, God’s greatest desire was to redeem humanity to restore the ‘God-man’ relationship and their destiny together. In this context (which exists today):
God’s greatest desire is to transform people’s hearts and spirits so they live as one, in and with Him, with hearts that are fully alive and fully free (Isaiah 61:1-3; Luke 4:14-21; Ezekiel 36:24-27; John 17:20-23; Philippians 2:13).
For those who choose God, He does indeed dwell in and with them, transforming their hearts, as He conforms them into the image of His Son so they may come to know God intimately, overcome the trials of this life and partner with God in His purposes (Romans 8:28-28; John 17:3; Revelation 2:26, 3:21).
Because the Messiah suffered in His struggle to overcome Satan and sin, the ‘Life Journey; with God necessitates discipline and suffering on the part of the believer (Hebrews 5:8, 2:18; Proverbs 3:11-12; John 16:33; 2 Thessalonians 1:4-5)
However, through this journey, people come to experience: 1) the joy of God’s presence and companionship, 2) the strength and security of a relationship in and with God, and 3) begin to walk in their identity and destiny as sons and daughters of God and His priests and kings on the earth. (Psalm 16:11, 18:32, 27:1, 91:1-2,14-15, 138:8; John 1:10-13; Romans 8:14-17)