Understanding God

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We have just concluded a series of Bible conferences in the South Pacific Division. They were conducted on the campuses of Avondale College of Higher Education, Fulton Adventist University College and Pacific Adventist University. I joined with the attendees at each of the conferences, listening to the presenters and enjoying the healthy discussion affirming the leading of God and the centrality of God’s revelation for the life and mission of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

One of the topics of discussion was our historical understanding of God. Many of us are aware that there are some who differ from the position of the Church as stated in our Statement of 28 Fundamental Beliefs. For example, I am aware of a recent meeting with hundreds in attendance where the speaker proposed that Jesus holds a position of perpetual subordination to God the Father. This is not the teaching of the Bible or the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Do not let anyone or anything influence you to believe that there is a hierarchy in the Godhead, or that one member of the Godhead stands over or apart from the other Members. While readily conceding that, as creatures, we can never fully understand all that God is, we are, nevertheless, very clear on our position. It reads: 

Do not let anyone or anything influence you to believe that there is a hierarchy in the Godhead, or that one member of the Godhead stands over or apart from the other Members.

There is one God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, a unity of three co-eternal Persons. God is immortal, all-powerful, all-knowing, above all and ever present. He is infinite and beyond human comprehension, yet known through His self-revelation. He is forever worthy of worship, adoration and service by the whole creation (Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Ephesians 4:4-6; 1 Peter 1:2; 1 Timothy 1:17; Revelation 14:7). 
 


Dr Barry Oliver is president of the South Pacific Division of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.