God is our Heavenly Father. The Father of our spirits. We are his children, spiritually (Romans 8:16). He literally created your spirit, and my spirit.
A tougher question than “who is God” might be, “what is God?” Is He an omniscient energy that has no specific form but vigilantly watches over us? Is God an alien? Is He a concentrated orb of heavenly glory?
The answer: God’s form is similar to that of a human man. An immortal, glorified man. One of our biggest hints on this subject comes from the very beginning of the Bible:
“And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness … So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.”
Just as children don’t look all the different from their parents, our form is not all that different from our Heavenly Father’s. Like us, God has a tangible body. Unlike us, His body is composed of perfected and glorified flesh and bones, similar to Jesus Christ’s perfected body after his resurrection:
“Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.”
That said, there are obviously some MAJOR differences when we get down to the details.
God is omniscient. He knows everything there is to know (Matthew 6:8)
God is omnipresent. Though his actual perfected body is not everywhere at once, God’s influence can be felt anywhere and everywhere (Psalms 139:7-12).
God is omnipotent. He can do it all. He can create worlds, command nature and even hear our quietest prayers (Genesis 18:14).
Alright, so one very essential step in our journey to understand the nature of God is to understand the nature of His relationship with those closest to Him: Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost. Together, the three of them form the Godhead.
Different sects of Christianity disagree on the doctrine of the Godhead, but the scriptures can give us some important clues. Let’s first look at the record of Jesus’ baptism:
“And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”
This story means huge things for the doctrine of the Godhead. All three members are present at the same time. Jesus Christ himself is in the Jordan river, being baptized. The Holy Ghost is descending from the sky towards him. And a third voice, the voice of God the Father can be heard from heaven.
God the Father, God the Son (Jesus Christ) and the Holy Ghost are three separate and distinct beings that share the same purpose. In that sense of purpose, they are one, but still three individual beings.
What does God want from me?
The scriptures are awfully clear on this one: God wants you and I to keep His commandments (Exodus 20:6, 34:28, Leviticus 26:3, Deuteronomy 6:17, Proverbs 4:4, Matthew 22:38, John 13:34, 14:15, etc.).
When we keep the commandments, God blesses us. Those blessings can come in an innumerable variety of ways and means, and we probably don’t even notice many of them when they come, but they do come. Sometimes it’s not easy to keep His commandments and sometimes the immediate result isn’t always butterflies and rainbows, but in the end, it’s always worth it.
When we choose to disobey God’s commandments, we commit sin. Sin distances us from God’s influence in our lives, which we desperately need.
Ultimately, God wants us to be able to return to live in His presence for eternity. Sin is one of the roadblocks that can prevent us from reaching that goal because in order to be in God’s presence we must be spiritually clean, as He is. The problem is, we’re human, and humans sin. We make mistakes. It’s simply a fact of life.
So, are we hopeless? Are we doomed?
No. We’re not. Because God knew we would all stumble and fall on our mortal journey, He provided a Savior to help lift us back up and give us a fighting chance. Jesus Christ was and is that Savior.
For more information on how Christ can help us repent and cleanse of sin, check out this page here on jesus.christ.org.