Do you ever wish you understood all the Christian terms for God? Reader’s Digest published one woman’s story of a humorous church experience. Some friends left their young daughter with the woman’s family during a business trip. The family brought the girl along to church one Sunday. Later, they asked her opinion of the service.

“I don’t understand why the West Coast isn’t included too.” When asked what she meant, she added, “You know—‘In the name of the Father, the Son, and the whole East Coast.’”

Names such as Jehovah, Yahweh, the Comforter, and the Living Word can be confusing, especially for a new Christian. They all refer to the same God but to different attributes of His character. God is so vast a single name is insufficient to identify Him.

The Word of God is His inspired and inerrant written manifestation of Himself (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:19-21). Jesus, the Son of God, is the living, breathing, flesh-and-blood manifestation of God, fully God and fully man (John 1:1-5, 9-14). God the Father is a Spirit Who rules over the universe (John 4:24; Ephesians 4:6). The Holy Spirit is God’s witness of Jesus Christ, guiding us towards a relationship with Him (John 16:7-11, 13-14).

We won’t have a complete understanding of God until we meet Him in Heaven. Still, let’s try to get to know Him better each day.

If God was small enough for us to understand, He wouldn’t be big enough for us to worship. – Unknown Author

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.