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Lesson 1.2

Who Is God, the Creator?

When you complete this lesson, you’ll see from the Bible that God has a name and that you can become God’s friend.

Begin Lesson

In the previous lesson, you learned that the Bible is God’s message to all people. As with any message, knowing its source can help you to understand and appreciate its contents. Thus, the question “Who is God?” may be the most important one that the Bible answers.

Let’s look at two key facts about God that help to answer that question:

  1. God, the Creator, has a name
  2. God is interested in you

1. God, the Creator, has a name

The Bible teaches that God created all things. (Genesis 1:1; Revelation 4:​11) He is not an abstract force but a real Person with a name.

Let’s start by getting your view. When you introduce yourself to someone new, what’s the first piece of personal information that you share?

Most people would agree. Often, the first piece of information we share with someone is our name. This is the first step in building a relationship. But does God have a name?

This response is common in the business world, where a person’s job may be more important than his or her identity. In social settings, though, most people introduce themselves using their name, since this can help make a relationship friendlier. Does God have a name? If so, could knowing it help you become God’s friend? Let’s find out.

That’s certainly understandable. However, if your relationship with a person is ever to grow, you need to share your name at some point. Likewise, wouldn’t God need to share his name with us in order for us to get to know him? Let’s see what the Bible says.

This video clip shows that God’s name appeared in ancient Bible manuscripts.

Let’s examine what the Bible says about God’s name. Click the highlighted word for more information. [?]

Psalm 83:18

“May people know that you, whose name is Jehovah, you alone are the Most High over all the earth.”

The Creator has chosen a unique name for himself​—Jehovah. (Isaiah 42:8) His name appears about 7,000 times in ancient Bible manuscripts. Unfortunately, some translators substitute such terms as “Lord” or “God” for his personal name.

Many religions say that God’s name is God or Lord, but these are not names. They are just titles that identify his roles. Watch this video clip about God’s titles.

Which of the following is God’s name?

This is one of God’s titles. It identifies him as having unlimited power.​—2 Corinthians 6:​18.

This title identifies God as the one who brought all things into existence.​—Isaiah 40:28.

Very good. “Jehovah” is the most common spelling of God’s name in English. “Yahweh” is another common spelling.

Although many have been taught that Jesus is God’s name, this is actually the name of God’s representative. (John 16:27) The next lesson will explain what the Bible teaches about Jesus.

This title indicates that God has supreme authority.​—Psalm 109:21.

Summary of Section 1

God, the Creator, has a name, Jehovah. Each of the titles used for him in the Bible reveals something about him.

2. God is interested in you

You can’t see Jehovah God because he is an invisible spirit Person who lives in heaven. (1 Timothy 1:​17) However, by learning about him through the Bible, you can come to know Jehovah as a Person. You’ll see that Jehovah describes himself, not as someone who is cold and distant, but as a loving Father.​—Matthew 6:9.

In a loving family, a father provides the things his children need. In the same way, our heavenly Father, Jehovah, provided the earth, which has all the things we need. (Psalm 145:16) Slide the circle to change the picture. [?]

A loving father knows each of his children well and wants them to know him. Likewise, Jehovah knows each of us well and wants us to know him.​—Psalm 139:​1-3. [?]

Just as a loving father never wants to see his children suffer, Jehovah hates to see us suffer and will soon eliminate all suffering.​—Revelation 21:​3, 4. [?]

A child can draw close to a loving father. Likewise, we can draw close to our heavenly Father. The Bible says: “Draw close to God, and he will draw close to you.”​—James 4:8. [?]

The Bible describes many beautiful qualities of Jehovah that help us to draw close to him. Match God’s qualities to the verses where they’re described. Click an item from each group to match them. [?]

Which term most accurately describes Jehovah’s attitude toward you?

God is interested in all people, including you. The Bible, his message to humankind, contains “good news of a great joy that all the people will have.”​—Luke 2:​10.

That’s right. Now that you know that Jehovah is interested in you as a person, you have the basis for building a “close friendship” with him.​—Proverbs 3:​32.

Many have been taught that God is always angry and looks for reasons to punish people. In contrast, the Bible teaches that Jehovah is “the happy God” and that he looks for the good in us.​—1 Timothy 1:​11; Psalm 130:3, 4.

Summary of Section 2

Just as a loving father cares about his children, Jehovah God is a loving Father who cares about you.​1 Peter 5:7.


Now let’s review some key points to help you remember what you’ve learned.

Review 1 of 4

Match the terms to the correct category. [?]

Review 2 of 4

How many times does God’s name, Jehovah, appear in ancient Bible manuscripts?

Very good. Since God included his name in the Bible that many times, doesn’t it make sense that he wants us to use it?

Actually, God’s name appears 700 times in the Bible book of Psalms alone.

Although the name Jehovah appears just 4 times in the King James version of the Bible, it is found thousands of times in ancient Bible manuscripts.

Although some Bible translations remove the divine name and replace it with such titles as “Lord” or “God,” ancient Bible manuscripts contain God’s name thousands of times.

Review 3 of 4

Pick the quality of Jehovah that best matches this statement about him: God shows active concern for others.

Correct. God’s unselfish love benefits everyone, even those who do not respond to it.​—Matthew 5:​44, 45.

Jehovah’s wisdom gives him complete understanding of every situation. (Proverbs 2:6) However, another of his qualities moves him to act to benefit others.

God’s justice moves him to do what is right, or righteous. (Psalm 33:5) Yet, his unselfish concern for others is best described by another of his qualities.

Jehovah uses his limitless power in harmony with another of his qualities to show his concern for others.​—Psalm 54:1.

Review 4 of 4

Pick the option that best describes who can have a relationship with God.

The Bible encourages us to “seek God . . . and really find him, although, in fact, he is not far off from each one of us.”​—Acts 17:26, 27.

Correct. The Bible says: “God is not partial, but in every nation the man who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him.”​—Acts 10:34, 35.

The opportunity to have a relationship with Jehovah is open to “every nation and tribe and tongue and people.”​—Revelation 14:6.

God chooses his friends based on their humble attitude, not on their education, intelligence, or social standing. (Psalm 138:6) In fact, Jesus’ apostles Peter and John were God’s friends even though they were “uneducated and ordinary men.”​—Acts 4:​13.

Dig Deeper

Suppose you would like to become God’s friend. Pick the attitude that would most likely help you to succeed.

The Bible warns against having blind faith. To succeed, you should use your “power of reason” to gain “an accurate knowledge of truth.”​—Romans 12:1; 1 Timothy 2:4.

If you worry too much about other people’s opinions, you could miss the wonderful opportunity to form the best friendship you could ever have. “Fear of men is a snare,” says the Bible.​—Proverbs 29:25, footnote.

That’s right. If you examine the Bible for yourself, you’ll be like those whom the Bible commended for “carefully examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things [that they learned] were so.”​—Acts 17:11.

For example, you might wonder, ‘If there is a God who is loving and powerful, then why is there suffering and evil in the world?’ However, instead of ignoring the question because the answer seems difficult, you should continue learning what the Bible teaches. In fact, that question is answered later in the course you’re now taking.

Lesson Summary

  1. God, the Creator, has a name​—Jehovah
  2. Jehovah God is a loving Father who cares about you

What’s next?

Go to the Next Lesson

Is Jesus God? What does the Bible teach about Jesus? Lesson 2.1, “Who Is Jesus?,” will answer those questions.

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