The Most Important Thing About God

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Moses taught it. David believed it. Isaiah proclaimed it. Paul praised it. Jesus lived it. Even the demons believe it—and shudder. Do we realize it?

What is the most important thing about God? God is one.

That’s it? Yes. That’s what the Bible teaches. For example,

“Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one.” Deuteronomy 6:4
Monotheism is such a vital truth for Israel that it is the centerpiece of morning and evening Jewish prayers. It is traditional for Jews to say this verse as their last words and for parents to teach their children to say it before they go to sleep at night.

you alone are God” Psalm 86:10
King David trusted the God of Israel with his life because God is one.

“This what the LORD says—Israel’s king and Redeemer, the LORD Almighty: I am the first and I am the last; apart from me there no God.” Isaiah 44:6
Isaiah speaks for God and taunts all challengers to foretell the future to prove their claims to deity.

“Before me no god was formed, nor will there be one after me. I, even I, am the LORD, and apart from me there is no savior.” Isaiah 43:10, 11

“There is one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all” Ephesians 4:6
Christians base their faith on the One God of Israel. Paul guides the church away from idols when he wrote, “We know that an idol is nothing at all in the world and that there is no God but one.” 1 Corinthians 8:4

Jesus came to earth for us because “I and the Father are one.” John 10:30

“You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder.”  James 2:19

Why is the Biblical revelation that God is one the most important thing about God?

If the God of the Bible is not one and just another representation of some supreme being with other names experienced through other religions, then the Bible is not just bogus, but deadly.
Christianity would be only one of many of the world’s pantheons of gods, on a par with Greek mythological gods. And frankly, why would I give my life to that kind of fantasy filled with intolerant lies that insist that there is only one God—the God of Israel. The world would marginalize me as an ignorant bigot and very politically incorrect. Some people would hurt me, even kill me, if I insisted that the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is the only One God in the universe, and that their gods were not real gods.

But if the God of the Bible is One, then Jesus legitimately calls all the people of the world to walk the narrow road and believe in Him because He said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6

To believe that the God of the Bible is One calls us to heed Joshua’s challenge: “Now fear the LORD and serve him with faithfulness. Throw away the gods your forefathers worshipped beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the LORD. But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.” Joshua 24:14,15

Because God is one, we cannot be neutral about Him. Because God is one, we cannot dilly-dally around with Him. Because God is one, we must choose to serve Him wholeheartedly all the time. God’s majestic oneness compels me to choose Him only—and that’s the most important thing about God.

For His glory,
Pastor Mike