The Uncreated Father

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In the beginning, God... (Genesis 1:1)

God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM” (Exodus 3:14)

I was once in a class of eleven year olds in Mordiford, taking any questions they could throw at me. One lad in particular was really engaging with all of this, quizzing me about God’s externality and also asking “who created God”. I gave what I hope were appropriate answers for year six, and the lad put his head in his hands and said: “aaargh”! And I told him that he’d got it! He’d realised that he could not completely understand God, and that at times some of the concepts of God only tickle the edge of our minds. I find that exciting, the boy less so. The point is that God is other.

When we speak of God the Father, we speak of someone who owes his existence to no-one. He simply is. He is the ultimate cause of all things, the first action from which all reactions flow. The life from which all life derives. The standard against which all else is measured.

These are ideas which we are not used to thinking. Often when you meet someone, you ask them: “where are you from”. God alone can answer: nowhere. He just is. In the beginning God was already there, and his name is simply “I AM WHO I AM”. He just is. We can describe him, but we cannot define him.

And I find that simply liberating. It allows me to rethink the world around God, and stop thinking it revolves around me. Deeper than all my thought, emotions and intuition is God. Who is.

Who simply is.


“And when Jesus was baptised, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him; and behold, a voice from heaven said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.”” (Matthew 3:16–17) - As our heads gently swim, perhaps I might put it this way: we believe in the Trinity, because the Father acts like God, Jesus acts like God and the Spirit acts like God. Yet we know that God is One (Deuteronomy 6:4). Quite how it works, we leave to God. That it works is clear in the pages of the Bible.

The Son of the Father

“but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,” (Hebrews 1:2–3) - So it is that Jesus is not another God, but simply the God. God made manifest. The God made known. The image of the invisible God.

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