There is one God (Deuteronomy 6:4) eternally existing in three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19). He is self-existent; all three Persons are identical in nature (2 Corinthians 13:14). Each of whom is to be honored and obeyed equally as the one, true God. Functional submission is found within the Trinity (John 5:23).

God the Father, the first Person of the Trinity, who is co-equal and co-eternal with the Son and the Spirit, orders and disposes all things according to His own purpose and grace (1 Chronicles 29:11). As the absolute and highest ruler in the universe He is sovereign in creation, providence, and redemption (Isaiah 40:28).

He created the universe by His Word apart from preexisting materials (Genesis 1:1) and all creatures owe their origin to Him (Nehemiah 9:6). The Father has decreed for His own glory all things created (Isaiah 43:7), and He is immediately involved in governing all creatures and events, including the creation and sustenance of man (1 Corinthians 8:6). This He does in such a manner that He is in no way the author or approver of sin (Habakkuk 1:13) nor does He release morally intelligent creatures from accountability for their actions (Isaiah 13:11).

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