There are a few different words used in the Chinese language to speak about God and heaven. Each one, by it's etymology tells us something about the spiritual Sovereign that is common to the ancient Chinese and the Hebrew Scriptures.
God - El Shaddai
God - Creator
By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, and all the hosts of them by the breath of His mouth ... For He spoke, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast. (Psalm 33:6, 9, NKJV)
On the right side of the character, two images are intertwined. There, we find a MAN and a GARDEN. Man, the crowning jewel of God's creation (Genesis 1:26), was placed in the garden of Eden. Moses recorded,
The LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden, and there He put the man whom He had formed. (Genesis 2:8, NKJV)
God - Spirit
...the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. (Genesis 1:2, NKJV)
In the lower portion of Ling, there seems to be a reference to the three persons of the Godhead. It pictures three PERSONS together. Below these, we see the character for a WORKER OF MAGIC, bringing to mind the miraculous power of God at work in creation. In this latter image, the three persons of God are pictured yet again. At first glance, it breaks down to two PERSONS and the image for WORK. However, the vertical line (see highlighted) in WORK may also represent a PERSON. A horizontal line may mean ONE as in the upper portion of Ling, but it can also represent ENTIRE, WHOLE or ALL. The two horizontal lines in this image may be a reference to the heavens and earth which resulted from the work of God's miraculous power.
God - Heaven
These four characters, ShàngTi, Shén, Ling, and Tian, all refer to God Almighty, and agree with the testimony of the Hebrew Scriptures. In them, we see the authority of God, His work as the Creator of all things, the three persons of the Godhead, and the greatness of God extolled. Some might consider the agreement between the Chinese characters and the Hebrew Scriptures to be coincidental. If it is, then it is quite a coincidence! But, there is much more evidence yet to come.
by William J. Stewart