The Attributes of God

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1 He Alone Is God And there is no other God besides Me, A just God and a Savior; there is none besides Me. (Isaiah 45:21c) Jesus, in praying to His Father for His disciples, prayed: And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. (John 17:3) Holy Infinite Glorious Omnipotent Eternal Omnipresent (Everywhere) "Holiness is synonymous with God's total purity and separation from the rest of creation. Holiness is a moral purity, and different from Adam's (humankind's) holiness, God's is eternally incorruptible. This holiness so sets God apart from fallen man that in his natural state, no man may approach the incorruptible God... God's holiness is one of the primary reasons why the advent of Christ is so incredible: it allows men who were once unable to come before God the ability to kneel before the throne of God and worship forever and ever." (Blueletterbible.org) "... it is written, 'You shall be holy, for I am holy.'" (1 Peter 1:16) beyond measurement we cannot define Him by size or amount. He has no beginning, no end, and no limits. "Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out!" (Romans 11:33) The glory of God speaks of His splendid and majestic presence. It is impossible to articulate God's gloriousness. "But (God) said, You cannot see My face; for no man shall see Me, and live (Exodus 33:20). "When Solomon had finished praying, fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices; and the glory of the LORD filled the temple. And the priests could not enter the house of the LORD, because the glory of the LORD had filled the LORD's house" (2 Chronicles 7:1-2). all-powerful. He spoke all things into being, and all things every cell, every breath, every thought are sustained by Him. There is nothing too difficult for Him to do. "Ah, Lord GOD! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. There is nothing too hard for You." (Jeremiah 32:17) A.W. Tozer said, "In God there is no was or will be, but a continuous and unbroken is. In Him history and prophecy are one and the same. Whatever He is infinitely." "Lord, You have been our dwelling place in all generations. Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever You had formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God." (Psalm 90:1-2) everywhere present all the time. You can ignore Him, but you cannot avoid Him.

2 Immutable (Unchanging) Incomprehensible Self- Existent Imminent "Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend into heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there. If I take the wings of the morning, And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there Your hand shall lead me, and Your right hand shall hold me." (Psalm 139:7-10) "Perfect stability belongs alone to God; he alone, of all beings, is without variableness or shadow of a turning. He is immutable; he will not change. He is allwise; he need not change. He is perfect; he cannot change." (Charles Spurgeon) "For I am the LORD, I do not change..."(malachi 3:6a.) "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning" (James 1:17.) "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever." (Hebrews 13:8.) "We are speaking of God. Is it any wonder that you do not comprehend? For if you comprehended Him He cannot be God... To have a very slight knowledge of a great blessing. To comprehend Him is altogether impossible" (Augustine of Hippo.) "Can you search out the deep things of God? Can you find out the limits of the Almighty? They are higher than heaven - what can you do? Deeper than Sheol - what can you know? Their measure is longer than the earth and broader than the sea." (Job 11:7-9) "Then Moses said to God, 'Indeed, when I come to the children of Israel and say to them, The God of your fathers has sent me to you, and they say to me, What is His name? what shall I say to them?' And God said to Moses, 'I AM WHO I AM.' And He said, 'Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, I AM has sent me to you.'" (Exodus 3:13-14.) "Before the mountains were brought forth, Or ever You had formed the earth and the world, Even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God" (Psalm 90:2.) The immanence of God refers to him being in the world. It is thus contrasted with his transcendence (He completely exists apart from the physical world), but Christian theologians usually emphasize that the two attributes are not contradictory. To hold to transcendence but not immanence is deism, while to hold to immanence but not transcendence is pantheism. "Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend into heaven, You are there; if I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there Your hand shall lead me, and Your right hand shall hold me." (Psalm 139:7-10) Omniscient "... in him we live and move and have our being." (Acts 17:28) God knows and sees the past, the present, and the future with equal clarity and absolute certainty. To Him, all is the present. God knows all things perfectly. "Great is our Lord, and mighty in power; His understanding is infinite." (Psalm

3 Sovereign a Personal Being God Cares Providentially Just Righteous 147:5) "Sovereignty tells of God's divine control over everything that happens. There is nothing outside the control of His loving Hand: not the designs of the wicked (even the plans of history's most evil dictators), not the way the earth works itself seemingly against the lives of men... not the workings of demons (or even Satan), and not my own free will." (Blueletterbible.org) "The LORD has established His throne in heaven, And His kingdom rules over all." (Psalm 103:19) "But our in heaven; he does whatever he pleases." (Psalm 115:3) described throughout the Bible in terms that tell us He is a personal being. Among other things, He's living (Jeremiah 10:10), He has a name (Exodus 3:14), He's called Father (Matthew 11:25), He loves (John 3:16), He grieves (Genesis 6:6), has compassion and mercy (James 5:11), is angered (Exodus 32:11), has a will (Psalm 115:3), and has intellect (Isaiah 48:17.) The providence of God refers to his activity in the world and His care for the universe. General providence" refers to God's continuously upholding the existence and natural order of the universe. Special providence," refers to God's extraordinary intervention in the lives of people. Providence is the means by which God directs all things both animate and inanimate, seen and unseen, good and evil toward a worthy purpose, which means His will must finally prevail. (J. Vernon McGee). "For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him" (Colossians 1:16). "The eyes of all look expectantly to You, And You give them their food in due season. You open Your hand And satisfy the desire of every living thing." (Psalm145:15-16). The Father of justice, the ultimate judge over the lives and actions of men. There seems to be so much injustice in the world (men lie, cheat, steal, and kill all the time with no seeming repercussions), but true justice is not meted out in this earthly realm, but in the true realm (the eternal heavenly realm). In the end, each man will receive his just deserts at the hands of an immutable God who cannot be persuaded or bribed. Christ will look at each man's heart and if it is the least bit corrupted by sin, that man, not being pure, will receive the justice of hell. The believer too would fail this test, if he were not already made clean by his baptism into Christ's death. (Blueletterbible.org) "Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?" (Genesis 18:25c) "The Father... without partiality judges according to each one's work." (1 Peter 1:17) Righteousness is the character or quality of being right or just. righteous because that is who He is. All that He commands, all that He demands, and all that He approves is righteous. And, all that He provides through Christ in the gospel is right and just (See Romans 3:21-26.) "For the LORD is righteous, He loves righteousness; His countenance beholds the

4 Truth Good upright." (Psalm 11:7) true in all that He does. He is consistent with Himself. Everything that He has revealed about Himself matches up with reality. (Don Stewart) Jesus said, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me" (John 14:6). He also said of His Father, "Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent" (John 17:3). The Apostle Paul proclaimed, "Let God be true, and every man a liar. As it is written: 'So that you may be proved right when you speak and prevail when you judge.'" (Romans 3:4). actually so good that He is the source of goodness; He alone is the rule and measure of what we truly know to be good. the final standard of good, and all that and does is worthy of approval. "The Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children and the children's children to the third and the fourth generation." (Exodus 34:6-7) Faithful Gracious Love Merciful "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning." (James 1:17) "God's faithfulness means that because he is the truth, everything he says and does is certain." That means he is 100% reliable 100% of the time. He does not fail, forget, falter, change or disappoint. (Bruce Hurt, Preceptaustin.org) "If we are faithless, He remains faithful; He cannot deny Himself." (2 Timothy 2:13) Grace is the bestowal of blessing unearned or unmerited. When we speak of God's grace, we speak of those wonderful gifts (e.g., salvation) that no man deserves but God grants anyway. There is what we call "common grace" - this is that grace that God shines upon the elect and the wicked alike... non-eternal blessings (e.g., health, prosperity, good weather...) The other kind of grace is that special grace which God demonstrates on those whom he inexplicably chooses to be His people... God chooses His children not because they are more powerful, wise, intelligent, charismatic, pious, handsome, &c., but simply because that is what He wanted." (Blueletterbible.org) "The Lord is righteous in all His ways, gracious in all His works. (Psalm 145:17) "Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need." (Hebrews 4:16) "He who does not love does not know God, for love. And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God abides in him, and who abides in love abides in God, and God in him." (1 John 4:8, 16) "In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins." (1 John 4:10) Justice is receiving what you deserved. Mercy is NOT receiving what you deserve. Because we humans are sinful, (Romans 3:23) we deserve death (not just physical

5 death, but eternal separation from God - Romans 6:23.) It is through God's mercy that He provided us a way out of our terrible predicament, into an eternal relationship with Himself. Worthy of Praise All-Wise to be Worshipped "Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit. (Titus 3:5) "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a loving hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead." (1 Peter 1:3) I will praise your name, O LORD, for it is good. (Psalm 54:6) There are 237 occurrences of the word, Praise in the Bible. The Hebrew idea of praise relates to the casting of our thanksgiving to God. He is praised for His goodness, His righteousness, His love, His wisdom, and for a host of other reasons. Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, to God who alone is wise, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen (1 Timothy 1:17) To God our Savior, Who alone is wise, be glory and majesty, Dominion and power, Both now and forever. Amen. (Jude 1:25) The Hebrew word translated worship means to bow down in reverence. When one comes into the awesome presence of God, He has no other choice than to bow before His glory and majesty. All the ends of the world Shall remember and turn to the LORD, And all the families of the nations Shall worship before You (Psalm 22:27) Who shall not fear You, O Lord, and glorify Your name? For You alone are holy. For all nations shall come and worship before You, For Your judgments have been manifested. (Revelation 15:4) Salvation The LORD is my strength and song, And He has become my salvation; He is my God, and I will praise Him; My father s God, and I will exalt Him. (Exodus 15:2) Speaking of Jesus, the Apostle Peter preached,... Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved. (Acts 4:12)

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