The Attributes of God

 

How do you ‘image/ picture’ God?

What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us(AW Tozer: The Knowledge of the Holy)

Why is the Trinity important?

I cannot think on the one without quickly being encircled by the splendour of the three; nor can I discern the three without being straightway carried back to the one.(Gregory of Nazianzus)

What is God like?

There is one only living and true God, who is infinite in being and perfection. He is pure spirit, invisible, without body or parts; immutable, immense, incomprehensible, eternal, almighty, most wise, most holy, most free, most absolute. He works all things according to the counsel of his own immutable and most righteous will, for his own glory. He is most loving, gracious, merciful, longsuffering, abundant in goodness and truth, forgiving iniquity transgression and sin. He rewards all who diligently seek him. He is most just and terrible in his judgements, hating all sin.(Westminster Confession of Faith, 2:1)

What attributes does God have?(Incommunicable and Communicable attributes)

God’s incommunicable attributes, such as self-existence, eternity and immensity, are those that have no analogy in man. His communicable attributes, such as power, knowledge, goodness and mercy, are those that find an expression in man or are reflected in other moral agents.

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Transcendent

When we speak of God as transcendent we mean of course that He is exalted far above the created universe, so far above that human thought cannot imagine it.  To think accurately about this, however, we must keep in mind that “far above” does not here refer to physical distance from the earth but to quality of being. We are concerned not with location in space nor with mere altitude, but with life. (AW Tozer: The Knowledge of the Holy)

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To understand and adore the immanent mercy of God we must see, first, his glorious and transcendent majesty. To revel rightly in the matchless grace of God, we must see, first, his astonishing and glorious greatness.(Bruce Ware)

 

Immanent

Canon W. G. Holmes of India told of seeing Hindu worshipers tapping on trees and stones and whispering “Are you there? Are you there?” to the god they hoped might reside within. In complete humility the instructed Christian brings the answer to that question. God is indeed there. He is there as He is here and everywhere, not confined to tree or stone, but free in the universe, near to everything, next to everyone, and through Jesus Christ immediately accessible to every loving heart. The doctrine of the divine omnipresence decides this forever. (AW Tozer: The Knowledge of the Holy)

If everyone else was to leave the room how many people would still be here?

What’s the smallest number of people – or perhaps I should say persons – who can ever be in a room where you are? Four. The Father who gave up his only Son for you, the Son who is praying for you, the Spirit who was hovering over the face of the deep when the world was created and now lives in you, and you. Sometimes circumstances may be really tough, and it may not feel like that. But it is still true. Wherever you are, whatever you are doing, he is Yahweh-is-there.(Andrew Wilson, Incomparable: Explorations in the Character of God).

http://www.fullofeyes.com/high-and-lifted-up-the-glory-of-the-cross/(This great article shows how the God of Isaiah 6 who is high and lifted up is also the God who was lifted up on the cross of Calvary so that we might be saved).

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The names of God:

I Am Who I Am (Exodus 3:13–14); Yahweh-Will-Provide (Genesis 22:13–14); Yahweh-My-Banner (Exodus 17:15–16); Yahweh-Who-Sanctifies-You (Leviticus 20:7–8); Yahweh-Is-Peace (Judges 6:22–24); Yahweh-Our-Righteousness (Jeremiah 23:5–6); Yahweh-Is-There (Ezekiel 48:35); The Most High (Daniel 4:34–35); Yahweh of Hosts (Isaiah 37:16); 

Yahweh-Your-Healer (Exodus 15:26): Here we read that one of God’s names is Yahweh-your-healer (Yahweh-rophe). When God reveals his name, as we have seen, we need to take notice, because it is a revelation of his character. Healing is not something God did once and may or may not do now. It is part of who he is.

Yahweh-My-Shepherd (Psalm 23:1–3): Lots of people get very worried about whether or not they are walking in the will of God. If you are, you need to realize how much bigger “Yahweh-my-shepherd” is than you. He has seen every possible pitfall in your life, he is leading you in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake, and eventually you will dwell in the house of Yahweh forever. You cannot do what he says and still end up in the wrong place. So unless you have been disobedient to him, you are exactly where he wants you to be!

The Rock That Is Higher Than I • • • • • • Hear my cry, O God, listen to my prayer; from the end of the earth I call to you when my heart is faint. Lead me to the rock that is higher than I, for you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the enemy.—Psalm 61:1–3: David had armies, but we have nothing—a floundering, drowning people with no steps and no ladders, just hope in the rock that is higher than us.

 

May God grant us eyes to behold him as he is, and in seeing him, to fall before him in wonder, awe, worship, and renewed longings to live our lives fully devoted to him.