Ro 5:8-note, The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love. ", You shall not worship any other god, for the LORD, Whose name is Jealous (Qanna'), is a jealous God Ex 34:14, See also Dt 32:16,21 1Ki 14:22 Ps 78:58 Ezek 8:3 16:38,42 23:25 36:5 38:19, "Jealous" does not refer to the shallow human emotion, but speaks of God's intolerance to divided loyalty by those who are in Covenant with Him. He is both fully merciful and fully just. Nu 11:23 (Read Spurgeon's devotional). The incomprehensibility of God means that he is not able to be fully known. 9:9; Eph. What "gods" are you "flirting" with? The best adoration of the Unsearchable is to own Him to be so, and close the eyes in reverence before the excessive light of His glory. Omnipresence (God is everywher… Behold, Thou hast made the heavens & the earth by Thy great power & by Thy outstretched arm! Has His promise come to an end forever? ", To the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion & authority, before all time & now & forever. 3:15, God is merciful, Exodus 34:6; Psalm 67:1; James 5:11, God is most absolute, Isaiah 44:6; Acts 17:24-25, God is one, Deut. indescribable (eg hold point over &/or click "OMNISCIENT") Spurgeon says: Mercy &truth shall go before thy face. The Attributes of God Which attributes of God are communicable or incommunicable? 23:19; Mal. ©2003 Jason Weber for Here’s Life Inner City The Attributes of God: What is God Like? What are the characteristics of God? Jehovah nullifies the counsel of the nations. Always expect the unexpected when you are dealing with God. ", EXHIBITS Active compassion AGAINST THOSE WHO OFFEND HIM, Lovingkindness (mercy) is Thine, O Lord, for Thou dost recompense a man according to his work. 1:9; 10:13; 2 Cor. Dt 32:4, Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness & Thy law is truth Ps 119:142 (See Torrey's Topic), Spurgeon writes that God's "righteousness is unchanging and endures from age to age. Divine Attributes in Proper Perspective A. Blessed be our heavenly Father. Louis Berkhof states that "the consensus of opinion" through most of church history has been that God is the "Incomprehensible One". God’s love is unconditional. God is Almighty= He has absolute power or is all powerful; God is the Alpha and Omega= He is the beginning and the end, the first and the last; God is Awesome = He inspires awe and amazement; God is Compassionate = He shows a deep concern for His people & a desire to meet their needs; God is the Deliverer = He is the rescuer or savior God’s incommunicable attributes are those characteristics that cannot be shared with His creatures. Self-existent "Do I not fill the heavens and the earth?" 10:17, God is the head of every man, 1 Cor. Here, take the bread, take the fish, and feed the thousands. The storm may rage, but all is well, for our Captain is the governor of storms. (Example: The goodness of God means God is infinitely good, God is also infinitely just, infinitely immutable, etc...) God is Personal - God is a self-conscious Being capable of thought, will, and interaction with His creation. God cannot be comprehended as He really is (1 Cor. Abraham planted a tamarisk tree at Beersheba, and there he called on the name of the Jehovah the Everlasting God. He knows our future needs, and out of the fullness of Christ Jesus He provides from His goodness. He who keeps you will not slumber." Heaven & earth will perish BUT He is ever the same & His years will not end. How unsearchable are His judgments & unfathomable His ways ! He will by no means leave the guilty unpunished Ex 34:6 34:7. Lesson 4 - God is Jealous. Isaiah 40:28 says "his understanding no one can fathom". 1:24; Heb. The fact that God has revealed knowledge of Himself should not be neglected (Hebrews 4:1). And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. God is that Supreme Being who exists independent of the universe, who does not change, is absolute, transcends space and time, who is self-aware, who is all-knowing, ever-present, and can accomplish whatever he desires to accomplish. Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom & knowledge of God ! He appoints both the ideas and the end. Check out this helpful resources from CARM (Christian Apologetics & Resource Ministry), What are the communicable and incommunicable attributes of God? (CHS), Jer 32:17 'Ah Lord GOD! Great is Thy faithfulness. God has revealed His character in Scripture, illuminating the attributes that define Him. In one sense, we must not forget that there is a basic incommunicability of even these attributes, for insofar as such things as the love and goodness of God are infinite, we cannot imitate them. Omnipresent Spurgeon: "World events are not tangled, confused, or perplexing to God...Jehovah’s power is apparent, from the least to the greatest, for God is in all and rules all. Goodness, and goodness only. ", God's wisdom & knowledge are deep - His Judgments unsearchable. The holy spirit is the POWER of God. Praise may be said to be great when the song contains great matter, when the hearts producing it are intensely fervent, and when large numbers unite in the grand acclaim. Click for Joy of Knowing God through His attributes. It is even so with those who are by faith the children of the Most High...Such knowledge not only surpasses my comprehension, but even my imagination....Mount as I may, this truth is too lofty for my mind. Restless soul, God ordains all, so let the Lord have His way. God's Lovingkindness is very practical - David prays that God would "Wondrously show Thy lovingkindness, O Savior of those who take refuge at Thy right hand from those who rise up against them." Ex 15:11, "Holy, Holy, Holy is the LORD of hosts. But His mighty thunder, who can understand?" His understanding is inscrutable. "I know that Thou can do all things & that no purpose of Thine can be thwarted. An attribute, as we can know it, is a mental concept, an intellectual response to God’s self-revelation. Into Your hand I commit my spirit; You have ransomed me, O LORD, God of truth. Holiness Holiness is God’s perfection of character and without flaw and without sin but with complete goodness, justice, mercy, love, etc. ", "Can a man hide himself in hiding places so I do not see him?" PRESENT EVERYWHERE Transcendent These include infinity, aseity, unity, and eternity. PROOF TEXTS: Exodus 3:14 — And God said to Moses, "I AM WHO I AM. "CHS" = quotes from C. H. Spurgeon on The Attributes of God (CLICK full page of Quotes HERE), "There never was a time in which we were unknown to God, and there never will be a moment in which we shall be beyond His observation...This is a fact to be remembered every moment: sitting down to consider, or rising up to act, we are still seen, known, and read by Jehovah our Lord...Though Thou shouldst give but a glance at my heart, and see me as one sees a passing meteor moving afar, yet Thou wouldst by that glimpse sum up all the meanings of my soul, so transparent is everything to Thy piercing glance....The Lord judges our active life and our quiet life; he discriminates our action and our repose, and marks that in them which is good and also that which is evil. 9:8; 1 Pet. ", He looked upon their (His people Israel) distress when He heard their cry & He remembered His covenant for their sake & relented according to the greatness of His lovingkindness, Spurgeon: "The Lord is so full of grace that he has not only mercy but mercies, yea a multitude of them", Gracious is the LORD & righteous; Yes, our God is compassionate. In light of God’s other attributes of goodness, mercy, love and grace, there are some who might, in error, say that God is too kind to punish the ungodly. The Everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth does not become weary or tired. (Dt 33:27) (Spurgeon's Note). The counsel of Jehovah stands forever; the plans of His heart from generation to generation. Ps 145:9 (Spurgeon note). Job 34:10, "The Rock ! The psalmist proclaims, “The LORD is good. We'd love to keep you up to date with what is happening at CARM. When you are dealing with Him who is omnipotent, faithful, and true, the things that seem utterly impossible will be those most likely to happen. He will bring you up, out, and through—not necessarily in the way you would like to come, but in the best way. Receiving instruction and knowledge that comes from God, in fact, is the only knowledge of God at all (James 1:5, 3:13-18). Every comfort is sent with a loving thoughtfulness that makes it precious. The span of your life is measured to a hair’s width. Millard Erickson said this about the characteristics or attributes of God, When we speak of the attributes of God, we are referring to those qualities of God that constitute what he is, the very characteristics of his nature.1 Ryrie instead calls Gods characteristics, his perfections because all of the qualities or attributes of God are perfect.2 In this portion of our study, we will be considering Gods attributeshis characteristicshis perfections. Did He choose you? The stability which the anchor gives the ship when it has at last obtained a hold-fast, is like that which the Christian's hope affords him when it fixes itself upon this glorious truth. For He says to Moses, "I WILL HAVE MERCY ON WHOM I HAVE MERCY, AND I WILL HAVE COMPASSION ON WHOM I HAVE COMPASSION." His understanding is inscrutable Isa 40:28 (Torrey's topic), Daniel said, "Let the name of God be blessed forever & ever for wisdom & power belong to Him. Daniel 11:32-note says that “know their God will display strength & take action” In light of the recent coronavirus pandemic, Christians have asked me if isolation due to disease is biblical. But to believe this means we dull the reality of his infinite, unchanging justice. How do these differ from God's incommunicable attributes? He has loved his people with "an everlasting love"; he loves them now as much as ever he did, and when all earthly things shall have melted in the last conflagration, his love will still wear the dew of its youth. … Ps 102:25-27, "Thou art the same...God, the same in essence & nature, the same in will & purpose, Thou dost change all other things as Thou pleaseth; but Thou art immutable in every respect..." (Spurgeon), For I, the LORD, do not change; therefore you, O sons of Jacob, are not consumed. Page 11 Jehovah – I AM, or self-existence; God exists without anyone creating Him. Nothing happens as the result of a remorseless fate. God does not need anything - we cannot give Him anything that is not already His. 1:7; Psalm 86:5, God is gracious, Exodus 33:19; Psalm 116:5; 2 Cor. Amen. Who is like Thee majestic in holiness, awesome in praises, working wonders? What impossible situation or task are you facing today? Isa 40:28, Ps 90:1-2 Lord, Thou have been our dwelling place in all generations. There must always be about the glorious Lord that is incomprehensible, and it is not for us to doubt because we cannot understand, but rather humbly to bow before His awesome presence in Whose verb hand is our breath. "Now you shall see whether My word will come true for you or not." If you have any issues, please call the office at 385-246-1048 or email us at info@carm.org. God knew it would be. God’s incommunicable attributes are things that only God can have and that make Him distinct from creation. Is it okay to take communion at home outside the church? Here are 10 attributes of God to meditate on each day. Is it true and is it biblical? And God has revealed Himself in His book. Job 5:9, God "Who does great things, unfathomable, & wondrous works without number." Did He buy you with His own blood? Ps 38:8 33:9 10 11, He works all things after the counsel of His will Eph 1:11-note, His Purpose Will Be Established & He will accomplish all His good pleasure - what He begins He brings to fruition because He is in total control, "Remember the former things long past, for I am God, & there is no other. Here's a few scriptures. 3:6; Heb. Set it down in your diary, or mark it in your Bible. ", If we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself. Malachi 3:6, "It is well for us that, amidst all the variableness of life, there is One whom change cannot affect; One whose heart can never alter, and on whose brow mutability can make no furrows...The delight which the mariner feels, when, after having been tossed about for many a day, he steps again upon the solid shore, is the satisfaction of a Christian when, amidst all the changes of this troublous life, he rests the foot of his faith upon this truth-"I am the Lord, I change not." NATURAL (Inwardly in Himself) MORAL (Outwardly to His Creation) NOTE: mouse over BRIGHT BLUE or click attribute for more (eg hold point over &/or click "OMNISCIENT") Omniscient, The Attributes of God - Part 2b 3:20, God is opposed to the proud, James 4:6; 1 Pet. "Behold, these are the fringes of His ways; And how faint a word we hear of Him! There is no fault, no impurity, no imperfection…nothing but pure perfection and holiness. When those needs arise, the supplies are ready. There will be more than you need. " Tozer in Knowledge of the Holy finds 18 characteristics of God in the Bible. Righteous View lesson 3. When we speak of God’s communicable attributes, we are referring primarily to His moral attributes such as love, goodness, and kindness. Pr 15:3, (Click here for every use of the phrase "the eyes of the LORD" in the NASB), God is everywhere all the time for as the psalmist says "He will not allow your foot to slip. It seems to be always above me, even when I soar into the loftiest regions of spiritual thought. He is love, mercy, grace, longsuffering, and more, yes, but above all He is Holy. When this distinction is applied to God, communicable attributes refer to those aspects of God's character that we may share in some way—such as mercy, grace, anger, justice, and holiness. (Job 26:14) As Horner has written "There can be no condensed learning of God; the very thought is an insult to His transcendent majesty. Natural attributes belong to God’s very constitutional nature apart from his actions. (click note), Man cannot plumb the depths or limits of God. The three "omni" attributes fall into this category. MORALLY PERFECT: The following are the moral attributes of God; they are listed here together because God’s moral nature is perfectly unified, with no tension between His wrath and His love, for example. Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him. And as the guys point out, mankind and God have these in common not because God was made in our image, but because we are made in the image of God. Communicable Attributes== This term refers to attributes that are true of God, but are also true in some respect or in some finite measure of at least a portion of his creation. ; SALIENT POINTS: Not only will God exist undiminished everlastingly into the future, but He has existed identically throughout the infinite past. 1:11; Rom. For example, God is omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient, sovereign, transcendent, immutable, and self-existent. If you are in personal danger, or in the midst of a storm, or facing illness, and if you hear a voice saying, “Surely the Lord is in this place” (Ge 28:16) you will be perfectly at rest." Spurgeon reminds us that "All God’s gifts are prepared in advance and reserved for needs foreseen. How great is our God, NOTE: mouse over BRIGHT BLUE or click attribute for more Sovereign Job 9:10, God's ways & thoughts are higher than mans, "For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways," declares the LORD "For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways & My thoughts than your thoughts. He is the same in famine or in the joy of an abundant harvest. (See Note), "The God Who made the world & all things in it, since He is Lord of heaven & earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands, NO BEGINNING & END & NOT CONFINED TO TIME, 'Indeed, I lift up My hand to heaven, & say, as I live forever Dt 32:40, For thus says the high & exalted One Who lives forever, whose name is Holy, "I dwell on a high and holy place & also with the contrite & lowly of spirit in order to revive the spirit of the lowly & to revive the heart of the contrite. On storm tossed seas today, unfathomable, & His mercies are over all works! 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