The Attributes of God
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Unless God takes the initiative and reveals Himself to us, we will stumble in the darkness of superstition.

God HAS revealed Himself to us, by means of...

  • His written word, the Bible, and
  • His living Word, Jesus the Messiah.

Apart from God's self-revelation, people tend to dream up a mythological god who is either...

  • An emotionless Power [such as *The Force* in the Star Wars movies]
  • OR a mean bully who sits around in heaven, anxiously waiting for you to make a mistake so he can send you to burn in hell
  • OR a grandfatherly old fuddy-duddy [sort of like *Santa Claus*] who doesn't give a rip what you do, just so long as you have a good time doing it.

But the true and living God has revealed that...

  • He is far from being emotionless. He rejoices when you rejoice. He weeps when you weep. God CARES about you.
  • He is very saddened when someone rejects His gracious offer of salvation from their sins. God so greatly desires that you do NOT go to hell that He Himself took on human flesh, and voluntarily died in atonement for your sins.
  • God very definitely DOES "give a rip" what you do. Those who accept His grace are born-again as His children. As a loving Parent, God sets standards. His standards are not a "fence" to keep His children away from joy, but instead are "fortress walls" to keep evil away from His children.

In the next three short pages Biblebell has assembled a topical study of key Bible verses whereby God has provided information to help you better understand His nature. Doing an effective job of this is an awesome task. Therefore, it will remain a *work in progress* until God calls this writer home. Accordingly, if you have any suggestions or comments for clarifying or otherwise improving this vital study, please let me know.

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There is only 1 God
He is the living God
Source of all life
Immortal
Infinite
Eternal

Spirit
Invisible
Immaterial
Incomprehensible
Reveals Himself

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God is a person
Immutable -- unchanging
NOT impassible or unyielding
Outgoing -- God WITH you
Omnipresent: present everywhere
Omnipotent: all-powerful
Self-control
Omniscient: all-knowing
Wise
Holy

God is sovereign & free
Just & fair
Loving
Merciful
Gracious
Good
Righteous
True & genuine
Truthful
Faithful
Persistent

ONE God
There is one God and ONLY one God.

The doctrine of the Trinity of God does NOT mean that there are three Gods. No, no, never!

The Bible is very clear that there is one God and ONLY one God.

The Trinity of God means that the one God manifests Himself as three distinct *persons* -- Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

  • For an essay about the Trinity, click HERE.
  The LORD our God, the LORD is one! Deu 6.1b

Who is God, except the LORD? And who is a rock, except our God?
2 Sam 22.32

[God said...] Before Me there was no God formed, nor shall there be after Me. I, even I, am the LORD, and besides Me there is no savior. Isa 43.10b - 11

[God said...] Is there a God besides Me? Indeed there is no other Rock; I know not one. Isa 44.8b

[God said...] I am the LORD, and there is no other; There is no God besides Me. Isa 45.5a

There is none other God but one.
1 Cor 8.4c

God is one.
Gal 3.20b
God is living and true.   You turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God 1 Thes 1.9b

The LORD is the true God. He is the living God and the everlasting King.
Jer 10.10a

God is life...

  • God is the source of all life.
  • God sustains the existence of His creation.
  • It is ONLY by God's will that the Universe and its life forms continue to exist.
  • All matter and all life consist IN God. That is, apart from God continually *remembering* His universe, it would instantly cease to exist.
  The LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into His nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being. Gen 2.7

For by Him
[Lord Jesus] 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. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. Col 1.16-17

For with You
[God] is the fountain of life; in Your light we see light. Ps 36.9

Nor is He
[God] worshiped with men's hands, as though He needed anything, since He gives to all life, breath, and all things. Acts 17.25

As the Father has life in Himself, so He has granted the Son to have life in Himself, and has given Him authority to execute judgment also, because He is the Son of Man.
John 5.26-27
Immortal
God is immortal. He cannot die. He cannot cease to exist.
  Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, to God who alone is wise, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.
1 Tim 1.17

God alone has immortality, dwelling in light which cannot be approached, whom no one of men have seen, nor can see; to whom be honor and power everlasting. Amen.
1 Tim 6.16
Infinite
God is infinite in being and perfection.
  Will God indeed dwell on the earth? Behold! The heaven and the heavens of heavens cannot contain You. How much less this house which I have built? 1 Kings 8.27

Can you find out the deep things of God? Can you find out the limit of the Almighty? It is higher than heaven--what can you do? Deeper than Sheol--what can you know? Its measure is longer than the earth, and broader than the sea. ...These are indeed but the outskirts of His ways. How small a whisper do we hear of Him! But the thunder of His power who can understand?
Job 11.7-9, 26.14

O the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and how inscrutable His ways!
Rom 11.33
Eternal
God is eternal. He is OUTSIDE of time. He is free from "duration" or "succession" of time.

God had no beginning. He is "uncaused" because He has always existed.

God has no end. He can never cease to exist.
  Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever You had formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God. Ps 90.2

Now to the King
eternal, immortal, invisible, to God who alone is wise, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.
1 Tim 1.17

Beloved, let not this one thing be hidden from you, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
[This is hyperbole. It denotes that *time* has NO applicability to God.] 2 Pet 3.8
God is Spirit.   God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth. John 4:24

Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
2 Cor 3.17

Invisible
Since God is Spirit, He is invisible.

However, God can *cause* Himself to be visible in any form He chooses. For examples, God appeared as...

  • A man (Gen 18.1-2)
  • A pillar of fire by night, and a pillar of cloud by day. (Exod 13.21)
  No one has seen God at any time; the Only-begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him.
John 1.18

Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen. 1 Tim 1.17

Immaterial
Since God is Spirit, He does not have a material, physical body...

  • Thus, God cannot be represented by an image of ANY shape.
  • Neither can God be represented by any picture.
  You saw no form of any kind the day the LORD spoke to you at Horeb out of the fire. Therefore watch yourselves very carefully, so that you do not become corrupt and make for yourselves an idol, an image of any shape, whether formed like a man or a woman, or like any animal on earth or any bird that flies in the air, or like any creature that moves along the ground or any fish in the waters below. Deu 4.15-18

[Jesus said...] a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see Me have. Lk 24.39b

Incomprehensible
We cannot fully comprehend the nature and being of the one God. This is true because, as shown in preceding panels...

  • We are mortal whereas God is immortal
  • We are finite whereas God is infinite
  • We are temporal [bounded by time] whereas God is eternal [unbounded by time]
  • We are physical beings whereas God is a Spirit
  • We best understand that which we can see or portray. God cannot be seen. Neither can He be portrayed by any physical representation.
  Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; And His greatness is unsearchable. Ps 145.3

"My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways," says the LORD. "For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts."
Isa 55.8-9

O the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and how inscrutable His ways! For who has known the mind of the LORD? Or who has become His counselor?
Rom 11.33-34

God is not a man that He should lie, neither the son of man that He should repent. Has He said, and shall He not do it? Or has He spoken, and shall He not make it good?
Num 23.19
Reveals Himself
Although God is beyond our total comprehension [for reasons given above], He has revealed Himself and His purposes to us, to the fullest degree that we are able to receive and understand them.

Moreover, God has *equipped* us to recognize and relish the beauty and wonder of Himself and His creation.
  God reveals Himself in His creation
The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork.
Ps 19.1

God reveals Himself in His Bible
All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness
2 Tim 3.16

God revealed Himself by His incarnation as Jesus of Nazareth
Philip said to Jesus, "Lord, show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us."
Jesus answered, "Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father"
John 14.8-9a

God reveals Himself to His people and prophets
The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.
Deu 29.29

Surely the Lord GOD does nothing, unless He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets.
Amos 3.7
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