In kicking off this second blog on the attributes of God, please consider a bold statement:

Knowing only one or two of God’s characteristics can increase a person’s vulnerability to deception and sin.

You may ask, “How can that be?” Well, let’s talk about it for a minute.

What was Satan’s opener with Eve in the Garden of Eden? What was his strategy in breaking down her trust and commitment to God?

He worked to throw shade in her mind about God’s attributes.

Consider Genesis 3:1: Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Indeed, has God said, ‘You shall not eat from any tree of the garden’?”

Deception in the human race began with the muddying of God’s character. Did God really say you don’t have freedom to enjoy the bounty of all the fruit trees around you? His query was designed to make Eve wonder if God wasn’t overly restrictive; a little unkind. Eve attempted to clarify the truth of what the command from God was, but didn’t get it completely right. She was correct (as Satan already knew) in that there was fruit from one tree from which they were not to eat—the tree of the knowledge of good and evil; and to transgress the command would bring forth death. (Genesis 3:2-3)

Satan persisted (Genesis 3:4-5):  You surely will not die! For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.

This was another of the serpent’s twists and omissions of God’s character: God is truth (John 14:6; Psalm 40:11), yet Satan emphatically stated that what God had said wasn’t true. He then mixed one of God’s attributes with human character traits. It is true God is all knowing (omniscient; Psalm 139:4; Matthew 11:21); however, Eve would not become like God if she ate the fruit nor did God fear His created beings would become His equals (Isaiah 40:13-14).

What were the attack points?

The Word of God.

The attributes of God.

Sadly, I’ve rubbed shoulders with people who choose to live in sin because they know one of God’s characteristics: Love. Nobody’s perfect, I’ve heard them reason. If God is love, He will let me into heaven when I die. They bank on God’s love without acknowledging His holiness.

On the flip side, I’ve seen others who are fearful or resentful of God’s holiness; keeping as far away from Him as possible because they’re either unaware of (or refuse to embrace) His perfect love and justice.

Friend, my desire is that you know all the wonders of who and what God is!

In our previous release, we touched on three of God’s attributes; namely, that:

God is Spirit (John 4:24);

God is Unity (Deuteronomy 6:4; John 10:30; Matthew 28:19); and

God is Infinite (Revelation 1:8; Psalm 102:25-27).

Let’s unwrap the next three; they are so amazing!

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God is Eternal.  In other words, He is free from the restrictions of time. As human beings, you and I are time watchers. We face deadlines, our biological clocks keep ticking, and we may wonder if God has lost track of those things. Yet Psalm 90:1-2 shows the Lord has been our dwelling place in all generations and goes on to say, ‘before the mountains were born You gave birth to the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting You are God.’ Time, therefore, is never the believer’s enemy, but God’s tool. God and His purposes are not bound by time—even if we think they are!

God is Immutable.  He is unchanging and unchangeable. James tells us, ‘Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation, or shifting shadow’ (James 1:17). What we call our circumstances (what we see or experience) does not change the perfection and truth of God. He is unchanging. How horrible it would be if God were like us: reliable one day and failing the next, or kind-intentioned toward us most of the time but stabbing us in the back at others. What a solid foundation is a God who is everything He says He is in His Word—all the time!

God is Omnipresent.  This means He is everywhere. We cannot successfully run or hide from Him, neither can the Christ follower be blocked from Him by any person, power, or circumstance. What a comfort and a thrill this truth should be for us! The psalmist lays it out clearly:

Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend to heaven You are there; if I make my bed in Sheol, behold, You are there. If I take the wings of the dawn, if I dwell in the remotest part of the sea, even there Your hand will lead me; and Your right hand will lay hold of me. (Psalm 139:7-10).

God is wholly present with the sinner on his knees asking Him for forgiveness at the same time He is present with His child suffering persecution thousands of miles away. He is with you, believer. We don’t have to be in a special building or have a certain person intercede for us in order to have immediate and constant fellowship and interaction with God. Mind-boggling isn’t it?

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We may not be covering anything today you haven’t already been fortunate enough to know. Yet how beneficial to reflect on and treasure these reminders!

And now, an application question:

How might (or should) these three additional attributes of God anchor your soul, challenge your thought life, result in worship, or help you encourage others in truth and humility?

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Here’s at least one appropriate take away:

Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.

Praise the Lord!

(Psalm 150:6)

June

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