Knowing the person of God changes our view and understanding of everything. Through it, we gain wisdom. Or, from the world’s perspective, enter into madness. Consider this quote from Charles Spurgeon:

I have learned to kiss the waves that throw me up against the Rock of Ages.

The Rock of Ages, of course, is Almighty God. His attributes are the foundation to the Christ follower’s faith, which is why Encouragement That Lasts has been camping out in this series. We are sharing snapshots of what God has revealed of Himself in His Word in order to provide you with the truth of who He is.

Our heart’s desire, here, is not that you have a greater head knowledge of God—although it is God who gives us the ability to think with clear, rational minds (Romans 12:2; James 1:5).  More importantly, it’s that you come to know, treasure, and trust Him in His fullness. The below attestation from William Lane Craig exemplifies the difference:

I have found that the more I reflect philosophically on the attributes of God the more overwhelmed I become at His greatness and the more excited I become about Bible doctrine. Whereas easy appeals to mystery prematurely shut off reflection about God, rigorous and earnest effort to understand Him is richly rewarded with deeper appreciation of who He is, more confidence in His reality and care, and a more intelligent and profound worship of His person.

In previous blogs within this series, we shared the Bible’s revelations that:

  • God is Spirit, and how those who worship Him must do so in spirit and in truth (John 4:24). God breathed a life-giving spirit into mankind which provided not only life itself, but balance and rational thought.
  • That He is Unity; God in Three Persons (Deuteronomy 6:4, John 10:30, Matthew 28:19). God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
  • That He is Infinite—without termination or end. God isn’t “here today and gone tomorrow” (Revelation 1:8; Psalm 102:25-27).
  • God is Eternal, or free from the restrictions of time. He is from everlasting to everlasting and has been our dwelling place in all generations (Psalm 90:1-2). I love that!
  • The Immutability (unchanging and unchangeable) nature of God testifies He is everything He reveals of Himself in the Bible: all the time. (James 1:17)
  • He is Omnipresent, or everywhere. We cannot “lose” God, nor must we be in a particular building or place to have fellowship and interaction with Him (Psalm 139:7-10).
  • God is Sovereign; He is the Supreme Ruler! (Psalm 66:7).
  • He is Omniscient, or knows all actual and possible things. Not only does God know everything going on and everything which has occurred in the past, but everything which would have happened if certain things had happened (Matthew 11:21).
  • God is Omnipotent; all powerful (Revelation 19:6). There is nothing He chooses to do for which He does not have the power to implement.
  • He is Just. He judges and will judge in perfect righteousness. This includes sin and His justness in forgiving sin through the promise of Jesus Christ’s (God the Son’s) righteousness accredited to the believer’s account (Acts 17:31; Romans 12:19; I John 1:9; 2 Corinthians 5:21).

Who is like our God?!

With more of God’s characteristics to examine, know and rely upon between this release and that which follows, is it any wonder a mortal can attest:  I have learned to kiss the waves that throw me up against the Rock of Ages?!

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And now, the next three attributes of God:

God is Love.  He is love through and through; it’s not something He has to apply, practice, or work Himself up to. His incomprehensible plan of salvation is the supreme example:

But God, being rich in mercy, for His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved) and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 2:4-6).

Simply put: We would all be toast were it not for God’s intentional, active love and His “impossible to understand” mercy. John 3:16 never grows old: ‘For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.’ God is love whether or not people choose to believe in Him and respond to His love.

God is Truth.  God is true in all that He does; He is consistent with Himself. Jesus said, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life: no one comes to the Father but through Me’ (John 14:6). God and God alone is the source of truth. ‘You, O Lord, will not withhold Your compassion from me; Your loving-kindness and Your truth will continually preserve me’ (Psalm 40:11). Rock solid encouragement and breathtaking hope is rooted in truth—the trustworthiness—of God. And He has not been stingy in revealing truth to us. We can read truth about God and from God in the Bible from cover to cover. We can lean on it daily, be corrected by it, and rely on it while holding to it in our every battle.

God is Self-Sufficient.  This attribute means God is independent from His creatures. ‘Who has directed the Spirit of the Lord, or as His counselor has informed Him? With whom did He consult and who gave Him understanding? And who taught Him in the path of justice and taught Him knowledge and informed Him in the way of understanding?’ (Isaiah 40:13-14) This is another beautiful attribute of God!

God loves us; He is Truth. He is in control, and He does not need us to tell Him how to function. He doesn’t need our advice. He is not dependent upon our input or opinions to be who He is.

How incredibly refreshing!

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If you’ve missed any of the previous releases on The ‘Who’ of God, you can catch them here:

1st in Series:  God’s Attributes (and why they should be known and treasured)

2nd in Series:  More of God’s Attributes (and why they matter)

3rd in Series:  God of Wonders — His Attributes

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Thank you for joining us today. You are, indeed, loved…

by the God who is like no other!

June

June

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2 Comments

  • Beryl says:

    He is worthy, I am not…BUT GOD!!! Ephesians 2:4-6 is one of my favorite passages in all of scripture. Because of His RICH mercy and GREAT love…

    • June says:

      Thank you, Beryl. We are indeed loved! “But God, being rich in mercy because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.”

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