6 Attributes of God-Basic Bible Truths Lesson Three Summary
This is a summary of Lesson 3 part one and two of the Basic Bible Truths Series. Today we will talk about 6 attributes of God. Enjoy!
To Him who by wisdom made the heavens, for His mercy endures forever; to Him who laid out the earth above the waters, for His mercy endures forever; to Him who made great lights, for His mercy endures forever Psalm 136:5-7
And one cried to another and said: “Holy. holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of His glory! Isaiah 6:3
Give to the Lord the glory due His name; bring an offering, and come into His courts. Oh, worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness! Tremble before Him, all the earth. Psalm 96:8-9
These verses just touch the surface of the many attributes of God. God is incredible. He has many attributes and it is important we know more about Him so we can worship him with the reverence He deserves.
God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth. John 4:24
To worship God in truth we must know the truth. Therefore, we need to study His Word and learn more about Him. We know that we can never truly understand God completely because he is infinite (beyond measure) and cannot be fully known or understood. However, we can use the Bible to study some of His attributes. The attributes we discuss are found in perfection in our Lord. I feel that knowing more about Him is another way to draw nearer to Him. So let’s take a look at six attributes of God.
God is Eternal
First and foremost God is eternal. He has no beginning and has no end.
… holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come! Revelation 4:8
Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever You had formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God. Psalm 90:2
This is a difficult one for the human mind to grasp, I would say. We think everything has a beginning and end. Life starts and ends. Activities we do start and end. But God does not. This might lead to questions such as “Where did God come from?” and that is a question without human answer. God has always been and will always be and that alone takes some thinking and acceptance; however, it also is reassuring. We worship a God that didn’t come from something else. He just is and always will be.
The Bible speaks of God in terms of years and days at times and that helps us think about Him in our terms a little better.
But You are the same, and Your years will have no end. Psalm 102:27
God is not the result of something else. He is the Creator and the First Cause. He is eternal and we are in his hands.
Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and Your dominion endures throughout all generations. Psalm 145:13
God is eternal and He endures. We never have to wonder if He is there. He is and always will be.
God is Holy
Along with God being eternal without beginning and without end, He is also Holy. God’s holiness is what separates Him from us. Holiness is a separation, a separation from any deed or thought that is evil, it is the exact opposite of sin.
Since we are sinful creatures, sin surrounds us and is ever present with us. Thus, since God is the exact opposite of sin we are separated from Him by our sin.
We may not constantly commit sin, but we are drawn to sin, and our worldly self desires sin. God hates and abhors sin.
You are of purer eyes than to behold evil, and cannot look on wickedness… Habakkuk 1:3
…God is light and in Him is no darkness at all I John 1:5
In God is holiness perfected. God requests and requires holiness from His people. We, of course, can never be as holy as God but we are expected to imitate Him and separate ourselves from sin.
And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure I John 3:3
We should know that God expects holiness and it should be our desire to be pure from sin.
God is Omniscient
We have so far learned a little more about God’s holiness as well as the fact that He is eternal. Now we talk about His knowledge. God is omniscient and this means all-knowing. His knowledge is not only complete but it is unchanging (discussed further under immutable). Unlike us, who seek knowledge and can gain knowledge God does not need to do that.
Great is our Lord, and mighty in power; His understanding is infinite. Psalm 147:5
Knowledge was His from the beginning and He is not surprised and does not have to change plans due to new knowledge. Even though He knows our sins He loves us. We are important to Him and He has blessed us with grace and the gift of forgiveness.
But the hairs of your head are all numbered Matthew 10:30
In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins according to the riches of His grace which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence Ephesians 1:7-8
His ways are higher than our ways. But it is comforting to know that this all-knowing God cares enough about us to care about the details and to bless us. He has given us the gift of forgiveness and blessings that surpass all understanding.
Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out! Romans 11:33
God is Immutable
Fourth, God is unchanging (immutable) in character and Person. We definitely do not possess this particular quality. We change over time. Our opinions vary, we view things differently day by day because we gain knowledge and experience. God does not need to gain knowledge to make different decisions. He is a constant.
For I am the Lord, I do not change… Malachi 3:6
Every good gift and perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning James 1:17
God is all-knowing and never changing. This includes the fact that He is never changing in His purposes. He has no need to change His plans.
Remember the former things of old, for I am God, and there is none like Me … indeed I have spoken it; I will also bring it to pass. I have purposed it; I will also do it. Isaiah 46:9-11
God at times changes His actions, such as in Genesis 6:5, 12-13-He changes how he deals with man. But His purpose remained the same. God makes no mistakes since He is perfection. And He knew what would happen when He created man.
God is Omnipresent
Along with God’s all-knowing, unchanging nature He is also all-present. Omnipresent means He is everywhere at the same time. He is in a one-on-one relationship with everyone and everything at the same time.
Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend into heaven, You are there; if I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there. If I take wings of the morning And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there Your hand shall lead me, and Your right hand shall hold me. Psalm 139:7-10
God is beyond measure, so we should not be surprised that His attributes are beyond measure. It is hard to understand Him because of our limitations. There are references to God dwelling certain places in the Bible; this does not take away from His presence elsewhere. He is often present in a special way at certain places but that does not confine Him.
God Dwells In His Believers…
Another fact to consider is that God dwells within every believer. He lives within us through His Holy Spirit and that should be a blessed and comforting thought.
By this we know that we abide in Him, and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit I John 4:13
Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God I John 4:15
… know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore, glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s. I Corinthians 6:19-20
Call to action: If you do not know that God is living within You and you want to learn more about that feel free to visit my salvation page. I want you to have a personal relationship with Him and let Him live within you and guide you.
God is Omnipotent
The final attribute we will discuss is God’s omnipotence, or all-powerful nature. God’s power is infinite.
For with God nothing will be impossible Luke 1:37
There are many descriptions of God’s power in the Bible. It is amazing that with that power He was able to speak the world into existence.
By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, and all the host of them by the breath of His mouth Psalm 33:6
God is so powerful he only needed to speak and things were created. He controls the universe and everything is dependent on Him. We are His creatures and He is our creator.
This has been so brief compared to how we could talk about God’s attributes for weeks and not finish it all. Just using these terms of all-knowing, and present and powerful gets me thinking on a bigger scale when it comes to God. As demonstrated above, God also possesses qualities we use more often to describe Him as well as people-such as grace, love, patience, righteousness, and mercy and we will explore some of these in future Basic Bible Truths lessons.
In conclusion, it is important to think about how big the God we serve is. How wonderful it is to know He lives in His believers, He is everywhere at once, and He knows the plans He has for us and every detail about us. I enjoy serving and worshiping and revering a God who cares about every detail about me and loves me still.
Heavenly Father, first of all I thank You for Your powerful attributes. I thank You for Your sacrifice of Your Son and sending Your Spirit to dwell in us. We praise Your name for Your power and Your presence with us. Lord, let us appreciate You for Your wisdom and Your plans for us. I pray that people reading this study will feel Your presence with them as I have writing these words. Let them be nudged to draw closer to You no matter where they are at in the moment. I pray for Your name to be glorified for You are powerful, wonderful, holy, and infinite. Let us appreciate and worship You even more as we learn more about How truly amazing You are Lord. I praise You and thank You for Your presence with us and Your power of forgiveness. Amen.
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