Attributes Of The God (2)

W. Terry Varner
January 11, 2015

In continuing to study the attributes of God, we come to understand that they describe God because of who He is. They are absolute, unchangeable, and possessed to the infinite degree. The better the Christian understands God the more reverent and obedient we will be.

God is All-powerful. When we speak of God being all-powerful, we speak of His omnipotence. In reading Genesis 1, which is the biblical account of creation, God simply spoke and it was so. “For He spoke, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast” (Ps. 33:9). God created all things ex nihilo; i.e. out of nothing. When you and I create something, we do so from things which already exist, but God created all things out of nothing. Deep? Yes. Jesus said, “but with God all things are possible” (Matt. 19:26).

God is Holy. The word holy basically means separate or transcendent. Often God is called, “The Holy One.” This descriptive term of God is used about thirty times in the book of Isaiah (cf. 5:16; 6:1-5). God alone possesses all holiness because of His moral excellence. Israel sang, “Who is like You, O Lord, among the gods? Who is like You, glorious in holiness” (Ex. 15:11). John writes, “God is light and in Him is no darkness at all” (1 John 1:5); i.e. He has no sin and is perfectly holy.

God is Love. God as the God of love is greatly misunderstood by so many. Too often men view God’s love in sentimental, emotional, and changeable terms is the likeness of man’s love. We can argue that love is the sum of attributes of God as Father. If we reason correctly, we reason that all of the attributes of God shown toward man are directed by His love. God’s love is not influenced like man’s love. Man’s love is often influenced by who or what we are or by who and what others are. Man’s love is often expressed in boundaries nor restrictions. God’s love knows no boundaries or restrictions, but it universal toward all men (cf. John 3:16). Paul writes, “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom. 5:8). On the one hand God hates sin. On the other hand, God’s love for the sinner motivated Him to send Jesus to die on Calvary for our redemption (cf. Eph. 2:4; 2 Thess. 2:16; 1 John 4:9-10). Jesus died for us because He loved us (Rev. 1:5).

God is the God of Truthfulness. God is the only One to whom we can turn and always find truthfulness. God possesses perfect knowledge of all truth. He never contradicts that truth. God “keeps truth forever” (Ps. 146:6). We can not say this of man. Man at times is untruthful. Balaam said, “God is not a man, that He should lie” (Num. 23:19). Paul writes, “it was impossible for God to lie” and this enables us to laid hold of the hope of heaven (Heb. 6:18). With God being truthful and the source of truth, what assurance we have as His children that He will do as He promises.

We have a quest for truth religiously. We desire to know many matters in life. Jesus said, “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32). Jesus told man where he can find truth. “Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth” (John 17:17). From the truth of God, we can learn: 1) Our origin (Gen. 1:26-27), 2). The purpose of life (1 Cor. 6:19-20; Rev. 4:11). 3) Whether we are saved or not saved (1 John 5:13; John 20:30-31). 4) What is sinful and the consequences of our sin (Isa. 59:1-2; Rom. 6:23). 5) How to become a Christian (John 8:24; Matt. 10:32-33; Mark 16:16). 6) How to live the Christian life (2 Peter 1:3; 3:18).