Attributes Of The God (3)

W. Terry Varner
January 18, 2015

This will be our final article on the attributes of God. Remember than an attribute of God describes God to mankind. The attributes of God help us to better understand Him. There are many attributes that we will not discuss and He possesses attributes that we do not know because we do not have all God is, but these we have studied briefly should create within us a deeper devotion, dedication, and reverence for God.

God is Faithful. Consider that man’s faithfulness often fluctuates and changes and is not always dependable. Surely you have experienced this with a friend, family member, business dealings, or government officials. They are not always faithful nor dependable. This is what we mean when we say “there is no one you can trust today,” However with God this is not so as God never fluctuates. God is always dependable.

Passages abound in both the Old and New Testaments that affirm God is absolutely faithful. Therefore know that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God who keeps His covenant and mercy for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commandments” (Deut. 7:9). “Your faithfulness reaches to the clouds” (Ps. 36:5). “If we are faithless, He remains faithful; He cannot deny Himself” (2 Tim. 2:13).

God is Patient. “Now the God of patience and comfort grant you to be like-minded toward one another, according to Christ Jesus” (Rom. 15:5). God is perfectly and absolutely patient. God has the power to restrain Himself in dealing with man. “The Lord is slow to anger and great in power” (Nahum 1:3).

God’s patience is much different than man’s patience. The Old Testament phrase describing God as “slow to anger” is used to denote His patience and longsuffering. Sometimes we think, and wrongly so, that a patient man is cowardly and weak in strength. Impatience has destroyed many lives, opportunities, families, etc.

God is Wrathful. Of all the divine attributes we know of God perhaps the wrath of God is one attribute of God than many reject in our modem society. Because of a misunderstanding of God who is love (cf. 1 John 4:8, 16), holy, and good, many think it is contradictory for God to be consider the God of wrath, when it comes to sin, God expresses His wrath. “Are You not from everlasting, O Lord my God, my Holy One? . . . You are of purer eyes than to behold evil, and cannot look upon wickedness” (Habakkuk 1:12-13). Man expresses wrath and most often mixes it with injustice and prejudice. God does not. God’s wrath harmonizes with His holiness, justice, love, etc.

God is Graceful and Merciful. God’s grace can be described as His unmerited favor toward man (sinners); God’s mercy can be described as His divine compassion toward distressed man. God’s mercy toward man is because of His grace. Man’s salvation issues from God’s grace and mercy. “For by grace you have been saved through [the] faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God, not works, lest anyone should boast” (Eph. 2:8-9). “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us abundantly through Christ Jesus our Savior” (Titus 2:12-13). “For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more” (Heb. 8:12).