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God

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Transcript of God

What is He like
God
Jehovah, Yahweh
God
Knowable
God is...
God exists
Scripture just assumes that God exists
Romans 1:19
Romans 1:25
Romans 1:20
Genesis 1:1
James 2:19
Independent
Unchangeable
Eternal
God is...
Spirit
Invisible
Wise
God is...
Truthful
Good
Because we are finite creations of an infinite creator, we will never fully understand everything there is to understand about any one of God’s attributes.
Ps 145:3, 147:5
While we will never fully know God, we can personally know God, John 17:3, Jeremiah 9:24
He doesn’t actually need us or anything else in creation for anything, Acts 17:24-25
God always was. He was not created: he never came into being, Psalm 90:2
Though God is independent he also chooses to give us value and significance. He allows us to be important to Him!
God is unchangeable in his being, attributes, purposes, and promises, Psalm 102:27, Malachi 3:6, Numbers 23:19
What about when God changes His mind?
God’s unchangeableness does not mean he will not act nor feel differently in response to different situations.
His withholding of judgment proves He does not change
Omnipresent
God is...
Omniscient
Omnipotent
God being eternal has no beginning or end or succession of events in his own being.
His view of time is radically different from ours.
Psalm 90:4, 2 Peter 3:8
God views the whole span of history as vividly as he would if It were a brief event that had just happened. But he also views a brief event as if it were going on forever.
God is not limited to a spatial location
Not made of any matter, he has no parts, no size and no dimensions
No one has seen God nor will they ever see all of Him
John 1:18
But...
Isaiah 6:1, Genesis 18:1, 32:20
Although no one can ever see God’s total essence, which is invisible, God has at times chosen to show something of himself to people through visible, created things, and especially through the person of Jesus Christ
Not only all-knowing but also all-wise
This means He always chooses the best possible goals and the best possible means to meet those goals.
Romans 16:27, Job 9:4, Job 12:13
At times He allows us to understand the reasons things happen, at other times we will not be able to fully understand why things are the way they are or happened the way they did.
Jeremiah 10:10
Once He says something we can count on His doing it, we can count on him to be forever faithful to His promise.
We can imitate God’s truthfulness, in part, by striving to have true knowledge of Him and His Word. We can also imitate it by being truthful in what we say and do. Colossians 3:9-10
Luke 18:19
God is the final standard of good; all He is and does is good and worthy of approval. There is no higher standard of goodness than God’s own character and His approval of whatever is consistent with that character
God’s goodness can often be seen through His mercy and grace. His mercy is His goodness toward those in misery and distress. His grace is His goodness toward those who deserve only punishment.
God is everywhere at all Times!!
[7] Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence? [8] If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there! [9] If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, [10] even there your hand shall lead me,
and your right hand shall hold me.
(Psalm 139:7-10 ESV)
God is all knowing!!
[16] Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them. [17] How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! [18] If I would count them, they are more than the sand. I awake, and I am still with you.
(Psalm 139:16-18 ESV)
“he (God) fully knows all things that he could have done but did not do and all things that he might have created but did not create.”
God is all-powerful!!
‘Ah, Lord GOD! It is you who have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and by your outstretched arm! Nothing is too hard for you.
(Jeremiah 32:17 ESV)
Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, (Ephesians 3:20 ESV)
“With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility”
As we imitate God by utilizing the limited power he has given us to accomplish the things he desires us to do, we show a faint reflection of his infinite power, and thus we bring him glory.
Love
God is...
Holy
Righteous and Just
1 John 4:8
God eternally gives of Himself for the good of others
John 17:24,14:31, 1 John 4:10
Because God has loved and will love us for all eternity, we are able to freely give that love to others. We have a responsibility to God "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind....You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Matthew 22:37-39
Psalm 99:9
Isaiah 6:3
That means He is separated from sin and devoted to seeking His own honor.
God’s holiness provides the pattern His children are imitate.
Leviticus 19:2
Deuteronomy 32:4
God always acts in accordance with what is right, for He Himself is the final standard of what is right. Because God is righteous and just, He must treat people as they deserve. Therefore, He must punish that which is against Him that is sin.
How can He do that if He is just? God is able to forgive people because Christ died to take God’s punishment for sin upon himself.
Like God’s love, our love is to be self-giving
Holy: Set apart, not common
Romans 3:25, Proverbs 21:3
Jealous
God is...
Wrathful toward sin
Wills what he will
Exodus 20:5
In His jealousy, God continually protects His own honor. He desires that worship be given to Himself and not to anyone or anything else. It is not wrong for God to continually seek His own honor, for it is an honor that only He, as God, deserves.
God intensely hates all sin.
John 3:36, Romans 1:18
Therefore, wrath is an attribute for which we should thank and praise God. If God delighted in or was not troubled by sin, He wouldn’t be a God worthy of our worship or praise.
Ephesians 1:11
God’s will is the ultimate reason for everything that happens. It is the way God approves and determines to bring about every action necessary for the existence of and activity of himself and all his creation God’s will is how He chooses to do what He does and doesn’t do.
All things created by God’s will Rev 4:11
Human governments have their power according to God’s will Romans 13:1
Sometimes we have to suffer 1 Peter 3:17
All the events of our life are subject to God’s will James 4:15
Sin is worthy of our hatred
Hebrews 1:9 Romans 3:25 Romans 5:8-9,
1 Thessalonians 1:10
Sometimes God’s will is clear. We can clearly see what God’s will is through scripture
James 4:15
God is not to be blamed for, or thought responsible for, sinful or evil things. The exact relationship between His will and evil is not something He has chosen to completely reveal to us. Therefore, we must take comfort in the fact that “the secret things belong to the LORD our God” Deut 29:29
has freedom
God...
is Perfect
Is blessed
Psalm 115:3
Nothing can hinder God from doing His will.
He is not constrained by anything outside of Himself; He is completely free to do whatever He wants to do.
He is the only truly free being in the universe!
Matthew 5:48
This means God fully possesses all excellent qualities and lacks no part of any qualities that would be desirable for Him.
Although we won’t attain the perfection we often desire here on earth, through the work of Christ on our behalf we can continually make progress toward that perfection throughout our life
God’s blessedness means that he fully delights in Himself and in all that reflects His character.
He Himself is the focus of all happiness and delight; therefore, His complete fullness of joy is found in Himself
As we find delight and happiness in what is pleasing to God—be it the work of others, aspects of our own lives, or things of creation—we demonstrate the ways God has blessed us and therefore honor Him and imitate Him in His blessedness.
He is not under any authority or restraint; there is no person or force that can dictate what He should or will do.
Proverbs 21:1 Proverbs 16:9
We find our greatest blessedness and ultimate happiness in the source of all good things—God Himself. Christian Hedonism
Beautiful
God is...
Unity
Psalm 27:4
God is the sum of all desirable qualities, and He possesses every quality that is truly desirable
Therefore, as David discovered, all our longings and all our desires will only ultimately find their fulfillment in God, the only one who is truly beautiful
Although some of God’s attributes may be more emphasized than others, it is important to realize that God is unified in all His attributes
He is not one attribute more than another. He is not divided into parts and He is not one attribute at one point in history and another in a different time.
He is fully and completely every attribute (even those not mentioned) at every time.
Each of God’s attributes represents one aspect of his character; they each provide us with a perspective on who He is. And they also provide us with some perspective on who He has made us to be.
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