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God's Attributes

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An attribute is a quality that makes a person who he or she is.  It is important because we cannot see God, but He has told us about Himself in the Bible.  God wants us to know Who He is, and what He is really like.

God wants Christians to have good attributes as well.  The quality of our character will develop as we learn to know and serve God.  We will become more and more like Jesus as we read the Bible and seek to please Him in all we do.

Some of God's attributes are:

1.  Holy:

Because God is holy, no human can approach Him because we are all sinners.  But, God wants us to grow to be like Him by gaining an understanding of what His holiness is all about.  Jeremiah 9:24 gives us a glimpse of what God is like:

"But let him that glories glory in this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord,
Who exercises loving kindness, judgement, and righteousness in the earth.
For in these I delight, says the Lord."

2.  Trinity:

We cannot understand how our God can be a triune God, that is, God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.  We know that He is one God, but three Persons in one, and that all are in perfect agreement with each other.  In Matthew 3:16-17, we see this in the baptism of Jesus:

"And Jesus when He was baptised, went up out of the water.  And the heavens were opened
and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting on Him.
And a voice from Heaven said: This is My beloved Son, in Whom I am well pleased."

3.  Eternal:

God has no beginning or ending.  He has always been and He will always be.  We cannot grasp this since we were created, and so we think that God must also have been created and have had a beginning.  But this is not so, and we can only accept by faith, and as Deuteronomy 33:27 shows, that God is God and that He is Eternal.

"The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms."

4.  Infinite:

God is a Spirit and He is not limited by time, place or space, and 1 Kings 8:27 shows us that He is enormous and almighty:

"But will God really dwell on earth?
Behold, the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain You!"

5.  All-Knowing (Omniscient):

God knows everything from the past, the present and the future.  He knows all about each of us.  He knows what we are thinking.  David acknowledeged in Psalm 139:1-4, that God knows our deepest needs and desires, and that He knows how to meet them:

"O Lord, You have searched me, and known me.
You know when I sit down and when I arise,
You see and know my thoughts from afar.
You are acquainted with all my ways."

6.  All-Wise:

God created and understands all things.  He has perfect plans for the world and for each of us, and always carries them out in the best possible way.  And as Isaiah 40:28 shows us, we can trust God completely:

Have you not known?  Have you not heard?
That the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the whole earth,
does not grow tired or weary, and there is no limit to His understanding."

7.  All-Powerful (Omnipotent):

God can do anything He wants to do.  His power is greater than anything we could ever imagine, but He always uses it for our good.  Jeremiah 32:40 says:

"And I will make an everlasting covenant with them,
that I will not turn away from them, to do them good,
but I will put My fear in their hearts, that they shall not depart from Me."

8.  All-Present (Omnipresent):

God is always present everywhere in the world at the same time.  He is with us all the time, day and night.  He sees everything we do and hears everything we say.  Proverbs 5:21 tells us that nothing is hid from God:

"For the ways of man are in full view of the Lord,
and He examines all his paths."

9.  Unchanging (Immutable):

Because God is perfect, He never changes in any way.  He is always the same and loves each one of us in the same everlasting way.  God wants only the best for us and James 1:17a assures us that God has good gifts in store for us:

"Every good and every perfect gift is from above,
coming down from the Father."

10.  Majestic:

God is full of goodness, beauty, power and excellence and He is awesomely wonderful.  He is our great God and like David in Psalm 104:1b, we can only bow our heads and worship and praise Him:

"O Lord my God, you are very great.
You are clothed with honour and majesty."

11.  Sovereign:

God always does what He says He will and what He has promised.   We can trust Him and His Word completely.  We need to love and serve God with all of our hearts.  As our Great King, Isaiah 44:6 shows that we owe Him all our loyalty and allegiance:

"This is what the Lord the King of Israel and His Redeemer, the Lord Almighty says,
I am the first and I am the last, and besides Me there is no other God."

Your Own Attributes (Qualities):

As we have looked at God's attributes, we see He is a Great, Big, Wonderful God!  I have given Him my heart and life and I love Him with all my heart.  I hope you have given Him your heart and that you love Him too!

Take time to get to know God.  Ask Him to help you get to know Him personally, and then watch Him build His wonderful character in your life!

God bless.

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