Post 51 The Attributes of God

This list is by no way complete.  God is Awesome, He is amazing.  It is just a start and add to it as you find things that tell you one more of His attributes.  Our God is wonderful, complete, loving, and kind, and He loves you and me. 

Alpha and Omega — “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.” – Revelation 22:13

Ancient of Days — “As I looked, thrones were set in place, and the Ancient of Days took his seat. His clothing was as white as snow; the hair of his head was white like wool. His throne was flaming with fire, and its wheels were all ablaze.” – Daniel 7:9

Comforter — The Holy Spirit is our Comforter. Jesus said, “And I will pray to the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever.” – John 14:16

Creator — “Hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary?” – Isaiah 40:28

Decree of God – The decree of God is His purpose or determination concerning future things.

 Eternal –“Before the mountains were born or You gave birth to the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God.” – Psalm 90:2,  Eternality of God refers to his timeless nature. God had no beginning and will have no end.

 Faithful — “Know therefore that the Lord your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations.” – Deuteronomy 7:9

Father — “See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are.” – I John 3:1

Foreknowledge of God – The fact is that “foreknowledge” is never used in Scripture in connection with events or actions; instead, it always has reference to persons. It is persons God is said to “foreknow,” not the actions of those persons.

Freedom — the freedom of God, also called divine freedom, designates that God is free and “not constrained by anyone other than himself. He does what he pleases and therefore he is always free… He is not bound to the dictates of anyone else.

Glorious – He is Infinitely Beautiful and Great: “His radiance is like the sunlight; He has rays flashing from His hand, And there is the hiding of His power.” – Habakkuk 3:4

Good — God is good. “You are good and do good; teach me Your statutes.” – Psalm 119:68, There is such an absolute perfection in God’s nature and being that nothing is wanting to it or defective in it, and nothing can be added to it to make it better.

Grace, Mercy, and Love of God — God’s dealing with His people is based on His goodness, compassion, concern, and generosity; instead of what we truly deserve.

Gracious — “Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; he rises to show you compassion.” – Isaiah 30:18a,  Gracious – God Is Infinitely Inclined to Spare the Guilty: “The LORD is gracious and merciful; Slow to anger and great in lovingkindness.” – Psalm 145:8

Healer — “But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes, we are healed.” – Isaiah 53:5

Holy — “The four living creatures, each having six wings, were full of eyes around and within. And they do not rest day or night, saying: ‘Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, Who was and is and is to come!’” – Revelation 4:8

Infinite — God is not restricted by space or time. “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 not limited by anything outside of His character. This applies to all of God’s attributes.

The immanence of God – The literal meaning of the immanence of God is “to be within” or “near” God’s creation. Immanence is closely related to God’s omnipresence, in that God is always present within the universe, though distinct from it. God is ‘within’ the universe in that God is its sustaining cause. God is active within His Creation.

Impassability of God – God is without passions. He is not overwhelmed by any emotion, he is not incapacitated or weakened or stifled by any event or any amount of grief or love. Rather, God is self-controlled. While God does grieve and does passionately love, he does so completely on purpose.

Immutable — God never changes. “He who is the Glory of Israel does not lie or change his mind; for he is not a human being, that he should change his mind.” – I Samuel 15:29.

Immeasurable — “For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His lovingkindness toward those who fear Him. As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.” – Psalm 103:11-12

Infinite – He is Self-Existing, Without Origin “And he is before all things, and in him, all things hold together.” – Colossians 1:17

Immutable – He Never Changes “I the Lord do not change. So you, the descendants of Jacob, are not destroyed.” Malachi 3:6

Jealousy – Throughout the bible, from Genesis to Revelation God always draws his people’s attention to himself – not to personal holiness or social justice or any of the other good things that follow from a good relationship with God, but to himself. When his people’s attention wanders from him, he’s quick to draw them back. This attribute of God is known as his “jealousy”. We usually think of jealousy as an ugly emotion, as when we want the success or money that someone else has. But there is also a right kind of jealously, and that is the reluctance of someone to allow others what is rightly his and his alone

Just — “Yet the LORD longs to be gracious to you; he rises to show you compassion. For the LORD is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him!” — Isaiah 30:18,  “The Rock! His work is perfect, For all His ways are just; A God of faithfulness and without injustice, Righteous and upright is He.” – Duet 32:4

Life Giver All of life was and is created by God and is dependent on Him.

Light — “This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.” –I John 1:5

Love — “He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.” — I John 4:8, Unchangingly Loves Us: “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.  Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.” – 1 John 4:7-8

Majesty of God -Sovereign power, authority, or dignity. It is also a reference to greatness or splendor of quality or character. 

Merciful — “For the Lord your God is a merciful God. He will not forsake you nor destroy you, nor forget the covenant of your fathers which He swore to them.” — Deuteronomy 4:31, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.” So then it does not depend on the man who wills or the man who runs, but on God who has mercy.” – Romans 9:15-16

Omnipotent — God is all-powerful. O Sovereign LORD! You have made the heavens and earth by Your great power. Nothing is too hard for You!” –Jeremiah 32:17. The all-powerful God made and controls the earth and everything in it all by Himself: “This is what the LORD says—your Redeemer, who formed you in the womb: I am the LORD, the Maker of all things, who stretches out the heavens, who spread out the earth by myself.” — Isaiah 44:24.

Omniscient — God is all-knowing. “Who can fathom the Spirit of the LORD, or instruct the LORD as his counselor? Whom did the LORD consult to enlighten him, and who taught him the right way? Who was it that taught him knowledge, or showed him the path of understanding?” — Isaiah 40:13-14

Omnipresent — God is present everywhere. “The Lord looks from heaven; He sees all the sons of men. From the place of His dwelling, He looks on all the inhabitants of the earth.” — Psalm 33:13-14

The patience of God – the Divine patience is the power of control that God exercises over Himself, causing Him to bear with the wicked and forebear so long in punishing them. In Nahum 1:3 we read, “The Lord is slow to anger and great in power,”

Perfect — God is completely flawless, lacks nothing, and has no moral imperfection.

Personal — God is a self-conscious Being capable of thought, will, and interaction with His creation.

Refuge — “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.”                   — Psalm 46:1

Redeemer — Because of Jesus’ redemptive sacrifice on the cross, He is our      Redeemer. “Our Redeemer, the LORD of hosts is His name, The Holy One of    Israel.” — Isaiah 47:4

Righteous — God is always right and righteous in everything He is and does. “The    Lord is righteous in all His ways, Gracious in all His works.” –Psalm 145:17

Self-Existence of God – God has always existed. God does not have a beginning.

Self-Sufficient – He Has No Needs  “For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself.” – John 5:26

Simplicity – The simplicity of God means that God is a unified being, without parts, – He is one essence. God is not composed of a variety of substances. In this sense, he is different from humans who are made up of matter and spirit. Jesus is not an exception to this truth. While he took a human body while here on earth he is still an absolute spirit in his essence.

The solitariness of God – He is everlasting. There was a time when angels, nor humans were praising Him and He was still altogether wonderful. He is self-contained, self-sufficient, and self-satisfied. He was under no compulsion to create out of necessity or deficiency. He created all things simply to display His glory. God could’ve very well chosen not to create and He still would be The Perfect One. 

Sovereign — God is the Blessed Controller of All Things! “Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and the earth is yours. Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and you are exalted as head above all. Both riches and honor come from you, and you rule over all. In your hand are power and might, and in your hand, it is to make great and to give strength to all.” — I Chronicles 29:11-12

Trustworthy — You can trust that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. And the Bible says of God, “In You our fathers trusted; they trusted and You delivered them. To You they cried out and were delivered; in You, they trusted and were not disappointed.”
— Psalm 22:4-5

Truth — “Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.’” — John 14:6

The veracity of God – This is the perfection of God in virtue of which He is true in His inner being, in His revelation, and His relation to His people.  He is the true God over against the idols and knows things as they are.

Victorious — “But thanks be to God who gives us the victory through Our Lord Jesus Christ.” — I Corinthians 15:57

Wisdom — God is all-wise. The Bible speaks of His wisdom over and over again. “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

Wrath — God’s moral Character leads Him to judgment and punishment of unrighteousness.