Knowing God

A section of The Creation of Adam by Michelangelo


This is what the Lord says: “Let not the wise boast of their wisdom or the strong boast of their strength or the rich boast of their riches, but let the one who boasts boast about this: that they have the understanding to know me, that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness, justice, and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,” declares the Lord.

Jeremiah 9:23-24

Omniscient – God knows all.  He has a perfect knowledge of everything past, present, or future.  Job 37:16 and Psalms 139:1-6.

Omnipotent – God possesses all power.  He can bring into being anything that He has decided to do, with or without the use of any means.  Genesis 18:14, Job 42:2, and Jeremiah 32:27.

Omnipresent – God is present everywhere, in all the universe, at all times, in the totality of His character.  Proverbs 15:3 and Jeremiah 23:23, 24.

Eternal – God has no beginning, and He has no end.  He is not confined to the finiteness of time or of man’s reckoning of time.  He is, in fact, the cause of time.  Deuteronomy 32:40 and Isaiah 57:15.

Immutable – God is always the same in His nature, His character, and His will.  He never changes, and He can never be made to change.  Psalms 102:25-27, Malachi 3:6, and Hebrews 13:8.

Incomprehensible – Because God is God, He is beyond the understanding of man.  His ways, character, and acts are higher than ours.  We only understand as He chooses to reveal.  Job 11:7, Isaiah 55:8-9, and Romans 11:33.

Self-Existent – There is nothing upon which God depends on for His existence except Himself.  The whole basis of His existence is within Himself.  There was a time when there was nothing but God Himself.  He added nothing to Himself by creation.  Exodus 3:14 and John 5:26.

Self-Sufficient – Within Himself, God can act – to bring about His will without any assistance.  Although He may choose to use assistance, it is His choice, not His need.  Psalms 50:7-12 and Acts 17:24, 25.

Infinite – The realm of God has no limits or bounds whatsoever.  1 Kings 8:27 and Psalm 145:3.

Transcendent – God is above His creation, and He would exist if there were no creation.  His existence is totally apart from His creatures or creation.  Isaiah 43:10 and Isaiah 55:8, 9.

Sovereign – God is totally, supremely, and preeminently over all His creation.  There is not a person or thing that is not under His control and His foreknown plan.  Daniel 4:35.

Holy – God is a morally excellent, perfect being.  His is a purity of being in every aspect.  Leviticus 19:2, Job 34:10, Isaiah 47:4, and Isaiah 57:15.

Righteous – God is always good.  It is essential to His character.  He always does the right thing.  Ultimately, since He is God, whatever He does is right.  He is absolute.  His actions are always consistent with His character, which is love.  Deuteronomy 32:4 and Psalm 119:142.

Just – In all of His actions, God acts with fairness.  Whether He deals with man, angels, or demons, He acts in total equity by rewarding righteousness and punishing sin.  Since He knows all, every decree is absolutely just.  Numbers 14:18, Numbers 23:19, and Psalm 89:14.

Merciful – God is an actively compassionate being.  In His actions, He responds compassionately toward those who have opposed His will in the pursuit of their own way.  Psalm 62:12, Psalm 89:14, Psalm 116:5, and Romans 9:14-16.

Longsuffering – God’s righteous anger is slow to be kindled against those who fail to listen to His warnings or obey His instructions.  The eternal longing for the highest good for His creatures holds back His holy justice.  Numbers 14:18 and 2 Peter 3:9.

Wise – God’s actions are based on His character, which allows Him to choose righteous ends and to make fitting plans to achieve those ends.  Isaiah 40:28 and Daniel 2:20.

Loving- The attribute of God which causes Him to give Himself for another, even to the laying down of His own life.  This attribute causes Him to desire the other’s highest good without any thought for Himself.  This love is not based upon the worth, response, or merit of the object being loved.  Jeremiah 31:3, Romans 5:8, and 1 John 4:8.

Good – This attribute of God causes Him to give to others in a way that has no motive and is not limited by what the recipients deserve.  2 Chronicles 5:13 and Psalm 106:1.

Wrathful – There is within God a hatred for all that is unrighteous and an unquenchable desire to punish all unrighteousness.  Whatever is inconsistent with Him must ultimately be consumed.  Exodus 34:6, 7, 2 Chronicles 19:2, and Romans 1:18.

Truthful – All that God says is reality.  Whether believed by man or not, whether seen as reality or not, if God speaks it, it is reality.  Whatever He speaks becomes truth as we know it.  Psalm 31:5 and Titus 1:2.

Faithful – God is always true to His promises.  He can never draw back from His promises of blessing or judgment.  Since He cannot lie, He is totally steadfast to what He has spoken.  Deuteronomy 7:9 and 2 Timothy 2:13.

Jealous – God is unwilling to share His glory with any other creature or give up His redeemed people.  Exodus 20:5 and Exodus 34:14.

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