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Attributes of God

The Attributes of God

This week our study will focus on the following incommunicable attributes of God:

His Eternity, His Infinty and His Omnipresence.

We will also examine the following communicable attributes of God:

His Omnipotence and His Omniscience.


MONDAY

GOD’S ETERNITY (considered Incommunicable when you read the definition)

This is a descriptive attribute of time. God has no beginning, end or succession of time. He sees all things equally, vividly and sequentially at all times. God is, has been and will be forever.. He is elevated above all temporal limits and all succession of movements. He possesses the whole of His existence in one indivisible present. God transcends time.


NAU Psalm 90:2 Before the mountains were born Or You gave birth to the earth and the world, Even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God.

NIV Psalm 90:2 Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.

KJV Psalm 90:2 Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.

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God’s Immutability

GOD’S IMMUTABILITY

God is unchanging in His Being, Purposes and promises. He will not change for better or for worse. There is nothing that can be added or subtracted from God. While God has changed His mind, He will NOT change His character or essence.

NAU Malachi 3:6 “For I, the LORD, do not change; therefore you, O sons of Jacob, are not consumed.

NIV Malachi 3:6 “I the LORD do not change. So you, O descendants of Jacob, are not destroyed.

KJV Malachi 3:6 For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.

 

NAU James 1:17 Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.

NIV James 1:17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.

KJV James 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

God’s Uniqueness

The Attributes of God

For the previous six years I have been teaching a course on the Attributes of God at the Moscow Bible College. From the beginning it has been my desire and contention that the best way to deepen ones knowledge and walk with God is to study the Attributes or Character of God. While this study cannot be as in depth as I would like it to be, there are several excellent books that can go a little deeper as well as many others that begin to plumb the depths of who He is. My goal will be to introduce the Attributes of God as identified in Scripture. Since I have identified 31 Attributes in the Bible, our study will encompass six weeks.

As we begin our devotional study of the Attributes of God, it is necessary to define an attribute. An attribute is a quality or essence inherent in a person. It shows the character or reputation of an individual.

As it relates to God, an attribute can either be communicable or incommunicable. A communicable attribute is one that God shares to some degree with His creation. An incommunicable attribute is one that God to a much lesser degree shares with His creation. In the past, communicable was defined as a quality of God that He shared with His creation while an incommunicable attribute was one that He did not share with His creation. A careful study of the attributes will show these latter definitions to be too extreme because traces of an incommunicable attribute can be seen in man.

This week our study will focus on the following incommunicable attributes of God:

His Uniqueness, His Immutability, His Independence, His Transcendance and His Invisibility.

 

GOD’S UNIQUENESS

To be unique is to be without a duplicate. There is no duplicate of God, there is no one like Him. He is peerless and matchless. As a result He is exalted above His creation.

NAU Isaiah 46:9 “Remember the former things long past, For I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is no one like Me,

NIV Isaiah 46:9 Remember the former things, those of long ago; I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me.

KJV Isaiah 46:9 Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me,

NAU 2 Samuel 7:22 “For this reason You are great, O Lord GOD; for there is none like You, and there is no God besides You, according to all that we have heard with our ears.

NIV 2 Samuel 7:22 “How great you are, O Sovereign LORD! There is no one like you, and there is no God but you, as we have heard with our own ears.

KJV 2 Samuel 7:22 Wherefore thou art great, O LORD God: for there is none like thee, neither is there any God beside thee, according to all that we have heard with our ears.

 

NAU Jeremiah 10:6 There is none like You, O LORD; You are great, and great is Your name in might.

NIV Jeremiah 10:6 No one is like you, O LORD; you are great, and your name is mighty in power.

KJV Jeremiah 10:6 Forasmuch as there is none like unto thee, O LORD; thou art great, and thy name is great in might.

 

Devotion: God’s Transcendence (05/03)

God is beyond ALL special limitations, yet He is present in every point of space at all times with His whole Being. He is beyond ALL time limitations and is in every moment with His whole Being.

NAU Job 11:7 Can you discover the depths of God? Can you discover the limits of the Almighty? 8 They are high as the heavens, what can you do? Deeper than Sheol, what can you know?

NIV Job 11:7 Can you fathom the mysteries of God? Can you probe the limits of the Almighty? 8 They are higher than the heavens– what can you do? They are deeper than the depths of the grave–what can you know?

KJV Job 11:7 Canst thou by searching find out God? canst thou find out the Almighty unto perfection? 8 It is as high as heaven; what canst thou do? deeper than hell; what canst thou know?