23 : 23, 24— "Am I a God at hand, saith the Lord, and not a God afar ol? “O Lord, how manifold are your works! (Porter, Human Intellect, 568, prefers to call time and space "cirrrelata to beings and events.") The attribute which moves God to pour out is not identical with the attribute which moves him to maintain. God is essentially indifferent to right and wrong, good and evil. Yet God told Moses, “You cannot see my face; for man shall not see me and live” (Exodus 33:20). of 41: 4—" I the Lord, the trst. It is not to be confounded with the predetermining will of God. Sin, 2: 13S—" God has In himself the eternal and wholly adequate object of his love, independently of his relation to the world.". To do such things would not imply power, but impotence. space began to be, and since God sees according to truth, he recognizes relations of space in his creation. Mat. He cannot endow us with the attributes of Deity; but Here we have, at best, a definition of physical and finite life; and even this is insufficient, because the definition recognizes no original source of activity within, but only a power of reaction in response to stimulus from without. Man, by virtue of his free-will, determines his action from within. Second Division—Infinity, and attributes therein involved. In virtue of this attribute of his nature, God eternally wills and maintains his own moral excellence. For several decades in the twentieth century, the answer seemed to be overwhelmingly: “Too much!” The influence of Greek philosophy upon Christian faith... Get expert commentary on biblical languages, fresh explorations in theology, hand-picked book excerpts, author videos, and info on limited-time sales. . We can be wise, but we can never be as wise as God. even pictures of Christ soon lose their power. 32 : 23—"B« sure your sin will find you out"; Heb. Glory is not Itself a divine attribute; it is rather a result — an objective result — of the exercise of the divine attributes. Without the authority of the Bible, any attempt to explain the attributes of God would be to open ourselves up to opinion, conjecture and supposition, which are often incorrect, especially when it comes to trying to understand God. it Is none." Yet this is not to say that one attribute is of as high rank as another. They who are 'without fault before the throne'are they who 'follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth■ — holy activity attending and expressing their holy state." Question: "What are the attributes of God?" But in God the reserve is infinite. 2 : 4—"God spared not angels when they sinned, but cast them down to hell." See Charnock, Attributes, 1: 400-497. As Christ saw nothing good but what was in God (Mark 10 : 18—"none is good save one, even God "), and did only what he saw the Father do (John 5 : 19; see also 30—"I seek not mine own will, but the will of him that sent me"), so for us, to be like God is the sum of all duty, and God's infinite moral excellence is the supreme reason why we should be like him. Indeed, since the course of nature is changed by man's will when he burns towns and fells forests, God cannot on this theory predict even the •course of nnture. The will by which God exists, and in virtue of which he is mum siii, is therefore not will in the sense of volition, but will in the sense of the whole movement of his active being. “Will” is a communicable attribute because we exercise choice and make real decisions regarding the events of our lives. Harris, Fhllos. 4 :19—" a faithful Creator "; 2 Cor. It should also be observed that this moral perfection, as it is an immanent attribute, involves relations of God to himself. All Rights Reserved. We may therefore say with the old theosophlc writers: 'In the outer chambers is sadness, but in the Inner ones is unmixed joy.'" Our own Jmpitincxi: Paley, Mor. t-ee Hlso John 1 :16—"Of his fulness »e all rewired, and graoe for grace" = " Each blessing appropriated became the foundation of a greater blessing. God’s holiness provides the pattern for his people to imitate. It also corresponds with the order in which the attributes commonly present themselves to the human mind. The purely realistic explanation of the attributes tends to low and polytheistic conceptions of God. As we may be kind, but must be righteous, so God, in whose image we are made, may be merciful, but must be holy. Does this throw light upon the nature of prophecy? Therefore, he commands the people of Israel to tear down the altars of pagan gods in the land of Canaan, giving the following reason: “For you shall worship no other god, for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God” (Exodus 34:14, Deuteronomy 4:24; 5:9). Holiness contains this element of will, although it is a will which expresses nature, instead of causing nature. We will love God, not the world (1 John 2:15), and we will do all this because he first loved us (1 John 4:19). Christians shouldn’t fear God’s wrath. Com., in loco. The centre of unity is not in any one attribute, but in the essence.". Rev. John’s gospel opens with the claim that, “Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.”. by foreknowing the motives of these acts, and this either because these motives induce the acts, (1) necessarily, or (2) certainly. “O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good” (Psalm 106:1). 123 : 1—" 0. thou that fittest in the heavens "; 113: 5—" that hath his seat on high "; Is. So Dugald Stewart: "Shall we venture to affirm that it exeeedsthe power of God to permit such a train of contingent events to take place as his own foreknowledge shall not extend to?" Copyright © 2020 HarperCollins Publishers. When Scripture speaks about God’s attributes it never singles out one attribute as more important than the rest. But the passive, logically precedes the active; being comes before willing; God is pure, As truth of being logically precedes truth of knowing, and as a loving nature precedes loving emotions, so purity of substance precedes purity of will. Quenstedt, Theol., 8 : 1: 34, defines holiness as "summa omnisque labis expers in Deo puritas, puritatem debitam exigens a creaturis"—a definition of transitive holiness, or justice, rather than of the immanent attribute. Between the things God says and does, what other people say about him, and the life of Jesus, the Bible gives us numerous descriptions of God’s character. Psalm 145:17; Through Him we have received grace and apostleship for obedience to the faith among all nations for His name. Alexander); for this nature of things is not ultimate, but has its ground in the nature of God. The opposite doctrine leads to such utterances as that of Whedon (On the Will, 316): "God is holy, In that he freely chooses to make his own happiucss in eternal right. When we speak of God’s communicable attributes, we are referring primarily to His moral attributes such as love, goodness, and kindness. 40 : 8—" the word of our God shall stand forever."). Mind seems not contined to the brain. Relation Op The Divine Attributes To The Divine Essence. Do not I fill heaven and earth?" Hopkins, Law of Love, 77—" Right and wrong have nothing to do with things, but only with actions; nothing to do with any nature of things existing necessarily, but only with the nature of persons." 44 : 6—" Beside me there is no God "; John 5 : 44 - " the only God "; 17 : 3—" the only trne God "; 1 Cor. 6 : 3—" Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts "—notice the contrast with the unclean lips, that must be purged with a coal from the altar (verses 5-7); 2 Cor. God’s whole being includes all of his attributes: he is entirely loving, entirely merciful, entirely just, and so forth. Holiness is purity willing itself. So with God, justice must be done always; mercy is optional with him. Under the head of Absolute or Immanent Attributes, we make a threefold division into Spirituality, with the attributes therein involved, namely, Life and Personality; Infinity, with the attributes therein involved, namely, Self-existence, Immutability, and Uuity; and Perfection, with the attributes therein involved, namely, Truth, Love, and Holiness. For example: God made us to reflect his glory. This view ignores the testimony of conscience and of Scripture that sin is intrinsically illdeserving, and must be punished on that account, not because punishment will work good to the universe —indeed, it could not work good to the universe, unless it were just and right in itself. He determines self in view of motives, but his determination is not caused by motives; he himself is the cause. The most common way to classify God’s attributes divides them into incommunicable attributes (traits that God doesn’t share or “communicate” to others) and communicable attributes (traits that God shares or “communicates” with us). Truth is not a scientific or moral, but a substantial, thing—" nicht SuhulSHche, sondern Lebenssache." Beason teaches us that no change is possible in God, whether of increase or decrease, progress or deterioration, contraction or development. This same reconciliation is alluded to in Ps. Under the head of Relative or Transitive Attributes, we make a threefold division, according to the order of their revelation, into Attributes having relation to Time and Space, as Eternity and Immensity; Attributes having relation to Creation, as Omnipresence, Omniscience, and Omnipotence; and Attributes having relation to Moral Beings, as Veracity and Faithfulness, or Transitive Truth; Mercy and Goodness, or Transitive Love; and Justice and Righteousness, or Transitive Holiness. God is spirit. 3:10—" manifold wisdom of God.". With MUller's view Thomasius and Delitzsch are agreed. The attributes of God are the inherent characteristics closely associated with or belonging to Him. On space, see Porter, Human Intellect, 662; Hazard, Letters on Causation in Willing, appendix; Illb. When we’re thankful for the specific abilities, preferences, and other characteristics with which God has created us as individuals, we imitate his blessedness. It is "ft glassy M&" (Rev. 14 : 6—" I am the life", and Heb. (a) In virtue of his veracity, all his revelations to creatures consist with his esseutial being and with each other. . There is an infinite life of sensibility and affection in God. We may learn of God's holiness. Here wo have a product without any producer—a series of phenomena without any quality or substance of which they are manifestations. 1:17). Goodness, therefore, is nearly identical with the love of complacency; mercy, with the love of benevolence. If you have any questions, please review our, Wayne Grudem is research professor of Theology and Biblical Studies at Phoenix Seminary in Phoenix, Arizona. Thus, he is “a God of faithfulness” (Deuteronomy 32:4). Vemw Herbert Spencer, Biology, 1: 59-71—"Life is the definite combination of heterogeneous changes, both simultaneous and successive, in correspondence with external coexistences and sequences." God does whatever he pleases. Nothing impossible: Gen. 18:14—" Is anything too hard for the Lord?" The Scriptures represent God as the living God. Upon this view, might makes right; the laws of Nero are always binding: a man may break his promise when civil law permits: there is no obligation to obey a father, a civil governor, or God himself, when once It is certain that the disobedience will be hidden, or when the offender is willing to incur the punishment. 3: 9—" able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham;" Rom. God responds to us more quickly than the mother's face to the changing moods of her babe. By love we mean that attribute of the divine nature in virtue of which. 32: 4—" All his ways are judgment; a Cod of faithfulness and without iniquity, just and right is he "; Ps. On the conception of eternity, see Mansel, Lectures, Essays, and Reviews, 111-126, and Modern Spiritualism, 255292; New Englander, April, 1875: art. Only this personality of God gives proper meaning to his punishments or to his forgiveness, see Rib. "wisdom." He is subject to no law but the law of his own nature. This is the state of being God. 10 : 6—" there skill be time no longer" can be relied upon to prove the affirmative: for the Rev. As we rise in the scale of creation from the mere jelly-sac to man, the homogeneous becomes the heterogeneous, there is differentiation of functions, complexity Increases. Spirit is not a refined form of matter, but an immaterial substance, invisible, uncompounded, indestructible. By personality we mean the power of self-consciousness and of self-determination. We reject the materialistic representation that God is composed of material elements which can be divided or sundered. the existence of a worthy object for each of these powers of his nature. Butler, Nature of Virtue, in Works, Bohn's ed., 334. God's known attributes Eternal. God is not a Jupiter controlled by Fate. 139:6—"Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;" Rom. ‘Do I not fill heaven and earth?’ says the Lord” (Jeremiah 23:23–24). This attribute of infinity, or of transcendence, Qualifies all the other attributes, and so is the foundation for the representations of majesty and glory as belonging to God (see fa. 46:9, 10—"declaring the end from the beginning." Love Is therefore possible only between persons, and always presupposes personality. Unlike us, God has no limits or boundaries. Martensen: "Viewed in relation to sin, eternal love is compassionate grace." If it should be said that on this supposition the effects take place not till long after the acts by which they are produced, I auswer that they do so in our view, but not in the view of God. It exists so soon as extended matter exists, and exists as its necessary condition, whether our minds perceive It or not. I Am hath sent me unto jou." Attributes of God From A-Z Yesterday, as Norma Jean and I toured the National Museum of Archaeology in Athens and viewed the artifacts of the great thinkers and philosophers of Greece and Rome, it occurred to me that with all their intellectual acumen, most did not truly know Jehovah God. 4. 2:15—" Did he not make one. Omnipotence derives from two Latin words, omni, “all,” and potens, “powerful,” and means “all-powerful.” Numerous passages speak to God’s omnipotence: However, there are some things that God cannot do. of Primary Beliefs, 144-161. . But God’s “glory” also describes the bright light that surrounds his presence. 7: 9-12—" the righteous God trieth the hearts ... saveth the upright.... is a righteous judge, yea, a God that hath indignation every day "; 18: 24—" the Lord recompensed me according to my righteousness .... with the merciful, thou wilt show thyself merciful.... with the perverse ihou wilt show thyself froward "; Mat. Finally comes the qualitative element: our morul natures recognize a moral God; over against our error, seltishness, and impurity, we perceive his absolute perfection. Notice the distinction between absolute and relative, between immanent and transitive attributes. Attributes of God. (6) In virtue of his faithfulness, he fulfils all his promises to his people, whether expressed in words or implied in the constitution he has given them. We have seen that the existence of God is a first truth. By Relative or Transitive Attributes, we mean attributes which respect the outward revelation of God's being, which are involved in God's relations to the creation, and which are exercised in consequence of the existence of the universe and its dependence upon him. Answer: The Bible, God’s Word, tells us what God is like and what He is not like. What the creature cannot claim, however, Christ can claim, and the rewards which are goodness to the creature are righteousness to Christ. The rise in our own minds of the idea of God, as personal, depends largely upon our recognition of personality in ourselves. God is the life and law of the universe—this is the truth in pantheism. Tbe9e things are not objects of knowledge. Absolute -= existing in no necessary relation to things outside of God. The attributes belong to the divine essence as such. The beauty of our lives is so important to Christ that his purpose now is to sanctify the entire church “that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish” (Ephesians 5:27). All arbitrariness is excluded here. We shall see, when we consider the doctrine of the Trinity, that that doctrine has close relations to the doctrine of the immanent attributes. Part IV--The Nature, Decrees, and Works of God, California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. 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