What are the attributes of God? What does this even mean? Find out in this bible study lesson .
We often refer to God as being the light of the world, and he is! But have we ever stopped to examine this concept?
Pure light has a combination of many different colours (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet). You will notice this by spilling gasoline on a surface and leaving it in direct sunlight. The rays of the sun will cause the surface of that gasoline to reflect different colours.
These colours, being separate, are unique on their own but combined they produce a force and a brightness that is unmatched! And that’s our God!
When we mention the term attributes of God, we are simply referring to any and every feature or characteristic that embodies who God is. If we were to limit God to any one quality we would only be hurting and limiting ourselves because God is and will always be everything that we can ever need or want.
The sooner we take the limits off of God and realize that he can become anything for us at any point in our lives, the sooner he can express his awesome power in our situations.
As we list these attributes of God let us look at them as colors that makes up the complete picture and not as separate. We’ll let Timothy take the lead for this lesson by listing five major attributes of God:
1 Timothy 1:17 ‘ Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory forever and ever Amen.’
From Timothy we have learnt that God is
1. King: the chief authority or ruler ( one who give commandment and decrees and they are followed without question ) of a country. One who hold this position until death.
2. Eternal: lasting or existing forever; without end or beginning
3. Immortal:living forever, never dying or decaying
4. Invisible:not visible to the human eye
5. Only Wise:having and experiencing knowledge and good judgement
6. God:creator and ruler of the universe and source of moral authority; the supreme being
Jeremiah 23: 23 – 24 ‘Am I a God at hand, saith the LORD, and not a God afar off? Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? saith the LORD. Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith the LORD. From Jeremiah we’ve seen the description of a God that is everywhere. This means that God is:
7. Omnipresent: He is always present. He is everywhere at all times. There is no where we can hide from his presence
2 Chronicles 16: 9 ‘The eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose hearts is perfect toward him…’. From Chronicles we know that God’s eyes is everywhere. So then he is:
8. Omniscient: He is all knowing. He knows everything about everything. Even past, present and future events.
Revelations 19: 6 ‘And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth’. Revelation reveals another attribute of God to us:
9. Omnipotent: having unlimited power with the ability to do anything
Isaiah 40: 13 ‘Who hath directed the Spirit of the Lord, or being his counsellor hath taught him?
10. Sovereign: He is in control. Independent of all others which means that He does not move by the choices, decisions or directions of others.
2 Chronicles 19:7 ‘Wherefore now let the fear of the LORD be upon you; take heed and do it: for there is no iniquity with the LORD our God, nor respect of persons, nor taking of gifts’ . Doesn’t this sound like a description of a God that is:
11. Just: He is not bias nor partial with his judgment. What he says to one, is said for all
John 14: 6 ‘ Jesus said unto him, I am the way, the truth and the life: no man cometh unto the Father but by me.
12. Truth: he has been proven and verified to be the real deal. He is true, genuine, sincere with integrity.
Isaiah 6: 3 ‘And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is filled with his glory.
13. Holy: having divine quality. Exalted and worthy of complete devotion as one perfect in goodness and righteousness.
Exodus 34: 14 ‘For thou shalt worship no other god: for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.’
14. Jealous: He has a right to be jealous doesn't he? He will not share his praise and glory with another. He does not have any rival. For this reason he is envious, zealous, and can be provoked to jealous anger if his praises and honour is given to another.
It is so easy to dwell on qualities like his mercy and forget that he is also a jealous God. It is easy for us to remember that he is our friend and forget that he is also our Sovereign King. Our God must be respected as everything to us, not just one aspect.
I have grown
to be more appreciative about the many attributes of God and as I
continue to spend time with him, I realize daily that there is still so
much that I'm yet to discover. Just being in the presence of such a
mighty God excites me every time.
If you have never been consumed in his presence then this is an experience that every Christian should seek after. It is literally life changing and it leaves you breathless, wanting even more. There is no comparison that I can find to describe the fire, the love, the assurance that comes with his embrace.
I hope that this bible lesson on the major attributes of God has blessed you. I pray that God will continue to open the eyes of your understanding to his word.