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November 3, 2014

Attributes of God – Introduction

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INTRODUCTION

Jeremiah 9:23-24

Thus says the LORD: Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, let not the mighty man glory in his might, nor let the rich man glory in his riches; but let him who glories glory in this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the LORD

James P. Boyce

The fundamental doctrine of Theology is that there is a God; for if this is not true, there can be no science of God. The first duty of Theology, therefore, is to set forth the reasons men have for believing that such a being exists, and is a true object of dependence and worship. [Boyce, 8]

A.W. Tozer

“What comes into our minds when we think of God is the most important thing about us. Our entire worldview is determined by how we understand God.”

High views of God – lead us to high and holy living. By studying God’s attributes within the framework of His revealed self-revelation, i.e., the Scriptures we gain knowledge as to the right views of God. Thus determining that “Theology Matters” we come to see who we are and how we are to live because we understand who is God. “God is God! We are but creatures of His hands!” [Steve Lawson, Introduction]

 

THE NATURE OF ATTRIBUTES

Attribute

A quality or characteristic of a person or a thing. To ascribe as belonging to or resulting from. [F&W Dict., 41] Thus it is that aspect which is the very being of one’s essence or nature. When speaking about God it is that aspect of God’s character that describes his essential mode of existence. [bea]

A.H. Strong

The attributes of God are those distinguishing characteristics of the divine nature which are inseparable from the idea of God and which constitute the basis and ground for His various manifestations to His creatures. [T.P. Simmons, 63]

Millard J. Erickson

When we speak of the attributes of God, we are referring to those qualities of God that constitute what he is, the very characteristics of his nature. … The attributes are qualities of the entire Godhead. …The attributes are permanent and intrinsic qualities, which cannot be gained or lost. … God’s attributes are essential and inherent dimensions of his very nature. … The attributes are inseparable from the being or essence of God. … It is better to conceive of the attributes of God as his nature, not a collection of fragmentary parts or an addition to his essence. … Further, we do not totally understand or know comprehensively that which he has revealed to us of himself. Thus, there is, and always will be, an element of mystery regarding God. [Millard Erickson, 291-292]

 

References –

Boyce, James Petigue [P.]. Nd [original copyright 1887]. Abstract of Systematic Theology. Greenwood, SC: Attic Press.

Erickson, Millard J. 1998. Christian Theology. Grand Rapids: Baker. 2nd Ed.

Funk & Wagnalls Standard Desk Dictionary [F&W]. 1976. Vol. 1, A-M. New York: F&W.

Lawson, Steve. 2013. DVD. The Attributes of God, “Introduction”. Ligonier.org.

Simmons, Thomas Paul [T.P.]. 1969. A Systematic Study of Bible Doctrine. Daytona Beach, FL: Associated Publisher.

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