June 22, 2013

God's Attributes-Part II

God is Immutable or Unchanging

Psalm 102:27 ~ “But you remain the same, and your years will never end.

Malachi 3:6 ~ “I the Lord do not change. So you, the descendants of Jacob, are not destroyed.

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.

Hebrews 13:8 ~ “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

God is Holy

Psalm 77:13 ~ “Your ways, God, are holy. What god is as great as our God?

Isaiah 6:3 ~ “And they were calling to one another: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.”

1 Peter 1:15-16 ~ “But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”

Revelation 4:8 ~ “Each of the four living creatures had six wings and was covered with eyes all around, even under its wings. Day and night they never stop saying: “‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty,’ who was, and is, and is to come.”

God is Wisdom

Isaiah 28:29 ~ “All this also comes from the Lord Almighty, whose plan is wonderful, whose wisdom is magnificent.

Jeremiah 10:12 ~ “But God made the earth by his power; he founded the world by his wisdom and stretched out the heavens by his understanding.

1 Corinthians 1:30 ~ “It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption.

God is Truth or Truthfulness

John 3:33 ~ “Whoever has accepted it has certified that God is truthful.

Numbers 23:19 ~ “God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?

John 14:6 ~ “Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

God is Love

Psalm 33:5 ~ “The Lord loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of his unfailing love.

1 John 4:8 ~ “Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.”

God is Good or Goodness

2 Chronicles 7:3 ~ “When all the Israelites saw the fire coming down and the glory of the Lord above the temple, they knelt on the pavement with their faces to the ground, and they worshiped and gave thanks to the Lord, saying, “He is good; his love endures forever.”

Genesis 1:31 ~ “God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.

Psalm 119:68 ~ “You are good, and what you do is good; teach me your decrees.

Mark 10:18 ~ “Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone.

God is Faithfulness

Psalm 33:4 ~” For the word of the Lord is right and true; he is faithful in all he does.”

1 Corinthians 1:9 ~ “God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.”

1 Thessalonians 5:24 ~ “The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it”

God is Mercy or Merciful

2 Samuel 24:14 ~ “David said to Gad, “I am in deep distress. Let us fall into the hands of the Lord, for his mercy is great; but do not let me fall into human hands.”

Nehemiah 9:31 ~ “But in your great mercy you did not put an end to them or abandon them, for you are a gracious and merciful God.”
Daniel 9:9 ~ “The Lord our God is merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against him…”

God is Kind or Kindness

2 Samuel 22:51 ~ ““He gives his king great victories; he shows unfailing kindness to his anointed, to David and his descendants forever.”

Romans 11:22 ~ “Consider therefore the kindness and sternness of God: sternness to those who fell, but kindness to you, provided that you continue in his kindness. Otherwise, you also will be cut off.”

God is Patient and Long-Suffering

Nehemiah 9:30 ~”For many years you were patient with them. By your Spirit you warned them through your prophets. Yet they paid no attention, so you gave them into the hands of the neighboring peoples.

2 Peter 3:15 ~ “Bear in mind that our Lord’s patience means salvation, just as our dear brother Paul also wrote you with the wisdom that God gave him.”

God is Just or Justice

Deuteronomy 32:4 ~ “He is the Rock, his works are perfect, and all his ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is he.

Job 37:23 ~” The Almighty is beyond our reach and exalted in power; in his justice and great righteousness, he does not oppress.

Psalm 99:4 ~ “The King is mighty, he loves justice—you have established equity; in Jacob you have done what is just and right.

God is Righteousness

Psalm 89:14~ “Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; love and faithfulness go before you.

1 Corinthians 1:30 ~ “It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption.

God is Wrath

Psalm 7:11 ~ “God is a righteous judge, a God who displays his wrath every day.

Deuteronomy 29:28 ~ “In furious anger and in great wrath the Lord uprooted them from their land and thrust them into another land, as it is now.”

Romans 1:18 ~ “The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness…”

Romans 5:9 ~ “Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him!

Romans 9:22 ~ “What if God, although choosing to show his wrath and make his power known, bore with great patience the objects of his wrath—prepared for destruction?”

God is Grace of Full of Grace

Isaiah 26:10 ~ “But when grace is shown to the wicked, they do not learn righteousness; even in a land of uprightness they go on doing evil and do not regard the majesty of the Lord.

2 Timothy 1:9 ~ “He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time,

Titus 3:5-7 ~ “he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.”

God is Salvation

Finally, we see that God is Salvation. Specifically, it is trust and belief in Jesus’ work in incarnate form having been crucified, died and resurrected by the Spirit of God on the third day.

Psalm 68:20 ~ “Our God is a God who saves; from the Sovereign LORD comes escape from death.”

Isaiah 12:2 ~ “Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The LORD, the LORD himself, is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation."

1 Corinthians 15:3-4 ~ “for what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures…”

Acts 2:22-24 ~ “Fellow Israelites, listen to this: Jesus of Nazareth was a man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs, which God did among you through him, as you yourselves know. This man was handed over to you by God’s deliberate plan and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men, put him to death by nailing him to the cross. But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him.”

Someday Christ Will Return

Matthew 24:38-39 ~ For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.

John 14:2-4 ~ My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.”

Acts 1:11 ~ …and said, Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.”

Titus 2:13 ~ waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ…

Revelation 1:7 ~ Behold, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him, and all tribes of the earth will wail on account of him. Even so. Amen.

Revelation 19:11-16 ~  Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war. His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on his head are many diadems, and he has a name written that no one knows but himself. He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood, and the name by which he is called is The Word of God. And the armies of heaven, arrayed in fine linen, white and pure, were following him on white horses. From his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron. He will tread the wine press of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty. On his robe and on his thigh he has a name written, King of kings and Lord of lords.

Of course God is many other infinite things but this should give human readers a general basis and comprehensive understanding of God’s character and nature for conversational purposes.

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