The Attributes of God (eBook)

by Sam Storms

in ePub, .mobi & .pdf formats

A big thanks to Sam Storms, who gave me permission to create and post this eBook, the source material being from a series of blog posts he made on God's attributes.

Ronald Nash argues that an "essential" or "necessary" attribute is one that God could not lose and continue to be God. "Many of the predicates applied to God denote not attributes or essential properties of God but nonessential properties that relate God to His creatures. Relational properties like 'creator', 'ruler', and 'preserver' do not denote divine attributes. A property like 'being Lord of Israel' is likewise a nonessential property. It is logically possible that God might not have had this property. He might never have created Israel, or Israel might never have accepted Yahweh as its God. Being Lord of Israel is not essential to the being of God" (Nash, The Concept of God: An Exploration of Contemporary Difficulties with the Attributes of God [Zondervan, 1983], 16).

The Christian world-view is a way of "seeing" and "interpreting" reality through the lens of God's revelation of Himself in Jesus Christ as found in Scripture. What, then, does the Bible tell us is God's ultimate aim for all that exists and thus the framework within which we must make sense of life?

To put the same question in other terms: What is the pre-eminent passion in God's heart? What is God's greatest pleasure? How does the happiness of God manifest itself? In what does God take supreme delight? I want to suggest that the pre-eminent passion in God's heart is his own glory. God is at the center of his own affections. The supreme love of God's life is God. God is pre-eminently committed to the fame of his name. God is himself the end for which God created the world. Better, still, God's immediate goal in all he does is his own glory.

God relentlessly and unceasingly creates, rules, orders, directs, speaks, judges, saves, destroys and delivers in order to make known who He is and to secure from the whole of the universe the praise, honor and glory of which He and He alone is ultimately and infinitely worthy. According to the Westminster Confession of Faith, 'The chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.' At the heart of the Christian world-view is the fact that '-The chief end of God is to glorify God and to enjoy himself forever.'

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Table of Contents

Our Knowledge of God

Classifying the Attributes

The Glory of God

The Trinity

The Holiness of God

The Omnipotence of God

The Sovereignty of God

The Immutability of God

The Omnipresence of God

The Love of God

The Fatherhood of God

The Name of God

Justice and Wrath

Is the God of Love also a God of Wrath?

God is a Jealous Lover!

The Omniscience of God


APPENDIX

10 Things You should Know about the Immutability of God

10 Things You should Know about God's Omnipresence

10 Things You should Know about God's Omniscience

10 Things You should Know about the Wrath of God

Ten Things To Know About God's Sovereignty

10 Things You should Know about God's Will(s)

Are There Two Wills in God?

Divine Decrees

Regeneration and Sovereignty of God

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