The Attributes of God . . .


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Written by Tobin Perry for the Logos blog, Word by Word

The Attributes of God: Who God Is & Why It Matters

“Attributes of God” sounds like a stuffy theological phrase that barely relates to how we live our Christian lives. In fact, most of us (me included) have to sit with a dictionary in hand to understand the $100 words some theologians use to describe the character of God.

But these attributes are also important—and vitally so. I like what theologian Amy Peeler said on a recent episode of the Holy Post podcast: “Our lives depend upon who God is.”

And they really do.

The definition of God is the difference between God (with a capital G) and the gods of other monotheistic and polytheistic world religions. The God of Israel and the father of Jesus is specific. He isn’t a generic deity we can re-create in our heads or in the pages of our literature. It’s the attributes of God, which are ultimately manifested in Jesus, that make him unique in the history of the world.

Because we know who God is, we can trust him, follow him, and build our lives on what he says. All of that is impossible without a clear understanding of who he is through the attributes we discover in the Bible and in the life of Jesus.

What are the attributes of God?

We all have attributes. We have generic ones that all humans share. We all have a body. We are intelligent. We have a sense of morality (as flawed as it can be at times).

We also have attributes that are unique–our hair color, height, eye color, etc.

Attributes are simply a way of describing something. That’s where we have problems with the attributes of God.

How do you describe the indescribable?

A quote sometimes attributed to Augustine says it best: “God is beyond all description, yet within every description.”

Human words simply don’t do God justice. Every word we use to describe God with is a compromise, and in some way faulty.

Yet the attributes of God are our attempts, however inadequate, to put the essence of God into human language. They include things like omnipresence, omnipotence, and others you’ll read about below.

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Tobin Perry has spent over 20 years as a writer and editor for faith-based audiences. He has written for Christianity Today, Baptist Press, Saddleback Church, the North American Mission Board, and more. He has also served as a lead pastor of a small church in Southern Indiana and a church planting intern in Seattle, Washington. Tobin has a Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Missouri and a Master of Divinity degree from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary (now Gateway Seminary). He lives in Evansville, Indiana with his wife and three children.

About Roland Ledoux

Pastor of Oasis Bible Ministry, an outreach ministry of teaching, encouragement and intercessory prayer from the Holy Bible, the written Word of God and author of the ministry website, For The Love of God. He lives in Delta, Colorado with his beautiful wife of 50+ years and a beautiful yellow lab whom they affectionately call Bella.
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