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The awesome attributes of God. As we read God’s word, we begin to see the different characteristics or attributes of God. In the Old Testament we see a God of judgement, wrath, and even in some cases, anger.
However, when we make our way to the New Testament, most of the time we see a God of love, compassion, and hope. It would seem as if we either have a God that has incredible mood swings, or a God who contradicts himself. So what are the attributes of God?
The reality of the matter is that neither one of these views of God is true. Truthfully, it is pretty much impossible to understand God completely. The best we can do is simply “look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen…”
Through doing so we remind ourselves that “the things that are seen are only temporary [and that] the things which are not seen are eternal” (2 Cor. 4:18). While we may only see what is on the surface of who God is, there is a much deeper picture to understand.
Why God Responds the Way He Does. Understanding the Attributes of God
In order to understand what the attributes of God are, we need to take a deeper look into why God is the way He is. God reveals to us only what He wants us to see during each season of our lives and He will respond to our actions in a way that He knows is best for us.
Here is something to think about; when we walk into a dark room, our first reaction is to simply turn on the light, right? The reason we are drawn to that switch is because we know that turning on the light is what is needed at that moment. When you take a drink of water, you drink it because you know it’s what your body needs.
Let’s take it a step further, for those of you who are married, there came a point in which you made the choice to get married, either because you were madly in love, or because you knew it was what was best for you in that season of your life.
How about those of us who are parents? With each situation we find ourselves in with our children, we respond differently. Why? Because we know each situation requires a different response; we must determine what is best for our children in each instance.
All these things are different and yet, for whatever reason, you determined that reacting that particular way was what was best for you during that season of your life.
The way God responds in both the Old and New Testament are different because, at that time, it was what was best for His children.
He is our creator after all and He should know what response is best for us during each and every season of our lives. Just as we respond differently to the situations we are faced with in life, God does the same.
It’s not because He’s losing it or because he is contradicting His own nature, it’s because each season of our lives and each situation we face requires a specific response.
When you watch a horror movie, your response is usually fear. When you watch a romantic comedy, your response is to laugh and shed a few tears.
When you watch an epic war or action movie, your response normally brings the phrase “I’m sitting on the edge of my seat” to the forefront of your mind. Not that we can compare God with a figurative response to a movie, but you get where I am going with this, right?
Knowing God’s Attributes.
The word “attribute” can be defined as, “a quality or feature regarded as a characteristic or inherent part of someone or something.”
What this basically tells me is that an attribute is a part of who someone or something actually is, it’s a descriptive word that gives us a definition of someone or something around us. The attributes of God is His own nature.
God is all around us and we can describe Him in many different ways. Some of those ‘descriptive words” are on opposite ends of the spectrum while others follow a pattern, but each of these attributes is a part of who God is.
Scripture can give us a clearer picture of each of the words people have used to describe God. It may be hard to imagine that one being can have so many different characteristics, but the fact is that God is no ordinary being; He was here in the beginning and will remain long after our generation and even the next, are gone.
Our God is bigger than any of us will ever imagine and can indeed be all of these attributes and more.
Let’s take a look at the acronym, Attributes of God. Listed below are 15 words that describe who God is. Some of the words listed may seem unorthodox, but each and every one gives us a little more insight into who God is.
There are plenty more attributes of God to choose from and every word is only a small part of who God is and what He desires to share with all of those who are willing to accept Him.
Here are 15 awesome attributes of God you should know.
A. Alpha and Omega. God is the beginning and the end of everything, without Him we would be nothing.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” John 1:1 ESV
T. Teacher. God shows us the right path in life, He guides us every step of the way if we let Him.
“When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.” John 16:13 ESV
T. Triumphant. He is the victor, through Him we are all saved and can overcome any trial that comes our way.
“But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere.” 2 Cor 2:14 ESV
R. Righteous Judge. When we are sinful, he calls us on it; showing us that what we’ve done is wrong.
“And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment” John 16:8 ESV
I. Infinite. He will never leave us or forsake us and is with us until the end of time.
“Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock.” Isaiah 26 4 ESV
B. Builder. God is our strength in times of struggle but is also what brings us all together.
“All things were made through him, and without him, nothing was made that has been made.” 1 John 1:3 NIV
U. Undefiled. He is holy and anything that is not holy cannot last very long in His presence without being drastically changed.
“Who is like you, O Lord, among the gods? Who is like you, majestic in holiness, awesome in glorious deeds, doing wonders?” Exodus 15:11 ESV
T. Truth. Without God we are in complete and utter darkness, through Him we can be vessels of light to those around us and His glory will shine brightly.
“And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32 ESV
E. Encourager. When we are down, He provides us with the guidance and help we need to overcome; when we are doing wrong He tells us it’s time for a change.
“Let us hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.” Hebrews 10:23 ESV
S. Servant. God is always ready to help us get rid of the sinfulness of our youth, He will wash us clean with every ounce of Love he has.
“But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.” John 1:12 ESV
O. One. Even though our God is three persons, all three persons make one Godhead.
“I and the Father are one.” John 10:30 ESV
F. Friend. God is faithful to those who call upon His name and will be there to lift us up no matter what we’ve done; He is a forgiving God.
“Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13 ESV
G. Gate. It is only through Jesus that we can enter into the heavenly realm, we must go to Him as the good shepherd and let Him be the governor of our lives.
“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me.” John 14:1 ESV
O. Omnipresent. He is everywhere and He knows all things. His omnipotent power is unlimited and nothing will ever change that.
“For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.” Romans 1:20 ESV
D. Deliverer. God designed within each of us a specific plan and purpose and He desires that we embrace the future He has for us.
“The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” Psalm 18:2 ESV
While these are by no means all of the attributes of God, they do give us a place to start. God is more than we will ever be able to imagine and it may seem at times that His response contradicts who we think He should be, but there is always more to the picture than meets the eye.
God’s attributes are unlimited. May your journey to understanding more about God bring you closer to Him.
By M.J. Elliott
Mind On Jesus