The Attributes of God

In our Christian walk to better understand and follow our LORD (YHWH), I highly recommend spending time thinking about His numerous divine attributes as clearly revealed to us in the Bible (Revealed Theology), but also through logic, reason, science, nature, and ordinary experience (Natural Theology).

One thing to keep in mind though, is since God never changes his attributes also never change. God cannot compromise even one of His divine attributes at the expense of another. He is always perfectly good, loving, just, holy, wise, etc. For example, God in His mercy can totally and completely “love” the sinner (John 3:16), while at the same time completely “hate” their sin. This is perfectly in line with the person, character, and nature of God. There is never any compromise with Him because He is Truth.

An absolutely amazing fact to be found throughout the entire Old and New Testament is that even though the Bible was written over a 1,600 year period, contains 66 separate books, was written by over 40 authors (ranging from beggars, fishermen, shepherds, and tax collectors, to warriors, prophets, historians, physicians, rabbis, and kings), was penned in three languages on three continents, and was compiled completely unedited, is the fact that God’s attributes (which are described on nearly every single page) never change or conflict in the slightest throughout the entire text.

As the Apostle Paul records in 2 Timothy 2:13: “God cannot deny (or go against) Himself.” Which is possibly why in approximately 1492 BC when the LORD personally appeared to Moses in a blazing fire from the midst of a bush, God referred to Himself as: “I AM”. God said to Moses:

I AM WHO I AM”; and He said, “Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’” – Exodus 3:14-14

Not surprisingly, when the Jewish Pharisees demanded to know exactly who Jesus (Yeshua) was, Jesus also referred to Himself as the eternal immutable: “I AM”. That of course drove the Pharisees into a violent rage to murder Jesus right there on the spot, but Jesus simply passed untouched through the angry mob and left. Everybody present fully understood exactly what Jesus was declaring when He said:

“’Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM.’” – John 8:58

Below is a pdf file listing a few of the awesome unchangeable attributes of God:

Feel free to print it off and pass it around. All His divine attributes are clearly seen:

For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.” – Romans 1:20

Have a blessed day!


Sean Kirkpatrick

Sean Kirkpatrick posted at 2012-12-30 Category: God's Glory