Friday, July 1, 2011

Attributes of God--I

I love to think of the attributes of God that begin with the letter "i". It always puts me in mind of the hymn...

Immortal, invisible, God only wise,
In light inaccessible hid from our eyes,
Most blessed, most glorious, the Ancient of Days,
Almighty, victorious, thy great name we praise.

God is IMMORTAL-- We already talked about how God is everlasting and eternal, and "immortal" means the same thing, basically. But there is another layer to the meaning of immortal: It means nobody can kill God. It means Nietzsche was completely wrong when he said that God was dead. It means that Jesus is definitely risen from the grave, after the atoning sacrifice he offered for us through his own body, crucified.

1 Timothy 1:17
Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.

1 Timothy 6:;15b-16
God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see. To him be honor and might forever. Amen.

Luke 24:5-8
In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ ” Then they remembered his words.

God is INVISIBLE-- God is invisible, but he won't always be invisible. We cannot see him now, but we will see him one day. God's invisibility is part of our earthly faith test. By faith, we believe in what we do not see, and one day that faith will become sight and we will live in the glorious presence of God forever.

Job 9:11
When He passes me, I cannot see Him; when He goes by, I cannot perceive Him.

Romans 1:20
For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.

Colossians 1:15
The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.

1 Timothy 1:17
Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.
(I know we already had this verse, and it is part of the hymn I quoted earlier as well. I think I will have that song in my head for the day... I hope so!)

Hebrews 11:27
By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger; he persevered because he saw him who is invisible.

Hebrews 11:1-3
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for. By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.

God is IMMUTABLE --He is unchanging

James 1:17 (ESV)
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.

Also:  INVINCIBLE (nobody can overcome Him), and INEXORABLE (otherwise known as unstoppable, impossible to stop--His purpose will stand and He will do all that He pleases [Isaiah 46:10]; the gates of hell will not prevail against His church [Matthew 16:18]).  And INFINITE.

Next up, J.

1 comment:

Ruth MacC said...

I like that song. We sing it during our church services.
Happy 4th of July from Ireland!!!