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Knowing and Serving God

August 11

THE ATTRIBUTES OF GOD

Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.
Psalm 90:2

We will now consider some of the attributes of God. And by attributes I mean some of the perfections of God, or to put it another way, some of the virtues of God. Peter says in his first epistle, "...that ye should show forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light" (2:9). That is it. The Christian is meant to show forth the attributes of God--the perfections, the excellencies of God.

Here is another definition of God's attributes: They are the things about God, certain aspects of His great and glorious eternal nature, that He has been pleased to reveal to us, and that, in a measure, we can lay hold of. All sorts of classifications have been suggested. Some have said that the division should be into the natural attributes of God and the moral attributes of God--that is, into attributes that belong to God in and of Himself and those that have a kind of moral implication. Well, it does not matter very much what we may call them. I would suggest some classification like this: first, the attributes of absolute personality that belong to God, and second, the moral attributes of God.

God is a personality in an absolute sense. Now, what are the attributes that belong to His personality? They are, of course, expressive of His eternal being, and the first one, therefore, that we have to note is the eternity of God, and with it the immutability of God. God is without beginning and without ending; He is everlasting. You will find a great statement of that in Psalm 90: "Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God" (verse 2). You will find it in the same way in Psalm 102. His eternity is something that we just assert and at which we wonder.

A Thought to Ponder
The Christian is meant to show forth the attributes of God--the perfections,the excellencies of God.

From God the Father, God the Son, pp. 59-60.




Today’s devo is taken from Walking with God Day by Day © 2003 by Good News Publishers. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Crossway Books, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.

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