the_attributes_of_God by AndreyEsipov


                                                              _______________________          BEAUTY                            BLESSEDNESS                     ETERNITY
                                                                                                                                                                 _______________________         FREEDOM
                                                                                               Summary attributes
                                                                                               _______________________           Summary attributes
                                                                                                                                 _______________________                                         Attributes of Purpose
                                                              God is self-existent and self-                                                                     God has always existed,
                                                              su cient and has no need of      God is the possessor and the      God delights fully in himself   having no beginning and no      God does whatever he
                                                              human beings or the rest of      sum of all desirable qualities.   and in all that reflects his     end, and experiencing no        pleases.
                                                              creation.                                                          character.                      succession of moments.

                                                              GLORY                            GOODNESS                          HOLINESS                        IMMUTABILITY
                                                                                                                                                                 _______________________         INVISIBILITY
                                                              Summary attributes
                                                              _______________________          Moral attributes
                                                                                               _______________________           Moral attributes
                                                                                                                                 _______________________                                         Attributes describing
                                                                                                                                                                 God cannot change in his        God’s being
                                                              The created brightness that      God is the final standard of       God is separated from sin       being, perfections, purposes,   _______________________
                                                              surrounds God’s revelation       all good, and all he is and       and he is committed to          and promises.                   God’s total essence, all
                                                              of himself.                      does is worthy of approval.       seeking his own honor.                                          of his being, will never be
                                                                                                                                                                                                 visible to us.
To study God’s attributes is to study his character, to
answer questions like, Who is God? and What is God
like? A typical classification of God’s attributes divides
them into those that are incommunicable (those that he        JEALOUSY                         KNOWLEDGE                         LOVE                            MERCY                           OMNIPOTENCE
                                                              Moral attributes
                                                              _______________________          Mental attributes
                                                                                               _______________________           Moral attributes
                                                                                                                                 _______________________         Moral attributes
                                                                                                                                                                 _______________________         Attributes of Purpose
does not share or “communicate” to anyone or anything
else) and communicable (those that he shares with other       God always seeks to protect      God fully knows himself           God eternally gives of          God is good to those in         God is able to do all his holy
                                                              his own honor.                   and all actual and possible       himself to others.              misery and distress and he is   will. (This is also known as
beings). Like most theological classifications, this one is                                     things. (This is also know as                                     good to those who deserve       God’s sovereignty)
imperfect but still helpful as we seek to understand what                                      God’s omniscience)                                                punishment.
is so far beyond ourselves.
     God’s communicable attributes can be further
categorized into: attributes of God’s being, mental           OMNIPRESENCE                     PEACE                             PERFECTION                      RIGHTEOUSNESS                   SPIRITUALITY
attributes, moral attributes, attributes of purpose and                                        Moral attributes
                                                                                               _______________________           Summary attributes
                                                                                                                                 _______________________         Moral attributes
                                                                                                                                                                 _______________________         Attributes describing
                                                              God has no size or shape                                                                                                           God’s being
“summary” attributes (attributes that, in a more particular   and is present in all places     God, in his being and             God fully possesses all         God is the final standard of
way, modify each of the others).                              with his entire being.           actions, is separate from all     excellent qualities and lacks   what is right and he always     God is a being who is not
                                                                                               confusion and disorder.           no qualities that would be      acts in accordance with         made up of matter and who
     It is important to consider that God is not simply
                                                                                                                                 desirable for him.              what is right. (This is also    cannot be perceived by our
the sum of his attributes. His attributes are not separate                                                                                                       known as God’s justice)         bodily senses.
from one another, but each one modifies or qualifies
each of the others.
                                                              TRUTHFULNESS                     UNITY
                                                                                               _______________________           WILL                            WISDOM                          WRATH
                                                              Mental attributes
                                                              _______________________                                            Attributes of Purpose
                                                                                                                                 _______________________         Mental attributes
                                                                                                                                                                 _______________________         Moral attributes
                                                                                               God’s whole being includes
SUGGESTED RESOURCES                                           God is the true God whose        all of his attributes at all      God approves and                God always chooses the          God intensely hates all sin.
                                                              knowledge and words are          times. These attributes are       determines to bring about       best goals and the best
Systematic Theology | Wayne Grudem                            both true and the final           never in opposition.              every action necessary for      means to those goals.
                                                              standard of truth.                                                 the existence and activity of
The Attributes of God | A.W. Pink                                                                                                all that exists.

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