God Is…

God Is… June 17, 2019

Some of God’s attributes also say a lot about His character, so here are 5 major attributes that speak volumes about God.

God is Holy

The only attribute of God that is mentioned three times in Scripture is that God is holy. Isaiah the Prophet wrote that he saw seraphim over the Lord’s throne, “Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one called to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory” (Isaiah 6:2-3)! God is not just holy, but He is holy, holy, holy to infinity. That is the greatest emphasis you can use in the Hebrew language. Isaiah was undone over this vision of the Holy God he saw, thinking he was a dead man. He wrote, “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts” (Isaiah 6:5)! Even though Isaiah was one of the holiest of men in ancient Israel, he still knew, compared to God, that the best that he could do were just filthy rags to God (Isaiah 64:6), but we are called to be holy. Naturally this doesn’t mean we’ll be sinless and live in perfection. That’s not possible this side of the veil, but the Apostle Peter admonishes us that just “as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, You shall be holy, for I am holy” (1 Peter 1:15-16). Of course, our holiness before God comes only through Christ as it is imputed on our behalf (2 Cor 5:21), and not of ourselves (Eph 2:8-9).

God is Love

People say the love God, and that’s fine, but it must be understood that God made the first move (John 6:44). Scripture teaches that “We love because he first loved us” (1 John 4:19), and not the other way around. It was not we who made the first move, but God who “so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him” (1 John 3:16-17). Christ made a way for us over 2,000 years ago, so those who are loved by God also love those who are loved by God, but “Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love” (1 John 4:8). Micah the Prophet describes the love of God very well, writing, “Who is a God like you, pardoning iniquity and passing over transgression for the remnant of his inheritance? He does not retain his anger forever, because he delights in steadfast love. He will again have compassion on us; he will tread our iniquities underfoot. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea” (7:18-19). Jesus said, “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13), and Jesus did just that, testifying, “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep” (John 10:11).

God is Good

What is HolyWhen a man came up to Jesus and ask Him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life” (Mark 10:17c), the young man had it all wrong. In the first place, you can’t do anything to save yourself. God is even the One Who grants us the ability to repent (Acts 5:31, 11:18, 16:14; 1 Tim 2:24-26), but we know for certain that our works won’t help us (Eph 2:8-9), but Jesus told the young man something very interesting. He asked him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone” (Mark 10:18). Wait! Isn’t Jesus God? Isn’t Jesus good!? Yes, but the young man apparently didn’t know that he was talking to the Lord because he called Jesus teacher. The point is, God is good…and He alone is always good. He is a “Father of the fatherless and protector of widows is God in his holy habitation. God settles the solitary in a home; he leads out the prisoners to prosperity, but the rebellious dwell in a parched land” (Psalm 68:5-6).

God is Unchangeable

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” (Heb 13:8). Aren’t you glad God is not like us and changes His mind about people? What if God withdrew His offer of salvation or changed His mind and decided not to save us because of something we did? Thankfully, God does not change. Malachi the Prophet wrote, “For I the LORD do not change; therefore you, O children of Jacob, are not consumed” (Micah 3:6). God never has a bad day and then takes it out on others like we sometimes do. God is the same today and He will be the same forever. The psalmist declares that even His Word is forever, writing, “Forever, O Lord, your word is firmly fixed in the heavens” (Psalm 119:89). His Word is as eternal as He is, since we know that “The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever” (Isaiah 40:8)

God is Glorified

If we read enough Scripture, we start to see that God desires to be glorified, and we can glorify Him too in our lives. For example, if we abstain from sexual immorality, we can glorify God in our bodies by remaining faithful (1 Cor 6:18; 1 Thess 4:3). The psalmist wrote, “Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory, for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness” (Psalm 115:1), so it is to you, “O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours. Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and you are exalted as head above all” (1 Chron 19:11). Jesus revealed the glory of God, being God Himself. The Apostle John was an eyewitness of His glory; not only on the Mount of Transfiguration, but seeing in person how “the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14).

Conclusion

God has many attributes. Maybe you can share some with us in the comments section, but these attributes also reflect His character. God is holy; God is love; God is good; God is unchangeable; and God has great glory. God is also a saving God, and He desires that you be saved, and today is the best of days for you to trust in Christ (2 Cor 6:2), because the way life is, tomorrow might not even come.

Article by Jack Wellman

Jack Wellman is an ordained elder of the Brethren Church and a Pastor and Prison Minister in the State of Kansas, but also a writer at Christian Quotes and What Christians Want to Know which address questions about the Bible. He also plants ministries like nursing home ministries, Outreach for the poor, and other evangelistic activities, and check out his book Teaching Children the Gospel available on Amazon.


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  • pud

    “god” is…fill in the blank with whatever you care to make up. Make sure it’s all nice and sweet and ignore your “fathers” genocide, terrorism and threats of damnation if you don’t comply.

    • Wacka Troll

      Calm down pud, its going to be a long day!

  • pud

    “The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully.”

    • Wacka Troll

      You and this imagined god that you’re talking about seem very similar pud. You also seem pretty unforgiving, petty, jealous and proud of it, and a bully to anyone who believes in Christianity. You’d think you’d worship that guy you’ve made up.

      • pud

        Nope..it’s your invisible undetectable make believe deity as exactly described in your delusional book..still waiting for your rational argument showing that I’m wrong about anything….ad hominem doesn’t cut it.

        • Wacka Troll

          Anyone with a brain can see you don’t have rational arguments. You just complain like an old lady in church.

          • pud

            Is your “god” “omnipresent”? Yes or No?

          • Wacka Troll

            I don’t have a “god” like you. Is your dog a Chihuahua? Yes or No?

          • pud

            Good bye…you’re an imbecile and I don’t do imbeciles.

          • Wacka Troll

            Oh, can’t have an intellectual conversation can you? Jump to the name calling will you? See… you can’t prove me wrong. (This is how I’d imagine you’d respond to yourself right here)

          • Wacka Troll

            No reply? Exactly… because you’re wrong.

          • Susan Jane Elohim

            Don’t get too caught up in analyzing pud. She seems to fit the pattern of know it all and bully narcissist by the statements she makes.

            She’s so far gone she finds xenophobia normal and she practices the pseudo science of deprogramming people from brainwashing without a license. Most likely a lot of these anti theists (extremely militantly minded atheists) do.

            You’re trying to reason with someone too far gone to actually be reasoned with.

            The human mind likes to project and sometimes projects it’s own flawed thinking on to others.

            Some people really do dodge self reflection and counseling.

            Not everyone is equally able to take charge of himself and face responsibility. Tie this in to an overly literal way of looking at things and dealing with reality might become well nigh unbearable for some people so they lash out at others.

            Rage is anger turned outwards.

            Depression is anger turned inwards.

            Sometimes people get angry when they can’t control things.

            So best leave the people that meddle too much alone. They have deep seated issues to handle. You don’t handle them by origins debates, etc. Those are just procrastination and distraction so you don’t have to handle the internal problems.

            Christians don’t have an evidence problem.

            Unbelievers have a heart problem. Unbelief sometimes stems from the sin of fear.

            Under the word “fear,” thefreedictionary.com, lists 150 phobias—150 names for fear in its multitude of manifestations. Fear resides at the root of many problems.

            The Sin of Fear
            https://www.cgg.org/index.cfm/fuseaction/Library.sr/CT/RA/k/1574/Sin-Fear-Part-One.htm

          • Susan Jane Elohim

            pud’s “brainwashing” by a cult conjecture….a lot of hooey….if Christians were brainwashed then why do they change denominations so freely.

            Daniel Siegel is a brain doctor and expert on the brain and he doesn’t attribute faith to “brainwashing”.

            People ought to be sick of these internet debates being used by anti theists to promote pseudo scientific ideas like “brainwashing” at the expense of individual liberty, identity and self determination.

            The anti theists constantly use this phoney debate tack so they can engage in the logical fallacy of ad hominem attack.

            Now who does that but a psychic vampire? Narcissists have to get their “narcissistic supply” so they seek these drama prone, petty pseudo psychiatric encounters on the Internet where they get to play psychiatrist at a theist’s expense.

            Don’t fall for it. Why be a source of narcissist supply.

            Take your power back and ignore them.

            Narcissism, xenophobia, sociopathic tendencies all tied up in intellectual pretentiousness is their problem. Not your’s.

            You just be everything God called you to be cf. 1 Cor. 13. and don’t worry about witnessing to “the crazies”. They could be too crazy to recognize a true disciple when they meet one.

            The Pharisees were.

            God bless you and keep you! Pray for them. There’s not much use in analyzing them if they refuse to seek help themselves and they do. They could all have accepted Jesus Christ without any shame or counseling at all and had him to help them.

    • pud

      Hiding jack? Is this true or not true and how do you know if it isn’t? Show your work or cower.

      Did you know that that American Civil War was a religious war? Bet you didn’t. No nation EVER had a civil war over slavery except America. Yep, the “chiristians” of the South held up their buybulls and cited correctly that it endorses slavery….do you endorse slavery jack? Your deity does and “he” was totally content to see 600,000 people die in a war over his immoral dictate.

      What do you have to say about that preacher jack?

      • Wacka Troll

        *yawn* your a broken record. Nothing new with you, just the same ole dribble. “Show your work or cower” lol what a scrub.

        • pud

          It’s “you’re” not “your” as in “you are” …it’s also “drivel” not “dribble”

          • Wacka Troll

            lol, can’t see the forest for the trees. You’ve got the same problem reading my message as you do reading everyone else’s. You don’t listen to what people say, you just want to argue. Waaa waaa waaa waaa waaa.

          • pud

            You all babble the same mindless $hit.

          • Wacka Troll

            Yes, now you’re understanding what I told you. You forgot some quotes though, and the word infantile. Don’t worry, you’ll get better.

  • Susan Jane Elohim

    Jamie Kimmett – Prize Worth Fighting For (Official Lyric Video)
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=DGbQ90kYZrI

  • Christiane Smith

    ‘God is’

    yes, that’s it

  • Gary M

    “You shall acknowledge no God but me. . . . You are destroyed, Israel. . . . The people of Samaria must bear their guilt, because they have rebelled against their God. They will fall by the sword; their little ones will be dashed to the ground, their pregnant women ripped open.” (Hosea 13:4, 9, 16 New International Version)

    • pud

      Sweet. Nice verses for the little ones before bedtime

      • Wacka Troll

        All about those little ones. Because that’s the only reason Pud is here instead of at the orphanages that all those child-murdering Christians run.

        • pud

          You mean your indoctrination centers where you brainwash children before they’re able to reason?

          • Wacka Troll

            Yes, those. And where does your indoctrinating brainwashing take place? Oh, and where’s the Pud orphanage that helps kids? Please, let me google that and see how you’ve helped kids from being homeless.

          • Wacka Troll

            Completely dodged the fact that you don’t do jack for kids btw.

      • Wacka Troll

        I teach my kids about a lonely man named Pud.

        • pud

          Make sure to tell them that if they don’t love me and believe in me and pray to me they will suffer eternal torture.

          • Wacka Troll

            Pud, we’ve already established that you think you’re god, but no, I want to teach them what life looks like through the eyes of an angry Eeyore.

          • Wacka Troll

            It’s especially fun, because everything my daughter does to try to make “pud” happy, backfires in the most spectacular way, and you just get more angry and nonsensical.

    • Susan Jane Elohim

      I might have more experience than most dialoging with internet atheists and in my experience most of you are not genuine seekers of the truth. You argue to trivialize, dismiss and control the truth.

      Quote:
      How should a Christian respond to an atheist who doesn’t believe the Bible is reliable or authoritative?

      Anthony DeStefano: It all depends on how the question is asked. Most atheists have such a warped and infantile understanding of the Bible that when they ask Christians to defend their belief in the Word, their only objective is to try to get us to look silly—by singling out passages in the Bible that they naively think are absurd (like Jonah being swallowed by the big fish).

      There are no fast, sound-bite answers to teach an atheist the deeper meaning of these scriptures, and since most of them are not interested in serious discussion anyway, my advice is to avoid such traps and instead put them on the defensive—by asking them why they believe the nonsense they do: for example, their assertion that this universe of ours, with its incomparable beauty, order, harmony, and life, came about all on its own!

      If, however, an atheist is sincerely searching for the truth and wants to sincerely understand why you believe the Bible is reliable, then of course you should take the time to answer him seriously—starting from the simple premise that you believe there is a God who created everything (because something can’t come from nothing), and that this God wouldn’t just create everything without also communicating with his creation in some way. You might say that after deep and reflective reading of the Bible, you have come to believe that it is indeed the primary way that God has chosen to communicate with his creation.

      In other words, when dealing with a sincere but skeptical unbeliever, start by explaining your very rational belief in God, and then move to the Bible.

      Quote from “Thinking like an atheist: an interview with Anthony DeStefano”.

      https://www.biblegateway.com/blog/2018/03/thinking-like-an-atheist-an-interview-with-anthony-destefano/

      • kyuss

        boring. demonstrate that your religion is true.

        • Susan Jane Elohim

          No point to that.

          • kyuss

            No, there isn’t much point trying to do impossible things.

          • Susan Jane Elohim

            It’s already been done by many people. Many times.

            But you assumed it wasn’t.

          • kyuss

            then it should be trivial for you to copy their work. yet, you either can’t or obstinately refuse to do so. like I said earlier, boring.

          • Susan Jane Elohim

            Like I always say there is no burden of proof on me.

            If you really wanted the truth if you were not smart enough to perceive it then you would have got it yourself.

            This isn’t a new battle.

            People have been finding the “proof” themselves and present it online and in book form for a long time now.

            I’m not your bellhop to get you anything especially when you refuse correction.

            I am just putting you on notice.

            The proof is all out there and God provided it also.

            It even happens that some people claim that locating the proof themselves moved them from unbelief to belief so why are you protesting?

            Get your own proof.

            People all differ in what they will accept.

            Why did you let the bad apples opinion control your’s. Did it make you feel better having someone to side with in your lazy know nothing rebellion.

            You should see some of the attacks the real genuine truth seekers launch.

            Lots of things you cannot deny.

            So why don’t you go out and try attacking your own assumptions for a while.

            It’s not my soul at stake and I am not getting ridiculed by people determined to live in self deception any more.

            The truth is love and nobody tells the truth more than God Himself. See Romans 1 on it.

            What kind of a twisted mentality casts aspersions on his own Maker without going to the fullest extent of defending Him first?

            There is no burden on me to overcome perversity or the perverse stubborness of a bunch of self deceptive goal post movers.

            You attend to your own business. I am not reading you any more because I don’t have to read the flawed assumptions of people being delivered in attempts to corrupt me if I don’t want to.

            You take responsibility for getting your own evidence and try shutting up and not creating arguments where none exist until you locate it.

            The truth might hurt but the truth is indispensable and will set you free.

            I don’t accept counterfeits of the truth forced on me by assumers. Not when I have my own mind to use and judge and compare things.

            What your own mind was not good enough? So you flattered your own silly ego using the twisted half truths gleaned from a lot of reprobates?

            That’s rational to you? Consulting bad counsel and poisoned wells?

            You are on block for assuming. I am no longer an arguer because I was never a control freak. I like the freedom of being able to think and try to use that ability responsibly.

            Watch out for the control freaks. Didn’t you know….they want to tell you what to think and they really don’t care if they have to lie about the evidence to serve their own fears, purposes, temptations and self deceptions. They don’t know God but He might expect a little ethical behavior out of them.

            I trust the integrity of God’s above a control freak’s don’t you?

            God Bless.

          • kyuss

            what a load of nonsensical drivel. demonstrate that your religion is true.

      • Brigitte Rosales

        I used to be an atheist. One day, I delved into the Book to prove it wrong…and fell head over heals in love.

        • Susan Jane Elohim

          Thanks for your testimony. Some atheists devalue the conversion of other atheists to Christianity as if they were never atheists. Jesus’ words in the Bible always had the authoritative ring of truth to me and I never found a reason to devalue that impression.

          I can’t remember ever not believing in God and it’s probably why I sleep like a baby.
          Why worry. God is in control.

          Have a blessed day!

          • Brigitte Rosales

            Thank you!

            I think they’re just hurting & mad at God. Or they had an abusive religious experience early on in life & haven’t yet taken the opportunity to see for themselves, outside of religion, just ‘one on one’ with God. As for me, I’m certainly not proud to have been called an atheist…I just find it so remarkable. He really took a hold of me. Where before there was so much fear, doubt, anxiety & dread there is now a whole new experience of love & peace & forgiveness & indescribable joy. It’s beyond what I can explain…who would’ve ever thought?

            Yes Amen…God is most certainly in control.

          • Susan Jane Elohim

            Well take care Brigitte. I think I may be away from disqus for a while.
            Hope you got my last post that a troll deleted.

    • Susan Jane Elohim

      I no longer answer online atheists seriously because it always devolves into a quarrel.

      Some people seem to really not want to know the truth but they do want to control things.

      This is why you are going to have to learn to rise from the pack of people and go seek God on your own.

      No arguing!

      God already knows this world is full of deception and traps.

      But He said He rewards seekers.

      So instead of taking up and siding with biased people I suggest you genuinely separate yourself from the pack and go find out what you can learn about God all by yourself without having to deal with all this predetermined bias coming from the world.

      Did you know some people actually take the world’s opinions ahead of God’s without establishing anything about Him at all first.

      The Bible is not a weapon for you to turn against a God you might need some day.

      And if God cannot reveal Himself who can?

      God tells you His attributes in the Bible. If you will shelve them to place your own misguided ones about Him and those learned from unworthy sources then you are not really dealing honestly with Him.

      I don’t let other people define me and tell me who I am? Do you?

      If so why do you think God should have to put up with your put downs and learned nonsense?

      Try learning the Bible the right way but that will require an attitude adjustment.

      The right way before you go on public record challenging the nature and character of God.

      That is a very foolhardy thing to do. Criticize and attempt to tear down an omnibenevolent being without even trying to get to know Him first.

      Have a blessed day. And actually learn to seek and establish truth for yourself before you argue and take up a position. You could be wrong.

      Great Is Your Mercy
      https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=A-cAfUPMHxk

      • pud

        You never answered “seriously” you only repeat the same mindless claims and assertions over and over

        Your “god” is invisible and undetectable so it’s impossible to “find” anything about it other than cult doctrine and propaganda

  • pud

    “God is also a saving God, and He desires that you be saved”

    “Saved” from what jack? Oh, himself! Comply or else! One of your old stand-by tried and true methods of indoctrination!

  • pud
  • DDRLSGC

    God is accuracy describe by George Carlin: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8r-e2NDSTuE

  • Herrnhut

    Thank you Jesus for Jack’s message. God is good, yeah He created the heavens and earth all in one chapter. The name God, Elohim is for any to call whether above in heavens, on earth and under the earth. So in the second chapter, His name LORD is for those who have relationship with Him. LORD (YHWH) is for His people. That is why (Genesis chapter 3) when the ancient serpent tempted Eve, he and the seduced Eve just used the term God. So do the world.

    ” … And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.” (Genesis 3)

    So God is Holy but the LORD has torn open the veil now we can boldly come to the throne of Grace. (Hebrew 4)
    So God is Love that whosoever believe His Son will have everlasting life. (John 3)
    So God is Good. Christ did not just saved me for eternal life but redeemed me from the curses of the LAW.(Galatians 3)
    So God is Unchangeable as Jesus is the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come,the Almighty.” (Rev 1)
    So God is Glorified because the heavenly Joseph, YHWH said “Tell my father (His revealed name to sons of God) about all my glory in Egypt (world) and about all you have seen. And bring my father here quickly. (Emmanuel)” (Genesis 45) soooon in the universe (He created heavens – plural) near you

    • Jack Wellman

      Thank you for the encouragment my friend.

  • Christiane Smith

    ” “Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one called to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory” (Isaiah 6:2-3)! God is not just holy, but He is holy, holy, holy to infinity. ”

    the ancient prayer, the ‘Thrice Holy’ found in hymns in traditional Christianity, the Sanctus, the Trisagion, always reverent in the way of the sacred Scriptures, representing the unending offering of praise before the Throne of God

    “Sanctus, sanctus, sanctus
    Dominus Deus sabbaoth
    Pleni sunt caeli et terra gloria tua
    Hosanna in excelsis
    Benedictus qui venit in nomine Domini
    Hosanna in excelsis”

    https://youtu.be/AXrCD5KNLxQ

  • Christiane Smith

    “Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us” . . . . the ancient Trisagion of the Eastern Church still sung today

    https://youtu.be/eHi-1taeqeo