Week 1 – The Love of God
When we talk about the character of God we are talking about His nature—who God is in His manifested character. These 10 characteristics (attributes) are not the only ones in scripture. However, these will give us a great appreciation of who God is.
1) God knows everything and His knowledge is complete (Omniscience)
– Isaiah 40:28; Job 37:16; Psalm 147:5; 1 John 3:20; Romans 11:33.
2) God is able to bring to pass everything that He chooses (Omnipotent)
- Genesis 18:14; Job 42:2
3) He is present in all places at all times (Omnipresent)
– Proverb 15:3; Jeremiah 23:23-24; Psalm 139:7-12
4) God is absolutely unchanging. (Immutable)
- Psalm 90:2; Malachi 3:6 says
5) God Is Timeless in His Own Being
- 1:1; Psalm 90:2; John 1:3, 8:58; 1 Cor. 8:6; Col. 1:16; Heb. 1:2; Rev. 1:8,
6) God is Holy
Though all the attributes of God are important and dependent on one another, the fact of God’s holiness seems to be the one He wishes us to put emphasis upon throughout scripture.
- Psalm 99:9; Habakkuk 1:13; Revelation 4:8
7) God is Righteous
God’s holiness is manifested in His righteousness. Because He is holy, He is righteous. This attribute of righteousness is the way His holiness is expressed when dealing with men.
- Psalm 116:5 Ezra 9:15; Exodus 9:23-27; Psalm 129:4; 145:17; Jeremiah 12:1; 1 John 1:9
8) God is Sovereign
God’s sovereignty is how He rules His creation. This is what makes Him free to do what He knows is best for us. Though He is in complete control, He has also given us a free will to obey or reject His leading. The first verse of the bible (Gen 1:1) says that God does what He chooses to do.
9) God is Trinity in Communion.
While God is One, He manifests Himself in three distinct persons: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit (Romans 1:7; Hebrews 1:8; Acts 5:3, 4)
- Matthew 3:16, 17; John 14;
10) God is Loving and Merciful
- Deuteronomy 4:31; Psalm 103:8; Ephesians 2:4; Romans 5:8; 1 John 4