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God's Characteristics Introduced

Day Three
by Gini Crawford, MSW

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I learned in graduate school to define important words, so let's define God's characteristics. The One True God's characteristics are whatever He has in any way revealed as being true about Himself through His Word. His characteristics as well as His names describe Who He is. It is vital we know that all God's characteristics and names fill His whole being and act together. God isn't somewhat powerful, He is all-powerful. He isn't kind of knowledgeable, He is all-knowing and so on.

Scholars differ on the number of God's characteristics. The characteristics I will cover, are the ones many religious leaders understand and teach on. These characteristics of God are: self-existence, all powerful, eternal, the source of life, sovereign, holy, righteous, just, merciful, good, patient, gracious, unchanging, faithful, truth, all knowing, all wise, always with you, all seeing, all hearing, incomprehensible, kind, forgiving, and all loving. I will cover in depth some of God's most notable names such Jesus Christ, God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit, Creator, LORD, Father, Husband, Savior, Servant, Lamb, and Shepherd.

God has two types of attributes or characteristics. They are called incommunicable and communicable attributes. The communicable attributes of God are the ones that we have (We are created in God's image.), such as a personality marked with emotions, moral character, the desire for relationship, the desire to be loved and to love, the capacity to have patience, wisdom, mercy, justice, goodness and faithfulness and so on. We also have an eternal existence that began when God created us. The incommunicable attributes of God are the ones only God can have. These include such things as being self-existent, the source of all life, always seeing, always present and so on.

It's good to understand, we have the communicable attributes that God has given us, but they are never to the degree that God has them. We are loving and have wisdom and knowledge, but of course, we will never always be loving or have all wisdom or knowledge like God does. As I teach God's characteristics, both types will be used to enlighten and inspire.

God makes it very clear - understanding and knowing Him should be very important to us. Is knowing and understanding God important to you? I would imagine taking the time to do this devotional means it is.

Thus says the LORD, "Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast of his might, let not a rich man boast of his riches; but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the LORD who exercises lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on earth; for I delight in these things," declares the LORD. Jeremiah 9:23-24 NASB®


Life Application:

Knowing God like Daniel in the old Testament did, is vital, so let's start getting familiar with the life of Daniel.

Daniel 2 talks about how the One True God saved all the wise men in Babylon from King Nebuchadnezzar; who was going to execute them because they couldn't interpret his dream. Read Daniel 2:10-28. Daniel prayed to God; Who revealed to Daniel what no human could know, the king's dream. King Nebuchadnezzar is an evil tyrant in this chapter but as you will see in Daniel 4, God can change the most evil person for the good.

Describe God from this passage.


How well did Daniel know God?

Would you have gone to God for help like Daniel did?


Daniel 4 tells a true story of how the most powerful man in the world at the time (King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon), learned Who the One True God really was, and to be humble before Him. Read Daniel 4.

What are some of your insights from Daniel 4?


Describe God from this passage.


This story always reminds me, I need to be humble (the opposite of pride, dependence on God not self) before God, and if I am not, who knows what drastic happenings will come my way. Honestly, if you want to be right with God, being humble is a must. (1 Peter 5:5-6)


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