I hear a lot of people describe their notion of who God is or what God is like. In Exodus 20:4 one of the Ten Commandments says that Israel was not to make any graven images to worship. I have not read of many people worshiping graven images in America today. However, I do believe many are guilty of creating their own concept of God that is different from what the Bible teaches. Worshiping a false god is sinful whether it is made of gold or is a figment of your imagination. In this blog I want to share with you the seven natural attributes of God. Now it is important to understand that natural attributes describe God’s existence and not His character. I may write a second blog dealing with God’s moral attributes which teach us of His character. Here are some of God’s natural attributes.
The Bible offers no proof of God’s existence. It has been said a God who can be proven is no God at all. Genesis opens with the words, “In the beginning God…” God is self-existent. His existence is independent of everything else in the universe. Our existence depends on several things. God’s does not. Our planet’s existence is dependent upon several things such as the existence of the sun. God’s name, Jehovah, gives the idea of “the existing one” or “the self existing one.” I am glad our God is not dependent upon anything or anyone to remain or exist.
The immutability of God is extremely important. This means God does not change. He is the unchanging God. This is important because God’s existence is necessary for everything else to exist and function properly. If God were to undergo change or cease to exist the universe we live in would come apart. Psalm 102:27 gives us the assurance God does not change, “But thou art the same, and thy years shall have no end.”
The omnipresence of God means God is present in all space and time. It is wonderful to know everyone around the world, in each hemisphere, at every moment of the day, is in the presence of God. God is present in hell as those who reject Christ are punished. This judgment is surely a sign of His presence. God is present in heaven where saints bask in His glory and love. Read Psalm 139:7-10, “Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence? 8 If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there! 9 If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, 10 even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me. I choose to explain God’s omnipresence as “everything takes place in God’s presence.”
God’s immensity means He is not confined to space and its laws. This is complicated so I am offering a short, concise thought. Countless books have been written about the immensity of God so this sentence or two will not do the thought justice. An object is confined to space. If an object is in a space it cannot be in another at the same time. We measure the greatness of an object by how much space they occupy. For instance, which is greater the Superdome or Cowboy Stadium? We determine that by the space they occupy. Here is the thing about God, He made the universe and all the space in it. Before there was space there was God. The rules of space do not apply to God. We speak of God being somewhere but God can’t be located on a map with a set of coordinates. Acts 17:24 says, “God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that He is Lord of heaven and earth dwelleth not in temples made with hands.” Omnipresence and immensity work hand-in-hand. There is no place you can say God is for the rules of space do not apply to Him but there is no place God can’t be found, everywhere is in His presence.
Our God is eternal. This means God has no beginning and end and time is not happening for God. He does not live moment by moment. He has already experienced all of eternity past and eternity future and lives only in the present. It is a blessing to consider God is not growing older. He is the eternal God. Psalm 109:2 reads, “Before, the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting thou art God.
The omniscience of God simply means God knows everything. I John 3:20 reads, “For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart and knoweth all things.” God does not have to wait on x-ray and scan results. He knows all things. God does not have to wonder if your heart is breaking, He knows all things. Because He knows all things He knows all things we need.
God’s omnipotence means God is all-powerful. Every now and then a preacher or theologian will speak of “the conflict of the ages” when describing Satan’s struggle against God. The truth is there is no struggle at all for God. He is all-powerful. Genesis 17:1 records God speaking to Abram when He says, “I am the Almighty God.” God is almighty.” This is why with God all things are possible.
The next time you hear someone speaking of the “man upstairs” or some other slang, irreverent expression for God please remember His attributes and commit to worshiping Him accordingly.