The Attributes of God

THE GREATNESS OF GOD

The qualities of greatness are spirituality, personality, life, infinity, and constancy.  They exist only by God through which He exercises His sovereign power and knowledge.

Spirituality

  • Not limited by a physical body and nature

Personality

  • Identifiable by name
  • Able to engage in relationship

Life

  • Alive
  • Self-existent (not dependent on anything)

Infinity

  • Unlimited
  • Unlimitable-omnipresent, omniscient, immense, timeless, transcendent

Constancy

  • No quantitative change
  • No qualitative change

THE GOODNESS OF GOD

If the qualities of greatness—spirituality, personality, life, infinity, and constancy—were God’s only attributes, He might conceivably be an immoral or amoral being, exercising His power and knowledge in a capricious or even cruel fashion.  But what we are dealing with is a good God, one who can be trusted and loved. He has attributes of goodness as well as greatness. For convenient study, we will classify His basic moral attributes as purity, integrity, and love.

Purity refers to God’s absolute freedom from anything wicked or evil.  These include:

  • Holiness
  • Righteousness
  • Justice

Integrity relate to the matter of truth.  There are three dimensions of truthfulness:

  • Genuineness—being true
  • Veracity—telling the truth
  • Faithfulness—proving true

Love is God’s eternal giving or sharing of Himself.  The basic dimensions of God’s love to us are:

  • Benevolence
  • Grace
  • Mercy
  • Persistence

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Christian Theology”, Millard J. Erickson,