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Attributes of God explained

len Alfred Ajibola - Sun, 10th March, 2019 @ 4:28 PM

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Jesus was born specifically in _____.

  • A. Jerusalem

  • B. Bethlehem

  • C. Nazareth

  • D. Israel

  • E. Capernaum

  • F. Calvary

And the angel came to her, and said: Hail, thou that art highly favored, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women (Luke 1:28). Who was this angel?

  • A. Michael

  • B. Gabriel

  • C. Raphael

  • D. Uriel

  • E. Ariel

  • F. Muriel

Concerning the biblical account of first human disobedience, which of the following statement is false?

  • A. The snake began its temptation by asking the woman: 'Did God really tell you not to eat fruit from any tree in the garden?'

  • B. The snake lied to the woman that she won't die when she eats the fruit

  • C. The woman ate the fruit because she she saw how beautiful the tree was and how good its fruit would be to eat

  • D. The woman ate the fruit and gave some to her husband, after which they were given understanding

  • E. The fruit eaten by the woman was an apple and it looked pleasing to the eye

  • F. The snake was the most cunning animal that the Lord God had made

That same evening when Adam and Eve ate the fruit in middle of the garden, What was God's first action?

  • A. God called out to Adam and Eve

  • B. God cursed the serpent, Adam and Eve respectively

  • C. God called out to man and asked him: 'Where are you?'

  • D. God expressed his disappointed to Adam

  • E. God declared his anger to man

  • F. God called out to Adam and Eve and punished them immediately

The snake in the garden of Eden began it's temptation on Eve by _____.

  • A. Telling her she would be wise

  • B. Telling her she won't die when she eats the fruit

  • C. Telling her she will be like God

  • D. Asking her a simple question

  • E. Showing her the beauty of the fruit

  • F. Suggesting that she doesn't know what she's missing

God knows all things, even your secret and deepest thoughts. This attribute of God is termed _____.

  • A. Omniscient

  • B. Self existence

  • C. Omnipotent

  • D. Wisdom

  • E. Omnipresent

  • F. Omniknowledge

The following are attributes of God except _____.

  • A. Jealousy

  • B. Asiety

  • C. Incomprehensibility

  • D. Immutability

  • E. Impeccability

  • F. Options A through E are correct

_____ is the first son of Jacob.

  • A. Benjamin

  • B. Reuben

  • C. Gideon

  • D. Joseph

  • E. Seth

  • F. Absalom


Meaning of God's Attribute:

Before we look into the attributes of God, it will be a good idea if we first understood what an attribute is.

To put it straight, I will consider an attribute to be a 'qualifier': that is, something which qualifies or describes a person or thing.

In our case, the attributes of God will simply imply those characteristics that has to do with God.

Please read on nouns formed from adjectives here.

Note: The attributes of God will help us to better understand who God is. It is important to state that no one can give a complete list or summary of God's attributes.

 

Who is God?

Different people will give varying responses to this question. This is because the question 'who is God?' is a subject to God's attribute.

From my own knowledge, God is a supreme being who is infinitely good in himself and exists in all perfection.

Jesus is the true image of the unseen God and he shares completely all the attributes of God. Those who were with Jesus in his time saw the attributes of God in him according to how he acted, loved and forgave.

Please read on Jesus' teaching on forgiveness here.

At every point in your life, you must have experienced one attribute of God or another. In fact, you are alive today simply because of the attributes of God resting upon you.

Let's take a quick look at some of these attributes.

 

Attributes of God

Below is a summary of God's attributes:


Sovereign: God wields the supreme and ultimate power. He is in control of the universe. He knew you before you were conceived. He knows your future. Psalm 136:6

Please read on God's sovereignty here

 

Love: God is love. For this reason, he bacame man. As a man, he was hungry, he wept and ultimately, he died agonizingly for all mankind on the cross of calvary. John 3:16, 1st John 4:8

 

Mercy: God is always compassionate and willing to forgive at every point in time. He explained his mercy with the parable of the prodigal son. Romans 9:15-16

Please read more on the God's mercy and forgiveness here

 

Self existing, Infinite and Eternal: Although many describe God as the alpha and omega, the fact remains that he has no beginning and no end. He has no root, no origin and cannot die. Exodus 3:14, Colossians 1:17, Psalm 147:5

 

Asiety: God is completely independent. He didn't need your permission to create you. He is the greatest and most powerful king, now and forever. Acts 17:25

 

Goodness: Everything God does is good. He heals the sick, gave sight to the blind, cured the deaf, cast out evil spirits from the possessed. Inshort, Jesus went about doing good throughout his life on earth. Genesis 1:31, Romans 11:22, Psalm 34:8

 

Immutability: God cannot change. He is the same, today, tomorrow and forever. He is a divine being. Understand that God can't commit sin; rather he is constantly good, gracious, merciful and just. Malachi 3:6, Romans 8:39

 

Wisdom: Wisdom is the ability to foresee perfect ends and to reach these ends by the most perfect means. God is indeed the fullness of wisdom. He knows the end from the beginning. Romans 11:33

 

Trinity: God is one but exists as three persons; (that is, God the Father + God the Son + God the Holy Spirit = 1). This attribute is a mystery and thus cannot be fully understood by man. Roman 3:30, John 6:27, John 20:28, Acts 5:3-5, John 16:16-17

Please read on the early years of Jesus here

 

Impeccability: God cannot make mistake. He is perfect in his ways and actions. This is corroborated with the fact that wisdom lives in him. Hebrew 6:18

 

Self Sufficiency: God can do everything. For this reason, he can do without our help if he wants. He can command stones to praise him if he wants to. Luke 19:39-40, John 5:26, Matthew 11:25-27, John 17:24-26

 

Faithfulness: God keeps to his promises. He never fails to deliver on his word. Not a dot of his word will pass away without fulfilling its purpose. Matthew 24:35, Timothy 2:13, Deuteronomy 2:9

Please read on beauty of suffering here

 

Gracious: God is always willing to give us his grace of forgiveness, no matter the magnitude of our sins. He always gives the guilty a second chance. Infact, you are alive today because of his grace. Psalm 145:8, Matthew 5-45, Ephesians 2:8

 

Omnipotent: God can do all things. He can make a poor man suddenly rich. He writes straight on crooked lines and with him, nothing is impossible. Job 11:7-11, Psalm 33:6

Please read on the story of God's creation here

 

Omniscient: God knows all things, even your most secret and deepest thoughts. Inshort, nothing in the universe is outside of his encompassing knowledge. Isaiah 49:9-10

You can read on the universe and planets of the solar system here

 

Omnipresent: God is everywhere. He sees everything happening in our world, both good and bad. No one can run away from God, no matter his or her status. Jeremiah 23:23-24, Psalm 139:7-10

 

Jealousy: God's jealousy simply meant that God has a very close concern for us. He isn't happy whenever we commit sin; and that's a function of his jealousy towards us. Exodus 20: 5-6

Please read on the consequences of Adam and Eve's disobedience here

 

Just: God is perfect in his judgment. Understand that sin comes with a punishment. To this end, it was his justice that made him sacrifice his only begotten son (Jesus) in atonement for our sins.

However, God permits the sun to shine on both the good and bad, he will eventually reward good and faithful people for the deeds while the bad and evil doers are appropriately punished for their evil actions. Deuteronomy 32:4

 

Holiness: God is holy. Jesus confirmed this when he said: 'Be holy as your heavenly father is holy'. For one to become holy, he or she must be perfectly moral and pure. Matthew 5:48, Revelation 4:8

 

Glorious: God is clothed in majesty. He reigns from glory to glory. Jesus conquered death and resurrected on the third day; and this is the ideal sign of our glorious victory. Mark 16:6, 1st Corinthians 15:4

 

Incomprehensibility: God is a mystery. He cannot be fully understood or known. All the attributes summarized above can't be fully comprehended. Isaiah 40:28

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Amazing facts in CRS

There are a total of 188 named women in the Bible

Mahershalalhashbaz is the longest word in the Bible

The shortest verse of the Bible is John 11:35. It reads:

Jesus wept

 

The longest verse in the bible is Esther 8:9. It reads:

Then were the king’s scribes called at that time in the third month, that is, the month Sivan, on the three and twentieth day thereof; and it was written according to all that Mordecai commanded unto the Jews, and to the lieutenants, and the deputies and rulers of the provinces which are from India unto Ethiopia, an hundred twenty and seven provinces, unto every province according to the writing thereof, and unto every people after their language, and to the Jews according to their writing, and according to their language

The last word in the Bible is 'Amen'.

The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen

Revelation 22:21

The shortest verse in the bible is found in John chapter 11 verse 35. It reads:

Jesus wept

If you translate 'Jesus' from Hebrew directly to English, the correct translation will be 'Joshua'. The name Jesus was actually a translation from Hebrew, to Greek, to Latin and finally, English


NOTABLE POINTS IN CRS

God created human beings for the following reasons:

  1. To know Him

  2. To love Him

  3. To serve Him

  4. To be happy with Him forever

Our first parent, Adam and Eve enjoyed a life of complete happiness before they committed sin. They never knew what pain nor sorrow was until they disobeyed God. In short, both were perfect beings until they committed the sin of disobedience against God.

Disobedience may simple be defined as the failure to obey rules, command or someone in authority.

Adam and Eve were the first human beings to disobey God.

Please read more on the biblical account of first human disobedience here

Adam and Eve were able to commit sin (disobey God's command) because God had given them that special gift of free will.

The events written in Genesis 3:1-13 presents the story of the first human disobedience.

Now the snake was the most cunning animal that the Lord God had made. The snake asked the woman, 'Did God really tell you not to eat fruit from any tree in the garden?'

Genesis 3:1

Moral Lesson: The devil can come in any form and can tempt any man, woman, boy or girl, as far as he or she is of the age of reasoning.

Sometimes, satan creeps into one's life by asking simple questions. Notice that the snake (satan) did exactly this when it approached Eve to tempt her. To this end, we need to be at alert prayerfully because the evil one can tempt any human in any situation, place and at any point in time

Attributes of God is defined as those characteristics that has to do with God.

The attributes of God will aid us to better understand who God is. It is important to state that no one has a complete knowledge of God's attributes.

Jesus is the true image of the unseen God and he shares completely all the attributes of God. Those who were with Jesus in his time saw the attributes of God in him according to how he acted, loved and forgave.

Fortunately, we have all experienced one attribute of God or another in our daily lives. Infact, you are alive today (and able to read this write-up) simply because of the attributes of God resting upon you.

Below are some of God's attributes:

  • God is sovereign

  • God is love

  • God is merciful

  • God is self-existent, infinite and immortal

  • God is completely independent

  • God is always good

  • God is immutable

  • God is perfectly wise

  • God is trinity

  • God is impeccable

  • God is self-sufficient

  • God is faithful

  • God is gracious

  • God is omniscient

  • God is omnipotent

  • God is omnipresent

  • God is jealous

  • God is just

  • God is holy

  • God is glorious

  • God is incomprehensible

Please read the explanations on God's attributes with relevant bible verses here

Joseph (in the old testament of the bible) is the 11th son of Jacob out of 12 brothers. He is so loved by his father because he was born when his father was in his old age. When his brothers saw that their father loved him more than any of them, they hated the young innocent boy (Joseph). Meanwhile, his dad made a special coat for him.

According to the Bible (Genesis 37), Joseph is a dreamer boy (and also an excellent interpreter of dreams). This gift of his further made him an object of envy and hate among his brothers.

Out of envy, his brothers decided to kill him but God saved his life through one of them named Reuben. Reuben is the firstborn of Jacob's 12 children.

Please read more on Joseph's story here