Carl Barth, the famed German theologian, once stated that what we believe about God is the most important thing about us. It was Dr. Lewis Sperry Chafer, the Founder and President of Dallas Theological Seminary who suggested that most of us possess too high a view of ourselves and too low a view of God. Once, however we grasp from Scripture who God truly is, we will never doubt Him again. We will be able to entrust our lives to Him without reservation. We will also begin to experience living joyfully and freely in His Sovereign love and care.
In my mid-20s I spent a year studying the attributes of God; a discipline that changed the course and the quality of my life.
In this series of four Facts I will lay out attributes of God with key Scriptures. May I suggest that you diligently study each of these attributes, prayerfully musing over their powerful truths, and praying them into your life. May I also suggest that you memorize some of the key Scriptures. When looking up the Scriptures for further study, be sure to study the verses in their context.
Attributes of God:
The Self Existence of God God is self existent…He is not only independent in Himself, but causes everything to depend on Him. 1
Key Scriptures: To whom, then, will you compare God? What image will you compare him to?…Do you not know? Have you not heard? Has it not been told you from the beginning? Have you not understood since the earth was founded? He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth, and its people are like grasshoppers. He stretches out the heavens like a canopy, and spreads them out like a tent to live in (Isa. 40:18, 21, 22). (For further study: Psa. 33:11; 115:3; Dan. 4:35; Jn. 5:26; Act. 7:25; Rom. 9:19; 11:33, 34; Eph. 1:5; Rev. 4:11)
The immutability of God: That perfection of God by which He is devoid of all change, not only in His Being, but also in His perfections, and in His purposes and promises.
Key Scriptures: God is not a man, that he should lie, nor a son of man, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?…Your word, O Lord, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever (Num. 23:19; Psa. 119:89; Heb. 13:8). (For further study: Ex. 3:14; Deu. 32:4; 1 Sam. 15:1-35; 19:1-24; Psa. 33:11; 100:5; 102:26-28; Isa. 41:4; 48:12; 54:10; Mal. 3:6; Rom. 11:19; Heb. 1:11,12; Jms. 1:17)
This week, may you experience His grace, peace, and protection.
R. Dwight Hill
1 Systematic Theology, L. Berkhof, Eerdmans Publishing Co., Grand Rapids, MI, 1976, pg 58; 2 Ibid, pg 58