like You, O Lord, among the gods?
What is God like?
So, having come to the belief that there is a God and that He gave us a way to know Him, by The Bible, which we can trust as truthful, we have a way to know Him and learn what He desires of us.
God has many attributes that we need to understand so we can more fully understand what God is like. For one thing, God tells us He is holy and He wants us to be holy.
"For I am the Lord your God. You shall therefore consecrate yourselves, and you shall
be holy; for I am holy."
Leviticus 11:44 NKJV
"...but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is
written, "Be holy, for I am holy."
1 Peter 1:15-16 NKJV
Holy means "set apart". God wants us to be set apart for his purpose, like Jesus, we are called to be set apart and like Jesus.
Here are several more of God's attributes:
God is Self-Existent
Exodus 3:13-14 13 Moses said to God, "Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, 'The God of your fathers has sent me to you,' and they ask me, 'What is his name?' Then what shall I tell them?" 14 God said to Moses, "I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: 'I AM has sent me to you.'"
Psalms 50:10-12 10 for every animal of the forest is mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills. 11 I know every bird in the mountains, and the creatures of the field are mine. 12 If I were hungry I would not tell you, for the world is mine, and all that is in it.
God is Self-Sufficient
God is Eternal
Deuteronomy 33:27 27 The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms. He will drive out your enemy before you, saying, 'Destroy him!'
1 Kings 8:22-27 22 Then Solomon stood before the altar of the LORD in front of the whole assembly of Israel, spread out his hands toward heaven 23 and said: "O LORD, God of Israel, there is no God like you in heaven above or on earth below-you who keep your covenant of love with your servants who continue wholeheartedly in your way. 24 You have kept your promise to your servant David my father; with your mouth you have promised and with your hand you have fulfilled it-as it is today. 25 "Now LORD, God of Israel, keep for your servant David my father the promises you made to him when you said, 'You shall never fail to have a man to sit before me on the throne of Israel, if only your sons are careful in all they do to walk before me as you have done.' 26 And now, O God of Israel, let your word that you promised your servant David my father come true. 27 "But will God really dwell on earth? The heavens, even the highest heaven, cannot contain you. How much less this temple I have built!
God is Infinite
God is Omnipresent
Psalms 139:7-12 7 Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? 8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. 9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, 10 even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. 11 If I say, "Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me," 12 even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.
God is Omnipotent
Genesis 18:14 14 Is anything too hard for the LORD? I will return to you at the appointed time next year and Sarah will have a son."
God is Omniscient
Psalms 139:2-6 2 You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. 3 You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. 4 Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O LORD. 5 You hem me in - behind and before; you have laid your hand upon me. 6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.
God is All Wise
Proverbs 3:19 19 By wisdom the LORD laid the earth's foundations, by understanding he set the heavens in place;
God is Immutable
Hebrews 1:10-12 10 He also says, "In the beginning, O Lord, you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. 11 They will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment. 12 You will roll them up like a robe; like a garment they will be changed. But you remain the same, and your years will never end." Hebrews 13:8 8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
God is Sovereign
Isaiah 46:9-11 9 Remember the former things, those of long ago; I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me. 10 I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say: My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please. 11 From the east I summon a bird of prey; from a far-off land, a man to fulfill my purpose. What I have said, that will I bring about;
God is Incomprehensible
Job 11:7-19 7 "Can you fathom the mysteries of God? Can you probe the limits of the Almighty? 8 They are higher than the heavens-what can you do? They are deeper than the depths of the grave-what can you know? 9 Their measure is longer than the earth and wider than the sea. 10 "If he comes along and confines you in prison and convenes a court, who can oppose him? 11 Surely he recognizes deceitful men; and when he sees evil, does he not take note? 12 But a witless man can no more become wise than a wild donkey's colt can be born a man. 13 "Yet if you devote your heart to him and stretch out your hands to him, 14 if you put away the sin that is in your hand and allow no evil to dwell in your tent, 15 then you will lift up your face without shame; you will stand firm and without fear. 16 You will surely forget your trouble, recalling it only as waters gone by. 17 Life will be brighter than noonday, and darkness will become like morning. 18 You will be secure, because there is hope; you will look about you and take your rest in safety. 19 You will lie down, with no one to make you afraid, and many will court your favor.
God is Holy
Leviticus 19:2 2 "Speak to the entire assembly of Israel and say to them: 'Be holy because I, the LORD your God, am holy.
God is Righteous and Just
Psalms 119:137 137 Righteous are you, O LORD, and your laws are right.
God is True
John 17:3 3 Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.
God is Faithful
Deuteronomy 7:9 9 Know therefore that the LORD your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commands.
God is Light
James 1:17 17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
God is Good
Psalms 107:8 8 Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for men,
God is Merciful
Psalms 103:8-17 8 The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. 9 He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever; 10 he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. 11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; 12 as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. 13 As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him; 14 for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust. 15 As for man, his days are like grass, he flourishes like a flower of the field; 16 the wind blows over it and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more. 17 But from everlasting to everlasting the LORD's love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children's children
God is Gracious
Psalms 111:4 4 He has caused his wonders to be remembered; the LORD is gracious and compassionate.
God is Love
John 3:16 16 "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
God is Spirit
John 4:24 24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth."
God is One
Deuteronomy 6:4-5 4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. 5 Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. Isaiah 44:6-8 6 "This is what the LORD says - Israel's King and Redeemer, the LORD Almighty: I am the first and I am the last; apart from me there is no God. 7 Who then is like me? Let him proclaim it. Let him declare and lay out before me what has happened since I established my ancient people, and what is yet to come - yes, let him foretell what will come. 8 Do not tremble, do not be afraid. Did I not proclaim this and foretell it long ago? You are my witnesses. Is there any God besides me? No, there is no other Rock; I know not one."
God is Trinity
Matthew 28:19 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
Can any man purely have even one of these attributes? I don't think any man is self-existent, self-sufficient, eternal, infinite, omnipresent, omnipotent or omniscient.
We should look at some of these attributes and understand why they are so important in our God. So why is it important to have a God that is unchangeable (immutable)? If God changed we would never know what he was thinking - today. What if God was like some of us who are in a good mood some days and a bad mood on others? If God had good and bad moods, we would have to consider if it was a good time to bring a problem to God, like we sometimes do with certain people.
What if God wasn't always merciful or just or good or true? That wouldn't be the God I know, that would be the devil. Actually, that is Satan. He has all the anti-attributes of God. What amazes me is that some people actually worship Satan. Sometimes people buy into his lies and make them their standard for truth.
God is holy. What does it mean when we say that God is holy? Nelson's Bible Dictionary defines holy as - Moral and ethical wholeness or perfection; freedom from moral evil. Holiness is one of the essential elements of God's nature required of His people. Holiness may also be rendered "sanctification" or "godliness." The word holy denotes that which is "sanctified" or "set apart" for divine service. God calls us to be holy but we can't be holy through our own efforts.
God hates sin. Sin separates man from God. We are told that God demands reverential fear and respect.
Psalms 111:10 -
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom
Because God is perfectly holy, His law demands perfect holiness. A holy God hates sin.
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