God Is

In the following few sentences I will attempt to put a few words together to describe what I think makes God God. Knowing that what I write will be inadequate to the task doesn't discourage me ... I don't think that anyone could do a truly sufficient job.

To begin let me address three broad categories of God's attributes. I call them is-isms. "God is Almighty". "God is Holy". "God is Sovereign". Each is-ism speaks of a different aspect of God. First "God is Almighty". The attributes of God can be captured in three words beginning with Omni:
Omnipotence speaks of His power to act ... this is expressed in creation, in healing and in miracles.

Omniscience tells us that God knows everything … every thought and motive … He cannot be surprised.

Omnipresence is the ability that God has to be everywhere at one time and at all times ... He is not bound by space or time … He sees the future in the same way he sees the past.
Doesn't that seem to be enough of a definition for God ... surely enough to make most fall prostrate in worship? This, in a small way, encapsulates the idea that "God is Almighty".

The next is-ism is "God is Holy". Here we unwrap the notion of God a step further. For He is more than an Omni-God. "God is Holy" speaks of separateness. Because "God is Holy" He is separate ... separate from created beings and things. This is essential to a clear understanding of God. Because He is separate, it is somewhat impossible to understand Him and His ways. Nevertheless, understanding this causes us to see him as unique. This separateness manifests itself in three qualities ... goodness, justice and love. Without these the character of God comes into question and He is reduced to a divine despot.

The first quality of goodness tells us that at His core God is good ... His thoughts, ways and actions are all good ... He is a good God. Secondly, God is just. Because he is separate He can judge as no earthly judge can judge. He is the ultimate in fairness and is able to judge because His is separate. Lastly, God is love. In this aspect we see a divine care for creation that is matchless in extent and quality ... His love is perfect and unfailing because He is separate. Each of these qualities is important to embrace when we speak of "God is Holy" ... each balances the other out somewhat and gives us a picture of a God who is pure in nature ... One in whom we can place our trust.

The last is-ism is "God is Sovereign". While the first two is-isms speak of His power and nature this is-ism speaks of God's involvement with creation. It also breaks into three parts ... volition, involvement and kingship. Volition firstly speaks of God as one who has a will ... not only a will in the most general and universal sense but in the smallest and most personal sense. God has a will for nations and for individuals as well. This concept progresses as we understand that God is involved. He becomes involved in every aspect of creation. He brings the full extent of "God is Almighty" and "God is Holy" to bear on all of creation. He uses His power to accomplish His holiness in our lives. This is where kingship enters in. Job said, "I know that no plan of yours can be thwarted" ... this is the essence of kingship. God will have His way ... would you want it any other way. But though he rules in the events of our lives ... permitting trial and suffering to enter ... he allows us to accept or reject His rule in our lives ... He gives us free opportunity to curse Him or submit to Him.

That is my answer to the "Who is God?" question ... not that anyone was asking J


  1. I couldn't begin to tackle who God is. You did an interesting job here, Bob!

  2. Bob,

    I don't think that people are not asking. They are just asking the wrong people.

  3. Good job Bob. It's exhaustive right? LOL, like we can do that in a blog post or a book for that matter.

  4. Thanks Shane. My desire was to simply post a framework here. I think that so much aberrant theology comes from a broken framework of who God is.


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