10 Awesome Attributes of God

by David Peach on September 17, 2011 · Print Print · Email Email

When we talk about the attributes of God we are talking about His nature—who God is in His manifested character. These 10 attributes are not the only ones set forth in scripture. However, these will give you a better appreciation of who God is.

Omniscient

God knows everything and His knowledge is complete. This is called His omniscience. Isaiah said that Israel had not seen everything that God had planned (Isaiah 40:28). Job said that God had all knowledge (Job 37:16). The psalmist said that God’s understanding was infinite (Psalm 147:5). The New Testament also claims God’s omniscience in 1 John 3:20 and Romans 11:33.

Omnipotent

God is able to bring to pass everything that He chooses. He has no external limitations. His only limits are those He places upon Himself. The book of Job (42:2) says that He can do all things and that nothing can restrain him. Genesis 18:14 simply asks, “Is anything too hard for the LORD?” The answer, of course, is “no.”

Omnipresent

God’s omnipresence speaks to the fact that He is present in all places at all times. While God is in Heaven, His throne, He is also present in every place. Proverbs 15:3 says that His eyes are in every place. Jeremiah says that God is close at hand and that no one can hide himself from God (Jeremiah 23:23, 24). The classic passage on God’s omnipresence is Psalm 139:7-12 where the psalmist says that he can never be out of the sight of God.

Immutable

By nature, God is absolutely unchanging. For this reason, the attributes He possessed before the creation of the world are the same ones He has today. Psalm 90:2 says that before anything was created God was eternal and existed in the same state that He is in now. Malachi 3:6 says, “I am the Lord, I change not.”

Holy

Though all the attributes of God are important and dependent on one another, the fact of God’s holiness seems to be the one He wishes us to put emphasis upon. When God revealed Himself to man (Moses, Job, Isaiah, Mount of Transfiguration, etc.) each encounter mentions His holiness. Isaiah called God “the Holy One” more than 30 times. Psalm 99:9 says, “the Lord our God is holy.” Because of His holiness He cannot accept, nor even look upon sin (Habakkuk 1:13).

Righteous

God’s holiness is manifested in His righteousness. Because He is holy, He is righteous. This attribute of righteousness is the way His holiness is expressed when dealing with men. Psalm 116:5 and Ezra 9:15 say that God is righteous. Many verses declare His righteousness (Exodus 9:23-27; Psalm 129:4; 145:17; Jeremiah 12:1; 1 John 1:9)

Sovereign

God’s sovereignty is how He rules His creation. This is what makes Him free to do what He knows is best for us. Though He is in complete control, He has also given us a free will to obey or reject His leading. The first verse of the Bible says that God does what He chooses to do. The entire first chapter shows God’s authority and sovereignty over His creation. The Bible is full of passages that show God leading or commanding people to do certain things.

Love

If there is one attribute that people love to embrace, it is the fact that God is love. This word encapsulates for us His mercy, grace and loving-kindness. God is not like the deities of other religions who are thought of as angry and hateful. God is loving towards His creatures. He wants to share a personal relationship with us. 1 John 4 talks extensively about God’s love. Not just that God has love, but that He is love.

Merciful

God’s mercy has been defined as God not giving us what we deserve. We, as sinners, deserve eternal punishment away from His presence, yet in His mercy He has chosen to offer us a way for salvation (Ephesians 2:4; Romans 5:8). Deuteronomy 4:31 and Psalm 103:8 say that God is merciful. A beautiful picture of God’s mercy is shown in the parable of the Prodigal Son in Luke 15.

Trinity

While God is one, He manifests Himself in three distinct persons: God the Father, God the Son (Jesus) and God the Holy Spirit. In the Old Testament often the plural form of the Hebrew word God is used when speaking about Him (Elohim). The Bible refers to the “Angel of the Lord” several times. This is a reference to a physical manifestation of God (Genesis 16, 18). The Holy Spirit is also mentioned in the Old Testament (Genesis 1:2; Judges 6:34).

The doctrine of the Trinity is taught even more clearly in the New Testament. The baptism of Christ in Matthew 3:16, 17 shows the three persons of the Trinity. God speaks as the Holy Spirit descends from heaven to Jesus. Another example is the way in which we are instructed to be baptized in Matthew 28—in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Jesus also said that He would ask God the Father to send the Holy Spirit as a comforter in John 14. The Bible also claims that each one of the three are God (the Father, Romans 1:7; the Son, Hebrews 1:8; the Spirit, Acts 5:3, 4).

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The Holy Bible, King James Version

 



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Susan February 29, 2012 at 4:41 am

Reading of God’s Omnipresence, I cannot find Psalm 129:7-12. Is this a typo? Thanks!

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David Peach March 1, 2012 at 9:17 am

Thank you for pointing that out Susan. It is actually Psalm 139:7-12.

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Susan March 1, 2012 at 9:36 am

Thanks so much! Blessings to you!

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James Beardsley April 26, 2013 at 7:49 pm

Dear pastor I want to know something from you what’s your opinion on the state of the world today do you think we have a few years or few decades before Jesus returns you don’t have to tell me when he returns I .know the scriptures say about that what I want is your opinion thats all . your friend and brother James

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David Peach April 28, 2013 at 5:22 pm

James, I believe that there is nothing preventing the Lord from returning at any time. As far as prophecies are concerned it seems that everything has been completed that the Bible says needs to be in place for His return.

Certainly I don’t know when He will come back, but I do believe He may come soon.

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James Beardsley April 28, 2013 at 6:43 pm

Pastor do u know why god let the devil tempt Adam and Ever god could have stopped him why didn’t he?

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David Peach April 29, 2013 at 6:04 pm

James, that is a wonderful question. The Bible does not specifically say why He didn’t, but we can make some good observations as to why He didn’t stop the devil.

In the end times the devil will be bound 1,000 years. People will be born and have a choice to accept God and His plan for redemption, or reject Him. The Bible says that there will be many who do not accept. The devil does not play a role in their acceptance or rejection of Christ. Therefore, I think we can infer that whether God had stopped the devil from tempting Adam and Eve or not, then they still would have chosen sin.

The next question then comes, why did God even give Adam and Eve a choice to eat the fruit or not? If there were never a choice, then God would have never had the relationship with man that He sought. He wants to have a relationship based on His love for us and our choosing to accept His plan. If we had no choice, then we would be like robots and there would be no decision to love Him as He wanted.

I think there may be other reasons that could be said why God did not stop the devil. But that is the main reason I think He didn’t.

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Ando Anne May 3, 2013 at 12:20 pm

its just so awesome to belong to God and really know who He is am glad am getting to know Him more and more

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phil May 20, 2013 at 12:29 pm

Is it wrong to fixate on one particular attribute of God and ignore the rest of His character?

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David Peach May 20, 2013 at 7:47 pm

Phil, I think that is a good question. It is not wrong to appreciate one of His attributes more than another. But I do believe it gives a skewed perspective of who God is when you place one attribute over another. You tend to filter everything you learn about God through the single lens of that attribute. I don’t believe that can be healthy to your relationship to everything God is.

In fact, I think the first two of the ten commandments speak directly to this problem. God says not to have any other god before Him and that we should not worship idols. When we begin to build a skewed version of God that is not in keeping to His true character, then we have created our own god and idol.

I hope that helps.

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Bola July 8, 2013 at 1:51 am

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ALEMAYEHUTOLESSA July 12, 2013 at 5:18 am

10 Awesome Attributes of God

When we talk about the attributes of God we are talking about His nature—who God is in His manifested character. These 10 attributes are not the only ones set forth in scripture. However, these will give you a better appreciation of who God is.
Omniscient

God knows everything and His knowledge is complete. This is called His omniscience. Isaiah said that Israel had not seen everything that God had planned (Isaiah 40:28). Job said that God had all knowledge (Job 37:16). The psalmist said that God’s understanding was infinite (Psalm 147:5). The New Testament also claims God’s omniscience in 1 John 3:20 and Romans 11:33.
Omnipotent

God is able to bring to pass everything that He chooses. He has no external limitations. His only limits are those He places upon Himself. The book of Job (42:2) says that He can do all things and that nothing can restrain him. Genesis 18:14 simply asks, “Is anything too hard for the LORD?” The answer, of course, is “no.”
Omnipresent

God’s omnipresence speaks to the fact that He is present in all places at all times. While God is in Heaven, His throne, He is also present in every place. Proverbs 15:3 says that His eyes are in every place. Jeremiah says that God is close at hand and that no one can hide himself from God (Jeremiah 23:23, 24). The classic passage on God’s omnipresence is Psalm 139:7-12 where the psalmist says that he can never be out of the sight of God.
Immutable

By nature, God is absolutely unchanging. For this reason, the attributes He possessed before the creation of the world are the same ones He has today. Psalm 90:2 says that before anything was created God was eternal and existed in the same state that He is in now. Malachi 3:6 says, “I am the Lord, I change not.”
Holy

Though all the attributes of God are important and dependent on one another, the fact of God’s holiness seems to be the one He wishes us to put emphasis upon. When God revealed Himself to man (Moses, Job, Isaiah, Mount of Transfiguration, etc.) each encounter mentions His holiness. Isaiah called God “the Holy One” more than 30 times. Psalm 99:9 says, “the Lord our God is holy.” Because of His holiness He cannot accept, nor even look upon sin (Habakkuk 1:13).
Righteous

God’s holiness is manifested in His righteousness. Because He is holy, He is righteous. This attribute of righteousness is the way His holiness is expressed when dealing with men. Psalm 116:5 and Ezra 9:15 say that God is righteous. Many verses declare His righteousness (Exodus 9:23-27; Psalm 129:4; 145:17; Jeremiah 12:1; 1 John 1:9)
Sovereign

God’s sovereignty is how He rules His creation. This is what makes Him free to do what He knows is best for us. Though He is in complete control, He has also given us a free will to obey or reject His leading. The first verse of the Bible says that God does what He chooses to do. The entire first chapter shows God’s authority and sovereignty over His creation. The Bible is full of passages that show God leading or commanding people to do certain things.
Love

If there is one attribute that people love to embrace, it is the fact that God is love. This word encapsulates for us His mercy, grace and loving-kindness. God is not like the deities of other religions who are thought of as angry and hateful. God is loving towards His creatures. He wants to share a personal relationship with us. 1 John 4 talks extensively about God’s love. Not just that God has love, but that He is love.
Merciful

God’s mercy has been defined as God not giving us what we deserve. We, as sinners, deserve eternal punishment away from His presence, yet in His mercy He has chosen to offer us a way for salvation (Ephesians 2:4; Romans 5:8). Deuteronomy 4:31 and Psalm 103:8 say that God is merciful. A beautiful picture of God’s mercy is shown in the parable of the Prodigal Son in Luke 15.
Trinity

While God is one, He manifests Himself in three distinct persons: God the Father, God the Son (Jesus) and God the Holy Spirit. In the Old Testament often the plural form of the Hebrew word God is used when speaking about Him (Elohim). The Bible refers to the “Angel of the Lord” several times. This is a reference to a physical manifestation of God (Genesis 16, 18). The Holy Spirit is also mentioned in the Old Testament (Genesis 1:2; Judges 6:34).

The doctrine of the Trinity is taught even more clearly in the New Testament. The baptism of Christ in Matthew 3:16, 17 shows the three persons of the Trinity. God speaks as the Holy Spirit descends from heaven to Jesus. Another example is the way in which we are instructed to be baptized in Matthew 28—in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Jesus also said that He would ask God the Father to send the Holy Spirit as a comforter in John 14. The Bible also claims that each one of the three are God (the Father, Romans 1:7; the Son, Hebrews 1:8; the Spirit, Acts 5:3, 4).

Resources:

The Holy Bible, King James Version
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juan jimenez July 13, 2013 at 8:28 pm

please tell me where i can find this word trinity i cannot find it anywhere in the bible

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Jack Wellman July 13, 2013 at 8:39 pm

Juan, please re-read the previous comment I made. You won’t find the word rapture either but it is taught in the Bible…we know abortion is sin but that is not in the Bible either. Just because a word is not in the Bible does not mean that it doesn’t exist. Oxygen is not in the Bible either but we know it exists, right? Your name is not in the Bible but we know you exist. An argument from silence does not mean something is not true.

While God is one, He manifests Himself in three distinct persons: God the Father, God the Son (Jesus) and God the Holy Spirit. In the Old Testament often the plural form of the Hebrew word God is used when speaking about Him (Elohim). The Bible refers to the “Angel of the Lord” several times. This is a reference to a physical manifestation of God (Genesis 16, 18). The Holy Spirit is also mentioned in the Old Testament (Genesis 1:2; Judges 6:34).

The doctrine of the Trinity is taught even more clearly in the New Testament. The baptism of Christ in Matthew 3:16, 17 shows the three persons of the Trinity. God speaks as the Holy Spirit descends from heaven to Jesus. Another example is the way in which we are instructed to be baptized in Matthew 28—in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Jesus also said that He would ask God the Father to send the Holy Spirit as a comforter in John 14. The Bible also claims that each one of the three are God (the Father, Romans 1:7; the Son, Hebrews 1:8; the Spirit, Acts 5:3, 4). Also read Matthew 28:18-20 where it says

And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”

Notice the “and” and all three of the God family, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are ALL capitalized, meaning they are proper nouns…or names of persons.

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Shawn July 25, 2013 at 7:42 am

I’m glad I stumbled upon this site. I think there are a lot of great questions and answers. I just wanted to comment on Juan Jimenez’s question about the Trinity and I think Jack Wellman did a great job answering. I like to use these verses to prove that all three persons of the Godhead are God and that we do believe that there is only 1 God not multiple. The doctrine of the Trinity is certainly confusing and hard to understand but what should we expect from an infinite God. We cannot begin to grasp the complexity of our God with our fallen and finite minds.

Deuteronomy 6:4- There is but 1 God.
Galatians 1:1- The Father is God
John 1:1&14- Jesus is God
Acts 5:3-4- Holy Spirit is God
Mark 1:9-11- All three persons of the Godhead are distinct persons.

I know there are many other verses and some of these verses or their parallel verses were used but this is a quick and easy way to see that our 1 God is three persons.

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Paul Semdu August 18, 2013 at 12:44 am

l am really inspired by you word.God richly bless you.

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C Mangan August 23, 2013 at 11:34 am

Could you unpack “Immutable” some more. As far As I can tell the bible does not lead to the belief that God is ABSOLUTLY unchanging. There may be verses that seem to say that but in looking at His actions and looking at the life of Jesus I do not know how that can hold.

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Jack Wellman August 23, 2013 at 11:48 am

Thank you C. Mangan. God being immutable means that you can not mute His purposes or His person. When you have a TV going, you can hit the mute button but God can not be muted, thus the meaning that He is immutable. The perfection of God by which He is devoid of all change in essence, attributes, consciousness, will, and promises. No change is possible in God, because all change must be to better or worse, and God is absolute perfection. No cause for change in God exists, either in Himself or outside of Him. Why should He change? He is perfect and complete and has no need of anything. Perfection means perfection. There is no reason for God to change because there is no change that would make Him better. However, man should be striving to be found complete and perfect in God’s eyes.

Scripture Support:

Psalm 102:27 But thou art the same, and thy years shall have no end. James 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. Malachi 3:6 For I am the Lord, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed. Hebrews 6:17 & 18 Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath: That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us. Conclusion: There is no reason for God to change. When something is perfect it is best to leave it alone and avoid causing it to lose it’s perfection. Heb 13:8 speaks of Jesus Christ, Who is also God (John 1) and it says that “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”

Which of these Bible verses do you disagree with or do not believe?

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C Mangan August 23, 2013 at 1:07 pm

So if no change is possible in God how did he age as a human, in the form of Jesus? How did god go from a state of working while creating to resting on the seventh day? Why can we see such clear distinction between the character of the God of the old testament (being ok with rape, ordering genocide, commiting mass murder) to that of Jesus (love thy neighbor, turn the other cheek)? And no all change does not have to be from better to worse. If I turn a light from on to off have I made it better or worse. If I cut down a tree to make planks and then use those planks to make a table and then after long use burn the remnants of the table for fuel at which state was that material better?

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M Lemaire November 13, 2013 at 6:02 pm

Dear C,
Great questions. I hope we can learn from each other. Jesus had two natures, one human and one divine. THus, his human nature could age while not changing his divine nature.

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James September 15, 2013 at 5:11 pm

David
I agree with your view on the attributes of God however it is confusing to me the difinition of the trinity. There are many times in the bible where they are referred to as being separate. Confusing!!!
Thanks
James

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michael October 23, 2013 at 4:49 pm

Mr. Peach,

I’m doing some research on the attributes of God and was curious about something you may know. Is it the same thing to say, “I believe in the Trinity” or “I believe in a Triune God?”

Thanks,

Michael

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DENIZO DEEKAY February 27, 2014 at 1:53 am

very nice teaching of the characters of GOD be blessed

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JaMES EDWARDS June 25, 2014 at 11:17 am

Your definition of the sovereignty of God is wrong. There is nothing in the bible anywhere that tells us god gave us a free Will. All that he allow us to do is within his will ,plan, and purpose. this so called free will of man is a myth. God choose us we do not choose him. Once the Holy Spirit does a work of grace in our hearts according to the election of God and we are born again spiritually, we the willing seek god and receive Jesus as our Lord and Savior. We are saved by his grace through Faith and that not of Yourselves: it is the gift of God. Eph 2:8 That means he choose us not we choose him!!! It was his will not ours.

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