a) And Pharaoh said, “Who [is] the LORD, that I should obey His voice to let Israel go? I do not know the LORD, nor will I let Israel go.” –Exodus 5:2
b) Just a pharaoh questioned Moses, what would we say if someone asked us about God? What do we really know about Him? Do we know Him as Saviour? Do we know Him as Lord? How can we claim to know, love and serve a God we know virtually nothing about? This may be OK if we are babies in Christ, where we cry and the parent meets our needs but we need to move beyond this primitive relationship to a close relationship that will satisfy our souls, to know the Lord our God.
c) In my study tonight I found 46 attributes of God, how He describes Himself, I picked out seven to whet our appetites and hopefully build a desire for you to get to know God better.
2) Who is God?
a) Omnipotent: (God can do all things.) And I heard, as it were, the voice of a great multitude, as the sound of many waters and as the sound of mighty thunderings, saying, “Alleluia! For the Lord God Omnipotent reigns! –Revelation 19:6 i) Pantokratōr: he who holds sway over all things, the ruler of all, almighty: God
b) Omniscient (all knowing) Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable [are] His judgments and His ways past finding out! –Romans 11:33
c) Immutable: (He does not change) i) “For I [am] the LORD, I do not change; Therefore you are not consumed, O sons of Jacob. –Mal 3:6
ii) Jesus Christ [is] the same yesterday, today, and forever. –Hebrews 13:8
iii) This is one of the greatest truths that I take comfort in from my God. I do not have to worry about Him being fickle like men can be, changing His mind when it suites Him best. What is true today was true yesterday and will be true tomorrow. Sin will be sin, and His grace and love will not change.
d) Truth: Finnius Dake calls this the perfect harmony of God’s Word.
i) And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us an understanding, that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life. -1 John 5:20
ii) That by two immutable things, in which it [is] impossible for God to lie, we might have strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope set before [us]. This [hope] we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the [Presence] behind the veil, where the forerunner has entered for us, [even] Jesus, having become High Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek. –Hebrews 6:18-20
iii) It seems to go beyond what Finnius said and it is that God cannot lie for 2 reasons:
(1) It is not His nature to lie
(2) By His power if by some reason He spoke a lie, it would become true! (i.e. if God pronounced the sky green, it would be green)
e) Holy: Absolute purity of nature.
i) And one cried to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy [is] the LORD of hosts; The whole earth [is] full of His glory!” –Isaiah 6:3
ii) “Who [is] like You, O LORD, among the gods? Who [is] like You, glorious in holiness, Fearful in praises, doing wonders? –Exodus 15:11
iii) Because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.” -1 Peter 1:16 Complete holiness is the desire and duty of every Christian. Here is a two-fold rule of holiness: [1.] It must, for the extent of it, be universal. We must be holy, and be so in all manner of conversation; in all civil and religious affairs, in every condition, prosperous or reverse; towards all people, friends and enemies; in all our intercourse and business still we must be holy. [2.] For the pattern of it. We must be holy, as God is holy: we must imitate him, though we can never equal him. He is perfectly, unchangeably, and eternally holy; and we should aspire after such a state. The consideration of the holiness of God should oblige as to the highest degree of holiness we can attain unto.
f) Righteous: Holiness in action: All His acts are right!
i) Romans 3:21-31; Hebrews 12:5-12; 1 John 1:9
g) Love: how God conveys His infinite goodness to others.
i) For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. –John 3:16
ii) He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son [to be] the propitiation for our sins. 1 John 4:8-10
iii) That God is love, it is His overriding attribute. All He does in judgment, righteousness, correction is because He loves us.
3) Our Call
a) First is to get to know the God we claim to love. How can we be loving, obedient children of The King if we do not know Him? I do not mean His commandments or promises but Him. If your Dad came home from work everyday and all you asked him is “what did you bring me?” he will get frustrated with you and you disappointed with him. But if we love our dads and are just happy to see him, as one preacher said, “If you seek His hands you get nothing, but if you seek His face, you get His hands too.”
b) Share story of Monarch. He was a little shaggy dog found outside in the cold of a Boston winter. Someone had played a cruel trick and tied a string with cans attached to the dogs tail and he had gotten himself tangled up and was going to freeze to death unless he got help. This man untied the dog, put him in his coat and took him home. He fed and gave him a bed. In time Monarch got a nice shiny coat of fur and gained some weight and looked good. He was thriving in his new home. Old Monarch would run to the door everyday when the clock struck 4 for the master would be home soon and he could not wait to meet him. One lazy day as The master was sleeping on his recliner there was a damp feeling on his hand and as he looked down he saw the two most adoring eyes staring at him, licking the hand that saved his life. Brothers, if a dog could figure this out for his earthly master, how come we cannot figure it out for our Heavenly Father, who being holy and just must punish sin, yet loved us so much paid the penalty so we could be free?
c) Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God abides in us, and His love has been perfected in us. -1 John 4:11-12 i) Our love for each other and the lost is our highest call. If we do this God abides in us, and we in Him. I can’t think of a better place to be.