Duration without succession would still be duration, though it would be immeasurable. The God revealed in Scripture is real, and all other gods are idols. If creatures are to attain the end of their being, they must be like God in moral purits-. Ex. 63 : 9—" in all their affliction he was afflicted " ); Jesus Christ in his sorrow and sympathy, his tears and agony, seems to be the revealer of God's feelings toward tho race, and we an; urged to follow In his steps, that we may be perfect, as our Father in heaven is perfect. We hold the contrary: see this Compendium: Objections to the Doctrine of Decrees, 3 (c). God's continual importation of natural life is u foreshadowing, in a lower sphere, of what ho desires to do for his creatures in the higher sphere—the communication of spiritual and eternal life through Jesus Christ. David says, for example, “I am in great distress; let us fall into the hand of the Lord for his mercy is great . This is intimated In Rev. We show this: (a) From the commands: "Ye shall be holy," where the ground of obligation assigned is simply and only: "for I am holy " (1 Pet. I have written my prayers for years, praising God for His attributes, finding verses that … . Anger, within certain limits. 5 : 24—" faithful is ha that calleth you "; 1 Pet. John can say that “God is light” (1 John 1:5) and then a little later say also that “God is love” (1 John 4:8). The Scriptures assure us that creation, miracles, incarnation, regeneration, are immediate acts of God. We reply, that to make truth and good matters of mere will, instead of regarding them as characteristics of God's being, is to deny that anything is true or good In itself. "But Justice is an attribute which not only exigts of necessity, but must be ererrised of necessity; because not to exercise it would be injustice.". It is his nature to be. Whedon therefore believes, not in God's unchangmJth'iu^, but in God's unduimjiiiont:^. When God is spoken of as appearing to the patriarchs and walking with them, the passages are to be explained as referring to God's temporary manifestations of himself in human form— manifestations which prefigured the final tabernacling of the Son of God in human flesh. Paul says to the Corinthians, “I feel a divine jealousy for you” (2 Corinthians 11:2). say, We are unprofitable serrants; we hare done that which it was our duty to do." The third chapter of the Book of Genesis opens in an ominous fashion, “Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made” (vs.1a). We cannot, indeed, conceive of love without self-sacrifice, nor of self-sacrifloe without suffering. The sun is not fickle or partial because it melts the wax but hardens the clay —the change is not in the sun but In the objects it shines upon. Do not I fill heaven and earth?" Harris, Fhllos. There is an infinite life of sensibility and affection in God. He can be relied upon, and he will never prove unfaithful to those who trust what he has said. Pursue a deeper knowledge of God through self-paced college- and seminary-level online courses in Old and New Testament studies, theology, biblical Greek, and more. The former, such as self-existence, simplicity, infinity, etc., belong to the constitutional nature of God, as distinguished from His will. Person und Work, 1: 137-155, 348-353; Patton, art. 4 : 30 —" grieve not the Holv Spirit of God "); painful sacrifice in the gift of Christ (Rom. although he had the residue of the Spirit? While our will isn’t absolutely free in the way God’s is, he gives us relative freedom. Justice does not make law—it only reveals law. God must be present in all his essence and all his attributes in every place. Yet we are far from saying that time, now that it exists, has no objective reality to God. God is not under the law of time. 23 :12—"Will the men of leilah deliver up me and my men into the hands of Saul? God is holy, in that his infinite moral excellence affirms and asserts itself as the highest possible motive and end. Time is duration measured by successions. Learn more in Wayne Grudems’s Systematic Theology online course. The consideration of the immanent attributes is, therefore, properly concluded with an account of that truth, love, and holiness, which render God entirely sufficient to himself. The word translated “accomplishes” (energeō, “works, works out, brings about, produces”) is a present participle suggesting continual activity. For the view that space and time are relative, see Cocker, Theistlc Conception of the World, 66-96; Calderwood, Philosophy of the Inilnite, ;»l-335. 11:152: Kahnis, Dogmntfk, 2 : 272, 279; 3: 193—" Distinguish in God the peitsonal self-consciousness [spirituality, personality—see page 121,122] from the unfolding of this in the divine knowledge,which can have no other object but God himself. Titus 3: 4—"his love toward man"; Rom. John Milton seems also to deny God's foreknowledge of free acts: "So, without least impulse or shadow of fate. He commands his people not to bow down to idols or serve them, saying, “for I the Lord your God am a jealous God” (Exodus 20:5). Hopkins). A divine being possesses both the transitive and intransitive attributes of God, in perfection, by nature. “With him are wisdom and might; he has counsel and understanding” (Job 12:13). 17: 27— "He is not far from each one of us: for in him we lire, and more, and have our being.". 13: 8j was only a sacrifice to be offered in ciw Adam should fall, God not knowing whether ho would or not, and in cane Judas should betray Christ, God not knowing whether he would or not. Duration and space, as they respect his existence, mean infinitely different things from what they do when they respect our existence. Charnock, the l'urltan writer, identities both knowledge and will with the simple essence of God: Schleiermacher makes all the attributes to be modifications of power, Rothe of omniscience; Olshausen, on John 1: 1, attempts to prove that the Word of God must have objective and substantial being, by assuming that knowing = willing; whence it would seem to follow that, since God wills all that he knows, he must will moral evil. To "limit the Holj One of Israel" (Ps. From free-will in man we rise to freedom in God—"That living Will that shall endure, When all that seems shall suffer shock." Samuel Hopkins, Works, 2: 9-66— Holiness — love of being in general. The attributes belong to the divine essence as such. But lest this should be misconstrued, we add. 3 : 26 —"that he might himself be just, and the justiter of him that hath faith in Jesus." 12 : 14—"the sanctincation without which no man shall see the Lord "; c/. God’s attributes are usually classified under two categories. Hurrls, Philos. Tlie essential holiness of God affords no basis for certainty. 1: 25—" the truth of God "; John 1* : 17—" the Spirit of truth "; 1 John 5 : 6—" the Spirit is the truth "; 1 Cor. 23 :19 —" God is not a man, that he should lie: neither the son of man, that he should repent" So cf. 1: 20—" bov many soever be the promises of God. Love and holiness arc obligatory in themselves, and not because they promote the general good. 10: 6. Cicero well said that they who confounded the honcstum with the utile deserved to be banished from society. 10 :10—" he is the bring God "; 1 Thess. He doesn’t have a physical body, nor is he merely energy, thought, or some other element of creation. Jvowcjw oMiye—character rules— purity is the highest. He cannot say whether motives may not at some time prove strongest for divine apostasy to evil. These attributes are commonly cited as the attributes of beauty, the attributes of majesty, the attributes of perfection, and the attributes of the essence. 1:17—0a