Tuesday, July 24, 2012

OUTLINING THE UNFATHOMABLE GOD

Beginning to create a basic outline on the Christian worldview, our understanding of God's revelation of Himself is foundational.

A. Image of God

1. Nature (natural attributes)

a. The nature of God consists of attributes He has eternally possessed, never having chosen to possess them

(1) Supreme in duration (Eternal)

(a) Was, is and is to be

(2) Supreme in knowledge (Omniscient)

(a) Knows all that can be known

(3) Supreme in authority (Sovereign)

(a) The one to whom all other authorities will give an account (as opposed to omnicausal)

(4) Supreme in power (Omnipotent)

(a) Possessing (but not always exerting) more power than any other being

(5) Supreme in presence (Omnipresent)

(a) Transcending physical limitation

(6) Supreme in relationship (Trinitarian)

(a) Eternally interacting in the persons of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit

(7) Supreme in energy / intensity (Spiritual)

(a) Existing purely in a "form" / realm that, in its essence, is too for our physical realm

(8) Supreme in personality

(a) Personality involves His mind (ability to think, imagine, remember, analyze, evaluate, etc.) emotional system (ability to experience positive and negative feelings of hurt / anger, happiness / joy, etc.) and will (ability to make choices and decision in conjunction with, but not caused by, His mental and emotional activity

2. Character (moral character)

a. The character of God relates to how He chooses to use His natural attributes

(1) Love (the resolve to purpose and pursue the highest good, all pertinent factors taken into consideration – the following moral characteristic should properly be known as “attributes” of love)

(a) Holiness (set apart – God has resolved to dedicate all His capabilities and capacities in service to love)

(b) Righteousness (manifested holiness – the use of His capabilities and capacities in service to love)

(c) Faithfulness (the consistent use of His capabilities and capacities in service to love)

(d) Mercy (the choice to express leniency and patience in the process of using His capabilities and capacities in service to love)

(e) Wisdom (the mental process of evaluating how to use His capabilities and capacities in service to love – wisdom has been referred to as the mental practice of identifying the best means of arriving at the best end)

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