Who does God say that He is?

Hand raised in worship

Continuing our series of blog posts as an introduction to worship…

We can all have our opinions on who we think God is but through the Bible He actually tells us Himself!

So in this post we’re going to list some of the attributes of God together with quotes from the Bible that we think point to them

  • God is eternal

    Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the whole world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God. (Psalm 90:2)

  • God is infinite

    In the beginning you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. They will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment. Like clothing you will change them and they will be discarded. But you remain the same, and your years will never end. (Psalm 102:25-27)

    I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. (Revelation 22:13)

  • God is self-sufficient and self-existent

    For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. (Colossians 1:16)

  • God is present everywhere (omnipresent)

    Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. If I say, ‘Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,’ even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you. (Psalm 139:7-12)

  • God is all powerful (omnipotent )

    Jesus replied, ‘What is impossible with man is possible with God.’ (Luke 18:27)

  • God is all knowing (omniscient)

    Who can fathom the Spirit of the Lord, or instruct the Lord as his counsellor? Whom did the Lord consult to enlighten him, and who taught him the right way? Who was it that taught him knowledge, or showed him the path of understanding?(Isaiah 40: 13-14)

  • God is unchanging (immutable)

    In the beginning you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. They will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment. Like clothing you will change them and they will be discarded. But you remain the same, and your years will never end. (Psalm 102:25-27)

  • God is sovereign

    Remember the former things, those of long ago; I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me. I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say, “My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.” From the east I summon a bird of prey; from a far-off land, a man to fulfil my purpose. What I have said, that I will bring about; what I have planned, that I will do. (Isaiah 46:9-11)

  • God is wise

    …but now revealed and made known through the prophetic writings by the command of the eternal God, so that all the Gentiles might come to the obedience that comes from faith – to the only wise God be glory for ever through Jesus Christ! Amen. (Romans 16:26-27)

  • God is holy

    ‘Speak to the entire assembly of Israel and say to them: “Be holy because I, the Lord your God, am holy…”’ (Leviticus 19:2)

  • God is righteous and just

    He is the Rock, his works are perfect, and all his ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is he. (Deuteronomy 32:4)

  • God is faithful

    Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments. (Deuteronomy 7: 9)

  • God is true and truth

    Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ to further the faith of God’s elect and their knowledge of the truth that leads to godliness – in the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time… (Titus 1:1-2)

  • God is good

    …Jesus answered. ‘No one is good – except God alone’. (Mark 10:18)

  • God is merciful

    …the Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. He will not always accuse, nor will he harbour his anger for ever; he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.
    As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him; for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust. The life of mortals is like grass, they flourish like a flower of the field; the wind blows over it and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more. But from everlasting to everlasting the Lord’s love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children’s children… (Psalm 103:8-17)

  • God is gracious

    …the Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love.(Psalm 103:8)

  • God is love

    For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)

  • God is spirit

    God is spirit, and his worshippers must worship in the Spirit and in truth. (John 4:24)

  • God is light

    This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. (1 John 1:5)

  • God is triune or trinity

    May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. (2 Corinthians 13:14)

This is who our God really is and, as we remember the common New Testament word proskuneo (which we looked at in the second post in this series and which means means ‘to move towards; to kiss’ or ‘to kiss towards’) this is the one we are moving towards; kissing!