What is the character of God supposed to be

What are the qualities of God?

The Bible, God's Word, tells us how God is and how He is not. Without the authority of the Bible, no endeavor to explain God's attributes would be more useful than just an opinion, which is often flawed on its own, especially in understanding God (Job 42: 7). To say it is important for us to try to understand God is a huge understatement. Failure to do so can lead us to establish false gods, to run after them and worship them, contrary to God's will (Exodus 20: 3-5).

One can only know what God has chosen to reveal about oneself. One of the characteristics or properties of God is “light”, i.e. He himself reveals information about himself (Isaiah 60:19; James 1:17). The fact that God has revealed knowledge about himself should not be disregarded (Hebrews 4: 1). Creation, the Bible, and the Incarnate Word (Jesus Christ) will help us see what God is like.

Let us begin by understanding that God is our Creator and that we are part of His creation (Genesis 1: 1; Psalm 24: 1). We are made in His image. Man stands above all creation and is supposed to rule over it (Genesis 1: 26-28). Creation has been marred by the Fall, but still offers a glimpse into His works (Genesis 3: 17-18; Romans 1: 19-20). By looking at the vastness, scope, beauty and order of creation, we get an impression of the overwhelming greatness of God.

Reading some of God's names can help us find His essence. They are as follows:
Elohim - the strong, divine (Genesis 1,1)
Adonaj - the Lord, indicates the relationship between master and servant (Exodus 4:10, 13)
El Elyon - the Most High, the Strongest (Genesis 14:20)
El Roi - the strong one who sees (Genesis 16:13)
El Schaddaj - Almighty God (Genesis 17: 1)
El Olam - the Eternal God (Isaiah 40:28)
Yahweh - LORD “I am”, i.e. the eternal, self-existing God (Exodus 3: 13-14)

God is eternal, i.e. He has no beginning and His existence has no end. He is immortal and infinite (Deuteronomy 33:27; Psalm 90: 2; 1 Timothy 1:17). God is unchangeable; i.e. unchangeable, which in turn means that God is absolutely reliable and trustworthy (Malachi 3: 6; Numbers 23:19; Psalm 102: 27-28). God is incomparable, no one is like Him in deeds or in nature. He is unreached and perfect (2 Samuel 7:22; Psalm 86: 8; Isaiah 40:25; Matthew 5:48). God is unfathomable, incomprehensible, inexplicable and far beyond anyone being able to fully understand Him (Isaiah 40:28; Psalm 145: 3; Romans 11: 33-34).

God is righteous, with Him there is no respect for the person in the sense of preferential treatment (Deuteronomy 32: 4; Psalm 18:31). God is omnipotent; He is omnipotent and can do whatever he pleases, but his deeds will always be in harmony with the rest of his being (Revelation 19: 6; Jeremiah 32: 17, 27). God is omnipresent; He is everywhere, which does not mean that He is everything (Psalm 139: 7-13; Jeremiah 23:23). God is omniscient; He knows the past, present and future, including what we are thinking in each moment. Because He knows everything, He will always judge righteously (Psalm 139: 1-5; Proverbs 5:21).

God is one, that means not only that there is no other, but also that only He alone is able to meet the deepest needs and longings of our hearts. God alone is worthy of our worship and devotion (Deuteronomy 6.4). God is righteous, He cannot and will not ignore iniquity. Because of God's righteousness and righteousness, for the forgiveness of our sins, Jesus experienced the wrath of God when our sins were laid on Him (Exodus 9:27; Matthew 27: 45-46; Romans 3: 21-26).

God is sovereign, i.e. He is the highest. His entire creation cannot counteract His goals (Psalm 93: 1; 95: 3; Jeremiah 23:20). God is spirit, He is invisible (John 1:18; 4:24). God is a trinity. He is three in one, equal in nature, equal in power and glory. God is truth, he will remain incorruptible and cannot lie (Psalm 117: 2; 1 Samuel 15:29).

God is holy, separated from and rejects all moral defilement. God sees all evil and it angered Him. God is referred to as consuming fire (Isaiah 6: 3; Habakkuk, 1:13; Exodus 3: 4, 5; Hebrews 12:29). God is gracious and His grace includes His goodness, kindness, mercy, and love. If it were not for the grace of God, His holiness would exclude us from His presence. Thank God this is not the case, because He wants to know each of us personally (Exodus 3: 7; Psalm 31:20; 1 Peter 1: 3; John 3:16; 17.3).

Since God is an infinite being, no human can fully answer this huge question, but through God's Word we can understand a lot about who God is and how He is. May we all continue to seek Him with all our hearts (Jeremiah 29:13).


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