God’s Attributes Roughly Defined

 

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Attribute: Intrinsic characteristics and qualities

Uniqueness of God’s Being

Triune: Three Persons in one Being

Foundational Attributes (true of each attribute)

Self-existent: Without cause (dependent on nothing outside Himself)

Infinite: Without limit

Perfect: Without flaw

Unity: Without contradiction (all attributes work in perfect harmony as one)

Immutable: Without change (unchangeable)

Attributes of Goodness (Character)

Holy: Separate from evil (does not relate with evil)

Wrathful: Furious with evil

Just: Punishes evil by giving what sins deserve

Righteous: Always does right

Merciful: Doesn’t give what sins deserve (forgiving)

Gracious: Gives more than we merit (kind and generous)

Faithful: Fulfills covenants and keeps promises

Compassionate: Feels pity towards the suffering of others

Loving: Wants good for his people because He delights in them

Attributes of Greatness

Sovereign: Absolute control of all things

Eternal: Infinite existence (exists always / without beginning or end)

Omnipotent: Infinite power

Omnipresent: Infinite presence (exists everywhere)

Omniscient: Infinite knowledge

Wise: Infinite intelligence

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Religious Ambition is Worldly Ambition

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Judges 9:54-55
Then he called quickly to the young man, his armorbearer, and said to him, “Draw your sword and kill me, lest men say of me, ‘A woman killed him.'” So his young man thrust him through, and he died. And when the men of Israel saw that Abimelech was dead, they departed, every man to his place.
Men of this world live for this world all the way until the end. Abimelech wanted to guard his reputation after his death. What would his reputation matter while he was burning in hell?! And the reality is that when so-called “great” men perish, people just return to their daily business like those who heard that Abimelech had died.
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Psalm 49:11-12
Their inner thought is that their houses will last forever,
Their dwelling places to all generations;
They call their lands after their own names.
Nevertheless man, though in honor, does not remain;
He is like the beasts that perish.
The wealthy worldlings of Psalm 49:11 named lands after themselves in hopes that future generations would honor them after their demise. Of course these wicked souls wouldn’t be able to hear the praises of the living while they themselves were weeping & gnashing their teeth in the lake of fire. And in their ambitious insanity they failed to realize that such human praise would soon cease anyway when their admirers died and faced the same judgment they received.
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1 John 2:15-16
Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world.
This filthy ambition is alive and well in the hearts of worldly ministers in our day. Such men strive to build vast religious organizations as monuments to their own worth & so-called megachurches which they fill up with goats to promote their own glory. Men of this world who use the name of Christ to establish a legacy for themselves in this world will soon awake in hell to find out that they & the world they loved so much are perishing together under God’s wrath.
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Philippians 2:3
Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.
Be warned Christian, those who love this world do not have the love of the Father in them. Do not allow yourself to stumble into the same sin of ambition or you will perish with them! Seek the praises of the unseen and eternal God, and despise the praises of seen and perishing men. Don’t be ambitious for this world or your own name, but deny yourself and take up your cross daily; renounce everything that you are, and that you hope to be, & follow Christ wherever He leads!

Psalm 25:6-8

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Remember, O Lord, Your tender mercies and Your lovingkindnesses, For they are from of old.

Do not remember the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions; According to Your mercy remember me, For Your goodness’ sake, O Lord.

Good and upright is the Lord; Therefore He teaches sinners in the way.

The psalmist asks God to magnify his mercy by forgetting the psalmist’s sins & remembering His own mercy and goodness instead. God is by no means required to do this. In fact, in most people God magnifies His justice & wrath as Romans 9:22-23 teaches. God’s wrath is right and just, but our earnest request to Him is that in His wrath He would remember mercy for His name’s sake (Hab. 3:2). It is foolish to imagine we will receive anything from God by appealing to our goodness, but when we appeal to His goodness we can have confidence that we will receive the mercy we are pleading for.

The psalmist recognizes his sinfulness before a holy God. We too must approach God in humility and honesty. But when we despair because of our corrupt humanity we must hope in & magnify God’s mercy. We don’t only ask Him to remember His mercy and forget our sin, we also must magnify God’s mercy by setting our hope on His goodness which is greater than our sinfulness. His mercy is our only hope, there is nothing in our nature or heart that can give us hope; all is fallen & corrupt. He is our hope, righteousness & salvation.

But we should also magnify God’s mercy by learning His ways as in vs 8. We know we are sinners but trust that God in His goodness will lead us in paths of righteous for His name’s sake (Ps. 23:3). In view of God’s mercy we should offer our bodies as living sacrifices (Rom. 12:1). One who does not turn away from sin has not set their hope on God’s mercy, but they have deceived themselves into thinking that God can be mocked (Gal. 6:3). Those who have truly trusted in the kind forgiveness of God will reveal it in their lives by hungering and thirsting after righteousness (Mat. 5:6).

Brief Intro to Content of the Bible

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The Bible is made up of two main sections. The first is called the Old Testament. It focuses on the history of the nation of Israel and God’s covenant with that nation based on their obedience to the Law of Moses. The second section is the New Testament which focuses on God’s covenant with the followers of Jesus Christ based on their trust in Christ as Savior and their submission to him as Lord.

The Old Covenant was given for a certain people and was limited to earthly commands, punishments and promises. Though it no longer directly applies to those under the New Covenant, God sovereignly guided the writing of the Old Testament, along with the history which it relates, for the purpose of teaching His New Covenant people through examples, analogies, prophesies and symbols, as well as giving a basic doctrinal understanding of the nature of God and His moral law.

The New Covenant is not limited to one nation but is open to people from any nation who will place their trust in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. The New Testament is a collection of the writings of the Apostles (i.e. original disciples of Jesus) and their companions. The New Testament presents the ministry and teachings of Jesus Christ as well as the teaching of the Apostles. It shows not only the way in which Jesus Christ saves people from the guilt and power of sin, but also gives us the standard of what Christians should believe and practice. Through these New Covenant writings we learn how Christ fulfilled the Old Covenant and how Christians should read and understand the Old Testament. Continue reading

Praise Chapel Indonesia’s Response to the Contemporary View of Man

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John 15:5

Without Me you can do nothing.

Contemporary Doctrine:

Proverbs 23:7

For as he thinks in his heart, so is he. “Eat and drink!” he says to you, But his heart is not with you.

The next doctrinal error we want to discuss is that man has been created with great potential and only needs to find the keys to unlock that potential in order to live a happy and productive life. Of course this teaching did not originate within Christianity but has been adopted into much contemporary teaching. The Christian form of this false teaching says that the Bible teaches us the keys we need to be able to live the abundant and productive life we were created for.

It is assumed that one of the biggest things keeping the Christian from living up to his God-given abilities is his bad self-esteem. He doesn’t realize how much potential resides within him, so he doesn’t live up to it. His thoughts about himself are too low. And since he undervalues himself in his heart, his heart overflows with negative words and confessions about himself, which in turn make his situation even worse. He is unaware that his words have power to create reality because he is unaware of his inherent potential. So the greatest key to changing his life is to change how he views himself. Continue reading

Praise Chapel Indonesia’s Response to the Contemporary View of Jesus

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Revelation 1:14-17

His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and His eyes like a flame of fire; His feet were like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace, and His voice as the sound of many waters; He had in His right hand seven stars, out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword, and His countenance was like the sun shining in its strength. And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. But He laid His right hand on me, saying to me, “Do not be afraid; I am the First and the Last.”

Contemporary Doctrine:

Matthew 11:29

Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

Jesus Christ Himself declared, “He who has seen me, has seen the Father” (John 14:9). For this reason many contemporary Christian teachers teach that God is not angry and vengeful as old-school preachers used to imply, but instead He is tolerant, meek and merciful. Such teachers proclaim that Jesus Christ is perfect theology. By saying this they mean that Jesus, as presented in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John is a perfect and complete picture of who God is. Continue reading

Praise Chapel Indonesia’s Response to the Contemporary View of God

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Hebrews 10:30-31

For we know Him who said, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. And again, “The Lord will judge His people.” It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

Contemporary Doctrine:

1 John 4:8

He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.

If we had to use one verse to describe how God is portrayed in our day it would be 1 John 4:8, which proclaims, “God is love.” God is portrayed as patient, merciful, forgiving and gracious in the majority of contemporary Christian sermons, songs and movies. A lot of time is spent trying to help people shake off the old fashioned notion that God is angry with sinners and threatens them with eternal hell if they refuse to turn from sin and rebellion. Instead they are urged to realize that God actually wants to help them in every area of their life, but since He is a divine Gentleman He is waiting for them to open their hearts and let Him help them.
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