Comprehending the Incomprehensible: The Attributes of God

The Attributes of God by Arthur. W. Pink

attributes of God“The spiritual and saving knowledge of God is the greatest need of every human creature.”

 

“The ‘god’ of this twentieth century no more resembles the Supreme Sovereign of Holy Writ than does the dim flickering of a candle the glory of the midday sun” – Pink


With so many religions and “winds of doctrine” that surround us,  it’s crucial that we understand well who God is in order to prevent falling into doctrinal error. God can best be understood, not by his actions or his (apparent) emotions, but by His attributes as revealed to us in Scripture. One of the best books on this topic is The Attributes of God by A. W. Pink.

We recently began a study of Pink’s book in our adult Sunday School class as a result of a theological issue that came to the surface and became a point of serious discussion and debate within our church association. Apparently the subject is one which has actually been compromised within evangelicalism in decades past. Continue reading “Comprehending the Incomprehensible: The Attributes of God”

If You Think You Know God – Think Again

knowingGodKnowing God by J. I. Packer

“The highest science, the loftiest speculation, the mightiest philosophy, which can ever engage the attention of a child of God, is the name, the nature, the person, the work, the doings, and the existence of the great God whom he calls his Father.” – Charles H. Spurgeon


If, like me, you were raised going to a Christian church, reading the Bible, and participating in Bible studies, you might think you know all there is to know about God. But the goal of the Christian shouldn’t be merely to know about God. We must realize, first, how little we know God and secondly, why it’s important to do so. Packer’s purpose for writing Knowing God is to stress the importance of really understanding who God is and to excite and motivate the Christian to strive towards knowing Him better. Theology is often downplayed and seems to receive little attention in many churches these days. (I actually saw a video of a “preacher” mocking those who sit in church and actually want more teaching!)  But every professing Christian should have as a lifelong pursuit the subject of theology, which is simply the study of God. And as a student of God’s Word, Packer says, the Christian must ask himself, “What do I intend to do with my knowledge about God, once I have got it?” When we read passages like Psalm 119 where the psalmist expresses his love for and desire to know God, His word, and His ways, it is clear his goal went beyond acquiring a basic knowledge about God. Packer points out that one may know a lot about God and godliness, and still hardly know Him. Continue reading “If You Think You Know God – Think Again”