The Traits of God

God's relationship with His creation is unique. He is in all while still distinct. He is above all and never changes. And His glory displays His beauty.

Day One: Immanent
God's immanence refers to His presence within His creation. (It is not to be confused with imminence, which refers to the timing of Jesus' return to earth.) A belief in God's immanence holds that God is present in all of creation, while remaining distinct from it...
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Day Two: Transcendent
To transcend means "to exist above and independent from; to rise above, surpass, succeed." By this definition, God is the only truly transcendent Being. The "LORD God Almighty" (in Hebrew, El Shaddai) created all things on the earth, beneath the earth and in the heavens above...
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Day Three: Immutable
The immutability of God (His quality of not changing) is clearly taught throughout Scripture. For example, in Malachi 3:6 God affirms, "I the Lord do not change"...
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Day Four: Glory
The glory of God is the beauty of His spirit. It is not an aesthetic beauty or a material beauty, but it is the beauty that emanates from His character, from all that He is. James 1:10 calls on a rich man to "glory in his humiliation," indicating a glory that does not mean riches or power or material beauty...
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Day Five: Grace
Grace is a constant theme in the Bible, and it culminates in the New Testament with the coming of Jesus (John 1:17). The word translated "grace" in the New Testament comes from the Greek word charis, which means "favor, blessing, or kindness"...
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Day Six: Free Will
We first need to define what we mean by "free will." For the purpose of this article, we will define free will as "the capacity of a conscious mind to make decisions and choices without any external constraints or coercion." God has a mind and is conscious; He has the capacity to make decisions and choose...
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Day Seven: God's Right Hand
The Scripture has several words translated "right" and the usage of the term, "right hand" ranges from a direction, to the opposite of wrong, what is just or what conforms to an established standard, and to a place of honor or authority...
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Published 10-25-16