The Characteristics of God

We are made in the image of God, and we compare what we know about God to what we know about His image. What is God really like?

Day One: What is God like?
Every culture in the history of the world has had some concept of what God is like. Some have assumed that God is in control of the weather and have made images of a storm god throwing lightning bolts around (Baal worship in Canaan)...
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Day Two: Attributes
The Bible, God's Word, tells us what God is like and what He is not like. Without the authority of the Bible, any attempt to explain God's attributes would be no better than an opinion, which by itself is often incorrect, especially in understanding God...
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Day Three: Personhood
Yes, God is a person. But, when we say that God is a "person," we do not mean that He is a human being. We mean that God possesses "personality" and that He is a rational Being with self-awareness. Theologians often define person as "an individual being with a mind, emotions, and a will"...
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Day Four: Appearance
God is a spirit (John 4:24), and so His appearance is not like anything we can describe. Exodus 33:20 tells us, "You cannot see my face, for no one may see me and live." As sinful human beings, we are incapable of seeing God in all His glory...
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For more, see: "Does God have a physical body?"

Day Five: Gender
In examining Scripture, two facts become clear. First, God is a Spirit and does not possess human characteristics or limitations. Second, all the evidence contained in Scripture agrees that God revealed Himself to mankind in a male form...
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Day Six: Size
The question "how big is God?" pops up in two divergent contexts: serious philosophical discussions and children's Sunday school. In the latter, the answer usually given is "bigger than you can imagine!"—setting up the follow-up question: "bigger than my house?!"...
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Day Seven: Our Response
God reveals Himself to believers through His Word (the Bible) and through His Son (Christ Jesus). The more we study the Bible, the more we come to understand God's characteristics, the qualities He possesses...
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Published 10-25-16