Steven Lawson: The Attributes of God – Part 1 – Introduction

Feel free to join the study “The Attributes of God” by Steven Lawson.

What are the Attributes of God?

– The Asity of God – The Spirituality of God
– The Sovereignty of God – The Holiness of God
– The Omnipresence of God – The immutability of God
– God’s Truthfulness – God’s Wisdom
– God’s Grace – God’s Love
– God’s Foreknowledge – God’s Wrath
– The Righteousness of God
  • These attributes show us how God is.
  • The first thing that comes to mind when we think of God is what defines us
    • It shapes how we see the world
    • It shapes how we live in the world
    • If shapes how we see ourselves
    • It shapes how we worship
  • A Low view of God leads to a shallow way of worship

 

The Relationship of the Attributes

  • Each attribute of God is equal true of every person in the trinity
    • What is true of the father is also true for the son and the spirit
    • All three are equally truthful, holy, wrathful, wise …

These Attributes are eternally permanent qualities of God

  • No attribute can be gained or lost (Asity)
  • God was equally loving in the OT as the NT same as the wrath
    • There is no diminishing in the AT or NT
  • God is the same God from eternity past to the eternity present

These Attributes are all diving connected

  • Each attribute is a part of the whole
  • His wrath is holy wrath; his love is holy love …
  • There is no division in God himself
  • “The Simplicity of God” – God cannot be divided into parts
    • Compared to us humans, we are “complex beings”
      • We have got different parts, arms, legs, ears, eyes,
    • God is “simple” in the sense, that there is no division or separation of his attributes and his being
  • Each attribute we ascribe to God applies to all
  • Each attribute is absolute perfect in his being

Why are they Important?

  • Transcended worship
    • The higher the knowledge of God, the higher the worship will be
    • Our theology drives or doxology
    • The word “glory”
      • Intrinsic glory
        • All the attributes of God revealed, we cannot increase it, it is him wo was, who is, and will be
        • All the perfection of the eternal God made known
      • Ascribed glory
        • Our response to the Intrinsic glory
        • A higher view of the Intrinsic Glory leads to a higher form of Ascribed glory – the proper response
      • We were made to worship God
    • Humble living
      • The pride crusher
      • To see God lifted up
      • 1 Cor. 15:10 – By the grace of God I am what I am …
      • John 15:5 – apart from me you can do nothing …
      • 1 John 1:5 – The closer you are to the light, the more you will see your imperfections
        • In the darkness you look fine to yourself
      • Spiritual maturity
        • The more we know about Him, the more we will mature
        • Knowledge of God increases holiness
        • 2 Cor. 3:18 – We become what we look at
        • The more we are focused on God, the more we will be like him
          • If we are focused on the world we will be like the world
        • Effective ministry
          • The more we know, the more we want to witness and teach others
        • Personal encouragement
          • The more we know Him the more we can trust him
          • Spurgeon: The sovereignty of God is his pillow where he laid his head on at night
        • Personal conversion
          • The knowledge of God is the first step into the kingdom of God
            • You need to know something about God to be conversed
              • Something about the Love, Grace, Wrath and holiness of God
              • John 10:14, John 17:3, Php. 3:8, 2Pe. 3:18,
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Shepherds’ Conference 2016 Q&A

Another great Q&A – session, with questions ranging from, “The importance of diving deep into the Word of God” to “the job of a pastoral minister”, and many in between. Albert Mohler, Ligon Duncan and John MacArthur, also give us some great insight, about, “what is means to be biblically grounded in a liberal age”. I would recommend this session to anyone, that thirsts for a clear understanding of, what is means to be standing for truth in society.

Stephen Nichols: An Apology for Apologetics

by Stephen Nichols (Ligonier.org)

My professor of apologetics in seminary told stories of odd reactions he received when he would tell people what he did for a living. The best story involved a bank loan officer. When he told the loan officer that he was a professor of apologetics, she replied, “That’s wonderful.” Then she added, “These days, we really do need to teach people how to say they are sorry.”

The loan officer was both right and wrong. We do need apologetics professors, but apologetics isn’t about saying we’re sorry. Rather, it’s about defending the faith. In fact, defending the faith is so urgent today that we need more than apologetics professors—we need all Christians to realize that they are apologists.

One of Dr. R.C. Sproul’s recent books is titled Everyone’s a Theologian. We could say equally that “everyone’s an apologist.” Those who are in Christ and have been brought to see the truth and beauty of the gospel have both the obligation and the privilege to defend it. We are compelled “to give an answer.” We can’t simply rely on the philosophically gifted or the culturally adept to carry the weight here. Everyone is an apologist.

The Command

The Greek word apologia means literally “to speak to.” Over time, it came to mean “to make a defense.” When Athens accused Socrates of being harmful to society, Socrates had to offer his defense. He titled it Apologia. He stood before the “men of Athens,” offering his reasoned defense. The New Testament uses the word seventeen times. Many instances concern court cases, such as the time Paul appeared before the Jewish Council in Acts 22 and before Festus in Acts 25. Paul also speaks of his imprisonment in Rome as an apologia of the gospel (Phil. 1:716).

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Theology Night with Sinclair Ferguson & R.C. Sproul

On January 20, 2012, R.C. Sproul was joined by Ligonier Teaching Fellow Sinclair Ferguson to answer questions submitted by online viewers and those present at Saint Andrew’s. During this relaxed and informative evening, these two notable theologians and pastors addressed topics such as the doctrines of grace, when to leave a local church, Tim Tebow, dispensationalism, free will, and the peccability or impeccability of Jesus.