Drinking Deeply

Saturday, July 08, 2006 at 10:05 PM

Attributes of God (1)

A walk through A.W. Pink's Attributes of God. Feel free to read along and comment.

Ch. 1: The Solitariness of God -

This chapter was about the solitariness of God. What does that mean? Simply that God is unique in every way. Completely holy. Completely set apart. Who is like God indeed? God is alone in who He is, alone in His character, alone.

“In the beginning God.” I definitely never thought about it that way (and one might argue that it's simply circular to argue from this verse to say that God was alone in his eternity, but there is sufficient Scriptural evidence for it, so we'll let it pass). God dwelt alone before there was time. No earth. No heaven. No universe. God, from everlasting. Wow. And His glory was the same.

That was one point I thought was really well made, one that is so easy to forget. God's glory isn't added by my work. God's glory isn't added to when I praise Him, when I worship, when I share the Gospel. God's glory is the same from everlasting. Wow.

What we do when we pray for God's glory. What God does when He sent His Son, was that He manifests His glory. He displays it for all to see. He doesn't need to do it, He's already glorious, and He knows. But He did it as a sovereign act, determined by His good pleasure, to manifest His glory. God is all-blessed in Himself, and there is nothing we bring to the table. Nothing we can do to add to that. Merely unprofitable servants working. Even Christ has done nothing to add to that glory.

God could have continued alone without making known His glory, and He would have been just as glorified. Solitary in majesty, unique, peerless, sustains all and independent of all. It is He who reveals Himself to men, for we cannot hope to attain a knowledge of Him on our own.

This chapter was mind blowing. Thoughts and comments?

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Blogger Eric said...

"God could have continued alone without making known His glory, and He would have been just as glorified."

I agree with the sentiment (that God's glory is not increased or diminished by its manifestation or lack thereof) but on a linguistic note, that's not how I would put it. It seems to me that when the Bible says "glorify" it means "make glory manifest." As I understand it, at least in Greek, that's what glorify means.  

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