February 9, 2013

Descriptions of God – Don R. Patton

Posted in Uncategorized at 10:56 pm by sranderson0103

“And he said, “Hear me, brethren and fathers! The God of glory appeared to our father Abraham when he was in Mesopotamia, before he lived in Haran,” (Acts 7:2)

The New Testament uses at least seven beautiful descriptive phrases to describe God.

First, consider the description used by Stephen, who called Him “the God of glory” as he gave his defense to the Jewish council just before he was martyred and indeed “saw the glory of God” (Acts 7:2, 55) himself. Steven was finishing his powerful defense of Christianity before the Sanhedrin, too powerful for these close-minded Jewish leaders who just couldn’t stand it.

The apostle Paul later referred to God as “the God who gives perseverance and encouragement,” while urging his fellow Christians to be “of the same mind with one another” (Romans 15:5). In the same chapter, he also called Him “the God of hope” in a benedictory prayer: “Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing” (Romans 15:13).

Writing to the Christians at Corinth, Paul told them about the “God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.” (II Corinthians 1:3-4). Then later he promised them that “the God of love” would be with them (II Corinthians 13:11).

From a deep, dark dungeon Paul told the Philippians about “the God of peace” (Philippians 4:9). Likewise, to the Thessalonians he prayed that “the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely” (I Thessalonians 5:23).

The seventh of these beautiful descriptions was written by the apostle Peter. “After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you.” (I Peter 5:10).

The complete view presented by the Holy Spirit’s divine images of God, is amazing. These seven beautiful attributes of God (we could almost call them “titles” of God) are as follows: He is…

the God of glory

the God of perseverance and encouragement

the God of hope

the God of all comfort

the God of love

the God of peace

the God of all grace

 Those who have spiritual eyes and open them, understand from these descriptions that His nature demands that we honor and adore Him.

Adapted from an article by Henry Morris

 

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