4. What are the Attributes of God?
The “Attributes” of a Spirit:
A Spirit is regarded as supernatural and is separate from matter. Matter is whatever occupies space and is perceptible to the senses – (man is an example of matter)
Jesus himself confirms this definition to be true: “God is a Spirit” and “a spirit hath not flesh and bones” (John 4:24, Luke 24:39)
Supernatural is not explainable by the known forces or laws of nature; specific, of or involving God, ghosts, spirits, etc.
The definition of the word spirit does not provide information as to what it looks like. If a spirit is a supernatural being (something not explainable by the known forces of the laws of nature) then it is possible that a spirit can live inside a human being and not have the physical form of a human being. (John 1:18; John 5:37; 1 John 4:12)
Therefore if a spirit is something that is “not explainable by known forces of the laws of nature” that means a spirit can be in anything and anywhere because it is not bound by the laws of nature.
The “Attributes” of God:
1. Nothing Is Impossible For God
“For with God nothing shall be impossible.” Luke 1:37 (See also: Jer 32:17,27; Luke 18:27)
Matthew 19:26 But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.
Mark 10:27 And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.
Mark 14:36 And he said, Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt. (Ref. Mark 14:32-36)
Regardless which religious affiliation or denomination you belong to, there is one undisputed factual truth everyone can agree on which comes from the mouth of Jesus; “with God” all things are possible (Matthew 19:26).
This statement makes this God personage the “Almighty” or “omnipotent” (Revelation 19:6). By definition, there can only be one who is “Almighty” or “omnipotent”.
In this passage of Matthew, Jesus is referring to someone other than himself. He is referring to a singular “personage” known as God (singular) of whom “all things” are possible.
In Mark 14:36, Jesus identifies who this God is (the Father). This is pivotal in that this passage distinguishes at least one “undisputed” attribute Jesus claims “God” possesses. According to the Bible, although Jesus was “given” power from God, Jesus was never greater than his Father, who was God (John 5:19, 30, 8:28, 9:33, 13:16; 14:10, 28; 1Cor 15:24-28).
These passages are probably the single most important distinction that exist between God & man (or any other type of spiritual beings)
Jesus abilities (on earth and in heaven) fit into one of two classifications; either Jesus was:
1. Limited = Not Almighty = not God; or
2. Unlimited = Almighty = God
2. God Is Almighty
These passages support the position and title of God as being the “Almighty God” (mentioned 3 times) and “God Almighty” (mentioned 11 times)
Genesis 17:1 And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect.
Genesis 35:11 And God said unto him, I am God Almighty: be fruitful and multiply; a nation and a company of nations shall be of thee, and kings shall come out of thy loins;
Exodus 6:3 And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of God Almighty, but by my name JEHOVAH was I not known to them.
Job 33:4 The Spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life.
NOTE: As the term implies there can only be one who is Almighty, otherwise God is not the Almighty but one of several “mighty” god beings?
Revelation 21:22 verifies who holds what title; there is only one Almighty (who is God) and there is only one “Lamb” (symbolically), of God, (who is Jesus).
“And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.”
In (John 14:28) Jesus is definitely NOT referring to himself as “the Father” but that he was going to see “the Father” (God). Likewise, Jesus was never claiming to be greater than himself, that would be somewhat ridiculous to suggest such. (See also: John 5:19, 30; 8:28; 10:29, 14:10, 28)
Jesus also acknowledges that he was limited in how much he knew (Matt 24:36, Mark 13:32)
NOTE: These passages above (in sections 1 & 2) are powerful in that they specifically identify what God’s limits are – NONE!!!
3. The Father of All Spirits
Equally as important, is the following set of scriptures that identify and distinguishes God from man (or any other being) is that only God is the Father of all spirits; Hebrews 12:9 (See also: Numbers 16:22, 27:16; Job 12:10; Ecclesiastes 12:7; Isaiah 42:5, 57:16; Zechariah 12:1).
Hebrews 12:9 (KJV) “Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?”
This passage is in reference to God (who is called the Father). The problem for Trinitarians is the fact that the other two said personages (Jesus and the Holy Ghost) do not appear to have these capabilities if they are both “equally” God; which are titles never ascribed to Jesus.
4. There Is Only One “God in heaven” & One “God of heaven”
Thus Trinitarians have the dilemma of trying to explain how 3 gods = 1 God, when there is only one “personage” who is declared to be “God in heaven” and “God of heaven” which are titles never found in the Bible as being ascribed to Jesus.
God in heaven (stated 5 times)
Deuteronomy 4:39 “Know therefore this day, and consider it in thine heart, that the LORD he is God in heaven above, and upon the earth beneath: there is none else.”
Matthew 22: 29-30 “Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God. 30 For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven.” (*Jesus is speaking to the Sadducees, the angels did not belong to him they belong to God, who was “in Heaven” )
God of heaven (stated 23 times)
Genesis 24:3 “And I will make thee swear by the LORD, the God of heaven, and the God of the earth, that thou shalt not take a wife unto my son of the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I dwell:”
Psalms 136:26 “O give thanks unto the God of heaven: for his mercy endureth for ever.”
5. God Is “The Father” (of Jesus and All Men) and He Resides “in Heaven”
Mat 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
Mat 5:45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
Mat 5:48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.
Mat 6:1 Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.
Mat 6:9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
Mat 7:11 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?
Mat 7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
Mat 10:32 Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.
Mat 10:33 But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.
Mat 11:25 At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.
Mat 12:50 For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.
Mat 16:17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.
Mat 18:10 Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven.
Mat 18:14 Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish.
Mat 18:19 Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.
Mat 23:9 And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.
(See also: Mark 11:25, 26; Luke 10:21, 11:2)