The Expressions Of God
The Expressions Of God
God is described in many ways, often according to his physical essence. God can also be expressed in many ways, often as to those things he symbolizes. Since these terminologies are often used interchangeably how we use them can at times cause confusion in many instances. For the sole purpose of clarity and how these words should be understood within this section of writing the following explanations and examples are provided.
A description of God is to speak of the physical essence of God. (i.e., God is an invisible Spirit, etc.); however
An expression of God is to speak of God for what it is he portrays or symbolizes.
God can be expressed in many ways. For example:
The WILL of God is God.
The WORD of God is God.
The POWER of God is God.
These are abstract words describing aspects of God; they do not describe what God looks like (literally or figuratively).
You cannot separate the WILL from the WORD from the POWER (of God).
The WILL is fulfilled by the WORD according to the POWER (of God).
In Genesis 1:1-3
“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form and void: and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the SPIRIT OF GOD MOVED (the POWER) upon the face of the waters. And God (the WILL) said (spoke the WORD), Let there be light: and there was light”
The WILL (of God) wanted to create a heaven and earth. So the WILL (of God) spoke the WORD (of God) and it was done according to the POWER (of God).
Understanding The Difference between Abstract and Concrete Language
Definition of Abstract = Words that refer to ideas or concepts; such as
Expressing a particular property of an object viewed apart from the other properties which constitute it; — as opposed to concrete; as honesty is an abstract word.
For example, we say: God is Love, God is Truth, God is Life, etc…
These are all abstract expressions of “what” God is. They are used to describe the attributes of God.
Similarly: God is the Father; God is the Word and God is the Holy Spirit
Again, these expressions are used to describe the attributes of God. God is a Holy Spirit, God is the word of life, truth, power, God is the Father of…, etc…
Note: (adj.) An abstract is considered apart from concrete existence, specific objects, or actual instances: an abstract idea or an abstract concept. (A metaphor is considered an abstract idea)
A concrete name is a name which stands for a thing; (Spirit, Ghost, bible, man, etc…)
An abstract name stands for an attribute of a thing; (Holy, faithful, just, evil, almighty, etc…)
An abstract idea stands for an attribute of a thing; (the lamb of God, the Word, baptized with Fire, etc…)
Anything abstract is not concrete; you cannot physically hold it. It is an expression of something or someone. (The lamb was not literally a four-legged woolly animal, thus it is clearly figurative speech called a metaphor)
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