**This is part 2 of this post***
A spiritual and saving knowledge of God is the greatest need of every human being. The foundation of all true knowledge of God must be a clear mental understanding of His perfections as revealed in Scripture. An unknown God can neither be trusted, served, nor worshiped (AW Pink, The Attributes of God, p.7)
Believers should not only desire to have a true knowledge of God, but should also desire others to have it. First Peter 2:9 says:
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.
Here, Peter elaborates on the blessings which belong to believers. The redeemed are a chosen race who have obtained membership into THE Chosen race, not by physical descent from Abraham, but by coming to Christ and believing in Him. We are also a royal priesthood and a holy nation, a people for God’s possession. Yet, we are not redeemed simply for our own enjoyment, but that we would glorify Him.
Seeking our own eternal well being, though that is right, could never provide a truly satisfying goal for life. The answer to our search for ultimate meaning lies in ‘proclaiming the perfections of God‘. The perfections of God include many different things, but can be summed up as ‘all He is and all He has done.’
Attributes are an aspect of God’s Perfections. All that He does is borne out of all that He is. One type of attribute is communicable attributes. These are primarily the moral attributes of our Creator that He shares with His creatures to a degree. Even in these communicable attributes there is an aspect of them that is still incommunicable. God is infinite in each of these, whereas we can only reflect them dimly.
- Above all creation, God is the supreme moral judge, the only person who clearly discerns right from wrong and who truly understands people.
- Moses praises the wrath of God in Exodus 15:7. Jesus says in John 3:36, “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.”
- Where God always does what is perfectly right according to the law, we do not behave perfectly. We can be lawful, and in so doing we emulate the perfect justice of God.
- Where God knows all things (1 John 3:20), we only know partially. Our knowledge is incomplete and always will be incomplete.
- God is love (1 John 4:8) and expresses His love perfectly through Jesus. Because we are touched by sin, our expression of love towards others will always be tainted. But we are still able to express it.
- God’s mind is perfectly rational since all that God possesses in knowledge and wisdom necessitates His perfect thought. We, on the other hand, are imperfectly rational. Our conclusions and deductions are not always correct. They cannot be since we are affected by sin and do not have all knowledge.
- Mercy is not getting what we deserve. We can exhibit mercy to others though we do not always do it properly and perfectly.
- We can speak and communicate. This is an attribute we possess, but our communications are never perfect. An attribute of God is His speech. He said “let there be light” (Genesis 1:3), and it was so. God always speaks truth, and it contains power. Our speech is not always true, nor does it contain the same creative power as God’s speech.
- Truth is a quality where statements properly reflect actuality, but it is also a quality of character possessed by God. We can be truthful, but our ability to be truthful is damaged in part because of our lack of all knowledge and also because of our sin.
- People are capable of expressing wisdom, which is the proper use of knowledge. But this is best done in light of scriptural revelation. We can possess wisdom but not perfectly. God, however, possesses wisdom perfectly and always makes the right decisions as well as the best ways to accomplish His decisions.