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April 09, 2006

Westminster Shorter Catechism, Question 4

Q. 4. What is God?

A. God is a Spirit, infinite, eternal, and unchangeable in his being, wisdom, power, holiness, justice, goodness, and truth.

is a Spirit
Deuteronomy 4:15-19, Luke 24:39, John 1:18, John 4:24, Acts 17:29

infinite
1 Kings 8:27, Psalm 139:7-10, Psalm 145:3, Psalm 147:5, Jeremiah 23:24, Romans 11:33-36

eternal
Deuteronomy 33:27, Psalm 90:2, Psalm 102:12, 24-27, Revelation 1:4, 8

unchangeable Psalm 33:11, Malachi 3:6, Hebrews 1:12, Hebrews 6:17-18, Hebrews 13:8, James 1:17

in his being
Exodus 3:14, Psalm 115:2-3, 1 Timothy 1:17, 1 Timothy 6:15-16

wisdom
Psalm 104:24, Romans 11:33-34, Hebrews 4:13

power
Genesis 17:1, Psalm 62:11, Jeremiah 32:17, Matthew 19:26, Revelation 1:8

holiness
Hebrews 1:13, 1 Peter 1:15-16, 1 John 3:3, 5, Revelation 15:4.

justice
Genesis 18:25, Exodus 34:6-7, Deuteronomy 32:4, Psalm 96:13, Romans 3:5, 26

goodness
Psalm 103:5, Psalm 107:8, Matthew 19:7, Romans 2:4

and truth
Exodus 34:6, Deuteronomy 32:4, Psalm 86:15, Psalm 117:2, Hebrews 6:18

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Comments

Yes, but is this an acceptable definition of God?

You might be interested in James Jordan's article on this question: http://www.biblicalhorizons.com/bh/bh082.htm
He doesn't like it, because he thinks it that what is said in Q&A 4 might equally be applied to the God of Aristotle, or the God of the Deists, or the God of Islam...

Posted by: John Dekker at April 14, 2006 09:19 PM

So, is what you are saying, is that some are concerned that this ignores the personal/immanent attributes?

Posted by: TulipGirl at April 15, 2006 01:49 PM

No, it's not really that - perhaps it's the whole idea of having a list of attributes in answer to the question "What is God?" Indeed, maybe it's the wrong question to ask - perhaps "Who is God?" would be better.

Maybe this is a question of systematic vs. biblical theology, though I wouldn't want to drive a wedge between the two...

Posted by: John Dekker at April 17, 2006 08:29 AM


 
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