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The Doctrine of God

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THE DOCTRINE OF GOD THE DOCTRINE OF GOD I. Major World Views of Reality A. Atheism – there is no God. B. Polytheism – there are many Gods C. Monotheism – there is one God 1. Finite Godism – the transcended god acts within the universe in limited ways. 2. Panentheism – the finite god is within the universe (Polytheism). 3. Pantheism – the finite god is the universe. 4. Deism – the infinite god is transcended but does not intervene in the universe. 5. Theism – the infinite transcendent God acts within the universe. II. The Nature of God A. Communicable / Incommunicable attributes 1. Communicable attributes – relative or personality attributes; may be reflected in other moral agents. 2. Incommunicable attributes – absolute or constitutional attributes; no analogy in man. B. The Glory of God 1. Infinity – without limitation (1 Kings 8:27; Lk 1:38) 2. Eternity – without termination (Gen. 21:33; Ps. 90:2; Rev. 1:8) 3. Self Existence [Independence from His creatures (Gen. 1:1; Acts 17:25) ] 4. Immutability [Consistency / Unchangeability (Mal. 3:6; James 1:17; Heb. 13:8) ] C. The Power of God 1. Omnipotent – God is all powerful (Gen. 17:1; Jer. 32:27; Lk. 1:37) 2. Omnipresent – God is everywhere (Ps. 139: 7-10; Joshua 7:10-26; Acts 5:1-11) 3. Omniscient – God is all-knowing (Rev. 20:12; Ps. 139:1-6; Col. 2:3) D. The Holiness of God 1. Truth – consistency and agreement to Himself; the standard (Jn. 14:6) 2. Righteousness – goodness ( Ps. 31:1; Rom. 1:17) 3. Justice – His holy will in operation (Deut. 32:4; 1 Jn. 1:9) 4. Wrath – His holy anger (Rom. 1; 18; Ps. 78:31) 5. Love – His grace and mercy (1 Jn 4:8; Acts 14:17; Jn 3:16) III. The Work of God A. The Work of Creation 1. God made the world out of His free and sovereign transcendence. 2. God did not make the universe out of existing primary matter. 3. God did not make the universe out of “Himself.” B. The Work of Providence 1. God’s creation is continuous as expressed in the idea of “upholding” [Heb. 1:3; (carrying along); Col. 1:17 (stand together)] 2. God acts in ALL things (Rom. 8:28; Ps. 115:3; Eph. 1:11) – natural events, disasters, and even evil are under His hand and He uses it for His own ends (Gen. 50:20; Acts 2:23; Phil. 1:17) 3. All things utterly depend on God. (Col. 1:16-17) IV. The Trinity A. God is ONE (Deut. 6:4), yet… B. THREE PERSONS = Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Mt. 28:19-20; Gen.1:26-27); The Trinity “Formula” (2 Cor. 1:21-22; 13:14; 1 Peter 1:2; 2 Thess. 2:13-14; Rom. 15:16)
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