Category: The Doctrine of God: Eternal Creator and Redeemer

What Matthew Henry Can Teach Us about Prayer

In all of the time I have been a Christian and in all of the time I have served in my ministry at the local Church I have never heard anyone say the following sentence: “I am satisfied with my prayer life.” For many in the local Church their prayer life is discouraging because they “tend to say the same old things about the same old things.”[i] My hope is that this brief article can be a starting point for you as you seek to have your mind renewed by the Scriptures on the joy of prayer. It is...

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Defining Miracles Biblically

The way we approach the miraculous is important. Many Christians do not realize that they have adopted an impersonal worldview that makes the miraculous an intrusion into the affairs of our life. They sound often more like David Hume than the Bible. Hume, for example, believed that miracles were a “violation of the laws of nature.” The way many Christians talk about the miraculous acts of God follows this same line of thought, but this perspective does not align with the Bible’s picture and presentation of the miraculous. Christians must define miracles Biblically or we will risk misrepresenting God’s...

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What Are the Incommunicable Attributes of God?

In the study of the doctrine of God, a primary concern is to develop an understanding of His attributes. In this article, we’ll look at specific characteristics of God, such as His Holiness, His immutability, and His infiniteness, to gain a coherent understanding of who He is. At the outset, we must make a distinction between God’s communicable attributes and His incommunicable ones. A communicable attribute is one that can be transferred from one person to another. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta studies contagious diseases. Such diseases are also known as “communicable diseases”. Such diseases...

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What Are the Communicable Attributes of God?

Theologians often like to use fancy words to describe biblical teaching and categories. In two articles in this issue of Theology for Life Magazine, I’m going to explain what the communicable and incommunicable attributes of God are. In this article, we’ll start with the communicable attributes of God. Dr. John Frame helpfully explains these terms for us when he notes: “Theologians have chosen different approaches to describing the attributes of God. The most common in Presbyterian circles has been the distinction between communicable and incommunicable attributes. The former are attributes that God and man can share in common, the...

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The Righteousness of God

In English, the terms righteousness and justice are different words, but in both the Hebrew Old Testament and the Greek New Testament there is only one-word group behind these two English terms. In the Old Testament, the terms primarily translate forms of the tsedek word group, and in the New Testament members of the dikaois word group. Therefore, these two terms will be considered together, speaking of one attribute of God. God’s righteousness means that God always acts in accordance with what is right and is, Himself, the final standard of what is right. Speaking of God, Moses says, in...

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