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Faith and the Attributes of God (3)


My righteous one shall live by faith —Hebrews 10:38

The more we learn of the attributes of God, the greater our faith should grow. Knowing who he is and what he is able to do should give us great confidence in him. Best of all, we can be sure that, in all of his attributes, he will never change. Our friends, good as they may be, will fail us, but God never will. What we trust today will be true tomorrow, and for eternity.


We may doubt of creature power, because it is limited, but he is omnipotent. The creature may have strength, but want wisdom, and this may disable him, and weaken our confidence; but God is omniscient. A friend may have strength and wisdom too, but may be far from us; oh, but he is omnipresent. A man may have all these, but be prevented by death; but God is eternal. A man may have power, wisdom, propinquity,* life, but not be willing; but God is merciful, gracious, compassionate, and joins other attributes to his mercy, the more to confirm faith. Mercy endures for ever; there is eternity. Over all his works; there is immensity. Abundant in goodness, there is its infiniteness. His compassions fail not, there is unchangeableness.

—David Clarkson, Of Living by Faith, Works (Banner of Truth, 1988), 1:181–182.

* 1 : nearness of blood : kinship
2 : nearness in place or time : proximity

Posted 2017·09·12 by David Kjos
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