There Real Question Behind “What is God like?”

“What is God like?”  If by that question we mean “What is God like in Himself?” there is no answer.  If we mean “What has God disclosed about Himself that the reverent reason can comprehend?” there is, I believe, an answer both full and satisfying.  For while the name of God is secret and His essential nature incomprehensible, He in condescending love has by revelation declared certain things to be true Himself.  These we call His attributes.

– A.W.Tozer; Knowledge of the Holy; Kindle Version; Page 10

We Will Never Fully Grasp This

Seventh, the Holy Spirit is omnipotent, omnipresent and omniscient.  These are theological words that essentially mean that the Spirit is all-powerful (Zechariah 4:6), present everywhere (Psalm 139:7-8) and all-knowing (I Corinthians 2:10b) respectively.  These are some of His attributes that we will never fully grasp as finite human beings (Isaiah 40:13).

– Chan, Francis; Forgotten God: Reversing the Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit; David C. Cook Publishers; Colorado Springs, CO; copyright 2009; p. 74

God’s Goodness and Severity

The Christians at Rome are not tow dwell on God’s goodness alone, nor on His severity alone, but to contemplate both together.  Both are attributes of God – aspects, that is, of His revealed character.  Both appear alongside each other in the economy of grace.  Both must be acknowledged together if God is to be truly known.

– J.I. Packer, Knowing God, copyright 1973, page 156