- From scripture:
The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything. (Acts 17:24-25 ESV)
…remember the former things of old;
declaring the end from the beginning
calling a bird of prey from the east,
I have purposed, and I will do it.
Isaiah 46:9-11 ESV)
- From Systematic Theology by Wayne Grudem:
Those attributes we call “incommunicable” are better defined by saying that they are attributes of God that are less shared by us. Not one of the incommunicable attributes of God is completely without some likeness in the character of human beings. For example, God is unchangeable, while we change. But we do not change completely, for there are some aspects of our characters that remain largely unchanged: or individual identities, many of our personality traits, and some of our long-term purposes remain substantially unchanged over many years (and will remain largely unchanged once we are set free from sin and begin to live in God’s presence forever).
Similarly, God is eternal, and we are subject to the limitations of time. However, we see some reflection of God’s eternity in the fact that we will live with him forever and enjoy eternal life.
- Blue Letter Bible: What are the various ways in which God’s attributes are categorized?
- Sam Storms: Classifying the Attributes
- Bruce Ware: Attributes of God: Incommunicable Attributes, Part 1, Part 2
- Wayne Grudem: Series of lectures on the incommunicable attributes
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