The Two Lists: Only God Is & God Is (and We Can Be)

“Theologians make two lists when they describe who God is. One list contains traits that are true only of God. The other contains trials that are true of God but that can also become true of us. Here is an example of such a list.

Only God Is:

  • Infinite
  • Incomprehensible
  • Self-Existent
  • Self-Sufficient
  • Eternal
  • Immutable
  • Omnipresent
  • Omniscient
  • Omnipotent
  • Sovereign

God Is (and We Can Be):

  • Holy
  • Loving
  • Just
  • Good
  • Merciful
  • Gracious
  • Longsuffering
  • Wise
  • Jealous (for his glory)
  • Faithful
  • Righteous
  • Truthful

Every trait on both lists is limitlessly true of God. Once the Holy Spirit dwells in us, the second list can become true of us. It is a list we grow into as we walk in obedience to the commands of GOd. When we talk about being “confirmed to the image of Christ,” this is the list we are describing. It shows us how to reflect who God is as Christ did.

The problem I want to examine in the pages of this book has to do with how we humans treat the list on the top. Though this list can be true of only go God, we want it to be true of us. It reveals how we try to rival God. We want this list to be true of us more than we want the list on the right to be.”

Read more in None Like Him: 10 Ways God is Different From Us (and Why That’s a Good Thing by Jen Wilkin.

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