As we saw in the last blog, Communicable Attributes are those that describe the attributes which God shares with those created in his image, to a certain extent. While God possesses all of these characteristics in the perfect ultimate sense, we also have many of them to a lesser degree.
The Creator of the universe is free to do whatever he pleases. Everything that he does do is completely in line with all of his attributes, such that it is actually impossible for God to do some things such as lie, or be tempted with evil. We as his creation also have the freedom to make willing choices and seek to do things that please us or others around us.
God is completely without sin. Even though we as humans are born into a sinful world and continually do what is wrong, we are also called to be holy for God is holy. The theological term for the process that a Christian goes through to become more and more like Christ throughout this life is also known as sanctification.
Because God is completely just and holy, he abhors all sin. For us to continually pursue sin without concern and not repent is to in effect turn our back on God and even grieve the Holy Spirit. God hates this evil so much that it even took killing his very own Son, Jesus Christ to atone for the wrath that he had against it and to save us.
God is excellent in his character, and his glory is even shown many times by the glory of his presence, such as during the transfiguration found in the gospels. Because Jesus lived a perfect life and rose from death victoriously, as Christians we also believe that one day we also will be raised in glory and have eternal life because of him.
God is all powerful and rules over all creation. Nothing is too hard for him, and he is able to do far more than we could ever ask or think. As humans created in his image, we also have dominion over many things on earth and exercise power ourselves in all spheres of life.
In what areas of your life do you see your God-given characteristics play out each day?