The Identity and Attributes of God

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Johnson, Terry



‘This book is both profound in its theology, lucid in its exposition, and deeply pastoral and practical in its tone and intention. Anyone wanting to dive into the doctrine of God who wants to see how classical theism connects to everyday Christian life – and what is therefore practically at stake when such theology is abandoned – should read this book.’ — CARL TRUEMAN

Book Description

The problem identified by the prophet Hosea in his day is still with us today — ‘There is no…knowledge of God in the land’ (Hos. 4:1). We were made to know God. We were saved to know God. Jesus said, ‘This is eternal life that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent’ (John 17:3).

Our chief end and purpose is to know God and thereby to honour and enjoy him. These pages explore God’s identity. The God who is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit is also Creator, Governor, and Redeemer. This one true God is infinitely and unchangingly holy, just, good, and loving. This work is offered with the hope that it might promote the true knowledge of the true God. As Matthew Henry said, ‘To know the perfections of the divine nature, the unsearchable riches of divine grace, to be led into the mystery of our redemption and reconciliation by Christ, this is food; such knowledge as this is a feast to the soul.’

‘It has been said by someone that “the proper study of mankind is man”. I will not oppose the idea, but I believe it is equally true that the proper study of God’s elect is God; the proper study of a Christian is the Godhead. The highest science, the loftiest speculation, the mightiest philosophy, which can ever engage the attention of a child of God, is the name, the nature, the person, the work, the doings, and the existence of the great God whom he calls his Father… I know nothing which can so comfort the soul; so calm the swelling billows of sorrow and grief; so speak peace to the winds of trial, as a devout musing upon the subject of the Godhead.’

— C. H. Spurgeon

Table of Contents Expand ↓

Preface ix
Introduction xi
1 The Study of God 1
2 ‘Our Triune God’ 25
3 ‘The Badges of Divinity’: The Incommunicable Attributes of God (1) 47
4 ‘The Badges of Divinity’: The Incommunicable Attributes of God (2) 61
5 ‘Our Creator God’ 87
6 ‘Our Governor and Preserver’: The Providence of God 113
7 ‘The Attribute of Attributes’: The Holiness of God 143
8 God’s Holiness and Ours 165
9 ‘The Engines of Divine Dignity’: The Justice and Righteousness of God 185
10 Just and Justifier: Righteousness Satisfied and Conferred 213
11 ‘The Captain Attribute’: The Goodness of God 237
12 God’s Victorious Goodness 257
13 The Love of God 283
14 God’s Transforming Love 313
15 God’s Love and Ours 333
Bibliography 355
Index of Scripture References 369
General Index 395



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