Last night, I completed the twelfth lesson in a series with our youth on the attributes of God. What they may not know (or more likely remember) is that I’m pulling these from a much-loved book The Attributes of God by A.W. Pink.
So far we’ve explored God’s attributes of aseity (self-sufficiency and existence), trustworthiness (as a faithful promise keeper), immutability (unchangeable), holiness (set-apart), omniscience (all-knowing), omnipresence (all-present), omnipotence (all-powerful), and justice (specifically His wrath).
Today’s teens need to learn about God.
They need to see that His very Words contain reliable truths that are relevant for today. God can be trusted, which means that His words are trustworthy, too. The Bible is our one true and infallible guide for all aspects of life. It is reliable because God is reliable.
Our children also need to understand that this same God never changes. Not in His being, attributes, nor will. He cannot change. His purpose cannot change. His Word cannot change. As fallen creatures we are mutable, but God is not. He is ever the same.
Furthermore, our youth need to grasp that He is in every way set-apart from all that He has created. His love is the Mount Everest of affections (read John 3:16; Romans 8:32-39); His power is awesome—they call Him “the Almighty One”; and He is the righteous Judge, demanding that we speak plainly about the realities of both heaven and hell.
Pink explains why we need to learn these attributes of God:
A spiritual and saving knowledge of God is the greatest need of every human creature. The foundation of all true knowledge of God must be a clear mental apprehension of His perfections as revealed in Holy Scripture. An unknown God can neither be trusted, served, nor worshiped. (7)
Indeed, there is eternal value in contemplating His perfections. The Bible contains all we need to know about the one true God. We must turn to its pages to understand Him. Knowing about God is fundamental to knowing God Himself.
Each Wednesday night with our youth is a blessing. This series started in September, and I’m planning to continue it to the end of our time together in May. Please be praying for our young people.