SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY II WEEK 3, SESSION 2

Systematic Theology: Volume Two
Chapter Ten

“God’s Majesty, Beauty, and Ineffability”
pp. 232-253

Majesty, Beauty, and Ineffability
According to Geisler (p. 233), these three nonmoral attributes go together: His beauty is part of His majesty, and His majesty is constituted in part by his inexpressible beauty. Both, along with His infinity and transcendence, are the reason for His ineffability, meaning that He goes far beyond our finite ability to comprehend or express.

God’s Majesty
Definition of God’s Majesty: Majesty is represented in Hebrews by a several words with a range of meaning. Two Greek words capture the meaning of majesty. In short, God’s majesty consists of unsurpassed greatness, highest eminence, unparalleled exaltation, and unmatched glory. (Geisler, p. 233)

Biblical Basis for God’s Majesty
 1 Chron. 16:27; 29:11  Job 37:4; 37:22  Ps. 29:4; 45:3-4; 48:1; 93:1; 96:6; 104:1;       

145:5, 12 Isa. 6:1-5; 26:10; 33:20-21 Michah 5:4 Luke 9:43 Heb. 1:3; 8:1 2 Peter 1:16 Jude 25 Rev. 4:11

God’s Beauty
Definition of God’s Beauty: Several Hebrew and Greek words convey the idea of beauty. As applied to God, beauty is the essential attribute of goodness that produces in the beholder a sense of overwhelming pleasure and delight. (Geisler, p. 239)

Biblical Basis for God’s Beauty
1 Chron. 16:29 2 Chron. 20:21 Ps. 27:4; 29: 2; 96:9 Job 40:10 Isa. 33:17

God’s Ineffability
Definition of God’s Ineffability: Literally, “ineffable” means “incapable of being expressed.” Theologically, ineffability refers to the transcendent characteristics of God that cannot be adequately expressed in human language. Though we can apprehend God, we cannot fully comprehend Him. (Geisler, p. 246)

Biblical Basis for God’s Ineffability
 Deut. 29:29  Ps. 139:6  Job 11:7  Isa. 55:8  Rom. 11:33  1 Tim. 3:16

A Mystery versus a Problem Familiarize yourself with the distinction between a problem and a mystery in Geisler, pp. 251-252.

Systematic Theology: Volume Two
Chapter Eleven

“God’s Life and Immortality”
pp. 255-268

God’s Life
Definition of Life: Theologically, to speak of God as life is to say two basic things: God is alive, and He is the Source of all other life. He has life intrinsically; He is life, while all other things have life as a gift from Him. . . Whatever else it may include, life involves immanent self-activity. (Geisler, 254)

Biblical Sources for God’s Life
Familiarize yourself with the biblical basis of God’s attribute of life. Geisler places these references under five headings (pp. 255-257): 1.God’s As Living 2.God As a Source of Life 3.God As the Resurrector From the Dead 4.God As the Giver of Living Bread and Water 5.God As the Source of Living Words

God’s Immortality
Definition of God’s Immortality: Theologically, immortality as applied to God means that He possesses life intrinsically and eternally. God is life; all else merely has life. As life itself, He is the Fountain of all other life. (Geisler, 262)

Biblical Basis for God’s Immortality
God is Immortal  1 Tim. 1:17; 6:16  Rom. 1:23 God Gives Immortality to Some Creatures  Rom. 2:7  2 Tim. 1:10  1 Cor. 9:25; 15:53-54  1 Pet. 1:4; 1:23 God is the Giver of Eternal Life  John 3:16; 5:24; cf. John 3:36

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