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I’ve been studying the book of James for the past two months, meditating on its teachings, and I’ve made a list of things that it teaches about God.

Through Scripture, God lets us understand what He is like, but no human being can fully know God. His ways and His thoughts are above our ways and thoughts. (Isaiah 55.8-9) But He does reveal several things about His holy character and His sovereign will that we are given grace to understand. A. W. Tozer puts it nicely in his work, The Knowledge of the Holy.

“‘What is God like?’ If by that question we mean ‘What is God like in Himself?‘ there is no answer. If we mean ‘What has God disclosed about Himself that the reverent reason can comprehend?’ there is, I believe, an answer both full and satisfying. For while the name of God is secret and His essential nature incomprehensible, He in condescending love has by revelation declared certain things to be true of Himself.” 1

We must meditate on his Word day and night. (Psalm 1.2)

Through meditation on Scripture, we get wisdom, (Proverbs 2.6) we find salvation, (Ephesians 1.13) and we become more holy. (2 Timothy 3.16)

God, according to James:

  • God is one. (2.19)
  • God is the Lord of glory. (2.1)
  • God does not change in any way. (1.17)
  • All things good and perfect are from God alone. (1.17)
  • It is God’s will that we exist, that we be an offering bringing Him glory. (1.18)
  • God has made people in the likeness of Himself. (3.9)
  • God intensely longs for the spirit that He’s given us. (4.5)
  • God wants us to keep ourselves unstained from the world. (1.27)
  • God is able to save. (4.12)
  • God raises up the sick. (5.15)
  • God forgives the sinner. (5.15)
  • God cannot be tempted, and He does not tempt men. Temptation comes from man’s own desire, not from God. (1.13-15)
  • God draws near to those who draw near to Him. (4.8)
  • God hears the cries of those who have been sinned against. (5.4)
  • God is compassionate and merciful, having purpose for those who suffer and remain steadfast. (5.11)
  • God generously gives wisdom to all without reproach, if they ask for it in faith, with no doubting. (1.5-8)
  • God gives wisdom from above, teaching people to be pure, peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. These people reap righteousness in his name. (3.17-18)
  • God gives grace to the humble. (4.6, quoting Prov. 3.34)
  • God exalts those who humble themselves before Him. (4.10)
  • God chooses those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith. (2.5)
  • God promises to give the crown of life to those who love Him, who remain steadfast under trial. (1.12, 2.5)
  • God blesses those who act on what they read in the Scripture, not those who just hear or know it. (1.22-25)
  • God justifies those who have active faiths, with works that complete them, counting them as righteous, calling them friends. (2.22-24)
  • God is the lawgiver. (4.12)
  • God is the judge. (4.12)
  • God watches and judges us. (5.9)
  • God is able to destroy. (4.12)
  • God considers a breach of any part of the law to be a breach of all of it. (2.10-11)
  • God is an enemy of those who love the world, who wish to be friends with the world. They make an enemy of Him. (4.4)
  • God shows no mercy to those who show no mercy. (2.13)
  • God condemns those who say what they do not mean. (5.12)
  • God opposes the proud. (4.6, quoting Prov. 3.34)
  • God judges teachers (of the law, of the Scripture) with greater strictness. (3.1)
  • God is returning to Earth. (5.7-8)

Notes

1. Tozer, A. W. “God Incomprehensible.” Knowledge of the Holy. HarperOne, 1961. 11. Print.

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