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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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Not of this world.

“Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul.” -1 Peter 2.11

“If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.” -Colossians 3.1-3

“Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world — the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions — is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.” -1 John 2.15-17

“As we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.” -2 Corinthians 4.18

“Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord.” 1 Thessalonians 4.17

“But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.” -Philippians 3.20

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“Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” -1 John 2.15

“Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.” -James 4.4

“I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.” -Romans 12.1

“If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.” -Colossians 3.1-4

“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.” -1 Peter 2.9-10

“Moses said to the LORD, ‘See, you say to me, “Bring up this people.” but you have not let me know whom you will send with me. Yet you have said, “I know you by name, and you have also found favor in my sight.” Now therefore, if I have found favor in your sight, please show me now your ways, that I may know you in order to find favor in your sight. Consider too that this nation is your people.’ And he said, ‘ My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.’ And he said to him, ‘If your presence will not go with me, do not bring us up from here. For how shall it be known that I have found favor in your sight, I and your people? Is it not in your going with us, so that we are distinct, I and your people, from every other people on the face of the earth?'” -Exodus 33.12-16

“‘Behold, the days are coming, declares the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah, not like the covenant that I made with their fathers of the day when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, my covenant that they broke, though I was their husband, declares the LORD. But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the LORD: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people. And no longer shall each one teach his neighbor and each his brother, saying “Know the LORD,” for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, declares the LORD. For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.'” -Jeremiah 31.31-34

“You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet.” -Matthew 5.13

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