God’s Word, the Bible, reveals God by presenting various aspects of God. When we claim such and such is an “attribute” of God, we are claiming such and such is true about God. We can divide God’s attributes into two general categories, those that show God is different in nature to man, such as being everywhere at the same time, and those that show God is different in range or scope, i.e. bigger, greater, perfect rather than flawed, but man shares or can share to a limited degree in these “godly” attributes, such as long-suffering. God, as revealed in God’s Word, acts as a person, as the Father, or the Son, or the Holy Spirit, three persons in one God, the Trinity. This obviously is one of the attributes we do not share in. Each person of the Trinity is revealed to possess Intellect, Will, and Emotion. Lets look at some of the other attributes the Bible reveals about God that we do not share, that show God is different in nature compared with man. God is “spirit.” So if we seek to limit God to what makes sense in our physical realm, we are engaging in defining an elephant as a rope because we have briefly held the tail. Anytime we are dogmatic about God, He cannot do this or that, we may be denying that God supersedes what we can imagine about God. God is sovereign. There is no authority over God; He does as He pleases. But He does not do everything His sovereignty would allow, because some of His other attributes show God limits Himself to what is righteousness and holy and perfect. God is eternal. He always was, He had no beginning, and He has no end, He will always be. This attribute applies to each person of the Trinity; all three always were and always will be. God may create a manifestation of God to men, as say a burning bush, or a dove, or a man, but the person being revealed is eternal. God the Son was not created when Jesus was conceived in Mary’s womb. God is Omnipresent. God is everywhere at the same time. Since God holds all of creation together, this characteristic might be seen as limited to a “thing” called “sustaining power” but that would miss the mark. His “eyes” are everywhere, so God knows what is going on everywhere. But, on the other hand, God can restrict the presence of one of His Persons, and confine that Person is one location, such as God incarnate. But on the other hand, God incarnate is fully God, and not part God, even though He emptied Himself, taking the form of a bondservant, and being made in the likeness of man. God is Omnipotent. God is all-powerful, there is nothing that can prevent or obstruct His action. But as with God’s sovereignty, God can do as He pleases, and if it pleases God to allow others to act autonomously in a way He does not specifically desire, He can create such a capacity, because He is all-powerful. God is Omniscient. God is all-knowing about what He has chosen to know. He could have chosen to know everything about everything, but the bible reveals He chose not to do so. God is Immutable. This means God’s attributes are fixed, He is not all powerful today but not all-powerful tomorrow, He is the same yesterday, today and forever. But this attribute does not preclude God having mercy on whom He has mercy, and to provide justice for those He does not have mercy upon. He can say He will do this, if man does that, and will do something else, if man does something else. This is not repenting as going from some flawed direction, to a more perfect direction, as a man, but “repenting” as going from one perfect direction to another perfect direction in accordance with His promise.