Packer's Attributes Of God Discussion
The two groups discussed in Packer’s Knowing God are the incommunicable and communicable groups of God’s attributes. In the incommunicable group is a short list of God’s attributes consisting of His immutability, His infinity, His omnipotence, His omniscient, His omnipresence, His sovereignty, His transcendence, His eternal and immanent attributes. According to Packer (1993), “The theologians called these qualities incommunicable because they are characteristic of God alone; man, just because he is man and not God, does not and cannot share any of them” (p. 99).
The two attributes of God that Packer writes about that are included in the incommunicable group are omniscience and omnipresence. God is infinite in every way and man is finite. God has no limitations while man is limited. God is the creator and man is the created. When God created Adam that was about as good as man gets right up to the moment Adam disobeyed God. The thing that Adam and Eve did was to cover themselves and try to hide from God as if they had forgotten that God knows all and sees all. Packer refers to the psalmist, David, who wrote Psalm 139. David reflects on the infinite and unlimited nature of God as it relates to people. God is omnipresent. He is able to …show more content…
According to Packer (1993), “when God made man, He communicated him qualities corresponding to all these. This is what the Bible means when it tells us that God made man in His own image (Gen 1:26-27)” (p. 100). We are made in God’s image and this in no way means that we will be fully like God. The Bible speaks and tells us in Ephesians 5:1-2 KJV, “Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling