Thursday, August 03, 2017

Without excuse

 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse (Rom 1:20).

Scripture lists a number of divine attributes. So why does Paul say nature reveals these particular attributes rather than some other attributes or additional attributes?

i) Before answering that question, there's the preliminary issues of how these attributes are interrelated. Are there three distinct attributes: power, eternality, and divinity? 

According to Jewett (156), syntactically, divinity modifies power: "God-power". So we might render the combination as "his eternally divine power." Something like that. 

ii) What these share in common are the attributes which identify the absolute Creator of the world. Not just any kind of power, but divine power. Moreover, to be the Creator of everything, God must both preexist creation and have sufficient creative power or ability.   

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