Romans 1:19-20 God and His invisible attributes

Before we check out Romans 1:19-20, sit with God a moment and pray that He speaks to you tonight. Pray that He reveals Himself to you in a new way.

Thank you! If you read the title of this blog you may have noticed the idea of God’s “invisible attributes.” I just love this phrase. Ponder that for a moment with me. What does it mean to you? What comes to mind when you think of God’s invisible attributes? Being a visual person myself, I think of things of the heart – literally, things you cannot see, like God’s character, his love, mercy, kindness, etc… But…. This is not what Paul meant in Romans 1:19-20. Please check these verses out and sit with them and God for a moment.

For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. 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.

Did you notice what Paul declares God’s invisible attributes to be?

His Eternal Power

God is eternally powerful; He has eternal dynamis: inherent power, power residing in a thing by virtue of its nature, or which a person or thing exerts and puts forth, power to perform miracles. The term dynamis speaks to the dynamic view of all life in the cosmos; it is a cosmic principle (TDNT 187). God’s essence is power. He has all authority and all power of all the cosmos and everything in it. Did you catch the last part of that definition? God has the power to perform miracles. The implications blow my mind. In the Old Testament, people did not have the empowerment of the Holy Spirit, so God showed His hand through outward miracles: the parting of the Red Sea, manna from heaven, stopping the sun, tearing down the walls of Jericho, and on and on… In the New Testament, however, disciples of Christ now have the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, which means that God’s focus is now internal. Instead of working outward miracles (which He still does on occasion), His focus is inside – instead of feeding you manna from heaven, He is feeding you peace, joy, and power in the Holy Spirit. Instead of parting the waters, He is raising you up in a life of righteousness after being dead in sin. In Christ, YOU are the miracle. He takes your temper and gives you long-suffering patience, He takes your judgments and gives you compassion, He takes your apathy and gives you empathy, He takes your chaos and gives you peace.

Fill in the blank:

He takes my  ____ and gives me _____.

His power is limitless and you are the most miraculous part of His creation. ❤

His Divine Nature

Do not miss this: the Greek word for “divine,” is theiotēs; it means that this God is God in the absolute. He is Sovereign, creative, and self-revealing. I love that first word: absolute. Truly, to we His children, isn’t He everything? Our strength, our hope, our future, our life. Beautiful One, not only is He everything, but He is KING over everything: He is SOVEREIGN. In our darkest times, we need to know to the depths of our being that there is a God in heaven and…


Did you notice what speaks of God’s invisible attributes?

the Things that Have Been Made

He’s creative. As one who isn’t, I am astounded by creativity. I am in awe of those who can create beauty. The most genius of artists in the history of the world are but mere shadows of the Master Creator.

Psalm 19:1-6 ESV

The heavens declare the glory of God,
    and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.
Day to day pours out speech,
    and night to night reveals knowledge.
There is no speech, nor are there words,
    whose voice is not heard.
Their voice goes out through all the earth,
    and their words to the end of the world.

Job 12:7-10 ESV

“But ask the beasts, and they will teach you;
    the birds of the heavens, and they will tell you;
or the bushes of the earth, and they will teach you;
    and the fish of the sea will declare to you.
Who among all these does not know
    that the hand of the Lord has done this?
10 In his hand is the life of every living thing
    and the breath of all mankind.

To whom has God revealed Himself?

Every. Living. Being.

How can you look at creation, the wonder of it, the magnitude, the ingenious, the beauty, and not see it’s Creator?! God is SHOUTING His being, His character, His love, His eternal power, His divine nature. God is eternally powerful over all creation, over you, over the kings and powers of this world, over your life, your family, your boss, your children, your church. HE. IS. SOVEREIGN. Not even the sparrow falls without His knowing… How much more does He care for you? Open your eyes to see your Creator and allow Him to reveal Himself anew to you and speak His essence into your heart.

2 Cor 12:9-11 Words of My Heart

This semester is finally over. I have learned so much, but I am so ready to be finished! As my brain leaves the classes of Spring semester, I look forward to summer and the Bible study awaiting me. I am taking a practicum over the summer and God inspired me to use the practicum to teach my first Bible study. I have such a passion for them and have facilitated multiple studies, but never taught one myself. When this idea first popped into my head, I was excited beyond belief. I started making notes, designing the study, making outlines, writing down themes, etc… Now, however, as the study looms ever closer, the excitement is still there but the fear is beginning to set in. Thoughts of “what was I thinking?!,” “what can I teach somebody?!,” and “who am I to speak about God’s Word and His being?” are running through my head with ever-increasing panic. I keep thinking how audacious this is and that I have no right, I am not equipped, I am not worthy such an undertaking. If I let myself, I will go into a true panic over this study and fear will take such a hold on me. Have you ever been there? When the idea of something is so excited that the implications don’t hit you until later, and then you panic? That’s where I am. I am overwhelmed by feelings of inadequacy.

Even through my fears and hints of outright panic, I hear God whispering. There is always a way out – out of sin, out of fear, out of panic, out of anxiety – and that way out is listening to the truth of God’s Word. His whispers to me sound a whole lot like 2 Cor 12:9-10:

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

Oh, how these words speak to my heart this morning. ❤ I can just hear Him saying, “Oh my Love, MY GRACE is sufficient, and MY POWER is made perfect in your weakness.” See, what He is reminding me even as I write this, is that I AM inadequate – I do not have anything worthwhile to teach or convey to anyone. BUT. He who lives within me does. It is because of my inadequacies that His power, His Word, His Grace will shine and will speak; in my weakness I allow Him to take over, I allow Him to speak through my mouth, to write through my fingers on the keyboard, to convey messages that are not mine. Therefore, I am BOASTING about my weakness and will be content in my inadequacy, knowing that when I am at my weakest, He makes me far stronger than I could ever be on my own.

If God has called you to something that scares the ever-living life out of you, get on your knees and pray. See your weakness, feel the inadequacy, and praise God that through you He is going to do something HUGE. God does not call us to the safety of our comfort zone; if we are not scared of goal He has set before us, then we need to dream a bit bigger. If God has called you to something specific, He will not fail you in your need; He will baptize you in HIS power and make you stronger than you ever thought you could be.

Dearest LORD,

My Covenant God, my YHWH, the God who never fails His promises, I bless your great and Holy Name. I praise you for your vision, for the goals you set before us; goals we could never attain on our own. I praise you for your unfailing love and faithfulness. I praise you that you use the weak – that it is when we are the most inadequate, you use us for your Unspeakable Glory. I pray that you would give us visions of futures that scare us to our bones, and faith to know that you will meet us there and will empower us through your Holy Spirit into victory. I am so humbled, I am so awestruck of you, Most Holy LORD, I am so full of joy at the opportunity to be used to the glory of Your Kingdom. I bless your Name, O LORD, I praise you, Most High God. In your Precious and Holy Name, Amen.