Social Justice Project #25

The Attributes of God and Justice

Part 4: Wise

God possesses attributes which are characterized in two categories: incommunicable and communicable. Those attributes which are incommunicable are those that He holds uniquely to Himself and does not share to any degree with human beings. An attribute which is communicable is one that God possesses and exemplifies but is also one which humanity can possess to a degree.

While possession of wisdom is a communicable attribute of God, which human beings share with Him, God’s wisdom is incomparable. The apostle Paul hyperbolically states that even God’s foolishness (if there ever was such a thing), is more wise than the wisdom of humans (I Cor. 1:25). A. W. Tozer writes, “Wisdom sees everything in focus, each in proper relation to all, and is thus able to work toward predestined goals with flawless precision” (Knowledge of the Holy).

When asked the greatest of the commandments, Jesus said to love God with everything and love one’s neighbor as himself (Matt. 22:34-40). Certainly, this gives us a standard for justice and fairness. It is also possible to request and receive wisdom from God. “Now if any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who give to all generously and without criticizing, and it will be given to him” (James 1:5, HCSB). This also gives us hope for the future when encountering injustice. God is working wisely in human history to bring about His ends, even when we do not see the immediate benefit or solution.

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