The Aseity of God
I am learning about the attributes of God and wanted to share some of the things I have been taught. An attribute is a characteristic quality of a person. They are inherent- they are a permanent and essential part of who that person is. Now we are talking about God- who isn’t a person- but we attempt to explain God in terms our pea-sized brains can understand.
Attributes can be communicable; having a partial human counterpart, or incommunicable; belonging to God only. The first incommunicable attributes I studied is the Aseity of God.
The Aseity of God speaks to God’s self-existence. God is uncaused and never didn’t exist (excuse the double negative). Humans on the other hand, were brought into existence by God and if He didn’t exist, we would be goners too.
The best scripture that describes the Aseity of God is in Exodus 3: 13 Then Moses said to God, “Indeed, when I come to the children of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they say to me, ‘What is His name?’ what shall I say to them?” 14 And God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And He said, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’ ”
When I think of it, whatever is brought into existence- my children, new inventions, etc., has a name given to them. My wife reminded me that God even allowed Adam to name the animals that God caused to exist. In Exodus 3:14, God is telling Moses that He is who He is. He is unnamed and uncaused. The name Yahweh (Jehovah), meaning the self-Existent or eternal, is derived from I AM and stresses the Aseity of God.
The Aseity of God reassures me in that there is no God who came before my God. He is Jehovah and we can be thankful for that!
Let me know if you have any questions regarding this- I will do what I can to answer them.
Grace & peace,
Scott from Agape Blues