In God Is, Mark Jones surveys the various communicable and incommunicable attributes of God through a devotional perspective. Jones emphasizes that when studying God’s attributes, we must consider all these characteristics collectively as revealed through the Bible. Moreover, it is incorrect to consider one attribute as being more important than another as all of God’s attributes are equally essential and necessary. Another point that the author asserts is that Jesus, as God incarnate possessing both divine and human natures, displays God’s character in a tangible way to us. Thus, we can draw numerous implications on how we should live by imitating Christ who is the only human which reflected God’s image perfectly. In each chapter, Jones discusses on one attribute using a threefold approach that examines how the doctrine of the attribute is found in Scripture, how the attribute is found in Christ as the God-man, and how the attribute applies to the Christian life. The author is careful to explain each attribute in the simplest terms backed by evidence from the Bible and observations from historical sources such as Augustine and the Westminster Confession of Faith. Furthermore, Jones skillfully draws out many helpful applications that most readers may not have realized when considering God’s attributes in the past.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants an accessible resource in learning about who God is and how He interacts with His creatures especially through His Son. Jones laments that there has been a steady decline in the attention given to God’s attributes in both public and private worship. I would further add that Christians need to go beyond just believing that God exists. We need to increase our understanding and appreciation of God’s attributes so that we can live faithfully and grow spiritually. When we consider God’s majesty, glory, and sovereignty, the temporary discomforts and suffering we face becomes much more bearable. When we face temptations and difficulties, we can find comfort that our immutable, omniscient, and omnipotent God will give us strength to carry on. When we fall into sin, we can rest assured that our merciful, loving, and patient God will not give up on His children. When we advance in our knowledge of who God is, we will indelibly grow in our faith, obedience, and love for the triune God.
In compliance with Federal Trade Commission regulations, I was provided a review copy of this book from Crossway.