I recently got a hold of a copy of The Attributes of God by Arthur Pink. As I go through this book I've decided that I'll blog on what jumps out at me within each chapter.
"During the past eternity, God was alone: self-contained, self-sufficient, self-satisfied; in need of nothing. Had a universe, had angels, had human beings been necessary to him in any way, they also had been called into existence from all eternity. The creating of them when he did, added nothing to God essentially."
"That he did create was simply for his manifestive glory."
"What was it that moved him to predestinate his elect to the praise of the glory of his grace? It was, as Ephesians 1:5 tells us, "according to the good pleasure of his will.""
"The force of this is, it is impossible to bring the Almighty under obligations to the creature; God gains nothing from us."
"He is solitary in his majesty, unique in his excellency, peerless in his perfections. He sustains all, but is himself independent of all. He gives to all, but is enriched by none."
"Analogy has been drawn between a savage finding a watch upon the sands, and from a close examination of it he infers a watch-maker. So far so good. But attempt to go further: suppose that savage sits down on the sand and endeavors to form to himself a conception of this watch-maker, his personal affections and manners; his disposition, acquirement's, and moral character-- all that goes to make up a personality; could he ever think or reason out a real man--the man who made the watch, so that he could say, "I am acquainted with him"? It seems trifling to ask such questions, but is the eternal and infinite God so much more within the grasp of human reason? No, indeed. The God of Scripture can only be known by those to whom he makes himself known."