None Like Him

10 ways God is different from us (and why that’s a good thing).

God is self-existent, self-sufficient, eternal, immutable, omnipresent, omniscient, omnipotent, sovereign, infinite and incomprehensible. We’re not. And that’s a good thing. Our limitations are by design. We were never meant to be God. But at the root of every sin is our rebellious desire to possess attributes that belong to God alone. Calling us to embrace our limits as a means of glorifying God’s limitless power, Jen Wilkin invites us to celebrate the freedom that comes when we rest in letting God be God.

A good blurb is worth repeating.

One section in chapter one left a deep impression on me. The author writes “Theologians make two lists when they describe who God is. One list contains traits that are true only of God. The other contains traits that are true of God but that can also become true of us.” And here is the list:

It’s an interesting thought experiment.

Humans are created in God’s image, says Genesis 1. The list on the right are characteristics that we should grow in as Christians, the ways in which we should become more like Christ. But we as sinners want to be ‘like God’ in the wrong ways.

When the serpent whispered, ‘you will be like God’, we immediately calculate in our minds what it would be like to be limitless, to have limitless knowledge, limitless power, limitless time or energy, rather than be amazed and in awe at what it would be like to be completely good, completely holy, completely merciful.

Another interesting thing about this book is that the author is very explicit about who this book is for. The Introduction is titled ‘On Becoming a God-Fearing Woman’. I’m curious about her reason for so deliberately limiting her readership, even though the content in the book would be equally true and helpful to women and men alike. I came across the same thing when I first read her book Women of the Word. Her Bible study principles and techniques would be helpful for all Christians but the book seems to aim at women only.

You can download a 33-page sample of this book on this page, under the ‘Related Media’ section, where you can read the Introduction and the first chapter of the book.

None Like Him was published in 2016 by Crossway. The book has a twin, if you like, which is called In His Image: 10 Ways God Calls Us to Reflect His Character, published by Crossway in 2018.

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