God is simple, yes, it’s true! 
God’s not like me or you.

He has no parts, no arm or leg.
This doctrine is not hard to peg.

This does not speak of knowledge or wisdom,
Just that God’s not a complex system. 

He doesn’t need eyes to aid his seeing,
No composition in His being. 

God does not act on a whim,
No attribute can be removed from Him. 

No attribute is on it’s own,
To Himself he’s fully known. 

He loves in goodness and his power true,
His sovereign will He will always do. 

He must, he will, he does subsist.
There is no way He can’t exist. 

Again, His attributes cannot be singled,
His character is intermingled.

If you haven’t, then it’s time you hear it,
The Living God is a Spirit.  

In knowing Him, this is a key,
The doctrine of simplicity. 

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  1. I’ve been interested in the doctrine of divine simplicity of late, especially since it’s touched on in my sermon today (August 6, 2017). Physical simplicity is obvious, which you do a really good job of explaining. I have more reservations about metaphysical simplicity. If God is metaphysically simple, then it would seem that His love must be identical to His power which is then identical to His omnipresence; however, that seems absurd. Furthermore, if God is metaphysically simple, then I don’t see how we can have any real doctrine of the Trinity. On the other hand, if God isn’t metaphysically simple, then it starts to seem like God is dependent upon the sum of His qualities, which I don’t want to say either.

    Definitely a hard problem! But, these things are one of the reasons that theology is so much fun.


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