Summary: Eleventh in a series on the attributes of God focusing on His infinite goodness.
Knowing God Series #11
“Our Infinitely Good God”
Through the summer we have set out to get to know the God of the Bible better.
I. The nature of God
II. The Attributes of God
A. God is infinitely GREAT in His ability / capacity
B. God is infinitely and perfectly PURE in His morality and judgments
1. God is HOLY
2. God is RIGHTEOUS / JUST
3. God is TRUTH
Not only does God perfectly conform to His own values and standards (righteous), He also never violates His own standard (Holy) and He is the ultimate definition of reality (truth). “Truth” is the term used to describe the thing that corresponds to fact or reality. Truth requires some standard of measure by which it can be tested. Some things are more easily tested and compared than others. “Water boils at 212o F.” Does that statement correspond to reality? It is easily tested. “Two plus two equals four.” “Three feet equals one yard.” There are set standards by which we can test the truth of a statement. We rely on those set standards every day without question. Other statements are not so easily tested; origins, morality, right and wrong behavior.
Many claim that in these cases no absolute standard exists by which to measure truth. I believe that the God who created all things also established a set standard by which those things best function.
The Bible may not address every issue in life but it does provide the framework in order to effectively address any issue that may arise.
The Bible does not mention marijuana and specific drugs but does provide principles by which we could arrive at a determination of the morality of recreational drugs.
God and His Word remain the ultimate measure of reality. God does not just speak truth, He is truth. Jesus boldly declared, “I am the way, the truth and the life.”
in Christ are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. Colossians 2:3
The Holy Spirit is called “the Spirit of truth.”
We need to measure and evaluate everything in life in light of God’s word.
So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, "If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free." John 8:31-32
Be careful to listen to all these words which I command you, so that it may be well with you and your sons after you forever, for you will be doing what is good and right in the sight of the LORD your God. Deut 12:28
4. God is WRATH
God reacts and responds to evil in His world. He responds to those who do not live by His truth.
5. God is JEALOUS
Jealousy is a passion for fidelity. It intensifies in the face of infidelity. It is an extension of wrath and anger.
So watch yourselves, that you do not forget the covenant of the LORD your God which He made with you, and make for yourselves a graven image in the form of anything against which the LORD your God has commanded you. For the LORD your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God. Deuteronomy 4:23-24
You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, and on the third and the fourth generations of those who hate Me, Deut 5:9
Then Joshua said to the people, "You will not be able to serve the LORD, for He is a holy God. He is a jealous God; He will not forgive your transgression or your sins. "If you forsake the LORD and serve foreign gods, then He will turn and do you harm and consume you after He has done good to you." Joshua 24:19-20
A jealous and avenging God is the LORD; The LORD is avenging and wrathful. The LORD takes vengeance on His adversaries, And He reserves wrath for His enemies. Nahum 1:2
Paul felt passionate about the people’s fidelity to Christ.
For I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy; for I betrothed you to one husband, so that to Christ I might present you as a pure virgin. But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ. 2 Corinthians 11:2-3
6. God is the SOVEREIGN JUDGE
As the infinitely pure God, God must judge all that is imperfect as compared to His absolute standard of truth and morality. He not only established the standard but designed the consequence connected to violation of that standard.
Whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles in one point, he has become guilty of all. James 2:10