God in His Word Part 2

Previously in our study of how God has revealed Himself through His Word we have discussed some of the facts of God in His Word. We also defined God through His Word and looked at His nature as it is revealed in His Word. As we continue in our study we will look at the character of God and His work.

We will look at some of the characteristics as they are revealed in the Scriptures. We have already stated that God is la Spirit. (John 4:24) And that God is the definition of love. “The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love.” (1 John 4:8) In my mind, as small as it may be, true love requires justice. God is love and He operates in truth and that requires that He is just. We read in the book of Revelation that God keeps accurate books on the events of His creation and in particular the deeds of man in the flesh. In the end all will be reconciled and justified by God. “Because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead.” (Acts 17:31)

Because God is love He is therefore rich in mercy towards man. God knows that man is but a creature and burdened with a sin nature from the fall in the Garden of Eden. God in His mercy has the purpose to restore man to a right relationship with Him. Through the work of the Son, Jesus Christ, God has made a way that man can be reconciled unto Him and not fall into His wrath. “But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved).” (Ephesians 2:4-5)

In the beginning was the Word and there was no other Word but God’s Word. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (John 1:1) God is bound by His Word and therefore cannot lie thus His Word is truth. If God’s Word was not truth, then the universe and beyond, all of God’s creation would be hurling in complete confusion and out of control. God is the Master of His creation and He rules it in truth. By the truth of God’s Word man can find eternal salvation. “And we know that the Son of God has come, and has given us understanding so that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life.” (1 John 5:20)

God is holy. Holy is defined in Webster as, exalted or worthy of complete devotion as one perfect in goodness and righteousness. God is pure and there is no sin in Him. God is so pure that He cannot be in the presence of evil. “But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, And your sins have hidden His face from you so that He does not hear.” (Isaiah 59:2) God is light and the darkness of sin cannot comprehend the light and hates the truth. “The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.” (John 1:5) In God there cannot be any darkness as evil cannot abide in truth. “This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all.” (1 John 1:5)

God shows His compassion towards men and has empathy towards men as He in His Son has experienced the trials of this life. There is no sin that God has not overcome as He in the life of His Son experienced the temptation and overcame. “No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.” (1 Corinthians 10:13) In all of our trials and tribulations God is able and willing to give us comfort. “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort.” (2 Corinthians 1:3)

God is longsuffering and His mercy endures forever. “O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth forever.” (Psalm 136:1 KJV) God’s characteristics are given freely and He will have mercy and compassion upon whom He pleases for His glory. “For He says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.” (Romans 9:15)

God’s grace is all sufficient for man. Grace is defined as the free and unmerited favor of God, as manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowal of blessings. Sin entered into the world by the sin of one and all have been affected as a result. All have sin tainted lives and the natural nature of man is sinful. “For if by the transgression of the one, death reigned through the one, much more those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.” (Romans 5:17) The Apostle Paul was afflicted and prayed that God would remove his affection. God answered Paul that His grace was sufficient in all of his weaknesses. “And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.” (2 Corinthians 12:9)

All men will be held accountable for their actions here in this world. It is not just our actions but also the thoughts of our hearts. Even every careless word spoken we will gave an account for. “But I tell you that every careless word that people speak, they shall give an accounting for it in the Day of Judgment.” (Matthew 12:36) No one will escape from giving answer to what he has done in his life here in this world, whether it be for the good or the bad. “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.” (2 Corinthians 5:10) On that day every man and woman shall be humbled as they bow down before the King of kings the Lord Jesus Christ. “The boastful shall not stand before Your eyes; You hate all who do iniquity.” (Psalm 5:5)

With the love of God, His compassion and mercy there is forgiveness for the rebellion to His Word and the behavior of our sins. All anyone need do is confess and repent and strive to live righteously. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9) This should cause relief to the soul of a man but it also should bring a reverent fear of respect to the heart that a God who has been so wronged by man should be so willing to forgive and cleanse the heart. “But there is forgiveness with You, That You may be feared.” (Psalm 130:4)

Thomas N Kirkpatrick

First Baptist Church of Durant January 25, 2017

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