We Now Return To Our Regularly Scheduled Program…

Posted: September 30, 2008 in Uncategorized

Okay folks, sorry for the delay, let’s make a quick run through some of the communicable moral attributes of God as identified by Dr. Wayne Grudem in his magnum opus “Systematic Theology.”

(1) Goodness: “The goodness of God means that God is the final standard of good, and that all that God is and does is worthy of approval.”  As I stated earlier (and again below), God is holy or absolutely perfect.  Therefore, He is the ultimate arbiter of good and evil, right and wrong.  Anything God pronounces as good (like creation) is good and anything He pronounces is evil (like sex outside of marriage) is evil.  Period.  See Luke 18:19; cf. Ps. 100:5; 106:1, etc.

(2) Love: “God’s love means that God eternally gives of Himself to others.”  Since God is the only thing inherently good and pure then true love must come from God himself. Follows right? See 1 John 4:8

(3) Mercy, Grace and Patience: “God’s mercy means God’s goodness toward those in misery and distress.” See 2 Sam. 24:14.  “God’s grace means God’s goodness toward those who deserve only punishment.” See 1 Peter 5:10 but  note Ex. 33:19 and Rom. 9:15.  “God’s patience means God’s goodness in withholding of punishment toward those who sin over a period of time.”  See Exod. 34:10; Rom. 2:4, etc. ‘Nuff said.

(4) Holiness: “God’s holiness means that he is separated from sin and devoted to seeking his own honor.” (Isa. 6:3).  Sound selfish? See #1 and #6.

(5) Peace:“God’s peace means that in God’s being and in his actions he is separate from all confusion and disorder, yet he is continually active in innumerable well-ordered, fully controlled, simultaneous actions.” Despite the fact that all of us are sinners, God’s graciously grants us at least some semblance of order.  When that order is not oppressive then it is from God and He deserves the praise for it. See Isa. 54:11-12; Rom. 15:33.

(6) Righteousness, Justice: “God’s righteousness means that God always acts in accordance with what is right, and is himself, the final standard of what is right.”  Logically follows #1.  Think about it. See Deut. 32:4; Ps. 19:8; Isa. 45:19, etc.

(7) Jealousy: “God’s jealousy means that God continually seeks to protect His own honor.” This may sound selfish but if you consider just #1 and #6 then you can see that this is entirely reasonable.  See 2 Cor. 11:2; Exod. 20:5; 34:14, etc.  

(8) Wrath: “God’s wrath means that he intensely hates all sin” (Rom. 1:18). This is the one many people stumble over.  They like to believe that God is a sweet, harmless toothless old man who sits in a comfy chair with a bucket of suckers and wants to give everyone a hug but the Bible is clear that God, as the just judge has, does and will administer wrath against those who are his enemies.  Who are his enemies? Anyone who continues to sin without regret or sincere attempts to turn from said sin to God (see Rom. 5:10).

A quick run through more attributes tomorrow and then we hit the Trinity.  Stay tuned, kiddies.


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