A Systematic Expository Study of the Word of God
THE CHARACTER OF GOD
Genesis 18:23,25; Psalm 99:9; Isaiah 6:1-3; Habakkuk 1:13; John 17:11,25;
1 Peter 1:15-16; Revelation 4:8
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We need to know God and understand how He works, what He does and
how He does it. It is necessary to know about His character in order to live
a life pleasing unto Him, worship Him acceptably, relate with Him, pray to
Him and expect an answer. To represent God as preachers and witnesses, live
to the glory of His name here on earth and live with Him eternally, we need
to know Him. To relate properly with anyone, you must understand the desires
and aspirations of that person, his likes and dislikes. As we cannot serve a
person acceptably if we do not know him, we cannot serve God acceptably if
we do not know Him. Who is God? What does He do? What does He love? What
does He hate? What does He accept and expect from anyone who comes to Him?
Knowing the nature and attributes of God is very important if we are to
serve Him acceptably.
The Bible reveals God as the Almighty, the Builder and Maker of all
things. It also reveals Him as divine, supernatural (no limitation in time
and space), eternal and Father of all believers. God is great, good,
gracious, glorious, holy and high above all; He is invisible, incorruptible,
immutable and incomprehensible. He is just, the Judge of all, King of kings
and Lord of lords. He is love, the living God, the Most High God and the One
who is mighty. He is omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient, perfect, pure and
powerful. He is the quickening Spirit whose voice will raise the dead on the
final day. He is righteous and source of all life. He is the searcher of all
hearts, sustainer of creation, upholder of saints, the universe and all
things. There is no variableness or shadow of turning in His character; He
will take vengeance on all unrepentant, evil doers; His wrath will burn like
eternal fire. He is a wonder to all. As we understand who God is and become
conscious that He measures, evaluates and weighs every actions and
inactions, we will be able to please and serve Him more acceptably.
THE IMMUTABILITY OF GOD OUR CREATOR
Malachi 3:5,6; 1 Samuel 15:28-29; Psalm 33:11; Isaiah 31:2;
Hebrews 1:10-12; 6:17,18; James 1:17; 1 Samuel 2:30; Jonah 3:4-10;
Deuteronomy 30:15-18; Psalm 119:89.
“For I am the LORD, I change not.” The word
‘immutable’ means that God cannot change. God’s attributes and character are
always the same. His holy and righteous nature does not change with time. He
hates evil but loves and appreciates holiness. Because of His unchanging
nature, we can approach Him with confidence. Both the Old and New Testaments
reveal that God’s nature and attributes are constant. He is still the same
God of grace and judgment. While He is merciful to those who fear Him and
delight in keeping His word, His wrath and judgment is sure for those who
dishonour Him, make light of His word and revel in sin. “I said indeed
that thy house, and the house of thy father, should walk before me for ever:
but now the LORD saith, Be it far from me; for them that honour me I will
honour, and they that despise me shall be lightly esteemed”.
That God cannot change does not mean that He will not forgive the sinner or
backslider who genuinely repents of his sin and returns to Him; neither does
it mean that He will continue to be merciful and gracious to those who flout
His commandments. He is the God of mercy and justice. “For ever, O
LORD, thy word is settled in heaven.”
THE IMPARTIALITY OF GOD TO ALL HIS CREATURES
Deuteronomy 24:16; Jeremiah 17:9,10; 31:29,30; Ezekiel 18:1-4,20,30-32;
Romans 2:6; Galatians 6:5; 2 Corinthians 5:10-11; 1 Peter 1:17; Revelation
God is so impartial that He cannot punish the father for the sin of
the son; neither will he punish the son because of the sin of the father.
Those who have given their lives to the Lord and resolve to faithfully serve
Him have nothing to worry about, not even the curse from any man. But many
so-called believers who are ignorant of the Scripture lay much emphasis on
generational curse, forgetting that “The soul that sinneth, it shall
die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the
father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous
shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him.”
Every individual is responsible for his sin. God has not predestined the
salvation or condemnation of anyone, and those who teach such do err.
Salvation is personal, and God will judge every man according to his work.
“And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth
according to every man’s work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear”.
Sinners and backsliders can come to the Lord today and receive pardon
because He is impartial and merciful.
THE IMMENSITY OF GOD’S LOVE THROUGH CHRIST
John 3:16-18,36; 1 Timothy 2:3-6; Romans 5:6-10; 2 Peter 3:9.
“The Lord is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come
to repentance.” The love of God for man is so great. By offering His only begotten
Son, He proved His immense love for humanity.
God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever
believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
The love of God, forgiveness, salvation and eternal life are available for
anyone who believes and accepts Christ as Lord and Saviour. His grace is
also available to enable us live the victorious Christian life. This is the
day of His mercy and love. Turn away from evil and turn to the Lord so that
you will enjoy His abundant blessings.
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