*We believe in the existence of a divine moral law, or code *God is the source of it, and acts according to it*This morality is powerful evidence for a divine being
*No accountability to a moral lawreduces all acts to either ‘helpful’, or ‘unhelpful’ to the evolving human race. *To adopt this position is ludicrous, and harmful to society.*With no real determined ‘right and wrong’, we are leftonly with the option of calling rape ‘unhelpful’ or child abuse ‘not beneficial’. We know this to be wrong, so how could we hold this position and be taken seriously?
All of us have ignored this divine internalcompass and ‘gone off the grid’ of God’s moral code. Jesus came to show us the way back. ‘For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet God, with undeserved kindness, declares that we arerighteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins.’ Romans 3:23-24
GoodnessThe goodness of God means that God is the final standard of good, and that all that God is and does is worthy of approval.
Then God looked over all he had made, and he saw that it was very good! Gen 1.31 You are good and do only good; teach me your decrees. Psalm 119.68Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. Romans 12.2Whatever is good and perfect comes down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in theheavens.He never changes or casts a shifting shadow. James 1.17
And we know that God causes everything to work togetherfor the good of those who love God and arecalled according to his purpose for them. Romans 8.28 So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenlyFather give good gifts to those who ask him. Matt 7.11For our earthly fathers disciplined us for a few years,doing the best they knew how. But God’s discipline is always good for us, so that we might share in his holiness. Hebrews 12.10
Mercy / Grace / PatienceGod’s mercy means God’s goodness towards those in misery and distressGod’s grace means God’s goodness towards those who deserve only punishmentGod’s patience means God’s goodness in withholdingpunishment from those who sin over a period of time.
“The LORD, the LORD, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, Ex 34.6Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Heb 4.16 …for all have sinned and fall short of the glory ofGod, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus… Romans 3.23-24
But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life. 1 Timothy 1.16 But the fruit of the Spirit is…patience Gal 5.22
Holiness God is separated from Sin. Holiness is to be perfect ingoodness, absolutely pure. By this we know that God is not capable of evil.
Who shall ascend the hill of the LORD? And who shall stand in his holy place? Psalm 24.3The LORD sits in majesty in Jerusalem exalted above allthe nations.Let them praise your great and awesomename.Your name is holy!Mighty King, lover of justice, you have established fairness.You have acted with justiceand righteousness throughout Israel.Exalt the LORD our God!Bow low before his feet, for he is holy! Psalm 99:2-5
You must be holy because I, the LORD your God, am holy. Lev 19.2Those who love their life in this world will lose it. Thosewho care nothing for their life in this world will keep itfor eternity. Anyone who wants to be my disciple must follow me, because my servants must be where I am. And the Father will honor anyone who serves me. John 12.25-26
Peace God’s peace means that in God’s being, and in Hisactions he is separate from all confusion and disorder, yet he is continually active in innumerable, well ordered, fully controlled, simultaneous actions’. Wayne Grudem
For God is not a God of disorder but of peace. 1 Cor 14.33The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. May the grace of our Lord Jesusbe with you. Romans 16.20 But there is no peace for the wicked, says the LORD. Isaiah 48.22 Indeed, he who watches over Israel never slumbers or sleeps. Psalm 121.4
JusticeThis means God always acts in accordance with what is right, and is himself the final standard of right.
The Rock, his work is perfect, for all his ways are justice.A God of faithfulness and without iniquity, just and upright is he. Deuteronomy 32.4
1: Hell wasn’t created for mankind, but for Satan and his demons. 2: We are judged correctly by our immoral behaviour and cannot blame God. 3: In his justice he rightly declares us guilty, but in hisgrace and love he sent Jesus to take the punishment we deserved so that we could go free.4: This free gift is available to all. But God will not force it on anyone. Therefore, he does not send people tohell, if we get there its because we choose it over him.
WrathGod’s wrath means he intensely hates all sin and evil.It’s not just that he doesn’t have it, he hates it. This is because he is morally perfect.
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who bytheir unrighteousness suppress the truth. Romans 1.18And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spiritthat is now at work in the sons of disobedience among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the bodyand the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. Eph 2.1-3
For they themselves report concerning us the kindof reception we had among you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and trueGod, 10 and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom heraised from the dead, Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come. 1 Thess 1.9-10
In summary;God is good, merciful, gracious, and patient. He is Holy, a God of peace, just and hates evil of any kind. His goodness is most powerfully revealed in Jesus Christ who bore our sins and took our deserved punishment. ‘By His grace we have been saved’.