The Goodness of God
“Thou art good, and doest good.” – Psalms 119:68
God is Good (Psalm 25:8). The goodness of God is that which disposes Him to be kind, cordial, benevolent, and full of good will toward men. This attribute of God is why He bestows all the blessing He does on His followers. God’s actions define what goodness is, and we can easily see it in the way Jesus related to the people around Him. God is good. The goodness of God is what disposes Him to be kind, benevolent, and full of good will toward all creation. There is a song, “God is so good … God is so good… God is so good. He’s so good to me.” God is good because it is His nature to be good. God does not attempt or try to be good. God is good this means that God does not become good. He is consistently and continually good because He is God. He is God.
God is not only so good, that he cannot will anything but what is good; so wise, that he cannot err or mistake; but also so able, that he cannot be defeated or mated; he hath every way a full ability to govern the world: where those three are infinite, the right and fitness resulting from thence is unquestionable: and, indeed, to deny God this active part of his power, is to render him weak, foolish, cruel, or all. — Stephen Charnock
The Righteousness of God
“Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.” – Romans 3:23-24
God is Righteous and Just – The word “just” simply means doing what is right and being fair or just in all judgment. God will do what is right because He is God. God will do what is right in regards to rewards and justice. God has not or never will be unfair to anyone. At no time can man point to God and declare that He is unfair. Righteous means that God cannot and will not pass over wrongdoing; it is because of His righteousness and justice that sin must be judged. In order for our sins to be forgiven, Jesus had to experience God’s judgment in our place when our sins were placed upon Him (Matthew 27:45-46). “Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows …But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities …and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth” (Isaiah 53:4-7). God is too wise to do wrong and too good to do bad. His is God.
The Righteousness of God Demands Justice. The Lord can either be your judge or your Saviour. God has provided a way for man to become right with God. “There is none righteous, no, not one” (Romans 3:10). “Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight …But now the righteousness of God …is manifested …Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe …For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God” (Romans 3:20-25). Justified simply means “Being made right with God.” God is just and righteous, meaning He is no respecter of persons and show no favoritism to any (Deuteronomy 32:4; Psalm 18:30). Because God is just this means that all are judged fairly without exception. Justice demands consequences and penalty for sin and evil acts.
Since God is perfect and has never done evil, no penalty would ever be necessary; however, because of His love, God provided the penalty for our evil deeds by going to the cross Himself. His justice needed to be satisfied, but He took care of it for all who will believe in Jesus. God rules with absolute justice. God is not fooled by appearances or words. God is fair and impartial in all of His judgments and righteousness (Psalm 75:1-7). Without God providing Jesus Christ – Man would never had been justified! Man can only be justified through Christ Jesus. He is God.
The Grace of God
“In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace.” -Ephesians 1:7
God is Gracious – Grace is defined as undeserved love. Grace also includes His goodness, kindness, mercy, and love. Every person should bow his head and be grateful for the grace of God. John Newton wrote, “Amazing grace how sweet the sound – that saved a wretch like me – I once was lost but now am found – was blind but now I see.” It is because of His grace that there is hope for everyone. Grace opens the door for sinners to be saved. God desires for each person to know His grace through Christ Jesus (Psalm 31:19; 1 Peter 1:3; John 3:16; John 17:3). Notice that Grace is absent from all great heathen world religions: Brahmanism, Buddhism, Mohammedanism, Confucianism, and all Eastern Religions do not display grace. In these world religions there are consequences but not grace. God enjoys giving grace to those who do not deserve it. Someone has said that GRACE is God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense. Jesus Christ is the channel through which God’s grace flows. “The law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.” God is full of grace. He is God.
God’s Grace is Here, There, and Everywhere
“Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence? If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there” (Psa. 139:7). “When God is not here, He is there. When God is not there, He is here. He is always both here and there… because God is everywhere ”Some religions seek God by asking “Are You there?” They knock on a tree, pick up a rock, or speak to animals and ask, “Are you here?” He is omni (all) present which means He is always present in all places at all times. He is God – TC.