His Moral Attributes (continued)
5. God is truth.
God cannot lie, so said Paul to Titus (1:2) and again to the Hebrews (6:18). God is truth, and is trustworthy in all He says and does. God proclaimed before Moses, "The Lord, The Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth." (Exodus 34:6 KJV). His Spirit is called the "Spirit of truth" (John 14:17). His Son called Himself, "The way, the truth, and the life" (John 14:6). God's word is described as truth in John 17:17, "Sanctify them through thy truth," Jesus prayed to the Father, "thy word is truth." David also described God's word as truth, "Thy law is the truth," and again, "Thy commandments are truth" (Psalm 119: 142, 151 KJV; See also 1 Thessalonians 2:13). David spoke many times of God's truth in his Psalms, "Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day..... Thou hast redeemed me, O Lord God of truth..... Let thy truth continually preserve me..... His truth endureth to all generations..... Thy truth reacheth unto the clouds." Jesus said before Pilate, "For this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice" (John 18:37 KJV). To those who continue in His word, Jesus promised, "Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free" (John 8:32 KJV). Truth is part of the armor of God (Ephesians 6:14): "Have your loins girt about with truth," Paul instructed us. Because God is truth, and in Him is no lie, God has promised to reveal His wrath against those who "hold the truth in unrighteousness." God grows angry at those who "when they knew God, they glorifed him not as God.... who changed the truth of God into a lie." These people "know the judgement of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death" but they continue to "not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them" (Romans 1:21-32 KJV).
6. God is just.
God is fair, honest and just in His dealings with and treatment of mankind. God hates sin and loves righteousness. He is just in condemning fallen man to death, yet sent His Son to atone for our sin that we may have life. "God was in Christ," Paul wrote to the Corinthians, "reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them..... For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin, that we might be made the righteousness of God in him" (2 Corinthians 5:19,21 KJV). The chorus of the angels in heaven resounds, "Great and marvelous are thy works, Lord God Almighty, just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints" (Revelation 15:3 KJV). Jesus said concerning Himself, "I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgement is just, because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me" (John 5:30 KJV). In Acts, the apostles echoed Jesus' words by referring to Him as "the Holy One and the Just" (Acts 3:14) and the "Just One" (Acts 7:52). Even Pilate said of Christ, while washing his hands, "I am innocent of the blood of this just person" (Matthew 27:24 KJV). His wife even warned him, after having a terrible dream, "Have thou nothing to do with that just man" (Matthew 27:19 KJV). Abraham while pleading for Sodom and Gomorrah, said to God, "That be far from thee to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked.... Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?" (Genesis 18:25 KJV). Knowing that God will do what is just and fair, it is far better to trust God than man. When David disobeyed God and numbered the people, God spoke to Gad and told him to go to David and tell him that he has three choices of punishment: three years of famine, three months of being overtaken by their enemies, or three days of the sword of the Lord. David responded, "Let me fall now into the hand of the Lord; for very great are his mercies: but let me not fall into the hand of man." (1 Chronicles 21:8-13).
7. God is faithful.
God will perform what He has revealed in His Word, and will carry out His promises and warnings. His faithfulness should be of comfort to all believers, and bring fear to those who walk in unrighteousness. Moses said, "Know therefore that the Lord thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations" (Deuteronomy 7:9 KJV). The Psalms speak of God's faithfulness. David said "I have declared thy faithfulness and thy salvation" (40:10). "The heavens shall praise thy wonders, O Lord: thy faithfulness also in the congregation of the saints" (89:5). "For ever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven. Thy faithfulness is unto all generations: thou hast established the earth, and it abideth" (119:90-91). The Psalmist in Psalm 92 proclaimed, "It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High: to shew forth thy lovingkindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night." In David's distress, he cried out, "Hear my prayer, O Lord, give ear to my supplications: in thy faithfulness answer me, and in thy righteousness" (Psalm 143:1 KJV). Paul wrote in his letters to the Thessalonians, "The Lord is faithful, who shall establish you, and keep you from evil..... I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Faithful is he that called you, who also will do it" (2 Thessalonians 3:3 and 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 KJV). If we commit a sin, John tells us "he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness" (1 John 1:9 KJV).
To the New Testament believer, God's final revelation of His attributes and His character is found in Jesus Christ. If we want to understand fully who God is and what He is like, then we must look to Jesus, who was God in the flesh. Colossians 2:9 (KJV) states, "For in him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily." The writer of Hebrews states, "In the past, God spoke to our forefathers at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word." (Hebrews 1:1-3 NIV).