God is not only faithful notwithstanding afflictions, but faithful in sending them. Pink All on one page at Eternal Life Ministries. Creaturehood and mutability are correlative terms. They rebelled against Jehovah, forsook His law, turned unto false gods, apostatized. And what of the writer and the reader?
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Once more the plain reference is to persons, and to persons only. What was there in me to attract the heart of God? They sprung from emptiness itself. The only reason why God loves any is found in His own sovereign will: The Immutability of Attribufes by A.
So too, God sovereignly placed Adam in the garden of Eden upon a conditional footing. There are two things concerning the Foreknowledge of God about which many are in ignorance: The same creation which declares that there is a God, and publishes His glory, also proves that He is the Enemy of sin and the Avenger of the crimes of men. Everything about the structure of our bodies attests the goodness of their Maker.
God is not only faithful notwithstanding afflictions, but faithful in sending them. His righteousness off theirs, Attrributes standing before God is theirs, His life is theirs. A shower of fire and brimstone from heaven, and the cities of the plain were exterminated. His love is eternal: To ask for anything contrary to His will is not prayer, but rank rebellion.
When we contemplate the characteristics of pinm Divine excellency, we cannot do otherwise than bless God for it.
It was revealed when the sentence of death was first pronounced, the earth cursed, and man driven out of the earthly paradise, and afterwards by such examples of punishment as those of the Deluge, and the destruction of the Cities of the Plain by fire from heaven, but especially by the reign of death throughout the world.
God has in Himself an infinite and inexhaustible treasure of all blessedness, enough to fill all things. Then what unbridled licentiousness and headstrong folly would triumph in the world, if the power of God d not interpose to lock down the floodgates of it! His purpose is fixed, His will is stable, His word is sure. This was openly displayed when God became incarnate and tabernacled atgributes men. It zttributes one of the excellencies of the Creator which distinguishes Him from all His creatures.
But from the standpoint of the redeemed, the punishment of the wicked is an act of unspeakable mercy. Roman Catholicism, the Jesuits, Islam, etc.
No, though God will vindicate His dominion as the Governor of the universe, He will not be vindictive. On the other hand, there is no doctrine more hated by worldings, no truth of which if have made such a football, as the great, stupendous, but yet most certain doctrine of the Sovereignty of the infinite Jehovah.
The Attributes of God
Scripture affirms that God, in His high sovereignty, singled out certain ones to be recipients of His distinguishing favors Acts God gave to them certain laws, and promised to bless them as a nation if they obeyed and observed His statutes. What a wondrous Being is the God of Scripture! It insures the execution of His threatenings, as well as the performance of His promises; and destroys the hope which the guilty fondly cherish, that He will be all lenity to His frail and erring creatures, and that they will be much more lightly dealt with than the declarations of His own Word would lead us to expect.
Most probably the principal reason why so many writers have failed to give us anything, separately, upon the patience of God was because of the difficulty of distinguishing this attribute from the Divine goodness and mercy, particularly the latter. They shall be made to feel how great that Majesty is which they despise, and how dreadful is that threatened wrath which they so little regarded. He is so because the sum of all moral excellency is found in Him.
Nothing so sweet as the patience and goodness of God, and nothing so terrible as His wrath when it takes fire William Gurnall, Who is able to count all the monuments of His power? Since God has promised to His Son a certain people for His inheritance, to deliver them from sin and condemnation, and to make them participants of eternal life in glory, it is certain that He will not allow any of them to perish.
He is faithful in sending sorrow as well as in giving joy. Here then is a rock on which we may fix our feet, while the mighty torrent is sweeping away everything around us.