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The Moral Character of God

Lesson Part II

 

(Part 1)

 

God is a moral being with the moral responsibility to Himself.

 

Q        What is moral conduct for God? 

  • Conduct according to a standard of right and wrong.

  • God is omnipotent (all powerful) and is not answerable to anyone but Himself.

  • To maintain Godís divine nature (who He is and the perfection of His nature) God can only act according to or in harmony with His person. (All that makes Him God)

  • God always acts in full and constant harmony with each and all of the essential attributes of His divine nature.

Q        What is immoral for God?   

  • Conduct contrary to His standard of right and wrong.

  • For God to act in love without satisfying divine justice would be immoral (wrong) for God.

  • For God to tell a lie would violate His divine attribute of truth.  He has the power to lie, but it would be immoral, against His standard of right and wrong.  God can lie, but He will not lie.

  • The moral choices that God makes define His devine character not His power.

Everything God is doing must conform to His standard of right and wrong. 

  • That is why there is no salvation for angels who sinned.

  • That is why there is no salvation outside of Christ.

  • Godís love wants to take the natural man to heaven, but His divine nature of justice prevents it. 

  • There is only one way of salvation for mankind and only one way for God to be ďjust and the justifierĒ.

Some say God is not answerable to anyone, that anything He does would be right because He is God. 

  • That would make God an amoral person, not subject or accountable or responsible to any standard of right and wrong.

  • A rock or a fence post is amoral things.  They have no standard of right or wrong with no responsibility to act according to any such standard.  God is a person, not a thing.

  • The manifold wisdom of God is illustrated by a symbol that starts with a triangle for the one God in three persons, and is surrounded by 12 circles that represent the 12 major attributes of Godís divine nature. 

God used the 12 tribes of Israel to communicate and teach more about His person (Himself).  

  • Setting up camp Ė in the center, the arc and everything for the tabernacle (Godís portable temple) God centered, God-central and God most.

  • Surrounding Godís place Ė three tribes east, west, north and south for a total of twelve.  The symbolism is the manifold wisdom of God.

Godís ability to provide salvation for a person or not is related to whether that action harmonizes or violates one or more of His divine attributes. 

  • Why is there no salvation for the angels that sinned against God?

  • God loved all the angels, but could find no way to act in harmony with His divine nature.  There was no way possible for justice to be satisfied.

Jesus Christ said ďI am the way, the truth and the life, and no man commeth unto the Father, but by Me.Ē  (John 14Ē6)

 

Why only one way? 

  • Justice requires payment in blood for sin.

  • God put all the sins of every man in time on one man who knew no sin.

  • God cannot save any man who has not received and is abiding in Jesus Christ by faith, without God violating His own attribute of divine justice.

  •  If God were to act contrary to any one of His attributes, He would destroy His divine perfection and no longer be God. 

  • He never has, is not now, nor ever will choose to go against His divine nature, not because He canít, but because His divine character will not allow Him to make immoral decisions. (contrary to His standard of right and wrong).

What about millions of believers in someone or something other than Jesus Christ? 

  • The broadminded modern church would say God would find a way for those of other religions who are honest and sincere.

  • Many modern church Christians would say if a man is good morally, follows the moral standard of the Ten Commandments, but has never begun a relationship with Jesus Christ, God will certainly take Him to heaven.

  • If Christianity breaks down and does not teach the realities of His Word, then we will all become very broadminded and loving toward one another at a terrible cost to God.

  • This would destroy the program of God to accomplish His eternal purpose.

  • We must be careful not to ask or expect God to act in a way that would violate His nature.  Our happiness does not determine Godís actions.

 Use your minds, hearts and your faith to believe God and His Word.

  • We as Bethel Methodists believe the Eternal Purpose of God is vital to know and fully understand for God.

  • We believe the majority of the modern church not only donít know what Godís Eternal Purpose is, but have little interest in who God is as a person and what He can and cannot do.

God says Ė see me through reality and through revelation. 

  • The heavens declare the glory of God. (Psalm 19:1-3)

  • Seven occurs often Ė 7 days in a week, 7 days in creation, 7 7ís are 49 years, the 50th year of Jubilee, Pentecost means 50th.  Seven is the program of God, Godís program works in 7ís.

  • Twelveís are illustrations of the Person of God, His nature.  The 12 essential attributes of God represent the Eternal Standard of right and wrong.

God only and always acts in full and constant accord with all the essential attributes of His nature. 

  • If God is ever going to be free of sin (accomplish His program), He said we must know the standard for right and wrong for God, and how that in turn affects His actions towards created spirits.

  • It is a violation of the nature of God not to act against sin, love demands that sin be removed (like a cancer) from His creation.

  • It would be an act of love to remove the source for suffering, pain, death, disease, war and hate.  The source is sin Ė spirits acting contrary to His moral standard.

 

 

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