Unfaithfulness stains my past. In recognizing this I am tempted to trust only in my self because I may surmise that only I am faithful to myself always. And, this includes the fact that though I am unfaithful to others, to myself I can always be faithful. This way of thinking and living is the stranglehold of love, and the undoing of all faith and ability to believe in faithfulness.
I must know that God is faithful. I must experience His faithfulness. Then, I can begin to have hope that He is what He says He is, He will be what He says He will be and He will do what He says He will do. In knowing Him as Faithful and True, I can now trust in His faithfulness and depart from the death path of trusting in myself and happily step off the throne of my heart. This transfer of power takes place when I believe that He will always be more faithful to me than I can be to myself and He will forever be.
“…God’s attributes are not isolated traits of His character but facets of His unitary being. They are not things-in-themselves; they are, rather, thoughts by which we think of God, aspects of a perfect whole, names given to whatever we know to be true of the Godhead.
To have a correct understanding of the attributes it is necessary that we see them all as one. We can think of them separately but they cannot be separated.
In studying any attribute, the essential oneness of all the attributes soon becomes apparent. We see, for instance, that if God is self-existent He must be also self-sufficient; and if He has power He, being infinite, must have all power. If He possesses knowledge, His infinitude assures us that He possesses all knowledge. Similarly, His immutability presupposes His faithfulness. If He is unchanging, it follows that He could not be unfaithful, since that would require Him to change. Any failure within the divine character would argue imperfection and, since God is perfect, it could not occur. Thus all the attributes explain each other and prove that they are but glimpses the mind enjoys of the absolutely perfect Godhead.
All of God’s acts are consistent with all of His attributes. No attribute contradicts any other, but all harmonize and blend I to each other in the infinite abyss of the Godhead. All that God does agrees with all that God is, and being and doing are one in Him.
I think it might be demonstrated that almost every heresy that has afflicted the church through the years has arisen from believing about God things that are not true, or from overemphasizing certain true things as to obscure other things equally true. To magnify any attribute to the exclusion of another is to head straight for one of the dismal swamps of theology; and yet we are all constantly tempted to do just that.
There is no conflict among the divine attributes. God’s being is unitary. He cannot divide Himself and act at a given time from one of His attributes while the rest remain inactive. All that God is must accord with all that God does. Justice must be present in mercy, and love in judgment. And so with all the divine attributes.
Upon God’s faithfulness rests our whole hope of future blessedness. Only as He is faithful will His covenants stand and His promises be honored. Only as we have complete assurance that He is faithful may we live in peace and look forward with assurance to the life to come.
Every heart can make its own application of this truth and draw from it such conclusions as the truth suggests and its own needs bring into focus. The tempted, the anxious, the fearful, the discouraged may all find new hope and good cheer in the knowledge that our Heavenly Father is faithful. He will ever be true to His pledged word. The hard-pressed sons of the covenant may be sure that He will never remove His loving-kindness from them nor suffer His faithfulness to fail.
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