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Doctrine of God 0002 - Lesson 6

  1. THE ATTRIBUTES OF GOD (Continued)
    1. His Goodness (Continued)
      1. Truth (Continued)
        1. God as the truth
          1. God as the true God is the real God as opposed to all that is false; not a false god or idol (1 Thessalonians 1:9).
          2. God as truth is all that He is supposed to be (Jeremiah 10:9-10); compare to true gold.
          3. God as truth speaks true words. He is the source of all truth (2 Samuel 7:28; John 17:17).
          4. God as truth is faithful to His own integrity and can be trusted to keep His word in entirety.
            1. Truth and faithfulness are closely connected in scripture (Isaiah 25:1; Jeremiah 42:5; Revelation 3:14; Revelation 22:6).
            2. God keeps truth forever (Psalm 146:5-6).
            3. God has no need to repent (Numbers 23:19; 1 Samuel 15:29)
            4. Jesus is called “Faithful and True” (Revelation 19:11).
            5. God can be trusted to do what He says He will do. He is faithful who promised (Hebrews 10:23; Hebrews 11:11). For God to go against who He is and against His own words would be a denial of Himself; but God cannot deny Himself (2 Timothy 2:13).
            6. Therefore, God is the God who keeps covenant; that is, He keeps His promises (Deuteronomy 7:9; 1 Kings 8:23; 2 Chronicles 6:14; Nehemiah 1:5; Nehemiah 9:32; Daniel 9:4).
            7. God’s promises are yea and amen (2 Corinthians 1:18-20).
        2. God’s word as the truth
          1. Titles
            1. Scripture of truth (Daniel 10:21)
            2. Word of truth (Psalm 119:43; 2 Corinthians 6:7; Ephesians 1:13; 2 Timothy 2:15; James 1:18)
          2. Teachings
            1. All God’s commandments are truth (Psalm 119:151)
            2. God’s word true from the beginning (Psalm 119:160)
            3. God’s word is truth (John 17:17)
            4. We are sanctified through the word of truth (John 17:17-19)
        3. Fruits of the truth of God
          1. God’s judgment proceeds from His truth (Psalm 19:9; Psalm 96:13; Zechariah 7:9; Zechariah 8:16; Romans 2:2; Revelation 16:7; Revelation 19:2)
          2. God’s wisdom proceeds from His truth (Psalm 51:6; Proverbs 23:23).
          3. The church is the pillar and ground of the truth (1 Timothy 3:15).
          4. Jerusalem will be the city of truth (Zechariah 8:3).
        4. Rejection of God’s truth
          1. No truth in the devil who is a liar (John 8:44).
          2. The wicked change the truth of God into a lie (Romans 1:25).
          3. The fall of truth (Isaiah 59:14-15; Jeremiah 7:28; Hosea 4:1)
          4. Compared to the truth of God, every man is a liar (Romans 3:4).
        5. Acceptance of God’s truth
          1. Believe the truth (2 Thessalonians 2:12-13; 1 Timothy 2:4; 1 Timothy 4:3; 2 Timothy 2:25; 2 Timothy 3:7; Titus 1:1)
          2. Be men of truth (Exodus 18:21)
          3. Serve in truth (Joshua 14:14; 1 Samuel 12:24)
          4. Walk in truth (1 Kings 2:4; 1 Kings 3:6; 2 Kings 20:3; Psalm 26:3; Psalm 86:11; Isaiah 38:3; 3 John 1:3-4)
          5. Speak truth (Psalm 15:2; Proverbs 8:7; Proverbs 12:17; Jeremiah 9:5; Ephesians 4:25)
          6. Be lead in truth (Psalm 25:5)
          7. Have truth in the inward parts (Psalm 51:6; Psalm 15:2)
          8. Call on God in truth (Psalm 145:18)
          9. Buy the truth (Proverbs 23:23)
          10. Stay upon the Lord in truth (Isaiah 10:20)
          11. Keep the truth (Isaiah 26:2)
          12. Seek the truth (Jeremiah 5:1)
          13. Be valiant for the truth (Jeremiah 9:3)
          14. Do the truth (John 3:21)
          15. Worship in truth (John 4:23-24)
          16. Freed by the truth (John 8:32)
          17. Obey the truth (Romans 2:8; Galatians 3:1; Galatians 5:7; 1 Peter 1:22)
          18. Loins girt with truth (Ephesians 6:14)
      2. Love
        1. The connection of God with love
          1. He is the “God of love” (2 Corinthians 13:11).
          2. God is love (1 John 4:8, 16).
          3. We are blessed by the love of God (Romans 5:5; Romans 8:39; 2 Thessalonians 3:5; Titus 3:4; 1 John 3:16-17; 1 John 4:9).
          4. Love is of God (1 John 4:7).
        2. The meaning of love
          1. Feelings of strong personal attachment (Genesis 22:2).
          2. Preference for one over all others (Genesis 29:29-30; Mathew 10:37 with Luke 14:26; Romans 9:13).
          3. A willingness to sacrifice personal good for the benefit of another (John 3:16).
          4. A readiness to show love before love is shown to the lover (1 John 4:19).
        3. The identity of the trinity with love
          1. The Father is love (1 John 4:8, 16).
          2. The Son is love (Romans 8:35; 1 Corinthians 5:14-15; Ephesians 3:17-19).
          3. The Spirit is love (Romans 15:30).
        4. An understanding of God as love
          1. Negatively, God is not love alone. God’s love must operate in conjunction with His righteousness and His demand for justice. To love all without any demand for justice is to hate the just. To allow Adolf Hitler into heaven without justice is to hate those he murdered.
          2. Positively, God loved so much as to give His Son as a sacrifice for sin (John 3:16; 1 John 4:9-10). God is the sun, sending forth the brightness of His love without cause; we are the moon, receiving the light of the sun and sending out only a portion that light which we have already received.
        5. The three love commandments
          1. Love the Lord thy God (Matthew 22:36-38).
          2. Love thy neighbor as thyself (Matthew 22:39).
          3. Love other believers as Christ loved us (John 13:34-35).
        6. The love of God and the believer
          1. Salvation and the love of God
            1. Salvation came by the love of God
              1. God sent His Son to die because of His love (John 3:16; Romans 5:8; 1 John 4:9-10).
              2. God makes us the sons of God through His love (1 John 3:1; Titus 3:4-6).
              3. God will bless His children in the ages to come because of His love (Ephesians 2:4-7).
            2. The love of God separates the saved from the lost
              1. The lost do not have the love of God in them (John 5:42).
              2. The man who loves god is known of God (1 Corinthians 8:3).
              3. Salvation involves knowing and believing the love of God (1 John 4:16). Love comes to us by faith (Ephesians 6:23).
          2. God desires believers to know the shedding abroad of the love of God in their hearts (Romans 5:5 – “because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us”).
            1. The word, shed, it used mostly in the Bible of the shedding of blood. To shed, therefore, means to cause to flow. God enables His love to flow in and out of us (compare John 7:38-39).
            2. The present tense of the verb (“is shed”) indicates a continual, living flow of the love of God in our hearts.
            3. The word, shed, is also used of the promise of the Spirit given at Pentecost (Acts 2:33) and of the renewing of the Holy Ghost at salvation (Titus 3:5-6). The power that enables this flow of the love of God is the Holy Ghost (Ephesians 2:16-19; 2 Timothy 1:7).
            4. This shedding abroad of the love of God is a work that occurs in the hearts of believers (2 Thessalonians 3:5).
            5. This shedding abroad of the love of God is increased through tribulations (Romans 5:3-5).
            6. The love of God is to be shed abroad. That is, it flows our of the believer’s life to touch the lives of others Colossians 2:2; 1 Thessalonians 4:9; 1 John 4:7-11).
            7. This working of the love of God was a great emphasis of John Wesley and the early Methodists.
          3. The believer’s continuing relationship with the love of God
            1. Our love to God is a response of God’s love to us (1 John 4:19).
            2. We are to walk in the love of Christ (Ephesians 5:1-2).
            3. We are to keep ourselves in the love of God (Jude 1:21).
            4. We are to rest secure in the love of God knowing that nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ (Romans 8:35-39).
            5. We will experience the fact that love casts out fear (1 John 4:18; 2 Timothy 1:7).
          4. How believers grow in the love of God
            1. Faith enables the love of God in us (Ephesians 3:17-19; Galatians 5:6).
            2. Tribulation perfects God’s love (Romans 5:3-5).
            3. Obedience perfects God’s love (1 John 2:5; 1 John 5:3).
            4. Loving others perfects God’s love (1 John 4:12).
        7. The attributes connected to the love of God
          1. The goodness of God: God works in our lives in such a way as to always seek our ultimate good (Psalm 33:5; Psalm 107:8). In His goodness, He seeks to lead the lost to repentance (Romans 2:4).
          2. The mercy of God: God withholds judgment and does not give to us the evil that we deserve (Psalm 25:6; Psalm 100:5; Psalm 103:8; Psalm 116:5).
          3. The grace of God: God gives to us blessings and gifts that we do not deserve (2 Corinthians 8:9; 2 Corinthians 9:8; Ephesians 2:8-9; Ephesians 4:7)
David Reagan

Daily Proverb

Proverbs 17:5

Whoso mocketh the poor reproacheth his Maker: and he that is glad at calamities shall not be unpunished.