Thinking about God in a Right Way

Trusting God begins with thinking about God in a right way. If we do not know God, we can’t trust God. The following is a selection taken from the original Walking in Newness of Life.  It begins to unfold some of the basics of what it means that God is perfectly holy and absolutely trustworthy. I hope it encourages you.

“To think about God in a right way, we must first understand that God is holy. In saying that God is holy, we mean that God is “set-apart”, “distinct”, “different”, and “other” in every way. God is distinct, different, and other, from everything and everyone else that now exists, that ever has existed, or that ever will exist.

In other words, God is set apart unto Himself; He is in a class of His own. For example, God is set apart unto Himself in that He is self-existent. This means that God exists and sustains His existence by His own power. God is truly the only Autonomous Being who has ever or will ever exist. Contrary to the thinking of many people, God did not evolve, appear, develop, or find His birthplace in the heart’s imagination of man. Neither is God a force, or a vague mystical power. He is the Eternal Spirit who never had a beginning and whom will never end (Job 26:36; Isaiah 46:10; John 4:24). God is a real Personal Being that has always and will always self-exist.

God is also holy in that He has a divine nature (2 Peter 1:4). Saying that God has a divine nature means that the essence of who God is, the features and the qualities that make God who He is, are divine and beyond human understanding (Isaiah 40:28; Romans 11:33). For, God thinks divine thoughts; He thinks in a way that only God thinks (Isaiah 55:8; Romans 11:33-36). God feels divine feelings; God feels in a way that only God feels (Genesis 6:6; Mark 3:5). And, God wills (determines, intends) divine plans; God wills and purposes in a way that only God can choose and plan (Ephesians 1:5-9, 3:1-11). In all of this, God thinks, feels, and wills with perfect understanding, perfect knowledge, and absolute purity. Every trait of God is both perfect and unchanging in its perfection. For, God is God and no-one else is God. God alone is perfectly holy in His divine nature; therefore, God is the only being who is set apart from all others in every way. That is why, God says about Himself, “I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me…” (Isaiah 46:8-11).

When we say that God is holy we also mean that God is perfectly morally pure, sinless, upright, and containing nothing exceptionable. Therefore, God has never sinned in thought, word, or deed. God never does anything wrong, nor is He ever the author of any evil temptation. The Bible says, “…God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone…” (James 1:13b). God is morally perfect- He always has been, and He always will be. He is clean, pure, sinless, upright, righteous, good, kind, long-suffering, patient, merciful, full of grace, compassionate, peaceful, sincere, truthful, and in every other way possible way: God is morally perfect. For, God is never dishonest. He never lies, cheats, or sneaks. He is never unfaithful, never un-wise, never unwilling or incapable of doing what is right. And, since God is unchanging; He will never not be perfectly morally upright. That is why the Bible says, “The Rock, his work is perfect, for all his ways are justice. A God of faithfulness and without iniquity, just and upright is He.” And, in another place the Word says, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” (Deuteronomy 32:4; Hebrews 13:8).”

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