The Goodness of God
God’s Goodness is absolutely unique
The God whom we worship is absolutely unique. There is no one like Him throughout eternity.
“Remember the former things of old, for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like Me,” (Isa. 46:9)
The goodness of God refers to His superb and excellent character which is absolutely unique in every way.
The fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no God.’ They are corrupt; they have done abominable works, there is none who does good. The LORD looks down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there are any who understand, who seek God. They have together become corrupt; there is none who does good, No, not one.” (Psm. 14:1-3)
The Lord Jesus Christ declared the exclusive goodness of God
“Now behold, one came and said to Him, ‘Good Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may have eternal life? So He said to him, ‘Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is God. But if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments.’ (Mt. 19:16-17)
The Lord Jesus Christ does not mean that He Himself is not good. He wants to emphasize the exclusive goodness of God. Jesus has two natures - divine and human. As God the Lord Jesus Christ is perfectly good in every aspect, and as a man He has to deal with the sin of mankind.
“For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh,” (Rom. 8:3)
“For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” (2 Cor. 5:21)
God’s goodness in His Works of Creation
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. Then God said, ‘Let there be light’; and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness.” (Gen. 1:1-4)
Creation began from the goodness of God. Out of nothing He gave shape and form to the earth. Only the Almighty God who is good can create something out of nothing and bring forth light out of total darkness.
God’s Goodness in the Creation of Man and Woman
At the end of every Day of Creation God “saw that it was good.” (Gen. 1:10, 12, 18, 21, 25). After He had created the first man and woman, “Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. So the evening and the morning were the sixth day.” (Gen. 1:31)
The goodness of God is the cause of the very act of His Creation. He declared "everything that He had made” to be “very good," It is through God’s goodness that everything in heaven and on earth was created in order and harmony.
“So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” (Gen. 1:27).
There are three characteristics, or attributes of God’s image that are found in man.
“And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground (body), and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life (spirit), and man became a living being (soul).” (Gen. 2:7)
1. Man is given a body so that he can live for God and serve Him.
2. Man was given a spirit so that he has the mind to seek and know the One True God.
3. Man is given a soul so that he can live with God eternally.
“Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Thes. 5:23)
God’s Goodness in establishment of Families
“Then God blessed them, and God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” (Gen. 2:28)
God's original purpose of establishing families is to reproduce and multiply godly offspring so that they can “fill the earth and subdue it;” (Mal. ) The family serves a crucial part in God's kingdom plans on earth. The family is the means by which God communicates, preserves and further expands His holy influence. The home is the place in which His truths are lived out and taught. The goodness of God can best be expressed in a Christian family.
God’s goodness in the Seventh Day Sabbath
“Thus the heavens and the earth, and all the host of them were finished. And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.” (Gen. 2:1-3)
The One True God not only created the heavens and the earth for Himself but also for His creatures as well. This is the essence of His goodness. The creation of man and woman is not the end of His work. The Bible clearly states: “And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done.” The Seventh Day Sabbath is the climax of God’s Creation. There are three things that God did on the Seventh Day.
1 He rested on that day
2 He blessed that day
3 He sanctified that day
God did not rest because He was tired. He rested to set an example for His creatures so that they can have a day of rest on the seventh day of the week. God blessed the Seventh Day so that mankind can receive blessings when they observe the Sabbath. God sanctified the Seventh Day and made it holy so that mankind can worship Him on that day. God expressed His goodness by giving the Sabbath to man.
“And He said to them, ‘The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath. Therefore the Son of Man is also Lord of the Sabbath.” (Mk. 2:27-28)
God’s Goodness in the Freedom of Choice
In creating man and woman in His own image God originally made them upright like Himself (Ecc. ).
“Then the LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to tend and keep it. And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, ‘Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” (Gen. 2:15-17)
Adam and Eve were given the freedom to choose whether or not to follow God’s commandments. They made the wrong choice. They disobeyed God and followed the devil’s advice. Their sin due to disobedience resulted in death.
God’s Goodness in His Plan of Redemption
“So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings.” (Gen. 3:6-7)
After sinning against God Adam and Eve realized they needed to cover their naked bodies. Fig leaves represents man’s inadequate covering for sin. God’s goodness is shown by His provision of a permanent covering for nakedness and sin.
“Also for Adam and his wife the LORD God made them tunics of skin, and clothed them.” (Gen. 3:21)
“Tunics of skin” can only be acquired from the slaying of an innocent animal through the shedding of blood. This sacrifice points to the atonement for sin by the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ.
“And they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden. Then the LORD God called to Adam and said to him, ‘Where are you?’ “ (Gen. 3:8-9)
Here is an indication of God’s goodness by His concern for those who have fallen. God came to the garden to seek His disobedient children who were hiding from Him. God came to this earth to seek for lost souls, “for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost." (Lk. 19:10) “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Rom. 5:8)
God’s Goodness in the Person of Jesus Christ
God said to the serpent that had caused Adam and Eve to commit the original sin: “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel.” (Gen. 3:15) Here is the first prophecy of the Messiah and Savior of mankind who would destroy the devil.
“Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is the devil,” (Heb. 2:14)
Statements of Goodness by our Lord Jesus Christ
“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” (Jn. 10:10)
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” (Jn. 3:16-17)
“Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (Jn. 14:6)
“The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor. He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to preach the acceptable year of the LORD.” (Lk. 4:18-19)
God’s Goodness by Grace through Faith
“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.” (Eph. 2:8-9)
“But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.” (Tit. 3:5-7)
Goodness of God leads to Repentance
“Or do you despise the
riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the
goodness of God leads you to repentance?
But in accordance with your hardness and your impenitent heart you are
treasuring up for yourself wrath in the day of wrath and revelation of the
righteous judgment of God.” (
God in His goodness brings many to repentance. Whenever someone is brought to repentance, we can be sure that God’s goodness and kindness is the unseen cause behind it. Sinners do not come to Christ by their own power, but by the good and effectual call of God.
Goodness of God through Baptism for the
Remission of sins and receiving the Holy Spirit
“Then Peter said to them, ‘Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For this promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.” (Acts 2:38-39)
Accept the Goodness of God with Thanksgiving
“Oh, that men would give thanks to the LORD for His goodness, And for His wonderful works to the children of men!” (Psm. 107:8)
May God bless you
A sermon based on this article was preached by Paul Wong
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Paul Wong is a Christian minister and the
President of ARK International.