Posted by: philw0410 | May 20, 2010

The Goodness of God Part 2

I love the story Bill Johnson tells of a time a few years ago when God spoke to him and simply said ” Bill, I want to thankyou for telling the world that I am good”. The Gospel is good news because of the one that it originates from, the one that it speaks of, the one that it directs us towards. When the angels sang their joyful song to the Shepherds, announcing the coming of Jesus, they proclaim ” Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favour rests” ( Luke 2:14 ). The coming of Christ was the ultimate announcement of the character and heart of God – that He is in essence, utterly, indescribably, wonderfully good. When He arrives on the scene and men open their hearts to Him, he brings peace and favour. “God is light, in Him there is no darkness at all “( 1 Jn 1:5 ). This is just what He is like! It’s no surprise then, that when God’s Kingdom comes, it comes with all the demonstrations of His good nature – blind eyes open, dead hearts come alive, the oppressed go free! The Gospel is the Gospel of God.

Thomas Manton says this:

” He is originally good, good of Himself, which nothing else is; for all creatures are good only by participation and communication from God. He is essentially good; not only good, but goodness itself: the creature’s good is a superadded quality, in God it is His essence. He is infinitely good; the creature’s good is but a drop, but in God there is an infinite ocean or gathering together of good. He is eternally and immutably good, for He cannot be less good than He is; as there can be no addition made to Him, so no subtraction from Him.

“The original Saxon meaning of our English word “God” is “The Good.” God is not only the Greatest of all beings, but the Best. All the goodness there is in any creature has been imparted from the Creator, but God’s goodness is underived, for it is the essence of His eternal nature. “

I want to tell the world that He is a very very good God. He is goodness itself.

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