Knowing God: The Faithfulness of God.

“The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:24.

“…if we are faithless, he will remain faithful, for he cannot disown himself.” – 2 Timothy 2:13.

“Know therefore that the LORD your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commands.” – Deuteronomy 7:9.

“God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.” – 1 Corinthians 1:9.

Thus far in our study of Knowing God, we have stipulated that to know God is to know His attributes, which are His personal characteristics. God’s attributes are those qualities which make God, God. Some of God’s attributes He has chosen to share with His creation. Some of His attributes, He alone possesses.

Thus far we have seen that God is self-existent, He makes decisions, He is glorious, omniscient, omnipresent, sovereign and holy It is safe and  biblical to say that God’s holiness is His most significant attribute God. In fact, God’s holiness impacts all of His other attributes.

Therefore, we can correctly conclude that God’s self-existence is a holy self-existence. We can also conclude that God’s decision or decrees, along with His glory, omniscience, omnipresence and sovereignty are all impacted by His holiness. The same can be said of God’s faithfulness.

The Scriptures clearly teach the faithfulness of God. For the believer in Christ, to have faith, or to believe, means to trust, depend, commit and to worship one object and one object alone. The sole object of faith is God, in the person and work of Jesus Christ and by the power of the Holy Spirit. It stands to reason that if faith means to trust, depend, commit and worship God, it is because God is trustworthy, dependable, committed and worthy of worship.

As one theologian writes, “[The] faithfulness of God is of the utmost practical significance to the people of God.  It is the ground of their confidence, the foundation of their hope, and the cause of their rejoicing.  It saves them from the despair to which their own unfaithfulness might easily lead, gives them courage to carry on in spite of their failures, and fills their hearts with joyful anticipations, even when they are deeply conscious of the fact that they have forfeited all the blessings of God”

For the Christian, our salvation and sanctification is not based upon our faithfulness. It that were the case, we would be most miserable and always wondering if we have been faithful enough to become acceptable to God. This is the plight of those who base their religion upon their own works of righteousness. Thankfully, our salvation and all subsequent blessings are based upon God’s faithfulness to keep His promises.

Psalm 119:89-90 says, Forever, O LORD, your word is firmly fixed in the heavens. Your faithfulness endures to all generations; you have established the earth, and it stands fast.”

Thomas Manton (1620–1677) was an English Puritan clergyman. He was a clerk to the Westminster Assembly and a chaplain to Oliver Cromwell. Regarding God’s faithfulness in Psalm 119:89-90 he writes, “These words contain a truth which is—(1) Asserted; and (2) Represented by a fit and lively emblem, thou hast established the earth, and it abides. He had before said, ‘Thy word is settled in the heavens:’ now he speaks of it as manifested in the earth. There the constancy of God’s promises was set forth by the duration and equal motion of the heavenly bodies, now by the firmness and immovableness of the earth. God’s powerful word and providence reaches to the whole world, this lower part here upon earth, as well as the upper part in heaven. That in all ages God ever showed himself a true God, and faithful in all his promises. It is his mercy to make promises, but it is his faithfulness and truth to fulfil them.”

Psalm 36:5-7 says, Your steadfast love, O LORD, extends to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds. Your righteousness is like the mountains of God; your judgments are like the great deep; man and beast you save, O LORD. How precious is your steadfast love, O God! The children of mankind take refuge in the shadow of your wings.”

Take the time today to consider how many ways God has been faithful to you throughout the years. Make a list and then take the opportunity to thank God for His faithfulness.

Great is Thy faithfulness,                                                                                                                O God my Father,                                                                                                                        There is no shadow of turning with Thee.                                                                           Thou changes not,                                                                                                                         Thy compassion’s, they fail not                                                                                                   As Thou hast been, Thou forever will be.

Great is Thy faithfulness,                                                                                                         Great is Thy faithfulness.                                                                                                  Morning by morning new mercies I see.                                                                                  All I have needed Thy hand hath provided.                                                                      Great is Thy faithfulness,                                                                                                         Lord, unto me

Soli deo Gloria!

 

 

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