That is, is God morally perfect, completely good, entirely just, and all-loving?
1 John 4:16 - 19
ESV - 16 So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. 17 By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so also are we in this world.
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Yes, God is omnibenevolent, as in he is all-loving. He loves you more than any parent or spouse ever could. And yes, God is perfect (without sin or blemish), or he would not have been able to pay for our sins with his death.
Good question, Gary: Why is God considered to be good? I.e., is God omnibenevolent? Is God morally perfect, completely good, entirely just, and all-loving? In the first place, God Gives Only Good Things “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!” (Matthew 7:11). “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning” (James 1:17). "God's goodness appears in two things, giving and forgiving." And second, God Loves Causing Good for You Lastly, one of Satan's big lies is that God is responsible for everything that happens in the world – all the tragedy, heartache, pain and problems – everything wrong in the world. It's all smoke and mirrors to get us to doubt the goodness of God. And it allows Satan to fly under the radar, as a thief and the unseen cause of all the evil and destruction experienced by mankind. “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” (John 10:10). Pastor Frank Santora And one way that God uses to cause good for us is that we experience forgiveness in our lives. Forgive and you will be forgiven. "Goodness and justice are the several aspects of one unchangeable, infinitely wise, and sovereign moral perfection. God is not sometimes merciful and sometimes just, but he is eternally infinitely just and merciful." God is infinitely and unchangeably good (Zeph. 3:17 which says, "The Lord your God is in your midst; he is a warrior who can deliver. He takes great delight in you; he renews you by his love; he shouts for joy over you.”) bible.org -- Goodness of God [EBD]
We have been offered the free gift of salvation by God's grace to be delivered of this present evil world through faith alone in Jesus Christ and his finished cross-work performed on our behalf (Gal 1:4). Jesus Christ was perfect for us, did all the work for us, took the punishment on the cross that we deserve, was buried but rose from the grave the 3rd day for our justification. Our belief in this, the gospel of God's grace, makes us the righteousness of God (2 Corinthians 5:21). 1 Corinthians 15:1-4: "Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; 2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. 3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; 4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:" What does it mean to have faith alone in Christ alone for salvation? Let's say we're back in school and are presented with one final exam for graduation. It is a most difficult exam, and a score of 100% is required. The teacher is VERY gracious however, and states that we can take the test on our own, or we can accept the grade of someone else in the classroom of our choosing. I decide to accept the results of someone whom I believe is smarter than myself. I have faith that he will pass the exam on my behalf. I submit that I am not capable of passing the test on my own, and there is nothing that I can do that will assist him and his perfect score. The teacher states that any attempt made by me to add to his work will cause an automatic failure. It is his performance that matters now and nothing of myself. Just as the teacher is in the above analogy, God is so gracious to us by offering His free gift of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ and what He accomplished on the cross on our behalf. There is nothing throughout our entire lives that we can do or could have done that would add to Christ's finished cross-work for us (2 Corinthians 5:21). Our sins were forgiven nearly 2,000 years ago (Colossians 1:14, 2 Corinthians 5:19), and salvation occurs at the moment of belief in this, the gospel. When you obtain faith alone in Christ alone for your salvation, you now have the license to serve God instead of serving yourself. You are an ambassador for Christ and a minister of the Word of reconciliation between God and man. You will desire to share the good news that saves today when you have let go of yourself and submit to God through faith in Christ. Break the yoke of bondage (Galatians 5:1) and live in peace, knowing you are sealed until the day of redemption (Eph 4:30), by accepting God’s free gift (Romans 5:18) through faith in Jesus Christ (Gal 2:20)!
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