Social Justice Project #26

The Attributes of God and Justice

Part 5: Faithfulness

God possesses attributes which are characterized in two categories: incommunicable and communicable. Those attributes which are incommunicable are those that He holds uniquely to Himself and does not share to any degree with human beings. An attribute which is communicable is one that God possesses and exemplifies but is also one which humanity can possess to a degree.

“Great Is Thy Faithfulness,” one of the great hymns of our faith proclaims. The faithfulness of God indicates that He is true in what He says and does. If God makes a promise, then He will keep it. Even in the midst of our failures, God’s word remains true (II Tim. 2:13). Unlike human words and promises, God will keep His.

God said to Moses that He was aware of the sufferings of His people (Ex. 3:7). His actions in the exodus of Israel from Egypt was a function of His promise to Abraham. However, Israel was enslaved in Egypt for four hundred years. God has provided great promises to us, however, the lack of immediate fulfillment does not mean that God has abandoned us to oppressive circumstances. God will remain true to His nature and His promises and will fulfill them in His timing.

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