Social Justice Project #27

The Attributes of God and Justice

Part 6: Goodness

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.

As an attribute, God is good in that He commits no moral evil and is motivated to consistently act with the best interest of others. Many of God’s other attributes, such as mercy and faithfulness, spring from His goodness. Proof of God’s goodness toward His creatures, both believers and non-believers, can be seen in that common grace is extended to all. Natural resources for building civilization and rain for favorable crops are two examples of common grace. The apostle James said, “Every generous act and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights; with Him there is no variation or shadow cast by turning” (James 1:17, HCSB). The greatest example of God’s goodness is His extending grace and salvation to all who would place their faith and trust in Jesus Christ.

God’s goodness means that justice will be meted out to correct wrongs. Because of His omniscience, He will never forget those wrongs. In light of His omnipotence, He retains the power to correct wrongs. The means by which He will correct those wrongs are limitless, either in this life or at a final judgement.

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