The Description Of God 2

A short explanation of the description of God, as given by the Church. Part 2

Most perfect in Himself.  1. Because He alone has all things necessary to perfect felicity, so that nothing can be added unto Him to increase His glory or happiness.  2. Because He has all these things in and from Himself.  3. Because He is also sufficient for the happiness of all other creatures.

Bright Orange FlowersImmutable.  God is immutable;  1. In His essence.  2. In His will.  3. As it respects place, because He is immense.

Omnipotent.  1. God can do all things which He wills to do.  2. He does them by His will alone, without any difficulty.  3. He does them, having all things in His own power.

Of Immense Wisdom.  This shows itself,  1. In seeing and understanding Himself, and all things out of Himself, with one view or glance, perfectly and at all times.  2. In being the cause of all knowledge in angels and men.

Of Immense Goodness.  1. The nature of God is such as has been revealed in the law and the gospel.  2. He is the cause and pattern of all goodness in His creatures.  3. He is the supreme good.  4. He is essentially good.

Just.  God is just:  1. In respect to His general justice, willing and doing unchangeably those things which He has prescribed in His law.  2. In respect to His particular justice, according to which He distributes unchangeably suitable rewards and punishments.  3. In that He is the rule and pattern of righteousness in His creatures.

Objection 1.  God sends evil upon the righteous and good upon the wicked.  Answer.  This, however, will not always be the case: eventually it shall be well with the righteous and ill with the wicked.

Objection 2.  God does not immediately punish the wicked.  Answer.  He defers punishment in their case for various reasons.

Objection 3.  It ought never to go ill with the good.  Answer.  Not with those who are perfectly good, which is not the case with any one in this life.

Objection 4.  God bestows unequal rewards upon men who are placed in similar circumstances.  Answer.  He does not, however, give to any one his just desert.

Zacharias Ursinus, Commentary On The Heidelberg Catechism, p. 126

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