Condensed Theology, Lecture 13: Theology, Goodness, Mercy, Grace, Patience, Kindness, Compassion, Love

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    Condensed Theology

    A Primer in Systematic Theology

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    Theology Proper:

    The Doctrine of God

    What does the Bible teach about

    God?

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    Where Were Going

    Ten lectures covering four subjects:

    The existence of God

    The attributes of God God as Trinity

    Gods works of creation & providence

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    The Attributes of God

    What Is God Like?

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    General Categories of the

    Attributes

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    General Categories

    1. Communicable The communicable

    attributes of God are

    those characteristicsof God that arepeculiar to him butwhich he shares withhumanity

    If the attribute can beconverted to acommand, it iscommunicable

    2. Incommunicable The incommunicable

    attributes of God are

    those characteristicsof God that arepeculiar to him butwhich he does notshare with humanity

    If the attribute cannotbe converted to acommand, it isincommunicable

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    The Communicable Attributes

    Gods Peculiar Characteristics

    Shared with Humanity

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    Sub-categories for Communicable

    Attributes

    Kindness Severity

    Rom 11:22: Behold then the kindness and severity ofGod; to those who fell, severity, but to you, God'skindness, if you continue in His kindness; otherwiseyou also will be cut off.

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    Sub-categories for Communicable

    Attributes Kindness

    Goodness

    Mercy

    Grace

    Patience

    Kindness

    Compassion

    Love

    Truthfulness

    Wisdom

    Severity

    Justice &Righteousness

    Wrath Jealousy

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    The Attributes of Kindness

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    The Attributes of Kindness:

    Goodness God himself is good, the final standard of

    goodnessMark 10:18: And Jesus said to him, Why do

    you call Me good? No one is good exceptGod alone.Ps 100:5: For the LORD is good; His

    lovingkindness is everlasting And Hisfaithfulness to all generations.

    Ps 34:8: O taste and see that the LORD isgood; How blessed is the man who takesrefuge in Him!

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    The Attributes of Kindness:

    Goodness Whatever God does is good

    Ps 119:68: You are good and do good;

    Teach me Your statutes.Gen 1:31: God saw all that He had made,

    and behold, it was very good. And therewas evening and there was morning, the

    sixth day. Psalms 104, 106, 107

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    The Attributes of Kindness:

    Goodness God is the source of all good

    Jas 1:17: Every good thing given and every

    perfect gift is from above, coming down fromthe Father of lights, with whom there is novariation or shifting shadow.

    Ps 145:9: The LORD is good to all, And His

    mercies are over all His works.

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    The Attributes of Kindness:

    Goodness God is the source of all good, especially

    for his peoplePs 84:11: For the LORD God is a sun and shield; The

    LORD gives grace and glory; No good thing does Hewithhold from those who walk uprightly.

    Rom 8:28: And we know that God causes all thingsto work together for good to those who love God, tothose who are called according to His purpose.

    Matt 7:11: If you then, being evil, know how to givegood gifts to your children, how much more will yourFather who is in heaven give what is good to thosewho ask Him!

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    The Attributes of Kindness:

    Goodness The goodness of God is his

    characteristic of not only of being

    worthy of approval but also of beingpersonally what determines thecontent of goodness

    It is the opposite of evil

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    The Attributes of Kindness:

    Goodness Commanded to do good

    Gal 6:10: So then, while we have opportunity,let us do good to all people, and especially to

    those who are of the household of the faith.Luke 6:27: But I say to you who hear, loveyour enemies, do good to those who hateyou.

    3 John 11: Beloved, do not imitate what is

    evil, but what is good. The one who doesgood is of God; the one who does evil has notseen God.

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    The Attributes of Kindness:

    Mercy, Grace, & Patience Gods mercy = his goodness > the

    miserable and distressed

    Gods grace = his goodness > theundeserving

    Gods patience = his goodness > the

    difficult and persistently disobedient

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    The Attributes of Kindness:

    Mercy, Grace, & Patience God is merciful, gracious, & patient

    Exod 34:6-7: Then the LORD passed by in front ofhim and proclaimed, "The LORD, the LORD God,

    compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, andabounding in lovingkindness and truth; who keepslovingkindness for thousands, who forgives iniquity,transgression and sin; yet He will by no means leavethe guilty unpunished, visiting the iniquity of fatherson the children and on the grandchildren to the third

    and fourth generations."Ps 103:8: The LORD is compassionate and gracious,

    Slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness.

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    The Attributes of Kindness:

    Mercy, Grace, & Patience God is merciful (good toward the

    miserable and distressed)2 Sam 24:14: Then David said to Gad, "I am in great

    distress. Let us now fall into the hand of the LORD forHis mercies are great, but do not let me fall into thehand of man."

    Heb 4:16: Therefore let us draw near with confidenceto the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy

    and find grace to help in time of need.2 Cor 1:3: Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord

    Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of allcomfort.

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    The Attributes of Kindness:

    Mercy, Grace, & Patience God is gracious (good to the undeserving)

    Exod 33:19: And He said, "I Myself will make all Mygoodness pass before you, and will proclaim thename of the LORD before you; and I will be gracious

    to whom I will be gracious, and will show compassionon whom I will show compassion.

    1 Pet 5:10: After you have suffered for a little while,the God of all grace, who called you to His eternalglory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm,strengthen and establish you.

    Eph 2:8-9: For by grace you have been savedthrough faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the giftof God; not as a result of works, so that no one mayboast.

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    The Attributes of Kindness:

    Mercy, Grace, & Patience God is patient (good toward the

    difficult and persistently disobedient) He withholds his anger and judgment from

    those who sin over time

    Numbers 14:18: 'The LORD is slow to angerand abundant in lovingkindness, forgivinginiquity and transgression; but He will by no

    means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity ofthe fathers on the children to the third and thefourth generations.'

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    The Attributes of Kindness:

    Mercy, Grace, & Patience God is patient (good toward the difficult

    and persistently disobedient)Rom 2:4: Or do you think lightly of the riches of His

    kindness and tolerance and patience,