Systematic TheologyChapter 42Gods Jealousy and Perfection
Gods JealousyDefinition of Gods Jealousy
The root meaning of the Old Testament word of jealous means to be desirous of, to be zealous about, to be excited to anger over, and to execute judgment because of.
Jealousy is used of God in terms of His holy zeal and His angry wrath. God has holy zeal to protect His supremacy, and God has angry wrath on idolatry and other sins. ~Geisler
The Biblical Basis for Gods JealousyThe nature of Gods jealousy :
Gods jealousy carries the connotation of anger, fury, and wrath. AngerDeut. 29:20FuryZech. 8:2WrathIsa. 42:13
The Biblical Basis for Gods JealousyThe subject of Gods Jealousy:
Gods jealousy is vented on images, idols, other gods, and other sins.ImagesPs. 78:58Idols1 Cor. 10:19-22Other GodsDeut. 32:16Other sins1 Kings 14:22
The Biblical Basis for Gods JealousyThe object of Gods jealousy:
The object of God jealousy is first and foremost His own nature, then His name, His people, His land, and His city.
His Own NatureEx. 34:14His NameEzek. 39:25His PeopleZech. 8:2His LandJoel 2:18 His CityZech. 1:14
Gods Moral PerfectionDefinition of Gods Moral Perfection:
God is morally impeccable: He is not simply an infinite Being; He is an infinitely perfect Being.
Biblical Basis for Gods Moral PerfectionDeut. 32: 42 Sam. 22:31, 33Job 37:16Ps. 18:30; 19:7; 138:8Isa. 25:1Matt. 5:48Rom. 12:21 Cor. 13:10Col. 1:28James 1:17, 251 John 4:18
ConclusionGod possesses a holy jealousy and a morally perfect character. The former is what gives God zeal to protect and preserve His own holiness; the latter is the absolute moral perfection that pervades the character of God. These attributes are firmly grounded in Scripture, sound theological reasoning, and the history of the Christian church. All objections stated against these attributes fail; the attributes are internally consistent.
Systematic TheologyChapter 43Gods Truthfulness and Goodness (Love)
Gods Truthfulness and Goodness (Love)
God is not only absolutely truthful, but He is also all-good (omnibenevolent). It is impossible for Him to lie (Heb. 6:18), and He is love by His very nature.
Gods TruthfulnessTruthfulness Defined (Geisler):
Hebrew word for truth (emeth) means firm, stable, faithful, reliable, correct.
The Greek word (aletheia) means truthful, dependable, upright, real.
Truth corresponds to reality, is reliable, faithful, and stable.