God Wants To Communicate (Demonstrate) His Goodness

The notion of God includes goodness, and the notion of goodness includes diffusiveness, or the giving out of goodness.  Without goodness God would cease to be a deity, and without diffusiveness He would cease to be good.

The being good is necessary to the being God, for goodness is nothing else (in its simplest form) but a strong inclination to do good;  either to find or render an object good according to the inclination of the finder’s own good nature.  Goodness is a readiness to communicate itself, not for its own interest, but the good of the object it prevails upon.

And so God is good by nature, and His nature is not without activity.  He acts consistently with His own nature:  “You are good and do good” (Psalm 119:68).  And nothing benefits Him by communicating Himself to others since His blessedness is as great now (with all creation looking on) as ever it was before the erecting of the world.

 

From the book “Boundlessly Good”

God Does Not Lack Any Goodness

God is omnipotent, therefore no good can be lacking in Him (if He were destitute of any part of His nature, He would not be all-mighty).  He is so good that there is no mixture of anything un-good in Him, whereas everything beside Him is lacking in some good.

Nothing can be so supreme an evil as God is supreme goodness.  He is all good and unmixedly good.  None is good but God:  a goodness, like the sun, which has all light and no darkness.

 

From the book “Boundlessly Good”

God Is All Good, His Bits Of Creation Contain Part Of His Goodness

God is all good, and every creature carries a distinct variety of goodness.  God distinctly pronounced every day’s work in creation “good”.  Food communicates the goodness of its nourishment to our bodies.  Flowers speak the goodness of their aromas to our smell.  Every creature offers a goodness of comeliness to our sight.  Plants bring the goodness of healing qualities for our cure, and all present a goodness of objective knowledge to our understandings.

The sun , one sort of goodness, warms us, metals enrich us, living creatures sustain us and delight us.  All those have distinct kinds of goodness which are summed up in God, and are all only parts of His immense goodness.  It is He that enlightens us with His sun, nourishes us with bread…”Man shall not live by bread alone….” Matthew 4:4.

It is all but His own supreme goodness, conveyed to us through those varieties of conduit-pipes.  God is all good.  Other things are good in their kind…. but God has a good of all kinds richly in His nature.  He is no less all-good than He is all-mighty, and all-knowing.

 

God Is The Prime And Chief Goodness

Being good per se, and by His own essence, God must needs be the chief Goodness in whom there is nothing but good.  From the chief goodness there can proceed nothing but good.  All good in existence must be oriented back to that chief goodness, and it itself must be the final cause of all good.

Nothing can add to Him or make Him better than He is.  Nothing can detract from Him and make Him worse.  Nothing can be added to Him, nothing can be severed from Him, no created good can render Him more excellent, and no evil from any creature can render Him less excellent.   “You are my Lord; I have no good apart from You” says the Psalmist (Psalm 16:2).

God Is Infinitely, Abundantly, and Eternally Good

Goodness is not a quality nor a habit added to God’s essence, but is instead a nature. Goodness is itself the essence of God. He is not first God and then good, but He is good as He is God. His essence—being one and the same—is formally and equally both God and good. Αυιάγαθον, “good of Himself,” was one of the names the Platonists gave Him. He is essentially good in His own nature, and not by any outward action…….

If God were not good by His essence, He could not be eternally good nor the first good…… God’s goodness must be infinite with no limits.   The practice of God’s goodness may be limited by Himself, but His goodness—the principle—cannot be circumscribed or limited. Since His essence is infinite and His goodness is not distinguished from His essence, His goodness must be infinite also.

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From the book “Boundlessly Good”

God Is Good In His Own Essence

God is good since He is God, and therefore good by Himself and from Himself, not by another’s work.

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God made everything good, but none other has made Him good. Since His goodness was not received from another, He is good by His own nature. He could not receive goodness from the things He created since they were created after Him. His creatures received all of their beings and attributes from Him, and so they can bestow no blessing or gift on Him. No other God preceded Him in whose inheritance and treasures of goodness He might be a successor: God is absolutely His own goodness. He needed none to make Him good, but all things need Him in order to be good. Creatures are good because He made them so and they imitated His nature. He is good without clinging to any goodness outside of Himself.

Goodness is not a quality nor a habit added to God’s essence, but is instead a nature. Goodness is itself the essence of God.

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From the book “Boundlessly Good”

All God’s Acts Toward Man Are The Working Out Of His Goodness

All God’s acts towards man are but the workmanship of this goodness. What moved Him at first to create the world out of nothing and erect so noble a creature as man, endowed with such excellent gifts? Was it not His goodness? What made Him separate His Son to be a sacrifice for us after we had strove to erase out the first marks of His favor? Was it not a fervent bubbling of goodness? What moves Him to humble a fallen creature to the due sense of his duty and at last bring him to an eternal felicity? Is it not only God’s goodness?

This goodness is the captain of God’s attributes that lead the rest to act. This chief quality attends them and encourages them in all His ways of acting. Goodness is the complement and perfection of all His works. Had it not been for this compulsion to execute to His goodness, which set all the rest in motion, nothing of His wonders would be seen in creation, nor nothing of His compassions seen in redemption.

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From the book “Boundlessly Good”

God’s Goodness Ameliorates All His Other Attributes

God is first good and then compassionate. Righteousness in Scripture is often understood not as justice, but as charitableness. This attribute, says one theologian, is so full of God, that it deifies all the rest and renders God worthy of all adoration. His wisdom might contrive against us, or His power bear down too hard upon us. His wisdom might be too hard for the ignorant, and His power prove too mighty for a weak creature. His holiness would scare an impure and guilty creature, yet His goodness tempers all these qualities  and transforms them into an lovely and amiable appearance.

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Whatever comeliness these qualities have for our creature eyes, whatever comfort they afford to our hearts, we are obliged to His goodness for them all. His reigning goodness puts all these qualities into a delightful exercise: His wisdom becomes a design for us, and His power acts for us. This principle goodness veils His holiness from frightening us and moves His mercy to relieve us.

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From the book “Boundlessly Good”

 

The Acts Of God Are Nothing Else But His Goodness Flowing Out

The goodness of God encompasses all His attributes.  All the acts of God are nothing else but His goodness flowing out.

The whole catalog of mercy, grace, longsuffering, and abundance of truth are summed up in this one word “goodness”.  (Exodus 34:6).  All are streams from this fountain.  God could be none of these if He wasn’t first good.

When goodness bestows happiness on a being who does not have any corresponding merit, it is grace.  When goodness bestows happiness against merit, it is mercy.  When God bears with provoking rebels, His goodness is long-suffering.  When He performs His promise, it is truth.  When goodness meets with a person to whom it is not obliged to provide blessing, it is grace, and when He meets with a person in the world to whom He has obliged himself by a promise, His goodness is manifested as truth.  When goodness comforts a distressed person, it is pity.  When it supplies an impoverished person, it is bounty.  When it justifies or rights an innocent person, it is righteousness, and when it pardons a repentant person, it is mercy.

All these characteristics are summed up in the one name –  goodness.

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From the book “Boundlessly Good”

His Goodness Is His Glory

When Moses longed to see His glory, God told him He would give him a glimpse of His goodness:  “I will make all My goodness pass before you.” (Exodus 33:19).  His goodness is His glory and Godhead, or as much as can be delightfully visible to His creatures – and His goodness is the channel through which He benefits man.

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From the book “Boundlessly Good”

Please see also “Call That Love” by Jonathan Parnell