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We are Continueing From last Week Sermon(Part 1)
He is True to His Character
I generally like to be on time or a little bit early. I usually succeed at that and so one time when I was late for a meeting, the people teased me because it was out of character.
The faithfulness of God is also seen in the fact that God is true to His character. What is the character of God? One of the most powerful words to describe God’s character is the Hebrew word “hesed.” It is usually translated “steadfast love.” In Deuteronomy 7:9 we read,
“Know therefore that the LORD your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commands.”
This is one of many verses which connect God’s faithfulness to His loving kindness. These verses reveal that God is filled with compassion. If God is true to His character, we can count on God’s faithfulness to His love.
What are some other aspects of God’s character?
God is one who saves and if He is consistent with His character, we can count on Him to save. He is known as a God who is upright. Therefore, we can trust that He will always be consistent with what is right.
Deuteronomy 32:4comments on the faithfulness of God in His uprightness when it says, “He is the Rock, his works are perfect, and all his ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is he.”
There are many other aspects of His character and the faithfulness of God is seen in that He is consistent in all these different characteristics.
He is True to His Word
Another perspective from which we can look at God’s faithfulness is that He is true to His Word. That is, when God says something, He does what He says. The language which is most often used in this regard in the Bible is the language of covenant. God has established covenants with His people. The most significant covenant which God made in the Old Testament was the covenant He made with Moses and the people of Israel at Mount Sinai.
I just read Deuteronomy 7:9 and emphasized that God keeps his covenant of love. There we emphasized that we could count on God’s faithfulness because it was consistent with his character of love. But now I would like you to notice that it speaks of his mercy as a “covenant of love.” God had promised to bring His people out of Egypt, make them His people and bring them into the Promised Land. God fulfilled that promise as He always does.
Isaiah 25:1 encourages us, “O Lord, you are my God; I will exalt you and praise your name, for in perfect faithfulness you have done marvelous things, things planned long ago.”
Thus we can know that whatever God has promised He will do. He is faithful to the covenants He has made.
Therefore we see that the faithfulness of God goes very deep. God is faithful because He seeks to maintain the reputation of His name. He is faithful because He is true to the character He has declared and demonstrated Himself to be. He is faithful because He keeps the promises He has made
To be continued in Part 3
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