God’s Goodness Reflected

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Key Bible Verse: For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. (Romans 1:20a)

Dig Deeper: 

Even if we understand that the use of created things to reveal himself was part of God’s plan, we may yet wonder how they can do so. How can mere created things image the invisible God? How can he use them to describe his love? They can do so because they reflect, in a small way, his perfections. When God made the world, he pronounced it “good” and “very good” (Gen. 1:10, 12, 18, 21, 25, 31). All real things are in some way good, since God is the only creator and all things are made through his word: “Without him was not anything made that was made” (John 1:3). God himself is the highest good, the sum of all goodness. As the Lord Jesus himself states, “No one is good except God alone” (Mark 10:18). All true goodness is found in God. If, therefore, created things have some good in them, then that good is a reflection of the God who possesses all goodness without limit.

It is the existence of goodness in creatures that enables them to reveal God truly. Divine perfections are imaged in the goodness of created things. When the creator God makes things, he leaves his fingerprints all over them in the form of reflections of his goodness, so we can describe him by speaking about the things he has made that contain those traces.

– Garry J. Williams in His Love Endures Forever

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