Divine Faithfulness 2

W. Terry Varner
December 10, 2017

The Godhead is not “out of the picture” when it conies to the Christian’s life. The Bible speaks of the faithfulness of the Godhead working in the Christian’s life. Therefore, we can speak of faithfulness as a virtue of the Godhead, while at the same time a quality the Christian must possess to please God since it is a “fruit of the spirit” (Gal. 5:22). The latter is a subject for another article.

God is faithful. Using a concordance which definitely facilitates good Bible study, we find the word “faithfulness” used over 60 times when ascribed of God. That ought to make us stop and think with great seriousness. A typical passage descriptive of God’s faithfulness to His children is found in Deuteronomy 7:9, Know therefore that the LORD your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love Him and keep His commandments” (ESV, emp. added). Exactly how is God depicted in His Word to be faithful?

Consider God’s creation. Luke describes God’s faithfulness in His creation as follows: “Yet He did not leave Himself without witness, for He did good by giving you rains from heaven and fruitful seasons, satisfying your hearts with food and gladness” (Acts 14; 17, ESV, emp. added). We see God’s creative faithfulness in nature when we examine it. When it rains, snows, hails, and changes seasons, we see God’s creative faithfulness. He promised man His faithfulness in the physical realm of nature. “While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease” (Gen. 8:22, emp. added). These facets of nature have not ceased. God has kept His promises. We are reminded of the faithfulness of God when looking at nature.

Consider God’s faithfulness in dealing with His children.“Not one word of all the good promises that the LORD had made to the house of Israel had failed; all came to pass” (Joshua 22:45, ESV, emp. added). Jeremiah writes of God’s love and mercy as: “The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness” (Lamentations 3:22-23). Christians are recipients of God’s faithful love and mercy. Life would be most miserable without them.

Jesus is faithful. Again, perusing a Bible concordance shows the faithfulness of Jesus our Savior. We would naturally expect that since Jesus is the divine Son of God and possesses “the exact imprint of His nature” (Heb. 1:3, ESV) that He would be as faithful as God the Father.

The faithfulness of Jesus is emphasized variously. First, He is described as “faithful in all God’s house. . . . is faithful over God’s house as a Son” (Heb. 3:2, 6, emp. added). Second, one of His many titles is “Faithful and True” (Rev. 3:14, emp. added). Third, Paul wrote stating and promising, “But the Lord is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one” (2 Thess. 3:3, emp. added). Fourth. Jesus is called “the faithful witness” (Rev. 1:5) of God. Fifth, He is the Christian’s “merciful and faithful high priest” (Heb. 2:17). Sixth. Jesus promised His brethren, “And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age” (Matt .28:20).