In God?s veracity we have the guarantee that our faculties in their normal exercise do not deceive us; that the laws of thought are also laws of things; that the external world, and second causes in it, have objective existence; that the same causes will always produce the same effects; that the threats of the moral nature will be executed upon the unrepentant transgressor; that man?s moral nature is made in the image of God?s; and that we may draw just conclusions from what conscience is in us to what holiness is in him. We may therefore expect that all past revelations, whether in nature or in his word, will not only not be contradicted by our future knowledge, but will rather prove to have in them more of truth than we ever dreamed. Man?s word may pass away, but God?s word abides forever ( <400518>Matthew 5:18 ? ?one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass away from the law?; <234008>Isaiah 40:8 ? ?the word of God shall stand forever?).
<400616> Matthew 6:16 ? ?be not as the hypocrites.? In God the outer expression and the inward reality always correspond. Assyrian wills were written on a small tablet encased in another upon which the same thing was written over again. Breakage, or falsification, of the outer envelope could be corrected by reference to the inner. So our outer life should conform to the heart within, and the heart within to the outer life. On the duty of speaking the truth, and the limitations of the duty, see Newman Smyth, Christian Ethics, 386-403 ? ?Give the truth always to those who in the bonds of humanity have a right to the truth; conceal it, or falsify it, only when the human right to the truth has been forfeited, or is held In abeyance, by sickness, weakness, or some criminal intent.?
(b) The virtue of his faithfulness that he fulfills all his promises to his people, whether expressed in words or implied in the constitution he has given them.
In God?s faithfulness we have the sure ground of confidence that he will perform what his love has led him to promise to those who obey the gospel. Since his promises are based, not upon what we are or have done, but upon what Christ is and has done our defects and errors do not invalidate them, so long as we are truly penitent and believing: <620109>1 John 1:9 ? ?faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins? = faithful to his promise, and righteous to Christ. God?s faithfulness also ensures a supply for all the real wants of our being, both here and hereafter, since these wants are implicit promises of him who made us: <198411>Psalm 84:11 ? ?No good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly?; 91:4 ? ?His truth is a shield and a buckler?; <400633>Matthew 6:33 ? ?all these things shall be added unto you ?; <460209>1 Corinthians 2:9 ? ?Things which eye
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