generally God , as though ?God? could be an attribute or predicate; but both identically God, the God, the one all-inclusive, indivisible, God? If the thought that wishes to be orthodox had less tendency to become tritheistic, the thought that claims to be free would be less Unitarian.?
Third Division. ? Perfection, and attributes therein involved.
By perfection we mean, not mere quantitative completeness, but qualitative excellence. The attributes involved in perfection are moral attributes. Right action among men presupposes a perfect moral organization, a normal state of intellect affection and will. So God?s activity presupposes a principle of intelligence, of affection, of volition in his inmost being, and the existence of a worthy object for each of these powers of his nature. But in eternity past there is nothing existing outside or apart from God. He must find, and he does find, the sufficient object of intellect, affection, and will, in himself. There is a self-knowing, a self-loving, a self-willing, which constitute his absolute perfection. The consideration of the immanent attributes is, therefore, properly concluded with an account of that truth, love, and holiness, which render God entirely sufficient to himself.
<400548> Matthew 5:48 ? ?Ye therefore shall be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect?; <451202>Romans 12:2 ? ?perfect will of God?;
<510128> Colossians 1:28 ? ?perfect in Christ?; cf. <053204>Deuteronomy 32:4 ? ?The Rock, his work is perfect ?; <191830>Psalm 18:30 ? ?As for God, his way is perfect.? 1. Truth.
By truth we mean that attribute of the divine nature in virtue of which God?s being and God?s knowledge eternally conform to each other.
In further explanation we remark:
(a) The immanent truth of God is not to be confounded with that veracity and faithfulness which partially manifest it to creatures. These are transitive truth, and they presuppose the absolute and immanent attribute.
<053204> Deuteronomy 32:4 ? ?A God of faithfulness and without iniquity, Just and right is he?; <431703>John 17:3 ? ?the only true God? ajlhqino>n ;
<620520> 1 John 5:20 ? ?we know him that is true? to<n ajlhqino>n . In both these passages ajlhqino>v describes God as the genuine, the real, as distinguished from ajlhqh>v , the veracious (compare <430632>John 6:32 ? ?the
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