“He is originally good, good of himself, which nothing else is; for all creatures are good only by participation and communication from God.  He is essentially good; not only good, but goodness itself: the creature’s good is a superadded quality, in God it is his essence.  He is infinitely good; the creature’s good is but a drop, but in God there is an infinite ocean or gathering together of good.  He is eternally and immutably good, for he cannot be less good than He is; as there can be no addition made to Him, so no subtraction from Him.”

 

(quote by Thomas Manton; used by Arthur W. Pink, The Attributes of God, “The Goodness of God,” Chpt. 11, p57, 1930)

The Goodness of God

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