Our God Cannot-Not Be Faithful To Us.
No Matter What, You Can Know That He Is Faithful!
“God is faithful,” – 1 Corinthians 1:9
1 Corinthians 1:9, begins with the Greek phrase, “Ho Theos pistos.” The NKJV translates this phrase as, “God is faithful.” However, the Greek word order is, “The God Faithful.”
The NKJV is a good translation. However, the Greek word order presents to my mind a wonderful idea about God. Actually, you can get it from the NKJV too. I just see it more easily in the Greek word order.
Faithful, when applied to God, communicates to us something about His essential nature. Being faithful goes deeper than behavior with God.
God is infinite (unlimited) so we cannot understand Him completely. The formal definition of infinite describes something that is not completely understandable to the human mind. The idea of fully understanding something requires that it be limited in various ways. For human beings, limits are necessary to definition and understanding.
“Great is our Lord, and mighty in power; His understanding is infinite.” – Psalm 147:5
God is not a finite (limited) but has infinite (unlimited) understanding. Scripture reveals that “His understanding is infinite” according to His essential nature. It necessarily implies that He is infinite in every way. He alone has an infinite understanding and nothing is beyond infinity to be understood. There is no such thing or place that is beyond God. His understanding does not learn about anything, rather He defines everything. There is no place for “finding out” in God.
Zophar was right when he asked the rhetorical question, “Can you search out the deep things of God? Can you find out the limits of the Almighty?” – Job 11:7
The rhetorical answer, … “No.”
Notice that Zophar’s parallelism matches “deep things of God” with “limits of the Almighty.” There are no “limits of the Almighty.” You cannot “search out the deep things of God.” We cannot find those limits we need to fully understand the Lord.
(I do not mean that we cannot sufficiently understand the Lord. He has created us with the ability to understand Him in a sufficient measure. And now, in Christ, that measure is greatly increased. And Scripture promises us greater increases in our knowing Him.)
The Lord reveals Himself to us in what we call attributes of God. These are actually partial (or limited) descriptions of who and what God is. These limited ideas that can be sufficiently captured in human languages and thinking.
Our God Cannot-Not Be Faithful
Being faithful is not simply the way God behaves, but is descriptive of what He is. He cannot-not be Faithful. From our limited perspective faithfulness is a behavior we can expect from God. It is something God has revealed about Himself to the believer.
Faithfulness speaks of God’s worthiness to be trusted and relied upon. But it is not just His inclination, decision, or reputation that we trust in. (Although all these things encourage our faith in Him.) But it is His very nature as God that finally secures our trust in Him. Because in accord with His nature He can only be Faithful. He cannot-not be Faithful because He Is Faithful. (Rev 19:11 > 3:14)
“If we are faithless, He remains faithful; He cannot deny Himself.” – 2 Tim 2:13