Catechism Insight – Doctrinal Standard WSC #4 (3 of 3)

Doctrinal Standard WSC #4

Q. What is God?

A. God is a spirit, whose being, wisdom, power, holiness, justice, goodness, and truth are infinite, eternal, and unchangeable.

Scripture Memory

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:8-9, ESV)

Study Passage: Psalm 94

Support Passages: (Holy)Isaiah 6:3; Revelation 15:4 (Just) Isaiah 30:18; Job 34:12; Revelation 16:7; Psalm: 82; Psalm 103:6; 146:6-9 (Good) Psalm 145:8-9, 103:8

Bible Story: John 10:1-18 Jesus the good Sheppard


Justice – the perfection of His nature whereby He is infinitely righteous in Himself and in all He does, the righteousness of the divine nature exercised in his moral government. At first God imposes righteous laws on His creatures and executes them righteously

Holy – most common association is separation and brightness. There is nothing else like God. He is holy.

Good – viewed generally, it is benevolence; as exercised with respect to the miseries of His creatures it is mercy, pity, compassion, and in the case of impenitent sinners, long-suffering patience; as exercised in communicating favour on the unworthy it is grace

(Easton, M. (1996). Easton’s Bible dictionary. Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.)

Discussion Questions

  • What does it mean that God is holy?
  • Why does the Bible call believers to be holy?
  • How does Christ death and the Holy Spirits indwelling help us become holy?
  • What does it mean that God is just?
  • If God is just why is there so much injustice?
  • What does it mean that God is good?
  • What is the standard of good?
  • How do you measure up to that standard?
  • How does Christ help us measure up to that standard?
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