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The Character of God
What is God really like? This site provides scriptural evidence of His true character.

Note: Some pages may be listed in more than one section below.



Index page with short descriptions of the following pages:

About Me
About My Position
The Heart of the Matter
About This Message
About Contributors to This Message
About This Site
About our Privacy Policy
Appreciation for this Site, Comments of


Note: there are additional articles in other areas of this site, especially the Glossary section.

Principles and Language of Heaven – series introduction
1. Love Cannot be Forced
2. Love Takes Responsibility
3. Love Wants to Share
4. Love Allows for Growth
The Hunter Illustration – illustration of God’s accommodation
5. Love Respects Others
6. Love Keeps no Record of Wrongs

Aaronic Blessing from a Hebrew Perspective (by Jeff Benner) – understanding the Hebrew words
Am I Like God or is God Like Me? – the accommodation principle

In the Heart of the Earth – the timing of Jesus’ resurrection determined by allowing the Bible to define its own terms – it was not on a Sunday. This truth will be of great significance in the future when Sunday-observance laws are promoted.
Out of the Abundance of the Heart – supplemental page for study above.

Cleansing of the Sanctuary – deals with the cleansing mentioned in Daniel 8:14 “then shall the sanctuary be cleansed.” It is included because, in the belief of many, the end will not come until the end-time servants of God are “purified and made white” (Dan 12:10) and “sealed … in their foreheads” (Rev 14:7:3) with the Father’s name (Rev 14:1) or His character. A detailed and practical look at how we can reflect God’s character.

Part 1 – Daniel 8:14 – Introduction and index to the series – links to all parts.
2 – Sanctuary – definition – from the Character of God and the Gospel Glossary
3 – The Old Testament Sanctuary – illustrated the cleansing of the true sanctuary
4 – The Heavenly Sanctuary – to be cleansed or from where it was cleansed?
5 – The Earthly Sanctuary – the Earth itself will be cleansed but only later
6 – The True Sanctuary – to be cleansed for the habitation of God
7 – The Sanctuary of the Heart –  wisdom in the inward parts; the law in the heart
8 – The Sanctuary of the Mind – did you know that we have two minds?
9 – How Does the Mind Get Dirty? – the expected 5 senses and another important source
10 – The Timing of the Cleansing – prophesied by the prophet Daniel
11 – Is Cleansing the Same as Judgment? – does God actually judge us?
12 – The Books/Records of Heaven – from the Character of God and the Gospel Glossary
13 – A Being of Two Minds – and they both need cleansing
14 – Humanity’s First Infection – the original sin was not eating a piece of fruit
15 – The Motivation of Love – the strongest motivation there is
16 – Renewing the Mind – the term sinful flesh is really referring to the mind
17 – A Completely Clear Conscience – what a blessing that would be! It’s possible
18 – Cleansing by the Word – how the church and we are to be cleansed
19 – Mopping Up the Mess – can I actually stop sinning?
20 – Thy Way is in the Sanctuary – God’s way of what?
21 – Benefits of Cleansing – the benefits extend to the whole universe
22 – The Kingdom of God – not where you might think it is
23 – A Fit Temple – when God inhabits the sanctuary will He take over maintenance?

Dictionary, the Bible is its Own – let the Bible define its own terms
Divine Recession – (by Kevin Straub) God’s response in respect of our free will
George Fifield 1897 Sermons:
On Isaiah 53:3
On Hebrews 9:22
On John 12:24-25
History of the Character of God Message
Interpreting Scripture – many errors in understanding God’s character result from misinterpretation
Jesus in the Old Testament Part 1 – Was Jesus the Yahweh of the Old Testament?
King David and the Wars of Israel – an illustration of the accommodation principle
Prophecy, God’s Character is a Key to (by Frank Zimmerman)
Sword, the Law of the (by Emmanuel Eshun)
Sword, Israel Chooses the – one nation (Israel) chooses to take the sword
Sword, Israel Refuses the – one man (Israel) chooses not to take the sword
Vengeance (by Floyd Phillips)
William Miller’s Rules of Interpretation – 14 good rules from the 18th century
Witnesses for God – text of 1897 sermon by Ellet J. Waggoner showing an understanding of the character of God
Your God Looks Too Soft (by Emmanuel Eshun) Really? Here is real Strength!

Biblical Events

Detailed examination of individual passages/incidents (listed in Biblical order)

Gen 2:17 – Thou Shalt Surely Die
Gen 6:13 – I Will Destroy Them with the Earth (The Flood)
Exo 4:10-16 – Moses Turns God Down
Exo 4:11 – Does the Lord Make People Blind?
Exo 4:24 – The Lord Sought to Kill Moses
Exo 17:9 – Israel Takes the Sword
Exo 20:5 – God Visits Iniquity on the Children
Num 14:29 – Your Carcasses Shall Fall
Num 16 – Korah’s Rebellion
Deut 2:15 – The Hand of Lord was Against Them to Destroy
1 Sam 15:3 – Go and Smite Amalek
2 Sam 6:6-8 – The Breach of Uzzah
1 Kings 18-19 – Elijah and the Prophets of Baal
2 Kings 1 – Elijah and the Captains of 50
Were the Captains and Their Fifties Just “Put to Sleep”?
2 Chron 20:22 – The Lord Set Ambushments
Isa 58:12 – The Repairer of the Breach
Zech 14:12 – Their Flesh Consumes Away – includes video version
Matt 10:28 – Fear Him Which is Able to Destroy
Matt 10:34 – I Came Not to Send Peace But a Sword
Matt 25:46 – Everlasting Punishment?
Luke 22:35-38 – Let Him Buy a Sword (by Marilyn Campbell)
John 5:4 – Troubling of the Water
Acts 5:1-10 – Deaths of Ananias and Sapphira – includes video version
Acts 12:23 – Death of King Herod
Acts 13:6-12 – Elymas the Sorcerer
Rom 5:8-10 – Reconciled by Death; Saved by Life
Rom 9:15, 17 – Is God Partial?
1 Cor 3:17 – Him Shall God Destroy (by Troy Edwards, includes discussion of Biblical idioms)
1 Cor 13:5 – Thinketh no Evil
2 Cor 5:21 – “The Great Exchange”
Heb 9:22 – Without Shedding of Blood (video by Jeremy Myers)
Christian Consecration (by George Fifield)
Heb 10:26 – No Sacrifice for Willful sin
Heb 12:17 – Esau Prevented from Repenting?
Rev 6:16 – Rocks, Fall on Us
Rev 8:7,8,10,12, 9:1,13, 11:15 – Seven Trumpets – destruction from God?
Rev 22:11 – He that is unjust, let him be unjust still – not allowed to change?

Biblical Examples

Collections of verses illustrating various topics

God Takes the Blame/Responsibility – God says “I did it” when He clearly did not do the actual deed.
God’s Accommodations for Man – God meets people “where they are” while always honoring their free will.
The Wrath of God Pattern (acronym SALT) – a common sequence where God’s “wrath” is mentioned.
Satan is the Destroyer – if God does not protect, Satan causes death and destruction.
Sin Brings About its Own Destruction – sin results in or brings about its own punishment.
Isa 45:7 – I Create Evil – Bible students 100 years ago well understood this permissive idiomatic expression of God saying He did what He merely permitted or allowed.
God did not want sacrifices – but He gave them because man needed them.


Contributors to the character-of-God message. The page linked above gives a short mention of each, links below lead to individual profile pages which include some background, links to their websites, contact information etc.

Bowen, Rose
Boyd, Greg
Campbell, Marilyn
Cinquemani, Paul
Cole, Brad and Dorothee
Coleman, Gary
Douglin, Elliot
Ebens, Adrian
Edwards, Troy
Fifield, George
Eshun, Emmanuel
Foucher, Ray
Gibson, Ty
Grant, Ozzie and Denice
Lorencin, David and Kelley
Jennings, Timothy
Maxwell, Graham
Montgomery, Herb
Myers, Jeremy
Pacheco Jr., Pablo
Paulien, Jon
Sager, Ed
Sande, Oscar
Schulberg, Jay
Sheldon, Jean
Straub, Don
Straub, Kevin
Thompson, Alden
Turner, Sherlene
Waggoner, Ellet J.
Wright, Fred
Zahnd, Brian
Zimmerman, Frank


Biblical idioms (discussion by Troy Edwards) These are important to understand for a number of the terms included in the glossary.

Note: words/phrases followed by “definition” are the main glossary entry pages. Pages listed below each of those are supporting pages. Further words will be added as definitions are completed.

Appease – definition
Arrows – definition
Atonement – definition
Blood – definition
Sacrifices not desired
Books – definition
Breach – definition
Breach of Uzzah
Repairer of the Breach
Condemnation – definition
Judge Not, that Ye be Not Judged
Consumed – definition
Consumed, all uses
Curse – definition
Destroy/Destruction – definition
Destroyer – definition
The Destroyer Illustrated 
Discomfited – definition
Fear – definition
Forgiveness – definition
Forsake – definition
Glory – definition
Hardened – definition
How Hearts are Hardened
Hornets – definition
Intercession – definition
Intercessor – definition
Judgment – definition
Does God Judge Us or Do We Judge Him?
Just (as in “a just man”) – definition
Just (as in “God is just”) – definition
Justice – definition
The Types of Justice
The “Stoning” of David
Every Use of the Word “Justice”
What About “an Eye for an Eye”?
Justice by David Lorencin
Justification (includes justified) – definition
Abraham’s Justification – by faith or by works?
Kill (includes murder) – definition
Ten Commands or Ten Promises?
Law – definition
Gospel Models and the Role of Law Includes video version.
Keeping the Law
Is Salvation a Legal Matter? by Kent
Love – definition
Mark – definition
Mercy – definition
Name – definition
Sacred Names – Important to Use?
Overthrow – definition
Probation – not in the Bible but the concept is
Punishment – definition
Matthew 25:46 – Everlasting Punishment
Recompense – definition
Reconciliation – definition
Romans 5:8-10
Sanctuary – definition
Sent – definition
Sin – definition
Romans 5:12-21
Sin, made to be – definition
Sinner – definition
Smite, Smote – definition
Smote in the New Testament – looks at every use
Strange act – definition
Sword – definition and discussion of Matt 10:34
Vengeance – definition
John the Baptist – misunderstood God’s Vengeance
Visit – definition
Wrath (includes anger) – definition


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Questions and Answers

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