THE GOODNESS OF GOD
God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, is absolutely perfect lacking nothing and is the source of everything that exists. God is good and possesses all things in himself being filled with all blessings. Giving everything existence He endowed many creatures with life, power and intellect It is in His wonderful and divine will to share all of His blessings with His many creatures, who, not being complete fail to possess everything. God being good does not keep his blessings to himself, for it His fervent desire to create beings beside like himself and grant each of them a share of His goodness.
So God created all the other beings outside of himself and through Christ the Godman He shows them the way of perfection. Every creature has an ultimate goal set by the Creator which is best for its individual nature and purpose. Thus we and all creatures have come into being out of the goodness of God and are so made so that they fit into His eternal and perfect plan.
We have all received our being, our faculties and purpose out of the goodness of God. In fact everything that exists in our universe comes out of His goodness. All creatures that exist have come to be out of the goodness of God. High on the list of creatures is man who was created in the image of God. His destiny will be fulfilled when he becomes also the perfect likeness of God. This agrees with God’s plan: “Let us create man in our own image and after our own likeness.”
We see in the entire universe the goodness of God, which causes our hearts to sing out in praise of His glory and majesty. Nothing is left undone, nothing that He established can undergo improvement because everything is perfect from the beginning, and marked for its ultimate purpose according to God’s perfect fore-knowledge.
Concerning God’s perfect nature, we see that it has perfect power, perfect will and purpose for the good, which is the ultimate purpose for all His creation, in particular the destiny of man. The God we believe in is the glory and exultation of all Orthodox Christians, for he is the God of truth. He is the God of power and infinite goodness. And to Him, the uncreated one, is due all glory and honor, to the Father Son and Holy Spirit, now and forever and unto the ages of ages. Amen.