The Nature & Character of God
The Nature & Character of God
“Before anything else was, God is. When all else ceases to have being, God will be.”
This is the simple yet profound premise behind Dr. Corbett Gaulden’s brief treatise on God the Father. In four short but insightful chapters, he examines certain aspects of the nature and character of God as revealed in the specific attributes of His existence, His authority, and His love. Fundamentally, God is first in all things. He is first in existence, and by and through Him all else exists. As Father, God is first in precedence (though not in essence) over Jesus His Son.
As to authority, God’s authority is original authority; all other authority, in the spiritual or natural realms, is derived or delegated authority received from God.
As to love, God is love; all love originates in and emanates from God. His love is universal, yet individual; particular and reciprocal, as modeled in the love demonstrated between God the Father and Jesus the Son.
Existence, authority, and love originate in God the Father and, as He sees fit, emanate from Him to whomever He chooses.
Author: Dr. Corbett Gaulden
Born in Connecticut but raised in Louisiana, Corbett Gaulden grew up in a family that placed great importance on attending to the things of the Lord. He holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, a master’s degree in business, and a PhD from Louisiana State University. A stint in the US Army taught him personal discipline that has paid valuable dividends throughout his life.
While in college, Corbett spent time in Israel, an experience that stirred in him a deep yearning to know more of what the Bible was all about and how to relate to the people who lived it. Out of this, in turn, developed a life-long avocation. During graduate school, he responded to a parallel call in his life, which led to his becoming a licensed minister and serving for a time as a “fill-in” pastor. Having completed secular education in science and business, he turned those academic skills into the pursuit of fundamental knowledge of the faith that had been growing in him for years.
Corbett has spent his “working years” as a chemist, a marketing professor, and a business college dean. Over the course of his professional career he has written more than 20 articles and has received four research awards. He has been a consultant for numerous public and private sector organizations, has been actively involved, including leadership, in several civic organizations, and has held the top leadership post in a number of academic organizations. In addition, Corbett has made presentations at numerous conferences, both national and international, mostly academic, but also some that were religious in nature. He has also been the keynote speaker for at least five national or international conferences, one of which was “religious” in nature, and the rest academic.
Now retired from academic life, Corbett resides these days in San Angelo, Texas, with his wife, Judy. They have two grown daughters and two grandchildren, all of whom currently reside in Texas.