This is God describing Himself: Exodus 34:6-7 And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, “The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate
and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, 7 maintaining
love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. Yet he does not
leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children and their children for
the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation.”
Yes, He’s compassionate and loving and forgiving. But He
does not leave the guilty unpunished.
Psalm 89:14 Righteousness and
justice are the foundation of your throne; love and faithfulness go before you.
God’s rule over the universe is
founded upon His remaining forever perfect and just. In order to understand how
glorious and life-giving the gospel of Jesus Christ is, we need to understand
that the loving and compassionate God is also holy and righteous and determined
never to overlook or tolerate sin.
Habakkuk 1:13 Your eyes are too pure to look on evil; you cannot tolerate wrongdoing.
You know, really, everyone wants
God to deal with evil…just not our own!
So. In order to share the Gospel we
have to have a clear answer to what the Gospel is. The Gospel is not about our
personal improvement, our prosperity, worldly peace, politics or even our
purpose in life. It’s about peace with God. Mending the broken relationship.
8:28-30 28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love
him, who have been called according to his purpose. 29 For
those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son,
that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. 30 And those he predestined, he also called;
those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.
God causes all things to work
together for good (Kingdom good!) “of those who love God” (believers). He
justifies us, meaning He declares us righteous. So legally, in God’s thinking
we are righteous as believers. If you can’t forgive yourself for something KNOW that if you repented and believe, God declares you righteous! And we are also
imputed with righteousness by Jesus, meaning we are able to live it out by
He also sanctifies us – meaning we
are becoming more and more like His first born Son. We should be living like
Christ; read the Bible, share the Gospel, serve others, go to church and show
the fruits of the spirit. And this is all done for His Glorification now and later
we will be glorified in Heaven.
The good news is: we were given the
death penalty for our sins and Christ stepped in and took the punishment!
There are some marks of true
- A person will believe in Jesus.
- They will not have a lifestyle of sin. We will sin. We will have pockets of
sin, but we will not live a lifestyle
- They will crave the Word.
- They will do right before God.
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