The Nature Of God
Man has a sin problem, but God has the solution and the
answer. God is a loving God. John 3:16, "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only
begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but
have everlasting life". God is truly a loving God to give His only
begotten Son to die for us. That is the ultimate of love. Nothing could be
Not only is the Lord loving, but
He is also just.
says in John 5:30 (KJV), "I can of my own self do nothing: as I hear,
I judge; and my judgment is just".
Yes, when we stand before
the Lord on the Day of Judgment, He will be just. But justice demands that
the guilty be punished. Let me give you an example. Just suppose I went out and
robbed a bank, and was caught. Also suppose that the judge and I were good
friends. So the judge calls me up to his bench and whispers to me that he
doesn’t want to send me to prison for twenty years. He tells me, that if
I will quietly walk out the back door, he will tear up all the
paperwork, nothing will be said, and I can go free. Would he be a just
judge? No way. But God is a just God, and can be no less.
Not only is God a loving and
just God, but the Bible speaks of God as a vengeful God. In Hebrews
10:30-31 we read, "Vengeance is mine, I will repay,
says the Lord. And again, the Lord will judge his people. It is a
fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God".
people like to think of God as only a loving God, and nothing else; but
this is not true. On the Day of Judgment, the majority of people will find
out just how fearful it is to fall into the hands of the living God.
Why did Jesus have to die?
Because God is not only a loving God but he is also just.
Justice demands punishment for the guilty. God has specified in the
Bible how He will erase anyone’s guilt.
But we must obey God’s instructions.
Those who continue to be guilty are those who have not obeyed what
God has said.
At the end of time when Christ comes back 2 Thessalonians 1:8-9
says that He will come “In flaming fire taking
vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the
gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.
These shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the
presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power.”
God is also a God of
grace. Grace is the unmerited favor of God.
tells us, "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of
God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in
Christ Jesus." We have all sinned. We all deserve to be punished
throughout all eternity for our sins, but Christ Jesus has already taken
our punishment. God, by his grace, that is His unmerited favor toward us,
can now be just in saving us, through the redemption that is in Christ
Jesus. Our redemption is in Christ Jesus, and not in ourselves.
It is by the grace of God that
one is saved. In Ephesians 2:8-9 we read, "For by grace you have been saved
through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of
works, lest anyone should boast." We are saved by the unmerited favor
of God through our "obedience to the faith" (Romans 16:26,
Matthew 7:21). There is no way that anyone could ever
be good enough to go to heaven, because we have all sinned. We all deserve
to be punished eternally. There is no way that anyone could ever earn his
way to heaven, because heaven will be a gift of God for those who go
Our Lord says in Luke 17:10, "So likewise you, when you have
done all those things which you are commanded, say, We are unprofitable
servants. We have done what was our duty to do."
We cannot do
enough to earn our salvation. We read in Isaiah 64:6, "But we are all
like an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are like
filthy rags." There is no one of us that deserves to be saved.
is only by the grace of God that anyone will be saved.
Questions Lesson 5
The Nature of God
1) (John 3:16) God so loved the world that
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He will not punish anyone.
He gave His Son to die for us.
He will allow everyone to go to Heaven.
God does not love mankind.
3) (Hebrews 10:30) Vengeance belongs to
Those who are wronged.
will punish those who die in their sins.
5) (Hebrews 10:31) To fall into the hands of the living God is
A comforting thing.
A good thing.
A fearful thing.
is too loving to punish anyone.
7) (John 5:30) The judgment of Christ
Will be just.
Can be appealed.
Is not always right.
demands that the guilty be punished.
9) (Romans 3:23-24) Since we have all sinned
God is not going to punish anyone for their sins.
Everyone is going to be lost.
The saved are justified by God's grace through Christ.
accountable people have sinned.
11) (Ephesians 2:8-9) If we are saved it will be
By the grace or unmerited favor of God.
By our own goodness.
Only if we have never done anything wrong.
We should boast how good we are.
13) (Luke 17:10) After we have done all the things commanded us
We are still unprofitable servants.
We have "earned" our way to heaven.
Then we do not need God's grace.
We can be so good that God has got to save us on our own merits.
15) (Isaiah 64:6) All of our righteousnesses
Will force God to have to save us.
Are to be admired.
Are still like filthy rags.
We are saved by the grace of God.