March 30, 2009

Manna in the morning

03-30-01

Malachi 2:17, You have wearied the Lord with your words.  Yet you ask, “How have we wearied Him?”  When you say, “Everyone who does evil is good in the Lord’s sight, and He is pleased with them,” or “Where is the God of justice?”

      There are many people who say our God is a God of love and therefore He could never condemn any person to hell, or, they have the opinion that Jesus died for all sinners removing the need for anyone to come to him in humbleness and ask for His forgiveness.  It may be that we have fostered these ideas by our teaching over the years by emphasizing the love of God and letting go of the idea put forth with such clarity in Jonathan Edward’s sermon ‘Sinners in the hands of an angry God’ or by teaching little children ‘God is Love’ for their first Bible verse.  There is no doubt our Heavenly Father is a God of love, He is the source of all love, he deals with us in love, but He is not the Heavenly Father of anyone who has not come to Jesus for forgiveness and redemption.  In order to be truly redeemed, an individual has to be aware of his slavery.  Every one of us has to admit we would be shackled in chains of sin if it were not for our acceptance of the redemption through Jesus, and our acceptance of His free gift.  If the average unsaved person has any concept at all of Jesus death he or she thinks it was for all the world’s population, therefore they have no need to ask for His mercy and salvation, or they think there are those who are bound for heaven, those who are bound for hell and a great host of people in between who are not really ‘sinners’ but not really “Born again Christians” but God will not condemn that middle group. Neither of these myths has any truth in them, unfortunately in many churches, Pastors will either deliberately nor unwittingly strengthen these false beliefs. 

      Our Heavenly Father, we praise you for our Redemption and ask you to keep our Scriptural beliefs accurate and true, in Jesus’ name we pray.

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