Holy Wrath…Hell pt 2

For a fire is kindled in mine anger, and shall burn unto the lowest hell, and shall consume the earth with her increase, and set on fire the foundations of the mountains. I will heap mischiefs upon them; I will spend mine arrows upon them. They shall be burnt with hunger, and devoured with burning heat, and with bitter destruction: I will also send the teeth of beasts upon them, with the poison of serpents of the dust.(Deuteronomy 32:22-24)

The doctrine of the Divine judgment of sinners is terrible to truly contemplate. So terrible that many evangelicals are retreating from it as though it is somehow beneath the concept of a loving and merciful God. But hell is of God, He ordained it as a place of punishment for unrepentant men and angels. The wrath of God is a Divine attribute, it is His glory as much as His mercy and truth are .

Earlier we made the point that Hell is a Divine revelation of the hatefulness of sin, and of the justice of God. We should be glad that we worship a God who truly, deeply hates evil in all of its malignant forms. I would hate to think of a universe where goodness goes unrewarded, whilst Evil goes unpunished. Hell teaches us that sin will always receive the punishment it deserves , forever.

We have a God who has placed us into a moral universe. Be assured, both good and evil are rewarded in kind. No matter how many people band together in unity and consensus to do evil, the infinite, personal, holy God will have the final word.

Though hand join in hand, the wicked shall not be unpunished…(Proverbs 11:21)

We also showed how Hell is an eternal demonstration of the Infinite worth of God. All sins are against the infinitely holy and good being, to whom we owe our very existence.

Who is this God that people routinely sin against? For a wrong done is aggravated according to whom it is the wrong is done against. Striking me would be bad enough, but striking the governor, or the president or the king would be much,much worse ! We are talking about the consequence of sins against the infinite, personal God , the King of the universe!

If people could see God, they would instantly know that there is a hell and that they deserve to go there, for hating Him. All beauty is derived from Him, He isn’t merely beautiful, God is beauty itself! God doesn’t have goodness, God is goodness itself. God doesn’t merely love, God is love! God is Truth! God is the very concept of Right-ness. What shall be done with those who hate and resist Beauty, truth, goodness and love forever?

Continuing on with this subject, here are more aspects of how Hell glorifies God;

* Hell and the Cross – There is much in common with the awful prospect of going to the lake of fire forever, and the obscene spectacle of the cross of Jesus, the Son of God hanging naked, tortured and helpless before his enemies, abandoned by all, including God himself.

To both the cross of Jesus, and the lake of fire, the unbeliever asks the question, Why? Why did it have to be so awful? How could a God of love allow this? How is it that this is what it took to save us? Why would a loving God send anyone there?

The cross is awful and of course the lake of fire is awful, but the rebellion of mankind against the thrice Holy ,good,God of truth and mercy, is infinitely awful. Evil is so toxic and terrible , and so deeply ingrained in humanity, that the cross of Jesus was the only righteous way to eradicate it!

Rebellion cannot stay in God’s universe forever, iniquity must and will be removed! Either by the cross of Jesus who bore the wrath of God for our sin, or by the lake of fire as an eternal holding place for those who refuse to part with it.

“Could there be anyone so high and exalted that to sin against him would merit eternal suffering ?”. The answer is yes. God is truly so Holy and beautiful that sinning against him is of eternal consequences.

* Hell is testified to by the faith of those who repented , believed in Jesus and suffered for the gospel –

And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;( 2 Thess 1:7-9)

There are millions of people who have heard God’s gospel call to repent and believe the gospel, and have done so, in spite of tremendous pressure, rejection, and pain. They have turned their backs on families, tribes, false religions, special privileges that they might be saved from the wrath to come. There have been millions of martyrs over the centuries. The fact that they have done so is a heavy witness to the reality of hell.

How? Do you really think that such sacrifices are not going to count for anything in the end? Is the universe run like the US department of Immigration, in which people around the world are required to pay a heavy price, jump through several hoops, wait for years in some cases, pay high fees and pass tests, in order to become citizens of the USA, only to see others criminally cross the border, and almost instantly receive the benefits of full citizenship at the whim of self-serving politicians?

We live in a moral universe, most people know that in the back of their minds. The fact that they know it deeply, is why the world is in bondage to the fear of death itself. They know this universe is moral, and that there will be an ultimate accounting for everything, even though they work hard to suppress that knowledge.

A God who winks at and tolerates evil is not worthy of worship, because he is no god at all. The infinite personal God of the Bible is the thrice holy Creator,Redeemer, and Judge. He is a God who hates sin and lawlessness and will punish with “everlasting destruction” those who ignore his Authority.

* Because Holy Love is the only Good, and those who reject it reject all good – Jesus told a rich young ruler one time, There is only one good, that is God. How few actually believe this! The only good this world has ever known is from God. Any good anywhere else is good only to the extent that it derives from God. Those who reject God, reject all good, Hell is the only place for them, in the end.

This is why I believe that for the sinner and the unrepentant, the only place worse for them than hell, would be heaven. They would hate heaven even more than they would hate hell, because God is there, and the people who believe and trust in God are there, it would be unbearable to them to have to go there.

Oh my reader, I pray that you will not have to go to hell ! There is still time to repent, make your peace with God, and believe that Jesus died for your sins! Read the gospel of John and allow Jesus to speak to you, He is in those gospels for they are living records! I beg you, flee the coming wrath!

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How The Lake of Fire Glorifies God…Hell pt 1

Oh let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end; but establish the just: for the righteous God trieth the hearts and reins. My defence is of God, which saveth the upright in heart. God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day. If he turn not, he will whet his sword; he hath bent his bow, and made it ready. He hath also prepared for him the instruments of death; he ordaineth his arrows against the persecutors. ( Psalm 7:9-13)

The Judeo/Christian teaching of a God of Holy wrath has by and large been rejected by the new psychologized, humanistically influenced evangelical world. Decades of weakened teaching and preaching have had an effect for millions of confessing christians. The very idea of a place of fiery, eternal, punishment in hell is a “turn off” to the new evangelicals.

Rob Bell is the founder of Mars Hill church in Grandville, Michigan. He is also the author of a widely acclaimed book called “Love Wins”. Bell calls into question the doctrine of final and fixed judgment in hell for the “billions” who will not be saved. The following is from the preface of Bells book,

A staggering number of people have been taught that a select few Christians will spend forever in a peaceful, joyous place called heaven, while the rest of humanity spends forever in torment and punishment in hell with no chance for anything better…. This is misguided and toxic and ultimately subverts the contagious spread of Jesus’ message of love, peace, forgiveness, and joy that our world desperately needs to hear.

Note the loaded way Bell frames the issue, speaking of a “select, few christians” in order to appeal to the egalitarian impulses of his readers, as if the difference between heaven and hell is a matter of social status to those of us who believe in God’s righteous Judgment.

It is my purpose in this little essay to proclaim how the punishment of Hell glorifies the God of the Bible, and His Son, Jesus our Lord.

Modern ministers seeking to become ‘relevant’ and identify with this unbelieving generation, are obviously ashamed of the traditional teaching of the church regarding the final punishment of evil. We shouldn’t be though. Jesus certainly wasn’t ashamed to warn people of an eternal hell.

Hell and the Lake of fire were created by God for a specific purpose, to punish the Devil and his fallen angels. God only does what pleases Himself, for God’s pleasure is the highest good. Therefore Hell itself is to the glory of God. Look with me at some of the ways Hell reveals God’s holy glory.

* Hell is a revelation of the utter hatefulness of sin – There is a sense in which the whole subject of Hell and punishment shows us our own heart. We stumble over the subject because we can’t believe that sin is so evil that it merits hell.

The fall of man has the same effect on us, we reason, “What’s the big deal, Eve eating a piece of fruit, sharing it with her husband, wanting to be ‘like gods’ ?”. And yet every tear of anguish, pain, shame, rage, fear, and humiliation that was ever shed, comes as a result of the man and the woman eating the fruit.

Eating fruit is that big a deal? No, but trusting God is. Being willing to remain as a worshipper under God, rather than aspiring to be a rival God in your own image, is a huge, infinite deal with eternal consequences.

Hell and the lake of fire are a revelation of the utter hatred God has for all that is evil, false, selfish, and unbelieving. God knows what sin is, an awful evil, incredibly damaging, and of enormous consequences. Sin is the evil of evils! It is worse than hell for it caused hell, and all suffering and separation came about as a result of it.

It is to God’s glory that He hates something so hateful. Would we want to live in a universe of a God who delighted in malignant evil? Who loved lust? Selfishness and covetousness? Such a world would be unbearable.

* The Lake of Fire reveals the Righteousness of God – I would hate to think of a world wherein both Hitler and his victims ended up in the same condition. We know better than that, and furthermore we know that this life isn’t long enough or of sufficient breadth to fully satisfy Justice.

For example, Hitler shot himself in the head in a bunker, after slaughtering millions of millions of his own people, and plunging the world into the most devastating war to date. He wasn’t even brought up on trial, he eluded all attempts to bring him to justice of any sort. Had he been brought to Nuremberg after the war, the worse that could have been done to this mass murderer, would be to hang him.

The doctrine of final judgment, and a fixed eternal state tells us that justice shall be eternally satisfied, there is a place where every last farthing will be demanded, all accounts will be put into order.

* The Lake Of Fire reveals the infinite worth of God – As we said earlier, people can’t believe that sin is really as evil as it is, therefore they can’t understand the severity of Hell.

In the same way, people don’t really believe that God is as glorious, exalted, majestic and high as He is. If they could see God they would instantly realize why there must be a hell, for they would know that to sin against such an infinitely good, Holy and beautiful being could only merit such a punishment. All sins are against God himself.

The very definition of evil, is to spurn, resist or ignore God, for He alone is the source of all that is good. You cannot spurn such a God with impunity! Hell shows us that God is so high, lifted up, so good, so beautiful, that to sin against Him is to hate goodness itself. It is the epitome of pride and impiety to refuse to worship such goodness and beauty!

The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God…(Psalm 9:17)

Where else could they Go? Heaven itself would be hell to the wicked for they hate God!

Part two tomorrow

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Iron Sharpening Iron ( David N and Jacob P )…

 

Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.   (Proverbs 27:17)

 

I have not been eager to enter into the very public differences between two men whom I very much admire, Jacob Prasch and David Nathan. Over the years, I have gained much from my interaction with these two men, and even now that there is a disagreement between them, I believe that we can all benefit if we see this as a “teachable ” moment.

Because Truth (with a capitol “T”) is important, it doesn’t surprise me that we find ourselves here. There are some things very much worth arguing about, we cannot compromise on issues of Salvation, the nature of God and Christology, nor can we agree to disagree. It is right to have differences and to seek to hammer them out.

Obviously  we would hope that the argument could be conducted in a fair and generous manner, but we are all flawed vessels, so lets try to look past the personal things and focus on the actual issues at hand. Both David and Jacob have stressed that they have a high regard for each other. I believe that they really do, they both said so. We should take them both at face value when they insist that this isn’t personal and go on to the actual issues being contested.

As far as I can tell the most significant problematic issue is David’s teaching about the nature of Millennial sacrifices. David has said that in the Millennium, “the blood of Jesus isn’t going to do anyone any good at all”,*  And it seems that He is teaching that those who turn and are  faithful to the LORD during the Millennium are not saved by the blood of Christ, but their sins are atoned for by sacrifice in the Millennial Temple.

It sounds like David’s teaching is that the entire sacrificial apparatus will be re-instituted and will be effectual in the Millennial age. I may be wrong and hope David clarifies himself. Here is a quotation from a clip of David’s teaching , as republished by Jacob recently,

“There will come a time when the grace of God comes to an end. For the Gentile mind it is difficult to conceive of,  for you have been brought up in a Church culture which says that the blood of Jesus Christ is eternal to save mankind for eternity. It is not a biblical concept it is a gentile concept not a biblical one…The blood of Jesus will save until the end of the age of Grace,whn the age of Grace comes to an end, the blood of Christ will not profit anyone!

During a Q/A at out church, Believers In Grace, David made the following points, when asked if people could be saved in the Millennium;

*Christ comes for his Bride (before the Millennium)

* There is only One Bride (Saved by the blood of Jesus)

* There will be people who turn and are faithful to the LORD during the Millennium,  and “We Know that their sins are atoned for,hence  animal sacrifices…”.

It could be that David is being awkward in his speech, and or lending himself to some kind of misinterpretation, perhaps he has a satisfactory answer. But it sure looks like he is attributing saving efficacy to the blood of animals during the Millennium. David Nathan insists that those sacrifices offered by Levites in the Millennial temple are not commemorative. So what are they?

This is no trivial issue, for it is about the nature of salvation, and involves the Blood of Jesus, who “washed us from our sins in His own blood”. Most people involved in this debate do not plan on waiting for the Millennium to be saved, but that doesn’t mean it is a meaningless argument.

Personally I see why Jacob is troubled by what looks like a deviance from the doctrine of salvation. Does David Nathan believe that the blood of animals will be the means of atonement in the Age to come, and not the blood of Jesus?  Brother Nathan, my friend I hope you clarify your teaching and satisfy us that that is not your position.

We who love both men are in a conundrum only on the issue of how the matter was handled, because there is disagreement between them about that. People can disagree about those kind of details without having to assume one is lying and the other is not, we are all human and have different ,limited perspectives, confusion is always a possibility. I will let that be an issue between Jacob and David.

As far as so many of us who have left the apostasy, and have been fed in the wilderness by the likes of David Nathan, Jacob Prasch and others, I don’t see this argument as being problematic. (Unless it becomes a personal thing).

We thank God for our teachers, who have certainly been gifts to us in these dark days, but we do not follow man! Not any man! Both Jacob and David believe, rightly that you are to be Bereans, and to be proficient enough in scripture to decide for yourself who to believe. No one is ever far from defection, we must cling to Jesus and pray for those who teach and preach. It is normal to have to have our teachings criticized, as James says, “Let us not be many teachers brothers, knowing we shall receive the greater condemnation”.

David and Jacob, I welcome any input and dialogue for the edification of all.

 

 

 

  • I cautioned my friend David about that quote, warning him that such a statement was shocking to the sensibilities. He wrote back saying my point was well taken.
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The Gospel Upholds God’s Law…Romans 1-3 pt 10

Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.Is he the God of the Jews only? is he not also of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also:Seeing it is one God, which shall justify the circumcision by faith, and uncircumcision through faith.Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law.(Romans 3:28-31)

The good news of God’s willingness to justify sinners who put all of their faith in Jesus, is not based upon their adherence to the “deeds of the Law”. But this gospel of Jesus, God’s appointed substitute for us, honors and even magnifies the law, as the prophets predicted that he would,

The Lord is well pleased for His righteousness sake; He will magnify the law, and make it honorable.(Isaiah 42:21)

How does the gospel do this? Jesus our substitute in life as well as in death, was born under the law, and lived his whole life under the yoke of the Law of God, perfectly keeping all of God’s law for us. It is His obedience of God’s law which is credited to us.

Jesus came as the final authority on the Law and gave us the proper interpretation of it in his teaching. What is the sermon on the mount, but a Divine teaching on the true spirituality of the Law of God.

The justification that Jesus purchased for us on the cross, puts us in favor with God, and gives the ability to come into that which the law demanded in the first place. That is love for God supremely and for our fellow men equallly.

We now “Love Him because He loved us first”. Why can’t people keep the Law of Moses in the first place? It is because we don’t really love God. Believing in the gospel of the one who has “Loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood”,changes our hearts .

We now love God, and in gratitude we now forgive and love our fellow man- without even striving to keep the law, we keep the law, because love is the fulfillment of the law.

The Law’s emphasis is a big IF,

Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse;A blessing, if ye obey the commandments of the LORD your God, which I command you this day:And a curse, if ye will not obey the commandments of the LORD your God, but turn aside out of the way which I command you this day, to go after other gods, which ye have not known.(Deuteronomy 11:26-28)

But the gospel puts us in a different position, which is the word -SINCE-. Being justified, already set in the right with God, all flows out of that God given position.

The New Testament basis for morality is different than the Blessing/Curse model of the Old. The idea is “Since you have been raised from the dead, made Righteous before God by Jesus, adopted as Sons unto God…lie not, steal not etc,

Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. 2Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. 3For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.4When Christ, who is your[a] life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. … Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices 10and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.(Collossians 3:1-11)

Finally, the gospel is based upon the assumption that the demands of Law of God are to be answered, and that by death. Jesus died as a transgressor, under the law of God for our sins against God and his holy law.

In fact His death on the tree, wearing the crown of thorns, derelicted of all near and dear to Him, including God himself, Jesus embodied the very curse of the broken law, which we deserved.

God’s law, despised and spurned by men, is now magnified on earth in the christian gospel, and by the life and death of Jesus. Now there are multitudes of Jews and Gentiles who seek to live their whole lives as expressions of grateful love to God, and in Jesus’ compassion for their fellow man- this is really all that the Law of God ever required.

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Nothing To Brag About…Romans 1-3 pt 9

Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith.Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.(Romans 3:27-28)

Why is it that God requires faith and not works?  Why is it that God’s salvation is only accessible to those who believe in His gospel ? Part of the answer to this question is in the quote above.

We have seen that man is so bankrupt, he is so estranged from God and corrupted, that there is no way that he can save himself. He is condemned and there is nothing he can possibly do to justify himself before God. Salvation is entirely of God.

The requirement of faith underscores this. There is nothing man has to ‘glory in’ except the saving work of Jesus Christ on our behalf. Faith is a response to God’s initiative, an open hand ,receiving the gift of God’s love and forgiveness. It removes boasting entirely.

It was unbelief that brought us into ruin. Had Adam and Eve only believed in the goodness of God, the right of God to impose limits on them for their good, we would not have fallen. And it is unbelief that has ever been our own plague.

The serpent presented a different view of God to the first man and woman, by implying that God was with holding back something that would be good- a share in his own Divinity.  ” God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes shall be opened, and you will know good and evil…“  ( for yourself, and on your own terms).

Believing the serpent’s slander against God, they “broke faith”, launching out in independence from God, grasping for that which they believed had been denied them.They would live on their own terms and be their own people, they would decide for themselves what right and wrong are.

This is the meaning of unbelief; not doubt and skepticism, but independence from God.

All sins are expressions of unbelief, therefore the scripture says “Whatever is not of faith is a sin”(Romans 14:22).Why do we sin? because we believe not! We are estranged from God because we no longer believe Him.

Why do people fornicate?  They do so, because they don’t really believe that God’s plan of marriage is the best for them. Why do they take drugs to alter their consciousness? Because they don’t believe in God’s reality for them. Why do they steal? Because they reject the things God has given them, or they rebel against God’s order of productive work.All sin is unbelief.

Faith and Love are intrinsically linked, to quit believing is to quit loving and vice versa. The only way to believe in God is to love Him, and the only way to Love Him is to believe Him.

God is good, and knows best, and He has the right to impose limits on any of us. We can know that those limits are for our own good and His glory. But we have to believe that God is good.

A Christian conversion is a reversal of this process of unbelief. We come as sinners again to God, helpless and bankrupt, deeply estranged from His glory and splendor, and from the joy of His communion.We can offer Him nothing of any value, we can only believe in the good news of His own salvation. All on our part is humble response.

Salvation by faith in the substitute, Jesus, cures us of our deepest problem and the fountain of all of our corruption, independent pride. God ordained faith because it really does humble us, it takes Self out of the picture, it rightly gives God all of the glory.

If salvation were indeed by works, of the Law or otherwise, than boasting would be inevitable. “We are the good people, who don’t smoke or drink, we home school our children and never watch dirty movies.” But whether it be in gross sins or exalted religion, the principle of proud Independence from God, self effort and self promotion, all are an abomination of God.

We can only utter with grateful, trembling lips, along with the blessed hymnist:

Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
Let me hide myself in Thee;
Let the water and the blood,
From Thy wounded side which flowed,
Be of sin the double cure,
Save from wrath and make me pure.

Not the labor of my hands
Can fulfill Thy law’s demands;
Could my zeal no respite know,
Could my tears forever flow,
All for sin could not atone;
Thou must save, and Thou alone.

Nothing in my hand I bring,
Simply to Thy cross I cling;
Naked, come to Thee for dress;
Helpless, look to Thee for grace;
Foul, I to the fountain fly;
Wash me, Savior, or I die.

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Mercy And Truth…Romans 1-3 pt 8

Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God . To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.(Romans 3:24-26)

God is Holy. That means that He has an infinite aversion to sin, evil, sinners, and all that is false. He utterly hates rebellion, unbelief, immorality, in short, all forms of sin. He will and must destroy all forms of iniquity forever. His very nature demands it.

Yet, God is love. He abounds with compassion, and mercy for sinners. The nature of God is to be gracious, forgiving, forbearing. As a Father pities his children so the Lord pities those who fear Him, says Psalm 103. He is “slow to anger, and abounding with tender mercies…” According to Exodus 34:4-8.

And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth,Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children, unto the third and to the fourth generation.(Exodus 34:4-6)

Do you see the problem here in this perhaps the pinnacle of God’s self revelation to Moses? He abounds with mercy for thousands, forgiving sin, transgression and iniquity, yet By No means will He clear the guilty! How can God be both simultaneously? How can He at the same time Forgive sins, and yet By no means clear the guilty?

Does He choose Love to ‘win out’ over his Holiness? Or does He jettison his Love to satisfy his holiness? God is not like man, who has contradictions and inconsistencies within him self. God cannot deny His own nature. He is One, God doesn’t just have integrity, He is integrity! He will always be Holy and Love forever.

If man is to receive mercy from God, it has to be a mercy that satisfies the demands of Holiness. God can “by no means clear the guilty”. God’s love is Holy Love, His Holiness is Love itself! The cross of Jesus is God’s answer to the dilemma. How can a Holy God save unholy sinners? How can God hate sin and yet save sinners? Or, how can God receive sinful rebels into His Holy heaven? How can the Holy One, be both” Just and the Justifier”of sinful man?

In the cross these questions are answered. God has not by any means cleared the guilty, he has in fact exercised his full wrath against all sin and iniquity. The meaning of the man hanging between heaven and earth, derelicted of God and man, wearing the crown of the curse in the garden, alone, helpless and humiliated, is that God is Holy and utterly hates sin.

The crucified Jesus quoted Psalm 22 as he hung there,”My God My God, why have you forsaken me…” , yet the answer is in the next verse of the Psalm.It is because God is Holy that Jesus, our substitute was forsaken.

My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring? O my God, I cry in the day time, but thou hearest not; and in the night season, and am not silent. But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel. Psalm 22:1-3

The cross demonstrates the Righteousness of God, who had been forgiving sin from the beginning. From Adam and Eve on up, God ‘s remission of sins was on credit. The price had to be paid, “The soul that sins, he shall die!”.

Jesus knew no sin, yet became sin for us, declares the gospel, and in doing so, he satisfied the the Righteous requirements, and offended Holiness of the Holy God against us. God has by ne means cleared the guilty, he has judged them, but in the person of their substitute,Jesus.

The Cross reveals the Love of God towards us also, love which is unfathomable! How God loves us! While we were His enemies , sinners, rebels and treasonous, The Father sent the Son to be the saviour of the world!

This is not mere humanistic,”unconditional” love. This is a terrible, profound, Holy Love , a love that upholds all that is good and true, a love that costs all, giving and dying Love.This is the Sacred, awful, Holy Love of God which answered all of the claims against us.Jesus is the offering God made to Himself.

In the cross as the Psalmist predicted, God’s mercy and truth have met together;

Psalm 85

Lord, thou hast been favourable unto thy land: thou hast brought back the captivity of Jacob.

2 Thou hast forgiven the iniquity of thy people, thou hast covered all their sin. Selah.

3 Thou hast taken away all thy wrath: thou hast turned thyself from the fierceness of thine anger.

4 Turn us, O God of our salvation, and cause thine anger toward us to cease.

5 Wilt thou be angry with us for ever? wilt thou draw out thine anger to all generations?

6 Wilt thou not revive us again: that thy people may rejoice in thee?

7 Shew us thy mercy, O LORD, and grant us thy salvation.

8 I will hear what God the LORD will speak: for he will speak peace unto his people, and to his saints: but let them not turn again to folly.

9 Surely his salvation is nigh them that fear him; that glory may dwell in our land.

10 Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other.

11 Truth shall spring out of the earth; and righteousness shall look down from heaven.

12 Yea, the LORD shall give that which is good; and our land shall yield her increase.

13 Righteousness shall go before him; and shall set us in the way of his steps.

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To My Bride (You Said Yes…)

We stood before a beautiful altar didn’t we?

We had started outside,

but when the preacher spoke of the “Water of the Word“, it began to rain.

So we rushed into the Blue room, where I first asked you…

(Do you remember the blue room)?

 

I trembled when I saw you walk the Aisle,

towards me,

and towards the life we would live together,

Because you are so beautiful, and you were radiant in purity and loveliness,

How could I have gained such a beautiful woman?

(Truly He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor of the Lord!)

 

Who was I? And What were my prospects?

In the world’s terms, they amounted to nothing…(I worked at McDonalds!)

But you said yes…

Yes to God, first of all, and yes to Me also,

You said yes to bearing six beautiful children,

and to entering into all of our joys, battles, struggles, victories and sorrows together,

 

We have always had each other’s back! You’ve been my best friend…

We have served God together,

Neither one of us could have known, what we were signing up for,

What our vows would cost us, nor the full extent of what the journey would be,

You offered yourself so willingly, to be my friend, my partner, my wife, my lover,

truly a Help meet for me!

 

I so thank God for your Yes, Where would I be without you?

Jesus, the ultimate groom has said,

“Whoever lays down his life shall keep it, and whoever keeps his life will lose it”,

Dear Kristin, what an example of this scripture you have been,

God knows you have given of yourself to me,and to God,

even when it has been difficult, You have never kept anything back for yourself.

 

We never knew the trials we would face…

Nor the victories our Lord has lavished upon us

A threefold cord cannot be broken…

I thank God for you and that you said Yes!

“Many daughters have done nobly, but you excel them all” Proverbs 31

I Love you !

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