HE’S THE LION & THE LAMB (pt.2)

Posted: December 14, 2011 in broken_pieces

Let’s move to the new testament now for the sake of those who might argue that that was the old covenant and we are now in the new covenant. God shows us His loving nature by giving up His Son and letting Him come to a filthy world and not just come, but also bear our sins and die for us. So ask yourself, if God can love us so much as to give up HIs Son to reconcile us bak to Him, how much more will He pour out His wrath on the unbelieving souls? Food for thought.  This is what is talked about in Rom 5:9, ‘since we have now been justified by His blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath by His saving grace?’ 1 Thess. 1:10 further talks of how Jesus has rescued us from the coming wrath. The same book in chapter 5:9 shows HIs love again by stating how God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Ananias and Sapphira are a perfect example of how God deals with sin. They were killed by God for lying to the Holyspirit. King Herod in Acts 12:21 was struck down and died for accepting praise from men and not giving praise to God. In chapter 13:8, Elymas, the sorcerer was struck with blindness for being in oppostion to the gospel. Yes, God is love, but He is also light and in HIm there is no darkness (1JN1:5). God’s love is holy and so is His wrath. Heb 12:6 tells us that He disciplines those HE loves and punishes everyone He accepts as sons for our good and that we may share in HIs holiness. GOd’s love is stern for it expresses holiness in the lover and seeks holiness for the beloved (J.I. Packer). 1Jn 4:9, this is love, not that we loved God but that He loved us. How exactly does He demonstrate His love, that while we were still sinners Christ died for us (Rom 5:8). Do not be deceived brethren, yes, there is love but there is also wrath.

This is what is talked about in Matt 16:27 that God will judge all people according to their works. Paul amplifies it by saying God will give to each person according to what he has done (Rom 2:6-11). 2 Cor 5″10 further confirms it by stating that we must all appear before the judgement seat of hrist to get our reward/punishment. The Son has been given all the powers to judge (JN 5:22) so better accept His love now than deal with His wrath later. For Acts 17:31 tells of how in the past God overlooked ignorance but now He commands us to repent for HE has set a day when He will judge the world with justice by the man He has appointed (Christ). We can be sure that He who is truly God and perfectly man will make a perfectly just God (J.I. Packer).

So call on the coming judge to be your Saviour. As judge, He is the law, as Saviour, He is the gospel. Let us not wait for HIs wrath to fall on us because Rev 19:15 says, ‘He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty and Rev 20:11-15 talks of the great white throne of judgement where anyone whose name is not found written in the Lamb’s book of life will be thrown into the eternal lake of fire. He is the LIon and the Lamb, don’t be deceived. He will embrace those who run to HIm now and become HIs friends but will crush HIs enemies under His feet. Where will you be?

Grace and Peace.

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