J. Gordon Duncan

Culture, Business, Fitness, Etc.

Sugar and Spice

22 Note then the kindness and the severity of God: severity toward those who have fallen, but God’s kindness to you, provided you continue in his kindness.

You know it is a rare believer, rare pastor, and rare church that can note both the kindness and severity of God at the same time.  Most usually lean more towards one than the other.

If you emphasize God’s kindness all the time, you get a Jesus who does all the wonderful works of healing and mercy but never actually gets around to telling anybody that they are sinning or that they should repent.  I never have figured out why that Jesus had to die.  This kind of living, preaching, and serving makes people feel great, but it often leads to lives full of everything but change and repentance.  People like themselves, no one is offended, but the consequence is almost no kingdom advancement.

If you emphasize God’s severity all the time, you get one of two things.  You either get a bunch of people who hate God because He is a mean SOB or you get a bunch of people who live each and every moment in the fear that God hates them, so they serve Him but they don’t really love Him.

Noting the kindness AND the severity of God means you weigh and understand that God absolutely hates sin and punishes it.  In fact, there is no sin on the face of the planet, be it thought, deed, or word that He does not punish.  God either punishes that sin on Jesus on the cross for His children or He punishes the sins of those who do not believe in hell.  Yet, God is also kind to the extent that He gave His very son to pay for the debt of sin.  Jesus’ payment of sin is so complete that the one who has faith in Him will not only have his sin removed, the severity of God will be removed, AND as Paul promised before, the believer lives a changed life.

This article also appears at the Raleigh Examiner.  Read it there and help me earn a penny.


December 29, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , ,

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