Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Romans 2

One big misconception we have about God is that He's a forgiving God who overlooks evil.

Yes, He is a forgiving God, and He does forgive sins but He does not overlook sins.

He will judge both the righteous and the evil.

He will reward those who do good and punish those who do evil.

God is a just God. He is not a God who judges partially or misjudge.

He knows our hearts and all the secrets of our hearts will be revealed when the Lord Jesus returns and judges us on that final day of judgement.

All of us sins and we are all by nature under the wrath and judgement of God, and this is perfectly understandable and right.

Should the murderers, rapists, liars, slanderer, adulterers, idolaters and God-haters enter the heaven? And completely destroy the society of the heaven? No, because that would be unloving of anyone, yea, unloving of God to let them harm the people who desire to live in harmony and love God and love each other.

For example, what if there's no police system in any government of the world? What if the murderers, rapist, liars, slanderers, adulterers and insurrectionists were all tolerated and by no means, judged?

Would that nation stand? Would you and I be able to live in that kind of society? Would that be loving of anyone?

What if someone tries to kill you, rape you, lie to you, slander your name,  cheat on you and replace you in your work and home? Or what if that person tries to do these things to someone you love, your family, spouse or children?

How horrendous that would be, indeed!!! What if they really did these things to someone you love the most on the earth? Would you let them go as if nothing happened? No, by no means!!! You'd seek revenge!!!

This is what God did. God indeed punished evil and sin by sending His Son, Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ, although He was innocent and sinless, chose to be placed in the position of a heinous criminal and died as a murderer, rapist, liar, adulterer, slanderer, and idolater, that we are.

And now when anyone believes that Jesus died in their place for their sins, God says they are righteous because they believed in the substitutionary atonement of Jesus Christ, His Son, and they're now declared to be the children of God.

The Holy Spirit comes into their lives and they are new people.

God changes their hearts. God changes your heart the moment you stop your stubbornness running away and avoiding God, and finally take that step and do the most reasonable thing on the face of the earth, that is to love God, and put your entire trust in that God who loved you enough, so much, that He sent the Son of God, Jesus who loved you Himself as well, to die on the cross to bear your faults, sins, crime and evil, so that you no longer live in fear of the punishment, judgement and wrath of God.

Jews believe they're the chosen people of God because they're the ones who received the law of God and receive circumcision and follow the law of God, that's only partly true.

God says, it is those who are inwardly Jews, that are true Jews or the true people of God.

The chosen people of God are not people who have a specific nationality or received a specific holy scripture or had a specific history related to God.

That's only partly right.

The true people of God are those who are inwardly transformed or being transformed by the power, love, grace and mercy of God, into the image of the Son of God, Jesus Christ.

For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.
Romans 8:29

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