The Nature Of God
Man has a sin problem, but God has the solution and the answer. God is a loving God. John 3:16, "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life". God is truly a loving God to give His only begotten
Son to die for us. That is the ultimate of love. Nothing could be greater.
Not only is the Lord loving, but He is also just. Jesus says in John 5:30 (KJV), "I can of my own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge; and my judgment
is just". Yes, when we stand before the Lord on the Day
of Judgment, He will be just. But justice demands that the guilty be punished. Let me give you an example.
Just suppose I went out and robbed a bank, and was caught. Also suppose that the judge and I were good friends.
So the judge calls me up to his bench and whispers to me that he doesn’t want to send me to prison for twenty years.
He tells me, that if I will quietly walk out the back door, he will tear up all the paperwork, nothing will be said, and I
can go free. Would he be a just judge? No way. But God is a just God, and can be no less.
Not only is God a loving and just God, but the Bible speaks of God as a vengeful God. In Hebrews 10:30-31 we
read, "Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord. And again, the Lord will judge his people. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God". Most people like to think of God as
only a loving God, and nothing else; but this is not true. On the Day of Judgment, the majority of people will find
out just how fearful it is to fall into the hands of the living God.
Why did Jesus have to die? Because God is not only a loving God but he is also just. Justice
demands punishment for the guilty. God has specified in the Bible how He will erase anyone’s guilt. But we must obey God’s instructions. Those who continue
to be guilty are those who have not obeyed what God has said. At the end of time
when Christ comes back 2 Thessalonians 1:8-9 says that He will come “In flaming
fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. These shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord
and from the glory of His power.”
God is also a God of grace. Grace is the unmerited favor of God. Romans 3:23-24 tells us, "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being
justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus." We have all sinned. We
all deserve to be punished throughout all eternity for our sins, but Christ Jesus has already taken our punishment.
God, by his grace, that is His unmerited favor toward us, can now be just in saving us, through the redemption that is in
Christ Jesus. Our redemption is in Christ Jesus, and not in ourselves.
It is by the grace of God that one is saved. In Ephesians 2:8-9 we read, "For
by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should
boast." We are saved by the unmerited favor of God through our "obedience to the faith" (Romans 16:26, Matthew
7:21). There is no way that anyone could ever be good enough to go to heaven, because we have all sinned. We all
deserve to be punished eternally. There is no way that anyone could ever earn his way to heaven, because heaven will
be a gift of God for those who go there.
Our Lord says in Luke 17:10, "So likewise
you, when you have done all those things which you are commanded, say, We are
unprofitable servants. We have done what was our duty to do." We cannot do enough to earn our salvation.
We read in Isaiah 64:6, "But we are all like an unclean thing, and all our righteousness are like filthy rags." There is no one of us that deserves to be saved. It is only by
the grace of God that anyone will be saved.
Lesson # 5
Nature of God
1. God so loved the world that: (John 3:16)
A. He will not punish anyone.
B. He gave His Son to die for us.
C. He will allow everyone to go to Heaven.
2. God does not love mankind.
3. Vengeance belongs to: (Hebrews 10:30)
C. Those who are wronged
4. God will punish those who die in their sins.
5. To fall into the hand of the living God is: (Hebrews 10:31)
A. A comforting thing.
B. A good thing.
C. A fearful thing.
6. God is too loving to punish anyone.
7. The judgment of Christ: (John 5:30)
A. Will be just.
B. Can be appealed
C. Is not always right.
8. Justice demands that the guilty be punished.
9. Since we have all sinned: (Romans 3:23-24)
A. God is not going to punish anyone for their sins.
B. Everyone is going to be lost.
C. The saved are justified by God’s grace through Christ.
10. All accountable people have sinned.
11. If we are saved it will be: (Ephesians 2:8-9)
A. By the grace or unmerited favor of God.
B. By our own goodness.
C. Only if we have never done anything wrong.
12. We should boast how good we are.
13. After we have done all the things commanded us: (Luke 17:10)
A. We are still unprofitable servants.
B. We have “earned” our way to heaven.
C. Then we do not need God’s grace.
14. We can be so good that God has got to save us on our own merits.
15. All of our righteousness: (Isaiah 64:6)
A. Will force God to have to save us.
B. Are to be admired.
C. Are still like filthy rags.
16. We are saved by the grace of God.