“If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God. Anyone who rejected the law of Moses died without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. How much more severely do you think a man deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God under foot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified him, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace? For we know him who said, ‘It is mine to avenge; I will repay,’ and again, ‘The Lord will judge his people.’ It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.” ~Hebrews 10:26-31 NIV)
A sobering thought, indeed.
It’s hard read passages like these, and not wonder if God is really as good as the Bible declares him to be.
I have learned, personally, that He is. That He is only good, all the time. We are mistaken if we think that “good” is the same thing as “nice.” It is not always right to be nice, but it is always right to be good.
God’s wrath and judgment, unlike those of mankind, are never misplaced. God is not like men. He is not fickle. He does not change his mind, or lie. He is God. The only God, and that makes him Judge as well as Benefactor. (We all like to think of God as only a Benefactor, don’t we?) If the only God who exists was never angered by sin, because of what it does to the precious beings created in His very image, what kind of God would he be?
He would be no better than man, and unworthy of any worship.
We would never condone a judge in our country who did not abide by the rule of law. A judge who does not exercise justice when it is clearly called for is worthless. How much less should the God of the Universe neglect justice?
“You will be consoled when you see their conduct and their actions, for you will know that I have done nothing in it without cause, declares the Sovereign LORD.” ~Ezekiel 14:23 (NIV – emphasis mine)
Just a thought.
It is not for nothing that we are told that the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom. And I love you too much not to tell you about God’s justice, as well as his mercy. Just so you know.
Grace & Peace,