Thursday, June 13, 2013

God is What?

Praise Him, Praise Him, all ye little children
God is Love, God is Love- a hymn from my childhood

...but after this, the judgment -Hebrews 9:27b

Of course, God is love. It says so in the Bible (1 John 4:8, 16)

In fact, the Bible tells us all sorts of things God is. For instance, there is something called the aseity of God. Means He's self-existent (Acts 17: 24-25).

How about holy? Next to God's love, this may the most familiar of His characteristics. Only maybe not a trait we enjoy thinking about as much as God's love.

The problem is: God is holy and we're not. Which leads to thoughts of a thing in the Bible called "judgment." Which is spoken of very often in both Testaments. Jesus spoke of judgment (or things to do with it) more often than He spoke of love (you can count 'em).

Not a popular notion, I know. The distressing thing is the number of people who profess Christ but reject what He says about God's judgment (Matthew 12:36, a representative example).

Were we not called to be watchmen (Ezekiel 33:6)?

For by fire will the LORD enter into judgment, and by His sword, with all flesh; and those slain by the LORD shall be many.
- Isaiah 66:16

If this were the only verse in the Bible which spoke of the wrath and judgment to come (and it is not), still would I pray most earnestly for lost loved ones.

And for the Church which refuses to warn them.

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