• By Rev. Joseph A. Bias

GOD HAS NOT CHANGED


God is just, and yet, in His justice it is still His will that none should perish but that all should come to repentance.

“The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9

But the ultimate decision rests with each individual. God does not force us to believe. He makes every effort through longsuffering to give us the opportunity to repent and turn to Him and Him alone for salvation before we die and face the ultimate Day of Judgment.

God’s justice has not changed. Sin requires a penalty, a punishment under the Law. If the earthly suffering and death of the sinner were enough to pay the penalty of sin then we would have not faced hell, because death would be the sufficient payment.

But these could not pay the cost, because human suffering and death because of sin are only pathways to eternal damnation. These alone are never a means of gaining the resurrection. Hell is the only destination for all sin and all sinners.

So when our sins could not be adequately punished through the Law and our own earthly suffering and death could not be payment enough to gain eternal life, God sent His Son, His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord, that whosoever would believe in Him would not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world but that the world through Him might be saved. (John 3:16-17)

And yet the deceiver still works to twist the mercy and grace of God given through Jesus Christ into condemnation of sinners, when the only one condemning sinners to death is the devil, himself and their choices. The serpent in the Garden of Eden is the same lying, deceiving spirit at work in the world today.

The only question is who shall we believe? As for me and my house the answer is clear. We will serve the Lord.

Nations and kings rise and fall but God remains the same.

God is rich in mercy, slow to anger and full of compassion. (Psalm 103:8;

Psalm 145:8)

No matter how deeply in sin you may have fallen God is able to rescue you and to lift you up and restore you to Himself. He will not only do that, but He will also transform your life in the process. He will not leave you to wrestle alone in the conflict of sin and righteousness. He’ll change your desires so you no longer want to sin. That desire will be replaced by an earnest desire to please God in righteousness and holiness.

A bruised reed he will not break, nor quench a smoking flax. [Matt. 12:20]

He is the repairer of the breach, the restorer of the waste places to dwell in. [Isaiah 58:12]

“Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.” Galatians 5:1

Don’t let the world, the government, the social/news media or the cultural trends woo you into doubting God ever again. Stand in the truth You have learned from His Spirit and His Word and do not waiver. In this is the great reward of life and that more abundantly.

No Fear, no shame, no condemnation comes from the Father above, only life, love, joy and peace.

#Yesterday #Today #Forever

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