Thursday, July 16, 2009

Behold Your God

Here are some things we need to understand about God. He alone is Holy. God is altogether separate from all of creation. God is perfect and perfectly content in Himself. The triune God needs no creature of earth nor creature of heaven to add anything to His self-actualization. When God created men and angels it did not add to His perfection.

Humankind has sinned against this infinitely Holy and beautiful God. God could be absolutely content if He left all of humanity to suffer the consequences of their rebellion against Him. (eternal damnation) In fact, God would get glory in the just punishment for their sins. The Bible teaches the citizens of Heaven rejoice when God executes His justice. (Rev 15:3-4, 16:4-6)Perhaps in a similar (yet I hate to compare the economy of God to men) way citizens of earth rejoice when a convicted criminal gets a just sentence for his crime. Even man in is fallen state salutes justice and is disturbed when the punishment does not fit the crime.

I will say it again, God would be content, worshipped, and glorified were He to pardon no human.

“But God”......what sweet words to a regenerate heart. God had a plan since before the foundation of the earth that would display His glory in a way never before comprehended by the company of angels. Out of pure and holy love, God chose to save a people for Himself..... a bride to God the Son. “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died.” (Rom 5:8) Ephesians 1 teaches us we were loved by God before He made us, before He forgave us....”just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the which He made us accepted in the BELOVED”
God, wanting to “make known the riches of His Glory on vessels of mercy, which He prepared beforehand for glory” (Rom 9:23) willed the salvation of many out of every tribe, tongue, and nation. The angels had never seen anything like this....God would become man in a hypostatic union and die.....yes the divine Son would suffer wrath, suffer the penalty due for these scornful rebels. No Savior was provided for the rebellious angels of ancient who sinned against redemption, no reconciliation, just righteous judgement. No wonder “angels desire to look into” (1 Pet 1:12) these matters. They had never beheld the glory of the father in any fashion near this....Ever!

I will say it again, the infinitely holy God the Son died to save unworthy sinners. But let us know this...He rose again for our justification. He is the song of the angels, He is the melody of the church....He is the praise of all creation. If rocks could cry out, believe me they would. Behold your God....Behold His Glory!

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