Right now God is in a state of holding back, or rather as Romans 2:5 says “storing up” His wrath while His enemies roam the earth. His wrath is kindled; it may now be pressing in on them, but is not yet being fully poured out on living people. As long as a person has breath they are experiencing God’s amazing mercy every single day.
We have discussed that God feels anger towards unregenerate men while they live. But what other feelings might He have towards them? What is His heart for the people of this earth? Continue reading
The doctrine of election is an important truth that greatly helps us to properly understand, humbly accept, and greatly appreciate the love of God displayed in Christ’s death. The emphasis in scripture has always been that God freely sets His special love and affection on particular people. I know that I’m stepping on toes. I’m aware that I’m dwindling down my audience, but scripturally it is impossible to avoid this topic if I’m going to discuss the love of God in depth. Consider God’s chosen people Israel:
“The Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for his treasured possession, out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth. It was not because you were more in number than any other people that the Lord set his love on you and chose you, for you were the fewest of all peoples, but it is because the Lord loves you and is keeping the oath the he swore to your fathers… (Deuteronomy 7:6-8)” Continue reading
I read Ezekiel 16 yesterday. This must be one of the most heart wrenching and stomach sickening books in the Bible, and yet its end produces such a sense of amazement in me. Its end makes me want to fall down and worship the God of Heaven and Earth with my face to the ground. It simply takes your breath away.
Here is the Lord. Here are His people Israel whom He has loved and chosen not because of anything worthy in them. Here is why they are chosen: “The Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for his treasured possession, out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth. It was not because you were more in number than any other people that the Lord set his love on you and chose you, for you were the fewest of all peoples, but it is because the Lord loves you and is keeping the oath that he swore to your fathers (Deuteronomy 7:6-8)…” Continue reading
This is another addition to my introduction for “The Complex Nature Of God’s Heart For Lost People.” I felt that I should be more upfront about what I intend to learn more about and expound upon. Please understand that this piece is not intended to explain or go into depth about the doctrine. It is what it is- an introduction and basis upon which to build the things that I will write later.
To Reconcile Our Differences, So That We All May Rightly and In Unity Embrace God’s Heart For Lost People. Continue reading