We have been working on laying a foundation for our study about the nature of God. It may seem strange to have a focus on our sin nature at this point. Over time we will find that understanding how unworthy we are of God’s love will make us appreciate it even more!
Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other. (Psalm 85:10)
This is the core text that we have been using as an anchor for our study. The Psalmist tells us that mercy and truth have come together and met. How can this be?
Man’s sin nature must be judged. This is truth and so a price must be paid for sin. This is sort of like the old saying that if you do the crime, you’ll do the time. We were guilty before we were born because of the sin of Adam and Eve!
So with us being doomed from birth how could the Psalmist say that mercy and truth could ever come together? God is holy and just. How could He have mercy on man when He is bound by His Word which declares judgement on sin?
Mercy and truth are come together because of Jesus! We are going to delve into this in much greater depth but there it is in a nutshell. The penalty for our sin was paid by Jesus and He is the one who opened the door for mercy and truth to come together.
In my experience there are not many people who fully appreciate the sacrifice of Jesus. We just celebrated Easter and it is easy to say He is risen but do we really understand what that means?
To get to the resurrection, Jesus had to first die. All of the condemnation, wrath, and judgment for every sin that every person will ever commit was poured out on Him. If we do not have a revelation of what He suffered in our place then it will not be possible for any of us to fully understand the love, acceptance, and mercy that God has shown us.
Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little. (Luke 7:47)
We inherited a sin nature when we were born. The penalty for this was placed upon Jesus. God’s wrath was poured out on Him so that His love could be poured out on us.
The Lord did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because ye were more in number than any people; for ye were the fewest of all people: But because the Lord loved you, and because he would keep the oath which he had sworn unto your fathers, hath the Lord brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you out of the house of bondmen, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt. (Deuteronomy 7:7-8)
When we look at Israel it is surprising that God picked them. They were not the largest nation. There were other nations that were much larger. God did not pick them based on natural qualifications. He picked them based on a covenant He made with Abraham. It was love that motivated Him to choose the Jewish people.
One of the most dangerous lies of the devil is that God owes us. People talk about struggling with healing because they knew a “good” Christian who died without being healed. Without realizing it, they are arguing that God “owed” that person a healing because they were a “good” Christian.
I believe that the Old Testament was not given to set man free from sin. Instead, its purpose was to amplify our sin nature and show us the need for a Savior. The Old Testament provides us with a picture of just how hideous our sin nature is.
Satan has deceived many Christians into embracing the Law. I have even heard ministers talk about how blessed we are to have the Law to guide us.
Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. (Galatians 3:24)
The was not given to help us draw closer to God! It was given to help show us that we are sinners by nature. It leads us to Christ by showing us our sinful nature!
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