Archive for January 2018

God’s Wrath Is the Operation of His Love

January 24, 2018

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God’s wrath is indeed “revealed from heaven” against the wickedness of men, and our inner instinct approves of it, because it must be so. But since God is love, and can never change His nature, His wrath must also be a manifestation of His love, just as a genuine human father shows his love just as much toward his wayward son, when he chastises him, as when he, at other times, gives him good gifts. God’s wrath simply manifests the eagerness of His love, which desires the salvation of His human children, and therefore is bent on overcoming and abolishing all obstacles that hinder His gracious purpose. So His indignation is altogether holy, and His wrath is His love in operation, to bring about the salvation of mankind. This idea of love manifesting itself in wrath is admirably expressed in the Song of Songs 8:6-7 where we read,

… For love is strong as death, its jealousy hard as the unseen, its burning coals as burning coals of fire, the blaze of Yah. Many waters cannot quench love, nor can streams overwhelm it. …

Gustavus Hiller (1852-1939)
The Great Question
Reprinted as a part of the Facsimile Project
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Not Even Our Trials Can Separate Us From God’s Love

January 16, 2018

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The trials and tribulations we endure are not tokens of His displeasure. They are all tempered by His loving heart. A sense of His love hovering over us in the midst of our distresses is the most blessed of all balms and will enable us not only to endure them, but to enjoy them. Here all the great forces of the universe are arrayed, and none of them, no, nor all of them together, can come between us and the unconquerable love of our God as displayed in Christ Jesus.

Death will be swallowed up by life. Life may lead us far from Him, but not beyond the reach of His love. The present perplexes us, the future fills us with fear, but only when we lose the sense of His love. Powers, celestial or terrestrial, are subject to His sway. Nothing above or beneath, nothing at all has the power to break the bond that binds the humblest and most unworthy saint to the throbbing breast of our great and glorious God. This is more than salvation from sin!

This is reconciliation!

A.E. Knoch (1874-1965)
Concordant Commentary, page 239
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Is God Worse than an Infidel?

January 2, 2018

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But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel (I Timothy 5:8).

How could we arrive at the point of thinking that God would not accept responsibility for all His children that were created by Him in His own image and likeness? The genealogy of Luke 3 ends in :38 saying,

the son of Enosh, the son of Seth, the son of Adam, the son of God.

If God has not denied that Adam, the originator of sin to the human race, is His “son,” how is it possible that He would deny the sonship of Adam’s descendants who are victims of the sin nature inherited from him? As Father God has said,

Behold, all souls are Mine … (Ezekiel 18:4).

George Hurd
Triumph of Mercy
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