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God says ….• These study notes will attempt to answer these questions and more, in as simple a language as possible and as completely as possible, however keep in mind the limitations of space on this booklet.• God says ….• Hebrews 9:22 (NASB) And according to the Law, one may almost say, all things are cleansed with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.
God says ….• Every Christian knows about the Cross and the work Jesus finished on the Cross. But here are some questions that unbelievers may ask you, or you may ask yourselves. Can you answer them? If not, please carefully study this booklet and the points it makes, along with your Bible.• Is God all powerful (Omnipotent) ? Can God do anything He likes, or are there some limits to His power and strength ?• If God is Omnipotent, then why didn’t He simply say “I forgive you” then all sinners would be forgiven, without the need for Him to become a human being and be sacrificed after suffering torture and abuse at the hands of His creation ?• Is God a Just and Fair Judge or will He give preferential treatment to Christians ?• Is God Merciful ? And if so, will He forgive everyone ? Or does His mercy only extend to the Christians ?• HOW DOES GOD BALANCE HIS PERFECT JUSTICE WITH HIS MERCY AND HIS GRACE ?
Is God all powerful – Omnipotent ?….• Exodus 15:11 (NASB) "Who is like Thee among the gods, O LORD? Who is like Thee, majestic in holiness, Awesome in praises, working wonders?• Psalms 71:19 (NASB) For Thy righteousness, O God, reaches to the heavens, Thou who hast done great things; O God, who is like Thee?• Psalms 89:8 (NASB) O LORD God of hosts, who is like Thee, O mighty LORD? Thy faithfulness also surrounds Thee.• Psalms 113:5 (NASB) Who is like the LORD our God, Who is enthroned on high,• Isaiah 44:6 (NASB) "Thus says the LORD, the King of Israel And his Redeemer, the LORD of hosts: I am the first and I am the last, And there is no God besides Me.
Is God all powerful – Omnipotent ?….• Isaiah 44:7 (NASB) And who is like Me? Let him proclaim and declare it; Yes, let him recount it to Me in order, From the time that I established the ancient nation. And let them declare to them the things that are coming And the events that are going to take place.• Romans 11:34 (NIV) "Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor?"• Romans 11:35 (NIV) "Who has ever given to God, that God should repay him?"• Romans 11:36 (NIV) For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen.• 1 Corinthians 2:16 (NIV) "For who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct him?"• Here and in many other scripture verses, we are shown that God is all powerful. There is no one who compares to our God. Some of God’s characteristics are also revealed. Including the following, majestic in holiness, worthy of praise, works wonders, faithful, has no equal or adviser, etc.
God is all Knowing….• Genesis 25:21 (NASB) And Isaac prayed to the LORD on behalf of his wife, because she was barren; and the LORD answered him and Rebekah his wife conceived.• Genesis 25:22 (NASB) But the children struggled together within her; and she said, "If it is so, why then am I this way?" So she went to inquire of the LORD.• Genesis 25:23 (NASB) And the LORD said to her, "Two nations are in your womb; And two peoples shall be separated from your body; And one people shall be stronger than the other; And the older shall serve the younger."• Jeremiah 1:5 (NASB) "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, And before you were born I consecrated you; I have appointed you a prophet to the nations."
God is all Knowing….• Daniel 2:21 (NASB) "And it is He who changes the times and the epochs; He removes kings and establishes kings; He gives wisdom to wise men, And knowledge to men of understanding.• Daniel 2:22 NASB) "It is He who reveals the profound and hidden things; He knows what is in the darkness, And the light dwells with Him.• Here in the Bible and in many other places we are shown that God is all knowing. In other words He knows all the sins or mistakes we have made, the ones we are making and finally the ones we will make in the future. So when He judges us He is fully aware of all our mistakes. In the same way when He forgives us, He is also fully aware of all our mistakes, not just some but, ALL OF THEM !
God is a Just Judge ….• Genesis 18:24 (NASB) "Suppose there are fifty righteous within the city; wilt Thou indeed sweep it away and not spare the place for the sake of the fifty righteous who are in it?• Genesis 18:25 (NASB) "Far be it from Thee to do such a thing, to slay the righteous with the wicked, so that the righteous and the wicked are treated alike. Far be it from Thee! Shall not the Judge of all the earth deal justly?"• Psalms 67:4 (NASB) Let the nations be glad and sing for joy; For Thou wilt judge the peoples with uprightness, And guide the nations on the earth. Selah.• Psalms 96:13 (NASB) Before the LORD, for He is coming; For He is coming to judge the earth. He will judge the world in righteousness, And the peoples in His faithfulness.• Psalms 98:9 (NASB) Before the LORD; for He is coming to judge the earth; He will judge the world with righteousness, And the peoples with equity.
God is a Just Judge ….• (Isa 11:4 NASB) But with righteousness He will judge the poor, And decide with fairness for the afflicted of the earth; And He will strike the earth with the rod of His mouth, And with the breath of His lips He will slay the wicked.• Isaiah 11:5 (NASB) Also righteousness will be the belt about His loins, And faithfulness the belt about His waist• The Bible clearly tells us in these and many other verses that God will Judge in righteousness and fairness. In other words, God will punish everyone who has sinned. The physical punishment for sin is death and the spiritual punishment is eternal separation of the soul from God. No impure or sinful soul can go into the presence of a Holy God. God will not show any favoritism in His judgments. No! everyone, without exception will be punished, even if they committed only one sin, just as Adam who committed one sin and was removed from God’s presence.
God is Merciful and Gracious….• 1 Chronicles 16:34 (KJV) O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever.• Psalms 100:5 (KJV) For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.• Psalms 106:1 (KJV) Praise ye the LORD. O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. Psalms 107:1 (KJV) O give thanks unto the LORD, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.• Psalms 138:8 (KJV) The LORD will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy, O LORD, endureth for ever: forsake not the works of thine own hands.
God is Merciful and Gracious….• Jeremiah 33:11 (KJV) The voice of joy, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride, the voice of them that shall say, Praise the LORD of hosts: for the LORD is good; for his mercy endureth for ever: and of them that shall bring the sacrifice of praise into the house of the LORD. For I will cause to return the captivity of the land, as at the first, saith the LORD….• John 1:14 (NIV) The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.• The Bible tells us that God is Grace and Mercy and Love personified. God’s mercy knows no limits. He wants everyone to go to heaven (see John 3:16) and does not want anyone to be separated from Him for all eternity. His mercy is forever, not just for a few hundred years or a few thousand years, no it is for ever and it is for everyone, not just any particular race or people.
Balancing Justice with Grace….• Romans 8:32 (NIV) He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all--how will he not also, along with him,• graciously give us all things?• Since Jesus Christ took upon Himself all the sin of this world, God did not spare him, even though He himself knew no sin, God justly applied the law to Him.• Romans 6:23 (NIV) For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.• But God balances the need for justice with Grace• Ephesians 2:8 (NIV) For it is by (God’s) grace you have been saved, through faith--and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.• James 2:10 (NIV) For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it.
Balancing Justice with Grace….• So we see, that if we commit any sin, we must be judged. If we commit only one sin, then we are guilty of committing them all. So there is no difference between Hitler, who committed many millions of horrible sins and a man who commits only one sin (as far as judgement of sin is concerned). Both these persons will get the same punishment, namely spending an eternity in Hell. Now this demand of Justice must be fulfilled by God first, before He shows anyone Grace and Mercy. Secondly He must show all peoples Grace and Mercy, not Christians and Jews alone. God first, before He shows anyone Grace and Mercy. Secondly He must show all peoples Grace and Mercy, not just Christians and Jews alone. In Jesus Christ God answers this requirement perfectly.
Explained in Detail as a story….•• There was once a Judge. This Judge was a very honest and fair man. He judged by the Rule Book that was given to him. He did not accept any bribes or give any lenient sentences, only what the Law required. So very naturally, people thought of him as a hard man, who showed no mercy and who could not be bribed. Needless to say he was not a popular man, in fact he was hated by all, because of his honesty.•• One day two car thieves were brought before him for trial. At the trial some of the people noticed that one of the accused persons was actually this hated judge’s only son. The word quickly spread and soon the court was full of observers.
Explained in Detail as a story….• All wanted to see what sentence this harsh and merciless judge would pass on his only son. Would he now break the law and release him or would he punish him to the full extent of the law?• Now the Judge conducted the trial and thereafter ruled as follows. Since the prosecution has proved their case of auto theft against both defendants, I hereby sentence you both to 3 years in jail or a fine of Rs 300,000 each.•• There was a hush in the court, as people thought “What a heartless person”, he even punished his only son to the full extent of the law. He did not even show any mercy to his own son. Now bear in mind that the Judge knew, that his criminal son had no money to pay the fine he imposed. The Judge completed the requirements of justice without showing any partiality.•• After the court recessed, the Judge took off his black robe, which signifies justice. He then walked over to where his son was standing, put his arm around his shoulder and walked over to the Bailiff (or Court Policeman) with him. The Judge then took out his check book and wrote a check for Rs 300,000 and paid the fine in full. Now this father showed his mercy and grace.
Conclusion…….• We see how the Judge first passed JUDGEMENT. Notice the judgment was fair and deserved. Nobody liked the Judge or the verdict he rendered, not even his own son. The Judge then showed his GRACE by paying the fine himself. But to pay the fine, he needed to have money in the Bank. Jesus has money in the Bank to pay all our fines and He got this money for shedding His sinless blood. He can write a check for any amount for everyone that sins. His offer is open to everyone. Those who accept his offer are therefore under grace because the requirements of the law have first been fulfilled. So now we can begin to see that God had no other way to save us without first becoming a human and then taking our punishment on Himself. He can now forgive anyone and everyone who accepts His free offer.•• This is PERFECT JUSTICE and PERFECT GRACE at work. Dear Friend are you today under His Law or are you covered by His Grace ?