Monday, January 22, 2018

How Does God Express His Wrath? (Pt. 2) [Meme]


How Does God Express His Wrath? (Pt. 2)

But after that our fathers had provoked the God of heaven unto wrath, he gave them into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, the Chaldean, who destroyed this house, and carried the people away into Babylon. (Ezra 5:12; KJV)

But because our ancestors made the God of Heaven angry, he let them be conquered by King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylonia, a king of the Chaldean dynasty. The Temple was destroyed, and the people were taken into exile in Babylonia. (Good News Translation)

Commentary: God’s “wrath” is not expressed by God destroying His people using His omnipotent power. Wrath is the removal of His protection and permitting hostile forces to have their way with those He once protected. God often begged and pleaded with His people to put away their idolatry and serve Him but the people preferred their idols over the true God. God was left with no choice but to allow them to have what they want along with the consequences of their choices. This is how God’s wrath is expressed.

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

An "Over-Emphasis" on Jesus?


Some have been concerned that my emphasis (or what some may perceive as "over-emphasis") on Jesus can over-shadow the truth about the Father.

As far as taking the revelation of Jesus so far that it minimizes the truth about the Father, God did give glimpses of His Father-heart in the OT (Psalm 103:13; Malachi 3:17; Hosea 11:1-4). Nevertheless, it was Jesus who gave the full revelation of God as Father. Therefore, no one can ever exalt Jesus so much that one misses the truth about the Father unless one intentionally excludes the Father (such as some Pentecostal Oneness groups do). A right exaltation of Jesus is an exaltation of the Father. The Father is revealed and glorified through the Son.

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Jesus Reveals the Full Truth about God


There is no dichotomy between the God of the OT and that of the NT. It is the same God in both Testaments. However, the Bible is a PROGRESSIVE REVELATION and the full truth about God's love-nature is not seen until Jesus Christ comes to the earth:

Joh 1:17  For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.
Joh 1:18  No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.

1 Joh 5:20 And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.

It was through Jesus Christ that the true understanding of God came. Jesus is the key to understanding the OT. He is the key to understanding God's love in the law of Moses, God's love in the prophetic books and God's love in the OT historical books. God's true nature, regardless of what part of the Bible one reads, cannot be fully understood apart from Jesus.

Why did the Pharisees, the premier theologians, get God so wrong? Why do people today who ignore the truth about Jesus and start from philosophy get God so wrong. Jesus Himself said, "Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me" (John 5:39). You simply cannot understand the truth about God apart from Jesus.

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Monday, January 15, 2018

How Does God Express His Wrath? (Meme)


How Does God Express His Wrath?

Then my anger shall be kindled against them in that day, and I will forsake them, and I will hide my face from them, and they shall be devoured, and many evils and troubles shall befall them; so that they will say in that day, Are not these evils come upon us, because our God is not among us? (Deuteronomy 31:17; KJV)

Wherefore the wrath of the Lord was upon Judah and Jerusalem, and he hath delivered them to trouble, to astonishment, and to hissing, as ye see with your eyes. (2 Chronicles 29:8; KJV)

Commentary: God’s “anger” and His “wrath” are the same thing. Both passages above explains how God expresses His wrath. In 2 Chron. 29:8, the word “delivered” is from the Hebrew word “nathan” and “The verb [nathan] signifies to permit” (George Phillips, The Psalms in Hebrew, p.116). When people continue to rebel against God, He does not exercise His wrath by personally destroying them through His omnipotent power. He exercises His wrath by removing His protection and permitting hostile forces to have their way with those He once protected.

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Sunday, January 14, 2018

"How?" A Book that Explains God's Wrath


Some of my critics claim that my presentation of Jesus as the starting point of so-called theology, with the primary focus on how He demonstrates God's love, mercy, and grace, misses the truth about His wrath, vengeance, and judgment.

Many of these people teach "wrath" as if God turns some divine love switch off inside Himself and this leaves nothing but His wrath. However, because these men do not understand God's love, neither do they really understand His wrath. GOD'S WRATH OPERATES FROM HIS LOVE!

I say that my critics do NOT understand anything about God's wrath, vengeance, or judgment because their starting point is not in the Jesus-like God-love display, but in man-made ideas of what it means for God to be wrathful, vengeful, and judgmental. They inflect man-made ideas onto these truths rather than understanding it as it is explained fully in the Scriptures in the light of God's love.

The man-made picture of God's wrath is a mean, vindictive, divine out-of-control temper-tantrum. Yet, this is far from what the Bible teaches on the subject.

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Saturday, January 13, 2018

Jesus Shows us what God is Like


The problem with most so-called theology in the past several centuries has been its STARTING POINT! It's starting point has primarily been philosophical man-made ideas about what it is supposed to mean to be God. It has started with ideas about how God is supposed to act if He is almighty, sovereign, holy, a judge, etc.

In most cases in theology, sovereignty and power were made the primary attributes of God while love was minimized and made unimportant. Even worse, all of these attributes were redefined from their normal meanings to fit within a certain ideological narrative. Then theologians scoured the Word of God to find proof-texts that would help them spread their philosophical ideology concerning God and deceive men to into accepting it as Biblical truth.

When the starting point of theology has been men's ideas about God sprinkled with proof-texts then you get a mean, ugly, arbitrary, unloving and unattractive picture of God that causes men to hate Him. He becomes a devil of a deity.

When the starting point of theology is Jesus then God becomes the BEAUTIFUL person that He truly is. Jesus shows us exactly what God is like. He shows us that God is not mean, arbitrary, uncaring, and a flaunter of His divine power. On the contrary, God only uses His power to help and bless. He uses His power to deliver from oppression. He is the epitome of love. God is everything we would ever want or need. When we see Jesus and His life displayed in the gospels, we see everything we need to know about God's personality.

I hate the god of most theologians, especially the Calvinist ones. But I LOVE the God that Jesus is and has introduced me to.

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