November 5, 2007

Reconciled to God - Part 2

The Jealousy of God
Because of sin, the wrath of God will come upon those who are disobedient to Him (Colossians 3:5-7).

God is jealous to want humanity to love Him and only Him (Matthew 22:37-38). Lucifer was jealous of those who worshipped God and desired to be worshipped above God and it required his banishment along with a third of the angels from heaven, to a permanent residence in hell. (Isaiah 14:12-15).

He is jealous if you have created an idol to worship in your life other than God Himself, His jealousy is like a consuming fire (Deuteronomy 4:23-24, 6:14-15).

God is Holy and He is jealous. He will not forgive the transgressions or sins of a person if they forsake Him and serve other gods “He will turn and do you harm and consume you, after He has done you good.” (Joshua 24-19:20).

“God is jealous, and the LORD avenges; The LORD avenges and is furious. The LORD will take vengeance on His adversaries, and He reserves wrath for His enemies; The LORD is slow to anger and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked.” (Nahum 1:2-3).

His jealousy is so because He knows the consequence for disobedience, for rejecting what can spare a person from an eternity in hell.

Why take that chance? Why not accept what He has done to satisfy your punishment for sinning against Him? Why attempt to achieve God’s satisfaction on your own efforts that will only be futile and a complete waste of time and energy?

Avoiding His Wrath
“For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Thessalonians 5:9).

God does not want anyone to experience His punishment for sin as it was laid upon Christ when He was crucified. He wants every person to be spared from His righteous indignation against sin by personal appropriation of salvation through Jesus Christ (Matthew 16:24, Mark 8:34). His death for the punishment of my sin. Your sin.

Jesus said, “Repent and believe in the Gospel.” (Mark 1:15). He also said, “Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’” (John 3:7). Without a spiritual rebirth, no one will see nor enter the kingdom of God (John 3:3-6). Whoever believes in Him, not in mere mental intellect, but through a spiritually newborn life, will not perish but have everlasting life (John 3:16).

The Reconciliation
When Jesus shed his blood on the cross, it justified the proclamation of “Not Guilty” before God, for every person who has become born-again, saving them from God’s wrath through Jesus Christ (Romans 5:9). We should not walk our remaining days on earth casually thinking that all will be well when we die and that Heaven is a guarantee in the next life. It is not. No one can guarantee waking up the next day, to read this blog. If the very next second of our lives are not guaranteed neither is the promise of tomorrow (James 4:14).

Here again, Jonathan Edwards illustrates this for us as well.
“Wicked men cannot find even a moment's security in the fact that death does not appear to be at hand. The unbelieving man has no security in the fact that he is healthy, and that he cannot perceive of any accident taking him out of the world, and that there is no visible danger in any of his circumstances. The diverse and continual experience of the world in all ages shows this is no evidence that a man is not on the very brink of eternity, and that the next step will not be into another world.”
Therefore, as the apostle Paul said, “do not receive the grace of God in vain. For He says, “In an acceptable time I have heard you, and in the day of salvation I have helped you.” Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” (2 Corinthians 6:2, Isaiah 49:8).

Unopened Letters

“A childhood accident caused poet Elizabeth Barrett to
lead a life of semi-invalidism before she married Robert Browning in 1846.

“There’s more to the story. In her youth, Elizabeth had been watched over by her tyrannical father. When she and Robert were married, their wedding was held in secret because of her father’s disapproval. After the wedding the Brownings sailed for Italy, where they lived for the rest of their lives. But even though her parents had disowned her, Elizabeth never gave up on the relationship. Almost weekly she wrote them letters. Not once did they reply.

“After 10 years, she received a large box in the mail. Inside, Elizabeth found all of her letters; not one had been opened! Today those letters are among the most beautiful in classical English literature. Had her
parents only read a few of them, their relationship with Elizabeth might have been restored.”


As much as we should strive to reconcile with others and live peaceably among them, even more, we should be reconciled to God, by obtaining salvation through Jesus Christ (Romans 12:18, 1 Thessalonians 5:9).

The Word of God, His Holy Word we must open and read daily. His will for each person’s life can be found within the pages of Scripture. The message shared with you now, in fact each epistle of the New Testament itself should be read as if Christ Himself were present, urging you to be reconciled to God.

Consider beginning to read the Gospel of John. If you were to read the Gospel of John for the month of November and December, not only will you experience a new understanding of thanksgiving and Christmas, but you will have a new life in Christ, by the power of God’s Holy Word.

“For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.” (Romans 5:10-11).

References
Reconcile. (n.d.). Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.1). Retrieved November 03, 2007, from Dictionary.com website: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/reconcile

Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996, 2004. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved.

Unopened Letters. Daily Walk, May 30, 1992. Retrieved on November 3, 2007 from http://net.bible.org/illustration.php?topic=1233

Additional reading
Graham, W. F. (1949). The Road to hell and the way to salvation. Retrieved on November 3, 2007 from http://www.billygraham.org/DMag_SpiritualHelp_Article.asp?ArticleID=489

Edwards, J. (1741). Sinners in the hands of an angry God. Retrieved on November 3, 2007 from http://www.biblebb.com/files/edwards/JE-sinners.htm

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