By John Foll
, written 8/21/2017 to 9/06/2017.
© Copyright 2017 John Foll
Conclusion of the wonderful passages and promises showing God’s great kindness and mercy towards His created beings whom He loves:
Yes! These bear repeating, with descriptions added where needed to some to help you understand it.
1) “It is of the LORD'S mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is Thy faithfulness. The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in Him. The LORD is good unto them that wait for Him, to the soul that seeketh Him.” Lamentations 3:22-25 KJV.
2) “Because Thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise Thee.” Psalm 63:3 KJV.
3) Psalm 136: All 26 verses of Psalm 136 end in ‘His mercy endureth forever’ in the King James Version! And in the New American Standard Bible version all of the verses from this Psalm end in ‘His lovingkindness is everlasting’ 26 times! Get the point? How is this Psalm true if God is punishing souls forever in Hell fire? In what way could He ever be construed as being merciful if He did this? Jesus also said, “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.” Matthew 5:7 KJV. Wouldn’t this be a contradiction to tell people that they should be merciful if God wasn’t merciful? If this were true, how could anyone expect mercy from God, even if they repented from the sins they committed in this lifetime? If someone doesn’t believe that God is merciful, this could lead them to treat others unmercifully too.
The phrases lovingkindness, love and mercy and like terms are repeated many times in the Bible, particularly in the books of Moses and the Psalms. Why? Because many people in the Bible saw their need of God and forgiveness. This truth greatly appealed to them, which Moses, David and many others wrote about.
4) Psalms 103:8-10 paints a different picture of God than is presented by many. He is compassionate, gracious and slow to anger. And He is full of love and kindness for all mankind. God will not remember His anger forever. So how can this be, if He punishes people in hell for endless ages, whom Christ died for and loves? 1 John 4:8 says that God is love, and this picture of God is in direct contradiction to what many people believe, unfortunately. God takes no pleasure in the death of the wicked! Therefore repent and live!
5) “Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; for His lovingkindness is everlasting.” Psalm 118:29 NASB. Ditto for this text! How can God’s lovingkindness be everlasting, if He burns someone in hell forever? That would be a lie, and then we would serve God out of fear instead of love.
6) In Exodus 33:12-19 we see the wonderful story of how Moses asked God to show him His glory! Who had ever dared asked this of God before, in recorded history? None. And what did God declare was His glory? He will be gracious to whom He will be gracious and will show mercy on whom He will show mercy! Wow! This is a view of God’s glory that is rarely heard we think, especially since it is coming from the Old Testament! Many claim that they understand God’s love. But if they really believed it, they would be proclaiming it with all of their being, heart, mind and strength! How can anyone who loves God do otherwise? This statement about God’s graciousness and mercy defines Him in the same way as 1 John 4:8, that God is love. See also Exodus 33:12-19.
7) “’Come now, and let us reason together,’ Says the LORD, ‘though your sins are as scarlet, they will be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they will be like wool.” Isaiah 1:18-20 NASB. Come let us reason together! God has made provision for your needs, dear reader! You don't have to have scarlet sins anymore, you can be forgiven and take off that heavy load of guilt. It is too hard for you to bear! Praise the Lord! You can be happy and free! No need to worry about God punishing you for your sins if you keep confessing them and keep giving your heart to God and keep wanting to obey Him. Amen!
8) In John 3:16-18 we have the most wonderful promise of God’s salvation for mankind, if we will just believe in Jesus His Son! How can you beat this promise? It says it all! It tells us that the character of God is love!
9) Ezekiel 33:11 KJV. God takes no pleasure in the death of the wicked. That is why their punishment will be complete and final; their punishment will not be eternal. Since God takes no pleasure in the death of the wicked, it follows that He also would not desire their eternal suffering either, for a short mortal life of wickedness. 1 John 4:8 says that God is love. In no way could a God of Love throw out all logic, justice, fairness and of course love, in order to assign someone to the flames for all eternity. He takes no pleasure in anyone’s death and is just in all His treatment of mankind.
10) ‘Ascribe ye greatness unto our God. He is the Rock, His work is perfect: for all His ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is He.’ Deuteronomy 32:3-4. KJV. God is completely fair, just and righteous! And at the end of time when the saints will praise God with the song of Moses in Heaven, and declare that just and true are His ways, all of His righteous judgements will have been made manifest to the saved. God’s perfect justice towards those who failed to confess and repent from all their sins in their rebellion against Him, will be made plain to all.
11) Revelation 15:3-4: The song of Moses is repeated here (originally found in Exodus 15:10-19 or Deuteronomy 32:3-4 both of these are ‘the song of Moses’), which will be the praise offered to God and the Lamb, Lord God Almighty, by all of the saved in Heaven! Why do His people love Him so much? It is because He is so loving, kind and true; all of His ways are just and perfect! How marvelous are all of His works! Amen!
(To Be Continued!)
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