GOD SPARED NOT

  How disappointing when something you have made is damaged.  You had put a lot of yourself into the project.  It cost you sweat, toil, effort, purpose.  Now, the damage to the product has changed all that you had planned and hoped for in that which you had made. 

  How much much more with God.  He made a beautiful world.  He created human beings and designed them to use and enjoy His world.  He gave to mankind Paradise, that perfect garden to live in.  His intention was for His Creation to live eternally in blissful fellowship with Him.  But, the goods were damaged by disobedience.  The made acted like they knew best, better than even the Designer.  Sin damaged the image of God within man.  God’s purpose for man was changed.  What He intended had been altered.  Not what He wanted for those He had made. What could God do?  Man would not come back to Him on their own. They would not be restored to their former image. Mankind was damaged by sin.  So, God had to start over.  ‘HE SPARED NOT.”       

  This meant that there had to be judgement on God’s part.  So many people do not understand judgement. They say, ‘if God so loved the world that He gave His Son, how can He condemn the disobedient to death?’
They think of God as looking down upon man and saying, “Look at that rascal who won’t believe, who won’t behave.  I am going to send him straight to hell for that.”  With such a view of God, God becomes a tryrant, a dictator, a merciless judge.  But, I cannot believe that this is the truth about God nor judgement.
No doubt, a more accurate picture would be that God would say, “There is a poor sinful human being, groping in darkness. How I would love to have him come to a knowledge of life, the kind of life I offer through Jesus, the kind of life that would bring true happiness and eternal salvation. I have tried everything I know to show him this more excellent way to live but he turns his back against Me. His eyes are shut and his ears closed and his mind hardened against My ways. There is nothing left for Me to do but to let man live eternally without Me. It is the way man chooses.”  Yes, the person who refuses to surrender to God, to live according to God’s way of life, condemns himself to eternal separation from God.
Beloved, God is loving but we are so hardheaded, hearing but understanding not and seeing but believing not, so we heap upon ourselves the verdict of being spared not, 

  A story is told of a judge who saw a runaway team of horses pulling a wagon coming wildly down the street.  On board the wagon was a drunk man being bounced about and about to be thrown off to his death.  The judge raced to the middle of the street and risked his life, leaping at the precise moment catching the reins of the horses, pulling them to a stop.  Some time later, that same man was brought before the bar of justice, having committed murder.  The judge asked him if he had any last words before sentencing him to death. The man said, “Judge, don’t you know me, I am the man whom yesterday you risked your life to save, would you now condemn me to die?”  The judge responded, “Yesterday, I was your savior, today, I am your judge.”

  Today, Jesus is our Savior – tomorrow, He will be our Judge.  If God spared not those angels, the world in Noah’s day, Sodom and Gomorrah, the Israelites, – all because of disobedience, certainly He wil not spare us, if we are disobedient.  Remember, that God has always spared the faithful.  He spared not His Son, that He might spare those of us who are obedient to His Word.

“Therefore, dear friends, since you already know this, be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of lawless men and fall from your secure position. But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To Him be glory both now and forever. Amen”   2 Peter 3:7-18

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