But because of His great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions – it is by grace you have been saved.
Ephesians 2:4-5 (NIV)
Have you ever wondered how the Old Testament God could be the same as the New Testament God? You’re not alone. (tweet this)
The Old Testament God seems so angry, yet Jesus teaches us to love our neighbor and our enemy. If God loves people, why is the Old Testament so violent? It’s disturbing and confusing and I don’t have an answer. But I will plant a few Seeds.
We probably all agree that love is one of God’s fundamental characteristics. God is also unchanging. Even when we don’t understand (or agree with) His ways, God is always holy, loving, just and merciful.
It’s a love story. God wants to live with us in relationship. In the Garden of Eden God walks and talks with Adam and Eve. In the wilderness God dwells with the Israelites in the tabernacle, and then the Temple. God wants us close to Him.
So why is God angry?
His holiness repels sin. His perfect justice demands punishment. God floods the world because men’s intentions were always evil. He destroys Sodom because of its sin. Yet God shows mercy by saving Noah and Lot’s families. King David recognizes God’s mercy; he does not receive the punishment he deserves.
Combining God’s love with His justice creates a problem. He deeply loves us, but we are sinful. As hard as we try, we cannot avoid unloving thoughts and self-centered behaviors.
Only God can resolve this grave discrepancy. In His love and mercy, God provided a way for us to reside in His presence in spite of our sinful nature. Jesus. We survive God’s justice because Jesus suffered our punishment.
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