“Almost all doctrinal error is, really, Truth perverted, Truth wrongly divided, Truth disproportionately held and taught. The fairest face on earth, with the most comely features, would soon become ugly and unsightly, if one member continued growing while the others remained undeveloped. Beauty is, primarily, a matter of proportion. Thus it is with the Word of God: its beauty and blessedness are best perceived when its manifold wisdom is exhibited in its true proportions. Here is where so many have failed in the past. A single phase of God’s Truth has so impressed this man or that, that he has concentrated his attention upon it, almost to the exclusion of everything else. Some portion of God’s Word has been made a “pet doctrine,” and often this has become the distinctive badge of some party. But it is the duty of each servant of God to “declare all the counsel of God” (Acts 20:27). ” – Arthur W. Pink (The Sovereignty of God)
The words of Arthur W. Pink are timely in our day where it is common to see popular preachers and teachers who emphasize one theme or the other to sort of create their own marketable brand. Quite obviously the ultimate goal of most popular preachers is to make a name for themselves and ultimately to market an idea. But where in the Word of God was anyone instructed to use the holy scriptures to their own profit? Is not our order of business to tell all the counsel of God?
The souls of men are in the balance and so we ought to tell others about the many attributes of God and give them a clear picture of who He is. God is light as well as love. He is good as well as severe in His judgments. God is merciful and He is just.
There are many who would have us to believe that God has in these gospel times relaxed His justice and now is nothing but mercy and love. It has become popular among those such as Joel Osteen who neglect to talk about sin, death and judgment to come because they wrongly believe God has set aside those things. To them, preaching that God loves everyone no matter what and desperately wants to bless them with earthly success is more in order and the old truths of the gospel are brushed aside. They may not come out and say that those things are untrue, but they are to them not important.
THE GOODNESS OF GOD
“Behold therefore the…goodness of God.” Romans 11:22
God is good. His goodness if manifested in creation, in the works of His hands. His care over all things speaks of it. “Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much better than they?” Matthew 6:26
God is sovereign over the works of His hands, actively working out His good pleasure even down to the smallest creatures in providing daily food for them. Most assuredly He is good to those whom He made in His own image. God has told us that if we trust Him, we shall not want anything. He can be trusted because He is good and His mercy endures forever.
God is good in every way, but especially in the sending of His Son into the world to die for sinners. God did not owe us this gift of love, but rather chose to do it. He elected to do it. He chose to suffer and die at the hands of sinners that He might share His goodness with many.
THE SEVERITY OF GOD
“Behold therefore the…severity of God.” Romans 11:22
God is also severe. He is just and holy. This is the attribute that is most ignored today and it is not difficult to understand why. If God is holy, then He is separate from sin. He despises sin and must rightly judge it. Sin is an infinite evil and must be punished with infinite punishment. According to the holy scriptures, the vast majority of mankind will not be saved and will have to face the eternal judgment of God. “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” Matthew 7:13-14
If there are few respectively who are saved, then it holds true that God is quite strict in His justice. He does not let a few slip through the cracks unnoticed. There is only one way to be saved and that is to have our sins imputed to Christ and His perfect righteousness imputed to us. The justice of God requires it. No man can be saved by his own good works, for there is no righteousness to be found in men. It is only by the precious blood of our Lord Jesus Christ that a man can be declared righteous in the sight of God.
A great and final Day of Judgment is coming on the world. Search the Old and New Testaments, which are replete with warnings about it. Do you believe it? Do you believe that you will soon come to your appointment with God at His bar of justice?
“But after your hardened and impenitent heart you treasure up for yourself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God; who will render to every man according to his deeds.” Romans 2:5-6
There is coming a Day in which all men who ever lived will be raised from the dead and stand in judgment before the Creator. Daniel says, “And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.” Daniel 12:2. And so we will be faced with either the goodness or severity of God on that Day. We will either be found clothed with the garment of Christ’s righteousness unto eternal life or we will be found in our guilt and our sin and have to pay for our sins ourselves in shame and everlasting contempt.
WHAT SHOULD WE DO?
I pray that all who care for their souls will think on these things and seek the Lord in this Day of gospel grace. The fountain of life is opened and remains open until that Day when God has chosen to end all things pertaining to this world. Would you be saved? Turn away then from serving sin and look to the only Savior Jesus Christ who alone can save you from your sins and from the judgment to come. Come to the fountain of life that Christ has purchased by His blood and be saved. Please think on these things and have a blessed day.