Over the past few weeks we have been discussing 11 Characteristics concerning the Character of God:
- You can’t create God in your own image (Rom. 1:25).
- Heaven yes…Hell no!
- Sin ruins the view
- Will the real God please stand up? (John 10:10)
- Jesus the transition (Heb. 1:3)
- It is finished (John 19:30, Rom. 6:14)
- Stupid is as stupid does (James 1:13-17)
- Don’t assign the blame…get into the game (John 9:1-4).
- God wants you to live on “easy” street (Matt. 25:24-26).
This week let’s continue!
10. God is not mad at you (II Cor. 5:17-21).
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature; old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God. For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”
The Greek word translated “reconciliation” is the word katalaggo and it means “to change from enemy to friend”! Isaiah prophesied about the very same thing when he said, “For this is as the waters of Noah unto me: for as I have sworn that the waters of Noah should no more go over the earth; so have I sworn that I would not be wroth with thee, nor rebuke thee” (Isaiah 54:9).
In the same way that God has sworn that we will never experience a flood to the magnitude of the days of Noah…He will never be angry with us again. (He may not always like our choices but He always loves us.) So when did this change occur? When God poured out all of His wrath on Jesus at the cross!
The Bible also tells us that “God is on your side” (see Psalm 118:6). Also that “God is for you, who can be against you” (see Romans 8:31).
Remember this: God is not mad at you…He is madly in love with you!
Join us next week as we continue our series!