Friday, February 1, 2019

God the unchanging Almighty

“I the LORD do not change”  Malachi 3:6

He remains always trustworthy. One who is outside our changing world. A living God, who is consistent in character.

To Moses was given this unveiling of the LORD

“The LORD, the LORD, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but who will by no means clear the guilty...”
Much could be said about this statement. But it speaks clearly by itself of a holy God connecting with humans in mercy and grace. This remains true throughout the ages as the history of the Bible records. However I would like to point out that at various times God related to people on different terms.  Let me briefly recall this.

Eden’s Garden – God connected with Adam as one innocent.
Before the flood- God held the people responsible to the voice of their conscience
In Abraham, Isaac and Jacob  - God related to them on the basis of promises.
To the Israelites – God promised blessing for obedience to the Law
After the resurrection of Jesus Christ – God rescues Jews and Gentiles on the principle of pure grace.
When the times of the Gentiles is fulfilled – God will bring all to righteous judgement  by the man He has ordained – the risen Lord.

When all humanity has been subdued to  confess Jesus is Lord, then He will display His grace in the redeemed church and shine out among the nations through a converted and restored Israel.

This survey of history and prophecy is very uplifting for believers in our Lord Jesus Christ. It demonstrates that God is still in control and He is working towards a glorious end – Christ over all.

I encourage you to read Psalm 2.

The last verse is so appropriate to all ages:
“Kiss the Son ( Lord Jesus Christ)
Lest He be angry, and you perish in the way,
 for His wrath is quickly kindled.
Blessed are all who take refuge in Him”

To Him whom God has appointed as the true King, we do well to give his hand the kiss of submission and loyalty. Better still, in our hearts to yield to Him our undivided love and obedience.

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