Presentation on theme: "The Goodness And Severity Of God A Seeming Contradiction? No, it is based upon the actions of each human being."— Presentation transcript:
The Goodness And Severity Of God A Seeming Contradiction? No, it is based upon the actions of each human being.
Romans 11:21-23 21For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee. 22. Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off. 23. And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be grafted in: for God is able to graft them in again.
The goodness of God Grace, Tenderness, Compassion, Kindness of heart and of action
The severity of God Exacting to the full the provisions of a statute (law or regulation). No allowances for special circumstances. No loopholes Sin, no matter how minor we might think it to be is punishable by the same sentence of a major sin (as we see it).
THE GOODNESS OF GOD In creation Gen.1:26-29 Gave them dominion over every other creature vs.26 Gave them plenty of food vs.29 Gave them work to do to keep them busy Gen.2:15
THE GOODNESS OF GOD When man fell God announced intention of sending a Saviour Gen.3:15 Promise renewed to Abraham Gen.22:17,18 Prophesies concerning the Christ Isa.53 Something to give each of us hope of salvation.
THE GOODNESS OF GOD Toward the lost in giving His Son John.3:16; Rom.5:8 Gave plan of salvation thru His Son Rom.1:16,17 God's grace extended thru His Son has appeared unto all men Tit 2:11 God would not have any to be lost 1Tim.2:4
THE GOODNESS OF GOD The examples of Jesus exemplify the goodness of God 1Tim.3:16 God manifest in the flesh Christ is the very person of God Col.1:15 Christ went about doing good Acts 10:38
THE SEVERITY OF GOD In the fall of man Gen.3:14-24 He pronounced a curse on man Drove him from the garden
THE SEVERITY OF GOD In the flood Gen.6:8-12 Destroyed every living thing Except the righteous How then can people say that God will not punish the wicked in eternity
THE SEVERITY OF GOD In little things, seemingly insignificant Lot's wife Gen.19:26 Moses Num.20:7-12 Nadab and Abihu Lev.10:1,2 Ananias and Sapphira Acts 5:1-11 Herod in accepting glory that belonged to God Acts 12:21-23
THE GOODNESS AND SEVERITY IN JUDGMENT Goodness Matt.25:34-40 Rewarded for service Eternal bliss Severity Matt.25:41-46 Unfaithful punished Eternal punishment Each person judged by things written in the books according to their works Rev.20:12
CONCLUSION: The goodness of God leads to repentance Rom.2:4 The severity of God should cause us to desire to avoid God's wrath God has been so good to us in providing a plan of salvation how can we escape the severity of God if we fail to obey If the righteous scarcely be saved where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear 1Pet.4:18
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