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The Kindness and Severity of God

June 30, 2014

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The Kindness  and Severity  of God

People  can get  some mighty warped ideas  about God Almighty.     When told how Christ Jesus makes us righteous  through His blood,  they can get to feeling arrogant  and proud  about being called “righteous”.     Their pride can lead them  to despise  the Jews who have not accepted Christ  as their Savior  —  and to despise any and everyone who does not know much  about Jesus.

All that arrogance  can bring God’s judgment against them.     The apostle Paul  had to warn the congregation in Rome  about their wrong attitude.     It certainly was true  that many Jews  did not accept Christ  as their Savior.     Such unbelief  would lead  to their eternal judgment.     And,  it was true  that when the Gentiles  in Rome accepted Christ  as their Savior,  they were made righteous  in God’s eyes.     Their faith  saved them  from hell.

Paul gave them  a graphic lesson  about the reality  of their spiritual life  —  and likened it  to the reality  of caring for an olive tree.     In Romans 11:16-23,  Paul writes,

……. if the root be holy,  the branches are too.     But if some  of the branches were broken off,  and you,  being a wild olive,  were grafted in  among them  and became partaker  with them  of the rich root  of the olive tree,  do not be arrogant  toward the branches;  but if you are arrogant,  remember  that it is not you  who supports  the root,  but the root  supports you.

You will say then,  “Branches were broken off   so that I might be grafted in.”

Quite right,  they were broken off  for their unbelief,  and you stand only  by your faith.     Do not be conceited,  but fear;  for  if God  did not spare  the natural branches,  neither will He spare you.

Behold then the kindness  and severity  of God;  to those  who fell,  severity,  but to you,  God’s kindness,  if you continue  in His kindness;  otherwise you also  will be  cut off.     And they also,  if they do not continue  in their unbelief,  will be grafted in;  for God is able  to graft them  in again.

Pride and arrogance  lead people  to imagine  great things  about themselves.     God Almighty is the “root”  that gives us all  the nourishment  we must have  to stay alive.     It is God  who supports us.     We do NOT  support God.     So,  Paul warns us,  “Remember  that it is not you  who supports the root,  but the root supports you.”

God our Savior  is not  just some sort  of “buddy”  who gives us status  in the community.     In all  that God has done  for us  in Christ  we need  to have a deep respect,  with honest-to-goodness honor  and true worship.     Because we are  so prone  to sin,  we must always remember  “the kindness  and severity  of God.”     Pride and arrogance show  a lack  of faith  and love  for God  that needs an attitude adjustment.     That is why it will be  “cut off”.

In humble respect  for God’s faithful  “support”,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  nourish us  with the truths  of Your word  that we may live.”

Love,
Margaret

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus by the Yupiq Eskimo village of Quinhagak, Alaska

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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