Fighting God… a “no win” deal

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Let me be clear; I embrace the redemptive love of God for all humanity expressed through the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus!  Every word of John 3:16 is true!  “For God so loved the world, that he gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life!”  And in another place, “When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners.  Now, most people would not be willing to die for an upright person, though someone might perhaps be willing to die for a person who is especially good.  But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.”  (Romans 5:6–8 NLT)  And one more: “The Lord is … not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” (1 Peter 3:9)  And there are many more…

What that all means is that God’s desire for humankind is for their salvation!  His love for all was expressed in sending His Son to provide for their complete salvation from sin through His death, burial and resurrection!

However, having said that, what are the consequences of rejecting His love, pushing away His provision, rebelling against His will, and asserting your independent selfwill from His authority?  Not pretty, I can tell you!  My dad used to put it this way… He’d say, “Son, you can’t win that one!  It’s like having a fistfight with a brick wall!”  And that is precisely the kind of outcome Psalm 2 describes!  I read it this morning in my Bible…

“Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain?  The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord and against his Anointed, saying,  ‘Let us burst their bonds apart and cast away their cords from us.’  He who sits in the heavens laughs; the Lord holds them in derision.  Then He will speak to them in His wrath, and terrify them in His fury, saying,  ‘As for me, I have set my King on Zion, my holy hill.’  I will tell of the decree: The Lord said to me, “You are my Son; today I have begotten you… Now therefore, O kings, be wise; be warned, O rulers of the earth.  Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling.  Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and you perish in the way, for his wrath is quickly kindled. Blessed are all who take refuge in Him.“  (From Psalm 2 ESV)

So, one more time:  In the words of my Dad… “Son you can’t win that one!”  And in the inspired words of Scripture… “He is not willing that ANY should perish but that ALL should come to repentance!”

 

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