David Pawson The Mercy of God Part 2
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Thoughtful Thoughts 5.3.21 by John Dunning - The Mercy of God, Part 2.
Last time we noted that forgiveness is;-
- It is for those who ask.
- It is for those who pass it on.
Now we continue looking at God’s Mercy in this second part, by looking at the mercy that comes with one more condition, which becomes point 2b), following the first half of the talk from last time, which is;-
Point 2b). It is for those who repent.
To repent means to be sorry enough about our sin, to stop sinning.
That is what repentance is. That is exactly what Jesus told the woman caught in adultery.
Repentance means to ‘turn around’ or ‘have a change of heart’;- ie to do a 180 degree ‘U turn’. We close with...
Point 3). ‘Where mercy and justice meet!’
John 3:14-18 God’s Agape (God’s kind of love)...
14 Just as Moshe (Moses) lifted up the serpent in the desert, so must the Son of Man be lifted up;15 so that everyone who trusts in him may have eternal life.
[The bronze age was about 3200 BC to about 1200 BC. Moses would have learned the method for making bronze in Egypt.
In the desert, people were being punished by dying of snake venom and crying out to Moses to ask God to save them.
That is the picture Jesus selects in order to convey the meaning of His imminent crucifixion. They were all familiar with this story from the time of Moses, with him posting a bronze metal serpent.]
16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his only and unique Son, so that everyone who trusts in him may have eternal life, instead of being utterly destroyed.
[The word “so” here, means “in that same way…”. So what Jesus says is “God, in that same way loved the world, that he gave his only and unique Son…”
So it is in the same way that God provided salvation for the Israelites under Moses with the bronze serpent in the wilderness that Jesus was to be crucified. (ie By looking up to the bronze serpent, showing that they believed, they stopped dying, so now too, people can look to Jesus now and live…”
“... so that everyone who trusts in him may have eternal life, instead of being utterly destroyed.”]
17 For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but rather so that through him, the world might be saved.
[This first coming of Jesus is to enable peace with God to come about - before it is too late.]
18 Those who trust in him are not judged; those who do not trust have been judged already, in that they have not trusted in the one who is God’s only and unique Son.
[The next time Jesus comes it will be to judge.]
Meantime, this is John Dunning signing off from yet another “Thoughtful Thoughts” blog for yet another week.
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