THE NATURE OF GOD 4
Memory Verse: Do not err, my beloved brethren. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. James 1:16-17
We have established that death came by man and not God. 1 Corinthians 15:21 “For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead”
Death is an enemy of God 1 Corinthians 15:25-26 “For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death”
Now we know that death and sin are evil forces.
To say God kills means we are saying God is capable of evil.
See what the revelation of the scriptures says. Do not err, my beloved brethren. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. James 1:16-17
“Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man” James 1:13
So we see two things; God gives good gifts only and he can’t be tempted by evil.
We see this when we read the revelation of the mystery (the epistles)
So then how do we explain the many deaths written of in the Old Testament?
How do we explain the seeming message that God killed many in the Old Testament and seemed to justify it?
First, we must realize some very clear things.
Perfect and clear knowledge of God never came until Christ came to reveal him and the Holy Ghost came through the church to explain him.
Before Christ and his Spirit all who spoke spoke in mystery and in shadows. They spoke in parables because they heard from God as spiritually dead men.
Their hearts were hard.
There was a limit to what they could handle.
They were natural men.
It was impossible for them to understand God.
Hence, it was impossible for Moses to reveal God. He didn’t have the capacity to.
But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 1 Corinthians 2:14
They are spiritually discerned.
To understand God, you have to be born of him.
If we spoke to a dog he will never have the capacity to understand us like a human would. Hence, the understanding of a dog of what we say to it will be flawed!
In several places Jesus corrected Moses.
Matthew 19:7-8 “They say unto him, Why did Moses then command to give a writing of divorcement, and to put her away? He saith unto them, Moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so.”
Meaning when Moses said God said you can divorce your wife for any reasons he wasn’t revealing the person of God. He heard based on his nature – a hard heart.
Jesus says God didn’t say so.
Matthew 5:21-22 “Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment: But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.”
He corrected Moses on God’s definition of murder.
Matthew 5:27-28 “Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.”
He corrected Moses on God’s definition of adultery.
Now Moses served God faithfully. He revealed God to the best of his ability. However, Jesus didn’t come prophesying saying thus says the Lord. Jesus is the Lord speaking!
On the mount of transfiguration, the father gave witness in the presence of Elijah (the prophets) and Moses (the law) he said “this is my beloved son in whom I am well pleased hear him!
We hear Jesus!
We look to Jesus!
CONFESSION: Jesus is God manifested. Whenever I look into the bible, I see Jesus. The eyes of my understanding are enlightened to properly discern God.
FURTHER BIBLE READING: Ephesians 1, Isaiah 55
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