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By No Means, Part 2

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August 9, 2022 9:00 am

By No Means, Part 2

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August 9, 2022 9:00 am

If there’s one aspect of God’s character that most people wish they could erase from the Bible, it’s the wrath of God. But God’s wrath isn’t something we should resent. His wrath should cause us to rejoice.


Today on Summit life with Jeannie Greer's are quick-tempered, your flaring nostrils good one right away but if you're slow to anger what you close your mouth when you reboot your nose slowly raised me with this you can make God mad. What you really is slow to anger because he wants you to repent, because he is pushed away. Anger brought compassion near he wants you to repent he wants away author and their your host Molly made a batch you know if there's one aspect of God's character that most people wish they could erase from the Bible to be the wrath of God right. In fact, the doctrine of hell is one of the most common answers people give when asked why they don't believe in God.

But today, as we continue our powerful teaching series called the name Pastor JD explained that God's wrath isn't just something we need to accept actually a fact that we can and should rejoice in grab your Bible and a pen and let's join pastor JD teaches from Exodus chapter 30 set up is this Moses asked God not let me see your glory, and so God says after the 3319 yes Moses, I will make all my goodness that's a keyword possible for you and I will proclaim before you my name, the Lord, there are six things in those two verses that I want you to see what we can learn about the wrath of God. The first one is very simply that God's wrath exists. The first thing we see very clearly God's wrath exists. You can't deny that your whole Bible number two received God's wrath is an expression of his goodness in this passage he wants to bring us to heaven in heaven can only be heaven if there's no sin there other ways of heaven is describe things that we long for. It is a place where there is no pain or cry at all want to be there right how many times is my sin because somebody else pain calls them to cry.

There is a place we don't allot doors only can let doors of nobody's ever tempted to steal.

So when somebody says to me why didn't God just destroy all it really was a God he would destroy injustice. My question is always what if you started with you. If God decided to get rid of all evil tonight at 12 o'clock which of us is good to be here at 1201 right God's holiness means his love means that he cannot tolerate sin, because he loves us and it's love toward us, gives rise to anger towards them loves his purity loves creation.

When theologians are this way God anger is his unrelenting uncompromising and steadfast antagonism towards evil and injustice in all of its forms to receive God's love grows out of his goodness third thing we see is a God's wrath often consist letting us experience the consequences of the choices that we make God say okay see you couching them it's like to drink beer my friends in Burnaby and hell the midheaven and going to Jeff you have no idea what you're saying essentially hell is where you say, God, this is what I want I want you gonna God says as you wish. It's the fruit of allowing sin to grow unchecked and you God's final statement of judgment in the book of Revelation is to the people. He says let him it was unjust the unjust. Still other words that's the path you choose as you wish. Hell is God giving you what you are asking for. Here's how Lewis summarizes it in the long run. The answer to all those who object to the doctrine of hell is itself a question. What are you asking God to do you asking God to wipe out our past stands at all cost to give us a fresh start smoothing every difficulty in offering every miraculous health success is done at the cross are you asking him to forgive them. They will not be forgiven to leave them alone. Alas, I am afraid that is precisely what God does in the end, there are only two kinds of people. There are those who say to God that I will be gone and there are those to whom God says, thy will be done.

Hell is you telling God I don't want you in my life and God simply saying as you desire it. Number four we see in this passage that God chose to let his love overcome his wrath.

In other words, God's mercy is greater than his wrath by factor of 250 times.

Now here's the other phrase he says he is slow to anger God felt to write full emotions when he saw us in our sin. The first rightfully motion was anger and the second rightfully motion was compassion and sovereignly of his own free choice.

He chose to bring one close and push another away. He didn't have to do it that way. God was fully justified when he felt wrath for our sin, he would have been fully justified.

It pushes away forever, but he shows to push away that wrath and he chose to bring compassion near it's one of the greatest mysteries of the universe, and Jesse don't take it for granted pierces the Angels are still confused by even when my kids sin there still my kids this passage in Romans says that our sin and rebellion made us God's enemies, not like his enemies or his disobedient confused wayward children. It says our sin made us his enemies. So God choosing to push anger away and bring compassion near was not like me wanting to see one of my kids be free of dishonesty because I love them is choosing to push anger away and bring compassion there would actually be like me choosing to love and adopt into my family and Isis member who beheaded my daughter is a lot and I were not that bad. What about all of our good works that I've told you before, it's kind of like imagine that an ISA soldier really did behead one of your kids, but imagine that that one of these ISA soldiers later is in a foxhole with another ISA soldier in this other guy has forgotten to bring his lodgings hungry, so this one ISA soldier shares his lunch to take what he hasn't about divided into that's a genuinely generous act right is but it's hard for you to call that at good because the whole mission that these guys are on is so evil that even their good works are cloaked in a shroud of evil to make sense. You and I we look at good works, and we do and they are genuinely good, but our whole lives are spent in rebellion against God living for our glory instead of his living with ourselves as our authority and rejecting his authority. Our rebellion killed Jesus and that shrouds even our good deeds and a cloak of evil so there is no greater wonder in the universe that the Angels can comprehend and that the apostle Paul feels like he can't describes the love of God for you and me. Which brings me to number five. We can escape God's wrath only through Christ we can escape it only through Christ. I pointed out the very first week that there's a contradiction in verse seven contradiction is this you keep steadfast love for thousands he forgives iniquity and transgression and sin, but he will by no means clear the guilty and explain the contradiction is this. If God will not clear the guilty and who sin is he forgiving like his guilt and sin of the same thing. So if you woke where the guilty.

How could he be forgiving anybody said at the contradiction and the people who read that in the book of Exodus about the contradiction is two things cannot be, but we understand that God was all the contradiction in Christ is a guy in Christ, God laid on Jesus, the penalty for sin, he didn't clear the guilty God punished sin to its fullest measure on Christ so that he could forgive us on Christ behalf boy Isaiah says that I love the imagery is that God laid on Jesus, the CN the iniquity of us all is all illustrate that the markets do nothing to help kids help adults the right okay so what this Bible represents and is, where does the Bible with the law. Okay, so this river since arson is like your sin separates you from God and no matter how close you try to get the God is always between you and God.

It matter if you're going to think about God all you you don't not religious at all, it still between you and God.

And if you try to pray every day you read your Bible, do your best.

It still between you and got so what God did with Jesus. Is he laid on Jesus the penalty of sin and Jesus died and put it away, so that there is nothing now that separates me from God that in him. I am fully forgiven not because of God. Just as in a good mood, but because Jesus is put away my sin forever. So now the Bible says Jesus stands as an advocate before the throne of God on my behalf advocate means lawyer as he stands there and pleads with God for us. I used to told you I've never been overly brought me that much comfort because my age of Jesus naming is my advocate before the throne of God was always basically Jesus standing right there by God the father and when I would sin Jesus would die would be like all right Greer done it again, and the energies that a holy minute. Come on my way was given another chance, he's not that bad of a guy. He's trying hard limits understood you to please God please show me. I went did old things are good. You like just you just work just to give him another chance and I would have a lightning bolt you got grid objects and then but I'm never let me come because I knew I knew there were certain things that I was would do and then I mess up do again and under the Gabi like one time guy was like I Greer has done is last on the ease like none monitored 18 on that one way past 707 thing prepare for wrath right and so it was a comp and she's looking to prevail, but it's listening.

Jesus does not stand before the throne of God and ask God to give me a second chance that Jesus and his partner sacrilege and was sound. Jesus stands before the throne of God says father, you may not punish JD for that sin, because you punish me for and it would be unjust for you to bring to penalties for the same sin, and because Jesus paid it all.

There is no condemnation that is left for me in Christ because he has taken it away in entirety we see. We want to minimize the wrath of God because it makes us feel safe, but there's something in your heart that will never let you minimize the wrath of God, and you may never have come to terms with this, but God's stamp that hinder your conscience, didn't you know there's condemnation Pastor Jeannie Greer in a message titled, I know me will be right back with the rest of our teaching in just a moment that I wanted to share a little bit about our new resource not our current study and Exodus answers the most ambitious question that any of us could ever ask who is God. Ideas about God that which ones are true and can we really know the essence of who God is there learning that God is more awe-inspiring and more intimate we could have ever imagined. And we have the ability to embrace intimacy and communicate with the living God through prayer that our new resource assessment should help us grow in this most important discipline includes a bundle of three short bucks designed to boost your prayer life by giving you fresh ideas.

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Now let's get back to today's teaching. Once again, here's the first thing Emily felt after they said they felt naked and shape same to the night now treated as I told you direct you naked before they sent but it didn't bother them a lot in that bother them if you don't know this. Even the searchlight five years. My feelings really hurting out because of the hundred thousand.why did her nakedness on bother them because they were closed the distance to be closed and the love and the acceptance of God, and that's all that mattered to them without having been stripped away of the love the excitement of God. They felt naked and exposed to what they know what it is a permanent image given you what you do when you feel naked if you are normal person you show up at like you to Walmart. You're probably walking and you wake up your butt naked and Walmart. What you do right. You go find clothes you don't shop while you're there you like it up right because it is something wants to be close the human heart feels a sense of condemnation and so were looking for exoneration were looking to be closed again was all it was fascinating is when you see somebody who doesn't believe in God or not a Christian to figure this out. The playwright Arthur Miller who wrote death of a salesman in his biography.

He said you know he said I quit believing God when I was in college and I thought the government of God. I would get rid of guilt, he said, but I realize I spent my entire career as a writer trying to get people to say that I was okay and that I was not to be condemned essentially is and I realize all I did was switch the person what I used to look for God that approval. I now look for another people, but have never been able to get rid of the guilt and condemnation that just like my soul is a permanent part of the human condition. God is put that in your heart and you cannot deny it and when you come to Jesus.

Listen what you do as he takes the subconscious feeling of guilt and makes a conscious and then he says, though the voice that condemnation whispers in your soul is accurate.

I misspeak a lot of word over that voice and I want to say it is finished. It is to summarize Tim Keller. It is that though we are more wicked and guilty than we ever imagined. We are also more loved and accepted than we ever dared hope, because Jesus paid it all. Martin Luther tells us ribbon on Bartlett. I rebuff Keller colors of blue. The live live up all little reactive Jesus soap subject and I Martin Luther the way he said it was as easy says the voice in our heart speaks condemnation in the voice is true. The voice is accurate, but God in the gospel speaks a louder word and where sin says you are finished. Jesus says it is finished because he has delivered us from our sin.

God's wrath is overcome in Christ.

Number six, we see that God's wrath comes slowly but surely, we see the God's wrath comes slowly but surely as you with your Hebrew Bibles you also noticed this phrase where it says about is given to him. The phrase translated, slow to anger is literally loan of nostrils nice it will how you can be when you're reading this in your Hebrew Bible. During a quiet time. Not because I'm slow to anger the question Hebrew such a colorful language so much more colorful than English. What happens when you get angry your nostrils flare. If you're quick-tempered, your flaring nostrils get going right away but if you're slow to anger, what you do you close your mouth and you breathe through your nose slowly. The phrase means that you can make God mad, but you really have to work at it is slow to anger because he wants you to repent, because he is pushed away anger because you brought compassion near he wants you to repent he wants you wake up. The apostle Peter says that one of the things that characterize the human race is we twist what God intends to be a space to repent and we confuse that for the absence of God's anger. Peter's example a second Peter three is the flood God told mankind that because of the wickedness he was can destroy the world and a flight and then he waited 100 years and during that hundred years. Everybody said oh you're crazy Noah, what you can be a flood hundred years ago. Are you still on that stupid you and when the flood actually came just like God said it would hundred years later, only the gladiator Hermione Ranger Granger were able to be saved by an Peter then says Peter says here's what happens in our day. People say where is the promise of his coming you. Chris is still talking about Jesus coming back seriously. What we need to get over that gig back on a white horse. Oh yeah that's good happen is to come right to the cloud on a white horse of all the yeah that's and other fairytales and I bet you put your tooth on your bill at nine.

There's a D. Yes, would you give up that stupid rocket glasses. Do not let what I intend to be mercy and space for you to repent.

Do not confuse that with my absence. The flood came. I will return if I the proof of it is that I raised Jesus from the dead and dry. The book of acts whenever they talk about the resurrection is always the first thing they say when it will we see the resurrection. This means a Christianity is true, it is but it also means is that God's judgment is sure and I got is given us a space for you to repent and he wants you to wake up, don't confuse his slowness to anger with its absence. Even now you look at the plagues right little thing about the plagues they got progressively worse.

It was like God's voice is kept getting louder say wake up wake up wake up wake is that happening to you. I am several years ago I respect right got out of seminary first jobs I was able to secure was a job in landscaping work with this crew that was to say did not all go to seminary was asleep at that and there was one guy on the crew. He was 6 foot six.

His name when called and Ivan I'm there when his real name to look like Ivan Drago and Rocky four, and so we called in that and I do would cause we had a mouth on him and I got I don't cuss but it was neat stuff you put together was creative and I was at wow that's brilliant. There will one day I do have been there out to three weeks. He let out a string of expletives that invoke the name of God. It was the filters that ever and I just got filled with a sense of like holy rage about angry and I was filled with the Holy Spirit and I woke up a 6 foot six Ivan in the middle of everybody said Ivan one day you can stand for God and the last thing you want when you stand before God have a record filled with you cursing God's name. That way in the Holy Spirit totally left me little turn. I walked away and I heard I heard his big old seat coming and he stood in front of me he stopped and looked up at him and he said say that to my face again. I said well this time will more humbly, I can walk through what it meant to be the judgment of God. And then it was the weirdest thing all just inexplicably released. I thought it applicable he gets emotional. We said last week I went to the doctor and they have diagnosed me with skin cancer, skin cancer.

He says I'm scared Mama will be honest. Now you talk to me about the judgment of God air every break we had that day. We talked and for the end of the day were on the last break and wish my back was to the slight field by 100 yards across and used in front of me were talking about judgment gospel of mercy and and all the suddenness were talking to see his face get really like confuse and he just takes off running across the field. My aunt was gone. Such a rock chase and follow him. And then I see what he sees is seen what we were talking about 100 yards away.

There's this car and come to an intersection and went to a stop sign and date scars try to avoid each other and they hidden one flipped over and there were a couple guys at a ran office on the road trying to push over this carcass. Well, they they want budget.

He gets there he just hits it to me just a huge goddess hits it, and you to see this card turn flip over and it was y'all's will most gruesome things are same as get that it is been part of them just been mangled underneath this card comes up in and they called EMS called ambulance and and he and I do stay there because we were witnesses to the accident and that like two hours and for the first 20 minutes we just stood there in silence and never looked at me. This was just staring out of this scene and that his first weeks on the outside of his mouth and he says skin cancer. You, randomly talking about the judgment of God is that I see a kid who either died or my dire usage 80 for God's guys try to speak to me said no man in God's agreement, you and I think you know that he said I do. We talked till the next day to three days later I the privilege of leading him to faith in Jesus Christ. I share that because I feel like maybe it's not as dramatic. For some of you, but I think probably for some of you the same thing is happening. If you're paying attention. He speaking to you and he starting to scream at you and the voice is getting louder what it's saying is you've got to wake up, you got a repent, the Lord is not slow concerning this promise, but he's not willing that any should perish. Once all come to a place of repentance. Don't confuse this this season of mercy. Don't confuse it with God's absence. The last person who want you to experience the wrath of God is God. God took your place he absorbed the rap for you but is not to force it on you strangest Supreme Court case I've ever heard about, read about it this week. 1833 United States first George Wilson, George Wilson was a man who committed a series of crimes and for the crimes he received the death penalty but because his crimes were politically motivated. The sitting president at the time Andrew Jackson decided he was gonna pardon George Wilson and everybody that was a part of the game. A full complete pardon. The warden brings it down to him to add to George Wilson and George Wilson says I will not receive the board's motivations may be dispelled like you believe it is because whatever. In the words of what you mean. I've got your partner hissed I refuse receipt.

He fought in court. I will not receive a but it went all the way to the United States Supreme Court in 1833, the United States Supreme Court made a decision honest with them ever heard. They set a pardon is only good if the person to whom it is issued, received a pardon is an agreement between those who are extending justice and those who are receiving justice and it is not valid unless it is received and George Wilson was executed in 1833 with a pardon for his holy sitting on the warden's desk where the Supreme Court got the idea and how they came up with that but I do know maybe it came from. Understanding what God has done for us in Christ is that he is paid for your sin is issue that pardon the tragedy as a some of you were to go into hell and face the wrath of God with your sins and pay for the last voice you might hear as you step off Earth in the hell is the voice of Jesus saying you don't have to do, but he will force it on you. You half to receiving*have you ever received. If you ever repented of your sin and receive Christ as Lord and Savior.

If you have is to transform your life.

How could you and I understand this pardon. How do we understand wrath and mercy, and not just always be talking about it to people safe. If they paid us regarding this finished.

All you gotta do is trust and receiving. Do you know that you repented and trusted Christ is not doing a very simple prayer.I live in rebellion against you and I'm sorry I surrender to you right now and I receive you as my Savior. Thank you Jesus for saving me in Christ name, amen. For the first time and truly will start life to Jesus and welcome to the family. The next step is to keep growing in your faith to let me encourage you to find a local church that will support and teach you and then let me point you to the free Bible study resources on our website de This ministry is made possible by friends like you who come alongside us with financial support across the country in the world can hear teaching on the radio and when doing that missing the Denny today and ask for the five things to pray final 15, 86 526-335-5220 forget and request online Molly benefits join us tomorrow we will begin the final in our teaching series company right back here Wednesday night

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