The Sternness of God

The sternness of God allows us to suffer the consequences of our evil behaviors.  Much, though certainly not all, of the suffering we undergo here on earth is a result of trouble we’ve brought on ourselves.  God loves us enough to let us feel it (so that we’ll repent; that is, change our behavior), but there are limits.  Most parents have limits to the discipline they employ.  There are certain forms of punishment they will not use, no matter what the child’s behavior.  Even governments forbid inhumane treatment of prisoners of war, and outlaw cruel and unusual punishment of convicted criminals.  God, too, has His limits.  Eternal banishment from heaven is something He would consider cruel and unusual.

For this reason we acknowledge that Judgment Is Upon Us, yet Everyone Is Going to Heaven.

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4 Replies to “The Sternness of God”

  1. What do you think about:

    Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life and that they may enter the city by the gates. Outside are the dogs and sorcerers and the sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices falsehood. (Rev 22:14-15 ESV)

    1. It speaks to me of the kingdom of God which is in our midst. If I want to gain entry and walk in true fellowship with God, I must purify my heart and seek moral excellence as Peter instructed in 2 Peter 1. In this way, the entrance into the kingdom will be abundantly supplied to me. However, if I shrink back and walk in darkness (John 3:19-21) then I forego the indescribable joys of His presence in this earth and instead walk with those whose eyes are on this world (1 John 2:15-17).

      In the days of His flesh, Jesus said “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!” (Matthew 4:17). The only difference between then and now as far as that command is concerned is that the kingdom is not merely at hand, it is here (Luke 17:20-21) for it came in the generation of Jesus’ contemporaries just as He promised it would (Matthew 24:34).

      When we die, we all go to heaven and face our proper judgment there (Hebrews 9:27). However, God gave us His kingdom in the earth that we might show forth His glory here and now (Luke 12:32). Repentance is the way to the kingdom (Isaiah 30:15). To Jesus Christ our Lord be the glory! (Matthew 5:16-20).

        1. Yes, Lance.

          Five times in Revelation 22 reference is made to how soon the things written in the book would take place. This is consistent with Matthew 24:34 and with the many other references throughout the New Testament about the coming of the kingdom being imminent.

          I know there are those who say the kingdom of God has not yet come, and I myself used to be one of them, but I came to see that God’s word is more true than I had realized. When we walk by faith (Hebrews 11:1) we begin to see things (2 Corinthians 5:7) we are otherwise blind to (Jeremiah 17:5-8). I have learned that true repentance is a true eye-opener (2 Timothy 2:25), and continued repentance is the only way to keep one’s eyes open.

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