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  • 10/10/2017

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    The Goodness and Severity of God

    We must consider both!

    Goodness and Severity of God

    •Many who claim to be Christians focus solely on the Goodness of God.

    • They talk about how good God is and how good he has been to us on a regular basis.

    • The fact that our God is a loving, forgiving and compassionate God should not be ignored.

    •However there is another side of God that should be considered.

    • The Severity of God!

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    Goodness and Severity of God

    • In Romans chapter 11 the Apostle Paul is making a comparison between the unbelieving Jews and the Gentile Christians.

    •Paul compares the people of God to an Olive tree.

    •Under the Law of Moses the Jewish nation became the natural branches of this tree.

    • They were God’s chosen people.

    •But, when Christ came the Jews rejected Him.

    • They did not believe and were broken off.

    Goodness and Severity of God

    •Once they were broken off of the Olive tree they were no longer God’s people.

    • They were now in a lost condition.

    • The Gospel was then preached to the Gentiles

    •Many accepted it and were grafted into the Olive Tree that represents the people of God.

    • These Gentile Christians were now part of God’s chosen people.

    • Let’s begin reading in Romans 11:19

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    Goodness and Severity of God

    •Ro 11:19 You will say then, "Branches were broken off that I might be grafted in."

    • 20 Well said. Because of unbelief they were broken off, and you stand by faith. Do not be haughty, but fear.

    • 21 For if God did not spare the natural branches, He may not spare you either.

    Goodness and Severity of God

    •22 Therefore consider the goodness and severity of God: on those who fell, severity; but toward you, goodness, if you continue in His goodness. Otherwise you also will be cut off.

    • 23 And they also, if they do not continue in unbelief, will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again.

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    Goodness and Severity of God

    •Paul is making a point to these Gentile Christians.

    • You need to be careful!

    •Certainly be mindful of the goodness of God and what all He has done for you.

    •But also consider the severity of God

    • If He was willing to cut off the Jews who did not believe then He certainly is willing to cut off you Gentile Christians if you become unbelievers!

    • To be “cut off” means to be lost!

    Goodness and Severity of God

    • I want us to spend the next few moments considering the “goodness and severity of God” ourselves.

    •We could spend several sermons listing off all the good things God has done for us.

    • Today we will look at just a couple.

    • The greatest “good thing” God has done for us is He loved us.

    • Every other good thing He has done for us has been motivated by that love.

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    Goodness and Severity of God

    • The Apostle John tells us “God is Love”

    •1Jo 4:16 And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.

    •His love for us was not motivated by anything we have done for Him.

    •1Jo 4:19 We love Him because He first loved us.

    •His love for us motivated Him to perform the greatest act of compassion in History.

    Goodness and Severity of God

    •He sent His Son to pay the price for our sins!

    • Joh 3:16 "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

    •God’s love for mankind is what motivated Him to give His only begotten son.

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    Goodness and Severity of God

    •1Jo 4:9 In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him.

    • 10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

    • The greatness of the love of God for us was manifested or made known to us by the giving of His son.

    Goodness and Severity of God

    •Christ came into the world to be the “propitiation” for our sins.

    • This means He was the sacrifice for our sins

    •He paid the price for us.

    • Jesus did not die for us because we are such “good people”. He died for us while we were still considered ungodly.

    •Ro 5:6 ¶ For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.

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    Goodness and Severity of God

    • 7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die.

    • 8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

    •Christ did not die an easy death.

    •He was beaten, tortured and then crucified for us.

    • Jesus suffered greatly for our sins because He loved us!

    Goodness and Severity of God

    •Mr 15:15 ¶ So Pilate, wanting to gratify the crowd, released Barabbas to them; and he delivered Jesus, after he had scourged Him, to be crucified.

    • 16 Then the soldiers led Him away into the hall called Praetorium, and they called together the whole garrison.

    • 17 And they clothed Him with purple; and they twisted a crown of thorns, put it on His head,

    • 18 and began to salute Him, "Hail, King of the Jews!"

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    Goodness and Severity of God

    • 19 Then they struck Him on the head with a reed and spat on Him; and bowing the knee, they worshiped Him.

    • 20 And when they had mocked Him, they took the purple off Him, put His own clothes on Him, and led Him out to crucify Him.

    •All of us understand the damage caused by the crown of thorns, the hitting, the spitting on and the crucifixion.

    •But scourging maybe something we may not have a real concept of because it is so painful that we would never allow it in our own society.

    Goodness and Severity of God

    • The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia describes scourging like this.

    • “It consisted of a handle, to which several cords or leather thongs were affixed, which were weighted with jagged pieces of bone or metal, to make the blow more painful and effective.”

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    Goodness and Severity of God

    • “The victim was tied to a post and the blows were applied to the back and loins, sometimes even, in the wanton cruelty of the executioner, to the face and the bowels.”

    • “So hideous was the punishment that the victim usually fainted and not rarely died under it.”

    Goodness and Severity of God

    •Because of the Goodness of God, our Savior endured these things for us and was ultimately hung on the cross until dead.

    •Certainly none of us can doubt the “Goodness” of God.

    •But remember Paul told the Roman Christians to not only consider the goodness of God but also His severity.

    • Those who refuse to take advantage of the goodness of God will be dealt with severely!

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    Goodness and Severity of God

    • The writer of the book of Hebrews gives us a look at the severity of God

    •Heb 10:25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.

    Goodness and Severity of God

    •26 For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins,

    • If, we involve ourselves in willful, deliberate and rebellious sin after knowing what the word of God teaches about that sin then we will be lost!

    •As long as we have this rebellious attitude our sin will not be forgiven.

    •27 but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and fiery indignation which will devour the adversaries.

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    Goodness and Severity of God

    • 28 Anyone who has rejected Moses' law dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses.

    • 29 Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace?

    Goodness and Severity of God

    • 30 For we know Him who said, "Vengeance is Mine, I will repay," says the Lord. And again, "The LORD will judge His people."

    • 31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

    •What a frightening day it will be for those who have rebelled against God on the day of Judgment!

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    Goodness and Severity of God

    •Paul tells the Thessalonian Christians a little about the severity of God.

    •2Th 1:6 since it is a righteous thing with God to repay with tribulation those who trouble you,

    • 7 and to give you who are troubled rest with us when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with His mighty angels,

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