God Threatens and Promises
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God clearly cares about proper human behavior in all aspects of our lives as we have come to see clearly in studying his 10 commandments. Today we are reminded that although the summary of his commandments is Love, He cannot tolerate our sin and His standard of our perfection in keeping his law is impossible for us to meet. Whether we do something we shouldn’t or we don’t do something we should, the result of our sin is separation from God and subjection to God’s wrath: earthly death and eternal punishment of our body and soul in hell eternally. This serious threat from God is meant as a curb of our sinful behavior which He knows to be a generational pattern, the effects of which last for generations. He knows that we need this curb for our benefit. But don’t despair just yet; because of God’s unfathomable love and mercy He goes on to make a solemn agreement with us, one in which he promises to bless us and save us from punishment through His mercy alone. And He promises to continue to bless the faithful obedience of those who believe in him.
God’s punishment for those who despise his law is serious just as his promise of blessing is great for those who gladly do His will.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16.