Friday, September 12, 2008

Beautiful

Men and women quickly think of the physical when "beauty" is mentioned. Each of us have different expectations of what is beautiful. Periods of time have their own definition of beauty. Renaissance paintings are very different from modern paintings. Musical beauty also changes with time. You can see this change when you compare The Beatles to J.S.Bach.

In a conversation with people, there is usually not a person who will offer the wrath of God as beautiful. When one reads the bible, God's wrath is everywhere. Adam and Eve being exiled from the Garden, Noah's flood, Sodom and Gomorrah, Moses and Pharoah.

“Go, inquire of the Lord for me, and for the people, and for all Judah, concerning the words of this book that has been found. For great is the wrath of the Lord that is kindled against us, because our fathers have not obeyed the words of this book, to do according to all that is written concerning us.” ~ 2 Kings 22

The coming day of judgment will be God's wrath fully poured out on the unGodly. God's wrath is inescapable. Where will you be, dear reader, in the coming day of judgment? Have you obeyed the words of this book?

God's holiness requires that He cannot abide with sin. Sin is an eternal offense against an eternal, holy, pure love, perfect, righteous God. God has not spared the angels who fell. All of humanity has failed to keep God's holy laws. All have sinned against an eternal God, so all of us are an offense. That means you, me, Sister Teresa, the Dali Lama, every single person who has ever lived (with one exception), lives now, and will live in the future. Does that cause you to pause? If so, read on.

But God, who is rich in mercy and love, has made a way of salvation. God did not spare His own Son! We are so loved by God, that He provided our escape. Jesus came to earth and lived a sinless, perfect life, and died a horrible death, so that we can be free from sin. On Jesus Christ, God placed the sins of those who believe and trust in Him. Jesus endured the punishment others deserve, so that we can have freedom from God's wrath. Only those who are in Christ, will escape the wrath. Jesus rose victoriously on the third day. He was healed, and only in Him is our healing.

Would you like that freedom? Would you, dear reader, like to escape the wrath to come? You must believe that Jesus died on the cross for your sins, was buried for three days, and that he rose again on the third day. Pray to God for repentance and belief.

God's holiness is beautiful to those who are ransomed from His wrath.
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