Monday, 24 December 2012

Grace Notes - Luke 2 v 14

Luke 2:14
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

The message of Christmas is Christ, the very God, creator of the universe entering into the world he created in flesh.
God became man.
God did it to reconcile himself to man and to end the war against man’s sins.
The angels proclaimed it, Isaiah prophesied it and Christ showed it in all he did.
God is not angry. He is not counting men’s sins against them.
God is love and all he does good towards us.
I will let Andrew Wommack explain better than me:

"What were these angels proclaiming?
They were announcing, “Peace. Good will toward men from God!”

Prior to the advent of the Lord Jesus Christ, God was at war against man’s sins. His wrath came upon people because of the sin in their life. Many Christians haven’t mentally separated this out and really looked at it. They just run everything in the Bible together. Yet a closer examination of God’s Word reveals that there was a wrath and a judgment from God against people in the Old Testament that is totally unjustified and wrong in the New Testament. Why? Jesus ended the war between God and man. He made all the difference!

Despite that, most people run all of this together. They still think of God as being angry at our sins. They mistakenly believe that there is still a war going on between God and man, and that every time they sin that somehow or another it’s a new affront against Him. You’ve probably heard people say, “God is ticked off!” and quote Old Testament scriptures about the wrath of God falling on people. “God is angry today,” they insist. “He’s dangling our country over hell by a thin thread that’s on fire, and He’s just about ready to turn us over to the devil.” 

Some Christians are proclaiming that God is the One who sent the hurricanes and tsunamis that have struck in recent years, and that He’s going to cause other disasters too. Several well-known religious leaders stood up and declared that God was the One who sent the terrorist attacks that happened in 2001, and that this was the beginning of His judgment on our nation. They’re still proclaiming that there is wrath from God towards men.

“God is not angry. There’s peace. He’s not upset with you!” In spite of that truth, somehow or another, people today just love to let others know just how “angry” God is, thinking that this will drive them away from hell. That’s simply not the way it works.

The Lord has given us the ministry of reconciliation:

God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.

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