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“Did Jesus have to forgive God for putting Him on the cross?”

February 8, 2010 Leave a comment

No!!!

So why do people incorrectly think and say that they have to “forgive God” as if God has done something wrong?

God NEVER sins. God NEVER wrongs us. God is good. God is love. God is just, perfect, holy, and righteous. There is no fault in God. None.

I know that it is a reality that people get angry with God when they are sinned against and mistreated by evildoers, but it is still NOT right. It is a reality but it is NOT justifiable since God is incapable of doing wrong even IF a person thinks God is wrong.

This type of incorrect thinking reveals at least 3 things about a person: (1) Wrong view of God where He is lowered to man’s level and even below man’s level. It’s as though God is less than man. (2) Wrong view of God’s grace because they think that we deserve God’s grace when in fact, we deserve His wrath. He graciously gives us His grace and not because we have been mistreated but because Jesus was mistreated on the cross. (3)  Our understanding of Who God is and His truth does NOT come from our own understanding. In fact, the Bible warns us NOT to lean on our own understanding (Proverbs 3). Knowing the truth comes only from the Holy Spirit revealing God’s Word to us!

Even if you feel angry at God, remember God did NOT harm you. He allowed you to suffer at the hands of evildoers.

If you have been unfairly victimized and harmed by someone, your suffering is due to the sin of Adam and Eve and the sin of mankind. If you are angry at God, it is misdirected. It may be righteous anger that you feel against the sin and mistreatment you received from the hands of another person, but you must never be angry at God. Mankind is responsible for sin.

It’s not ok to be angry at God. Ever. Yet I acknowledge that people do get sinfully angry at God, but they need to repent for that attitude against a holy, loving, and righteous God.

We NEVER EVER have to forgive God since He NEVER EVER does anything wrong.

God allowed a sinless Man, the Son of Man, to die the death you and I should have experienced because of our sin yet Jesus was never angry at God. Jesus never had to forgive God for the suffering He experienced at Calvary. To think that Jesus was angry or had to forgive God for His death on the cross is ludicrous.

Jesus experienced God’s wrath on the cross for the GREATER GOOD – God’s forgiveness of our sins! That was God’s greater plan: the plan of salvation for sinful mankind who needs a Redeemer! Jesus was NOT angry about that because He was SUBMITTED to God’s plan for the greater good. You and I should be, too. We should trust God and His sovereign plans that they are for God’s greater good and His greater plans than our measly, little ole understanding. Our perspective matters not. God’s perspective is all that really matters.

Let me urge you NOT to believe the lie that you must forgive God. You don’t have to forgive God because He has never and will never do anything wrong. In fact, even if you hate God right now at this very moment, He is the REASON that you are breathing and that your heart is beating because you are sustained only by His power!

God never sins.

God is never wrong.

God is always right.

Only God is righteous. We are unrighteous until He makes us righteous through Christ.

Anything we receive from Him is merciful and gracious and only because He loves us first while we were still sinners (Rom. 5:8; I John 4:10).

God is love (I John 4:8b). Love is His character.

You never have to forgive love!

-Mark (recognizing the holiness of God and His sovereignty while acknowledging the responsibility of mankind at the very same time)

A god of lightning bolts! Ouch!

September 13, 2009 Leave a comment

Some people, even Christians, understand that God is sovereign, all-powerful, and strong but that’s all they understand about God. They miss that He is a God of love (I John 4:8) to us as revealed in the Bible.

These people mistakenly believe God to be a god of lightning bolts – ready to strike them down whenever they do something wrong. It’s a half-truth because God is just and there ARE consequences to sinful choices! For those who are NOT in Christ, they will experience the wrath of God at the Judgment Day. In the meantime, it is the goodness of God that leads to repentance according to Romans 2:4 – therefore, He is even being good to those who are not yet saved by the blood of Christ.

However, not so for us who are committed followers of Christ, trusting in Him alone for eternal life! We will NEVER see the wrath of God! That wrath was poured out on Jesus on the cross! He bore our wrath so that we might bear His righteousness!

What a gift!

So, do I see a god of lightning bolts anymore? No, not now that I am saved by His grace through faith in Jesus Christ!

Now, through biblical counseling, I can share this GOOD news with others every day!

-Mark (thankful for our God of love Who IS LOVE)

“This ministry was created for people like you!”

January 16, 2009 Leave a comment

I was so pleased to say to a couple we are helping: “This ministry was created for people like you!”

I said this for the following reasons:

1) They were EAGER to come in to find biblical solutions for their problems!

2) They are having financial challenges as a middle income family with children. Both work in professions that are not highly paid in our society though the professions ARE highly valued. Our ministry is FREE for everyone and many are in situations just like this!

3) They were willing to come in at our CONVENIENCE and not theirs! In other words, they said, “When can we come in?” rather than “Do you have a session available at 7 pm at night on the second Tuesday of the week?” (joke!) What pleased me is that they were willing to come at any time and would take off to do so because they VALUED spiritual growth and biblical counseling!

4) They are Christians trapped in a life-dominating sin situation and reject the lies of Satan! They want to OVERCOME their problems through the power of Christ so we believe they will as God gives grace.

5) They are grateful for the ministry and partnering with us to honor Christ in all things.

-Mark (so thankful to help precious people like this through TIL!)

Only God can…

December 9, 2008 Leave a comment

Only God can take our SIN and use it to save our lives.

For example, in Genesis 37-50, Joseph’s brothers sinned by selling Joseph into slavery and lying about it. They nearly killed him yet instead sold him to get some money to spend upon their own pleasures, quite likely. Very wicked sin indeed.

God, as the Great Redeemer, uses that very SINFUL choice to save their lives years later. God protects Joseph and ends up having him placed as the second in command of Egypt (behind the pharaoh). In this position, Joseph is able to save his brothers’ lives by providing them with food when a severe famine comes.

Only God can use our sin in a redemptive way and bring good through it to help us – even though we deserve death and eternal damnation! 

One more way He uses our SIN is by placing it upon Jesus Christ who gave His life upon the Cross at Calvary. Then, God places the Righteousness of Christ upon us to live out our lives in this life and in the life to come eternally.

-Mark (glad to be serving the Great Redeemer)

Everette Shoub – final post

October 9, 2008 1 comment

Thank you all for praying and for your encouraging words to me. One of my dearest friends died today and it’s really thrown me a curve. There will be a memorial service for him on Monday, October 13th in Mobile, Alabama. I’m not sure when or where, but I’ll be there to grieve my friend. I think it’s important to grieve, not as those without hope, but as one who has hope in Christ.

I Thessalonians 4:13-14 says: “But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. 14 For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep.“** Those who are “asleep” are meant to be those who are physically dead. 

My hope is only in Christ. I only trust Him to resurrect me from the dead when I die just as He was resurrected from the dead by the Father when He died on the cross and was buried in the tomb.

**The Holy Bible: English standard version. 2001 (electronic ed.). Good News Publishers: Wheaton.

One bit of good news from all of this is that I have re-acquainted with some of my closest friends from the last 25 years. Many of them I’ve not spoken to in over 10 years, I’m ashamed to say. Everette brought us back together and I plan to stay in touch with them.

A final note – Everette was an organ donor. Because he was so young, some of his organs were very strong and will end up helping many people. God is redemptive meaning He brings good from bad situations.

-Mark (grieving my own sin but recognizing that I’m forgiven in Christ because Jesus is Lord)

Forgiveness (part 13) last one

September 1, 2008 Leave a comment

Forgiveness and Repentance are difficult subjects to blog about. I hope I did not confuse you! My primary goal was to link the two concepts for you because most people do not understand the gift of repentance!

The Gospel is balanced – man needs repentance which is a gift of God (Rom. 2:4) and forgiveness in Christ. God is just and must punish sins. He did so upon Jesus on the cross as His blood was shed for our sins. What a blessing to repent and not keep living like you were living – enslaved to sin! What a blessing to be forgiven!

A wise man once taught me that repentance and forgiveness are like 2 doors linking conjoining rooms in a hotel. Both doors must be opened for each person to enter into the other’s hotel room. Intimate fellowship, reconciliation, and healing best occurs when BOTH the repentance door and the forgiveness door are opened. The goal is relationship and reconciliation.

I see repentance as a LOVING and GRACIOUS part of the Gospel just as I see forgiveness. The people of God have a role to play in helping someone come to repentance (Matt. 18:15-20). God uses His people, the church, to help those who are in need of repentance.

I usually do NOT have to convince people that forgiveness is good but often I DO have to convince them that repentance is good. God does the convincing in His Word and by the Holy Spirit. For example, in Matthew 4, Jesus’ first message was REPENTANCE (not unconditional forgiveness!) as that is our greatest need – a change of mind leading to a change of actions (definition of repentance). 

Just think what a better world this would be IF people began repenting more!

As far as this blog goes, again it is so difficult to explain repentance and forgiveness. What deep concepts that none of us will ever fully understand while on this earth!

If I have confused you, then I ask for your forgiveness and am repenting by NOT blogging on this topic anymore! I may have to re-visit it in future blogs from time to time but I plan not to do another series on it.

Overall, I hope you will search the Scriptures on this topic like a Berean in Acts 17:11. Don’t turn to psychology to understand the concept of repentance and forgiveness because that field knows very little about the subject (they call an “apology” forgiveness but it is not!). Turn to God’s Word for understanding and ask the Holy Spirit to give you answers. God is faithful and will teach OPEN, LISTENING, and WILLING hearers of Him!

-Mark (mindful of my need for the Gospel – God’s great gifts of repentance and forgiveness for my sins!)

Forgiveness (part 7)

August 29, 2008 Leave a comment

In the Old Testament, there are 3 words for “forgiveness.” Guess what? All 3 are conditional upon repentance!

This makes sense when you remember that Israelites sacrificed animals and shed their blood for the remission of their sins. God is JUST. He must punish sin and disobedience. There is no other way! We all want justice when someone murders our loved one or when someone steals from us!

We all want grace when WE are guilty ourselves. Our sins are covered by the blood of Christ – not by our own good deeds of repentance. That’s why repentance apart from Christ is NOT enough! We must repent in Christ and trust in His perfect sacrifice offered for our sins.

Hebrews 9:22 states: “ Indeed, under the law almost everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins.”The Holy Bible: English standard version. 2001 (electronic ed.). Good News Publishers: Wheaton.

-Mark (forgiveness in Christ is a sweet delight for me – special thanks to Jason for the reminder of that verse)