The Nature of God
God is love. He is the God that is totally self-giving. From before
the beginning of time, God had planned to give of Himself to man. He desires
both a relationship and a loving fellowship with man. (I
John 4:16, Hebrews 4:3, Revelation 3:20).
God is righteous. He is perfect in everything that He does.
His kingdom is also perfect; therefore, only that which is perfectly righteous
can enter into the kingdom of God. (Psalm 119:137, Psalm
145:17, Matthew 5:20, 48).
God is the creator and the author of life. He gave every person physical
life. He also desires to give every person a spiritual life which will
last for all eternity. (Genesis 2:7, John 5:24, John 10:28-29).
God is also the creator of both physical and spiritual light. Spiritual
light is seeing everything from the standpoint of truth. There is no darkness
in God at all. He desires to reveal His light to the world. (Genesis
1:3, I John 1:5, Isaiah 60:1-3).
The works of God:
The works of God are all good and perfect (complete). Man can neither
add anything to them nor take anything from them. God's works were to supply
the "missing link" between man and God. (Psalm 33:4,
Numbers 23:19, Matthew 19:26).
The Nature of Man
We can not blame others for our wrongdoings because each of us are
drawn away by our own lust and enticed. We are tempted by the lust of the
flesh, the lust of the eyes, and by our own pride. The truth is that when
we are tempted, sooner or later, we give in to that temptation. (James
1:14, I John 2:16, Romans 7:14-15).
We sin in our words, actions, attitudes, and thoughts. God looks
at what is in the heart. Sin is simply disobeying God. God tells us to
do something, and we don't do it. He tells us not to do something, and
we do it anyway. Sin is missing the mark that God has set before us. Everyone
sins and misses God's mark. (Jeremiah 17:10, Matthew 5:28,
Matthew 15:19, Romans 3:10, 23).
The most important consequence of sin is death. God told Adam and
Eve that the very day that they disobeyed Him, they would die. He was talking
about the death of the spirit, the inner being. God had created them as
spiritual beings that He might have a relationship and fellowship with
them. Spiritual death meant that they could no longer have a relationship
with Him. Because of sin, each of us has become spiritually dead to God.
(Romans 6:23, Romans 5:12, Romans 7:9-11).
The works of man:
Someone will surely say, "But, I am a pretty good person. I don't
do a lot of bad things like others, and I even go to church, pray, and
read my Bible." However, the Bible says that it only takes one sin
to break God's law. It further says that all our righteousness is nothing
more than filthy, blood-stained rags to God. Furthermore, it is not possible
for man to make himself alive again by doing "good works". (James
2:10, Isaiah 64:6-7, Romans 8:8).
There is a great gulf fixed between man and God because of man's sin. This
fiery gulf is impossible for a man to cross by his own ability. It is called
"the second death" and is described as a lake of fire. It is a place
of eternal punishment designed for Satan and his fallen angels. Most people
call it "Hell". It is a place where sinful man at death will meet
with the wrath of the righteous God. It is a bottomless pit with no
escape! (Luke 16:19-31,Revelation 20:14, Matthew 25:41,
Romans 1:18, Hebrews 2:3).
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