Another insight from the little booklet by David Platt that I am rereading … a little warning though … he challenges the widely accepted slogan, “God hates the sin but loves the sinner” … as being incomplete. And his position is very biblically based … read, consider and comment as you are so led …
‘The startling reality of Scripture is clear: we are sinners. In the words of Isaiah, “We all, like sheep, have gone astray.” Paul says that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Meanwhile, God is holy, possessing righteous wrath toward sin and sinners alike. Yet God is merciful, possessing holy love towards sinners. So how can God show both righteous wrath and holy love towards sinners at the same time?
This is the climactic question of the Bible, and the answer is the cross of Christ. At the cross of Christ, God shows the full expression of both his wrath and his love as Jesus is stricken, smitten, afflicted, wounded, crushed, and chastised for the sake of sinners.
Does God hate sinners? Absolutely. Look at the cross. Jesus is enduring the punishment we are due.
But does God love sinners? Absolutely. Look at the cross. Jesus is saving us from the punishment we are due.”
What Did Jesus Really Mean When He Said Follow Me? booklet
FYI – as of January 24, 2014 this Kindle eBook is currently free but I don’t know how long it will continue.
So thankful for the work of Jesus on the cross!
Be blessed IN Christ Jesus my friends … be blessed IN Christ Jesus!