the startling reality of Scripture

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
David Platt

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!

Bernie

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About bwebbjr

A grandfather, father, husband, man, and a child of God who is following Christ Jesus and working out his salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work IN me, both to will and to work for His good pleasure (Philippians 2:12-13). I dodged my first bullet with cancer when a cancerous polyp was removed in a sigmoid colectomy surgery in August 2007. Four years later, in the midst of a second colectomy surgery we discovered I had Stage IV metastatic colon cancer. Rather than colectomy surgery I had colostomy surgery, which now means the colostomy bag is a part of my everyday life ... with the emphasis on life. God has given us a peace beyond understanding as my wife and I have traveled this journey. By the grace of God I am blessed to be a 6 plus year cancer survivor aka warrior. In writing, I am often wrestling with my own personal struggles and beliefs and in the midst God leads me to a lesson He wants me to learn ... or sometimes He simply touches me in the revelation of Himself. My hope is that the result you see here might touch your heart and glorify God. And let me be clear ... I am not the only one with something to say. Please join in the conversation sharing your faith, your cancer experiences, etc. I would love to hear from you. Bernie
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7 Responses to the startling reality of Scripture

  1. jimdavenport says:

    … not sure I understand Platt’s position relative to Jesus on the Cross and hating the sinner. Guess I still feel that God loves the sinner and hates the sin … but there are certainly consequences to sin regardless of whether the sinner is saved or not. May just be semantics. Would like your viewpoint so let’s talk a bit about this the next time we cross paths. Blessings, Jim

    • bwebbjr says:

      Actually the recap of your second sentence is really the point that Platt made … the trouble with just sharing an excerpt is that sometimes you fail to provide all the insight the author provided in the full work … my bad Jim. We can discuss further this week …

  2. Carrie says:

    Ah thank you for the tip. I was able to download the book today (so I did!). 🙂 Thank you for your encouraging posts. Blessings to you IN Him!

    • bwebbjr says:

      You are welcome Carrie … I would be real interested in your thoughts on the book when you finish reading it, If time permits and you are so led … Good to hear from you sister … hope and pray that all is well for you and your family and church!

      Bernie

  3. “The wrath of God is revealed from Heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men” … (Rom 1:18) … “You hate all workers of iniquity” (Ps 5:5) … “But God demonstrates His love toward US, in that while WE were still sinners, Christ died for US” (Rom 5:8).

    The Scripture never says that God hates sin, but it does say that He hates the sinner (Ps 11:5). The caveat is that on those whom He has elected before the foundation of the world – the US/WE of eternal salvation – He’s poured out His love. It’s those little words like “us” and “we” that makes the difference and the Reformers insisted we carefully notice.

    I haven’t read Platt’s book, but it’s on my list to buy. Thanks for reading ahead and giving us a taste of things to come.

    • bwebbjr says:

      I believe wrath and propitiation are indeed two key words that do indeed reveal what God thinks about the sinner … interestingly enough Platt also uses Psalm 5:5 in his argument. Just wanted to let you know that this little booklet is one intended for outreach and evangelism … it is not his full book ‘Follow Me’. The verses and your insights are spot on. Appreciate your wisdom brother! Bernie

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