God Forgives So You Will Fear Him

Reconciliation required propitiation.

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The Offense of the Cross

One of Billy Graham’s most well-recognized sermons was in 1958 called The Offense of the Cross.  In it, he explains that the cross of Jesus Christ is offensive because of the need for it declares our standing before God.  The cross shouts like the voice of roaring waters to a deaf world, “you have sinned against the Most High God of the universe and you face his infinite judgement and deserve his fierce wrath.”

John 12:31, “Now is the judgement of the world,” and that is the first message that the cross shows us: we are in grave danger as we stand as enemies of the cross and of God (cf. Romans 5:10, 8:7-8; Ephesians 2:1-3; Colossians 1:21).

But something profound about the cross of Jesus Christ and the masterful plan of God the Father is this: the forgiving of sinners causes fear of God.

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The Empty Deceit of Sin

Believer, the delicacies of sin are widely displayed and lifted up for all to indulge upon.  From movies to Netflix Originals to commercials to Facebook posts, everywhere we look there are vices set like bear traps — covered up and entrapping in their grip.  Like in the life of Samson, sin comes at us like a lion ‘roaring’ (v.5) that we can tear as easy as ‘one tears a young goat’ (Judges 14:6).  Then, we pass by the ‘carcass of the lion’ again to see that honey has developed (14:9) and we stop to taste the sweetness of decay, death, and the sinfulness of sin.

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