The Forbearance Of God
INTRODUCTION: The theme of this passage is the righteousness of God that justified man through faith in Jesus. It presents Jesus Christ as our propitiation by His blood for our sin, but first and foremost, it presents Jesus Christ for the satisfaction of God's wrath and the demonstrating of His righteousness.
(Song: "When He was on the cross, I was on His mind")
Among the most obvious characteristics of modern society is self-ism manifested in self-centeredness, selfishness, self-gratification, and self-fulfillment. People are absorbed in their own feelings, their own desires, their own possessions, and their own welfare.
Sadly, self-ism has found its way into Christianity and has almost become a hallmark of some evangelical churches and organizations. Christ is portrayed as the answer to all problems, the source of peace and joy, success and happiness, the One Who makes life worth living, and saves from hell.
In the right biblical perspective, Christ is the answer to man's needs, the first of which is salvation from sin. And it is certainly true, of course, that life in Him is the only escape from hell. Obviously, salvation involves man, and just as obviously it is the greatest blessing a human being can receive, the single greatest blessing apart from which no others have any permanent value.
But in Scripture, salvation does not focus on man, but on God. God's word makes clear that the foremost purpose of salvation is to glorify God.
Psalms 115:1, "Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us,
But to Your name give glory,
Because of Your mercy,
Because of Your truth."
Isaiah 45:5a, "I am the LORD, and there is no other;
There is no God besides Me..."
"...And there is no other God besides Me,
A just God and a Savior;
There is none besides Me.
‘Look to Me, and be saved,
All you ends of the earth!
For I am God, and there is no other.
I have sworn by Myself;
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