Does really love everyone? Of course! If that is is true (and is it), then how can God be perfectly loving and perfectly just at the same time? People who have a hard time with the gospel, most often don’t understand God’s Law and what Jesus went through to pay for sin. Or… they don’t understand the horror of their own seemingly benign sin. Consider this verse from a famous Lenten hymn.
If you think of sin but lightly Nor suppose the evil great,
Here you see its nature rightly, Here its guilt may estimate.
Mark the sacrifice appointed; See who bears the awful load —
‘Tis the Word, the Lord’s Anointed, Son of Man and Son of God.
-Stricken, Smitten, and Afflicted, Public Domain
Finally, the gospel doesn’t mean that God has washed his hands of the world either. Consider the phrase, “God hates the sin, but loves the sinner.” I think that statement is well meant, but can leave people confused. On the Last Day, when Jesus judges the world will he damn sins to hell? No there will be sinners who going to hell. Jesus is clear, on the Last Day you will be judged either on your deeds or on His. Or stated differently if you reject him in unbelief, you will be condemned. If you believe in him as your Savior, you stand justified. Watch this third lesson in our Bible class series – By Grace Alone.
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