We serve an amazing God. The God of the Bible reveals that He is holy, yet compassionate enough to become man to die for our sins. He loves those who crucified Him and He demands the same love to be seen in His disciples. Some may wonder how God could die. The trinity is wonderful. God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit from eternity past had a plan of redemption for fallen man. Jesus, became flesh although He exists outside of time.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (Jn 1:1)
And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. (Jn 1:14)
The wages of sin is death and a holy God demands death for the breaking of the law. Of course, animal sacrifice cannot be the cure for sin. Only a righteous and perfect sacrifice would do. The Old Testament pictures the Christ that would die for sins. He is God, yet would choose to die.
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. (Isa 9:6)
But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. (Isa 53:5)
When the Father sent the Son to die in our place, this was not a secondary plan. This was His plan from the beginning. After the Lord Jesus died for our sins, the Holy Spirit of God came down to indwell those who trust in Him.
Now we have power over sin through Christ in us, the hope of glory. Why do I speak of these sweet truths. Many religions speak against this clear doctrine in Scripture. We have a bible that is true and teaches these doctrines so we can have hope that stems from the past, to daily life and then into the future.
I pray for our Muslim friends that misunderstand these wonderful doctrines that guide us day by day. In Egypt, there are attacks on the character of the God of the Bible, but I believe when these truths are lived out in grace and truth, people can preach with confidence, live in power, and discuss each others beliefs with grace and intelligence. There is no God like the one true God of the Bible. He is not three gods, but One being, God, but who is able to show Himself in three persons.
“Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD.” (Deut 6:4)
Let us live out what we believe and then intelligently, lovingly, powerfully confront the unbelievers with the mighty power of the gospel.
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.” (Rom 1:16)