Category Archives: Hebrews

Letter

God of Mercy and Wrath

Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord. See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God…

…let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire. (Heb.12:14-15, 28-29 ESV)

It is often overlooked that the same God of Mercy is also the God of wrath. God can not change His rules and twist His justice. So the Church is warned to be careful the way it conducts itself. God is absolutely holy and without holiness no one will see God (Heb.12:14).

God of Wrath

The People of God came to Mount Sinai during their sojourn where God met them and gave them His commandments. It was a frightening atmosphere, with fire and smoke, and God speaking like thunder. The sight was so frightening that Moses said he shook with fear (Heb.12:21) (Exo. 19:16-25). This was a place where people experienced the awesomeness of the very presence of their God and were fully aware of His wrath. They were under the law of wrath and judgment and needed the blood of an animal to cover their sin whenever they approached the presence of God.

God of Mercy

The same God has made a new covenant through the blood of His dear Son, once and for all, for all those who place their trust in Jesus. Thus they experience first hand the mercy and love of their God. There is the assurance of a meeting with Him at Mount Zion, where He will reign as the King of kings. There is no fear of the wrath that will consume them if they come closer to this mountain, since only those who are redeemed by the blood of the Savior will gather their. Here there is joy, celebration and worship.

But the God of mercy do not want His children to take the free gift of His love for granted and live as they like. He expects them to live in holiness, reflecting His character of love and mercy towards each other. He is still the same, the holy, righteous, awesome Judge of all!

.