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The Goodness And Severity Of God

Text: Rom 11:22

A. God’s severity in the Old Testament.

  1. Severity shown in the flood (Gen 7:21-23).

  2. Severity shown in Sodom and Gomorrah (Gen 19:24-26).

  3. Severity shown in Egypt (Exo 12:29-30).

B. God’s goodness in the Old Testament.

  1. Goodness shown in deliverance from Egypt (Exo 3:7-8).

  2. Goodness shown in giving of the Law (Deu 6:24-25).

  3. Goodness shown in providence in wilderness (Neh 9:19-21).

C. God’s goodness in the New Testament.

  1. Goodness shown in Jesus’ service to man (Mat 20:26-28).

  2. Goodness shown in Jesus’ death for man (Joh 3:16-17).

  3. Goodness shown in Jesus’ preparing of a place (Joh 14:1-3).

D. God’s severity in the New Testament.

  1. Severity shown in Jesus’ cleansing of the temple (Mat 21:12-13).

  2. Severity shown in Jesus’ condemnation of the Pharisees (Mat 23:27-28).

  3. Severity shown in Jesus’ judgment at His 2nd Coming (Mat 25:41).

E. In every act of severity in the Old Testament, there is goodness.

  1. In the flood – the world could have been saved had they repented within 120 years (Gen 6:3).

  2. In Sodom & Gomorrah – the cities could have been saved had there been 10 righteous men (Gen 18:32).

  3. In Egypt – the Egyptians’ firstborn could have been saved had they not hardened their hearts (Exo 9:34-35).

F. In every act of goodness in the New Testament, there is severity.

  1. In Jesus’ service to man – those who do not acknowledge their sins will not receive spiritual healing (Mar 2:17).

  2. In Jesus’ death for man – those who do not believe will be condemned (Joh 3:18).

  3. In Jesus’ preparing of a place – those who do not do the will of God will not enter heaven (Mat 7:21).

G. How can we reconcile God’s goodness with His severity?

  1. When He commanded the killing of the Canaanites (Deu 20:16-18; Gen 15:13-16; Isa 57:1-2)?

  2. When He instituted capital punishment (Lev 24:17-21; Rom 13:3-4; Eze 18:21-23)?

  3. When He punish people in hell (Rom 6:23; Rom 1:16; 2Th 1:8-9)?

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