‘Preach about the meek and lowly Jesus.’

“When I pastored a country church, a farmer didn’t like the sermons I preached on hell. He said, ‘Preach about the meek and lowly Jesus.’ I said, ‘That’s where I got my information about hell.’” Vance Havner

Luke 3:17 His winnowing fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clean out His threshing floor, and gather the wheat into His barn; but the chaff He will burn with unquenchable fire.

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God’s omniscience is illogical.

His very omniscience is illogical. How can He be aware of every thought of every human heart at one time (see Psa. 139:1–10)? We struggle to entertain two thoughts at once. Neither is it logical that old movies invisibly and instantly (in full color) speed through the air and manifest themselves on my TV screen.

So many natural things that we now take for granted defy the logic of earlier days. So it is not logical to reject the idea that the Creator of this universe—the One who created the laws of nature—could turn water into wine, still storms, curse a fig tree, and raise the dead. God made the sea; He can part it if He so desires. He can also walk on it. Since He created the human body, He can fix it without medicine. He can create pillars of salt, pillars of fire, and pillars of goose feathers, if He wants. Virgin birth? No problem. Resurrection—easy (see Acts 26:8).

If I acknowledge that a supernatural Creator exists, everything becomes possible.

Exodus 15:4 Pharaohs chariots and his army He has cast into the sea; His chosen captains also are drowned in the Red Sea.

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A sacrifice offered in faith.

Adam and Eve’s first sons, Cain and Abel, made a sacrifice to God. Cain, the farmer, made a grain offering and Abel, the rancher, made a lamb sacrifice. Cain’s offering was not acceptable to God and Abel’s was. Why?

Only a lamb sacrifice offered in faith was pleasing to God. Heb. 11:4 tells us, “By faith Abel offered to God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, through which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts; and through it he being dead still speaks.” How does Abel still speak? He points toward a newer and better covenant. In the Old Covenant, animal blood was repeatedly offered for the covering of sins, but in the New Covenant, Jesus shed His blood once for the complete forgiveness of sins.

Adapted from Don’t Stub Your Toe by Todd Friel 

Genesis 4:3 And in the process of time it came to pass that Cain brought an offering of the fruit of the ground to the Lord. 4 Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat. And the Lord respected Abel and his offering, 5 but He did not

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The law is a tutor.

The Ten Commandments have been put to death by many within the Church. Yet, the Law is the means by which God uncovers the treasures hidden in the field of this world. It is a tutor that brings men to Christ (see Gal. 3:24).

Jeremiah 41:8 But ten men were found among them who said to Ishmael, Do not kill us, for we have treasures of wheat, barley, oil, and honey in the field. So he desisted and did not kill them among their brethren.

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Great fire from heaven.

Never hesitate to use the Law of God as a great fire from heaven, as a terrible whirlwind (see 38:1,2), to show the sinner that though he may consider himself to be rich in this world, he has nothing. Time will strip him of everything he holds dear. The Law lets him hear God’s voice out of the whirlwind, and the wonderful result will be that he will repent in dust and ashes. From there he will catch a glimpse of God’s incredible mercy toward vile sinners, expressed so amazingly on Calvary’s cross.

Job 42:1 Then Job answered the Lord and said: Then Job answered the Lord and said:2 I know that You can do everything, And that no purpose of Yours can be withheld from You.3  You asked, Who is this who hides counsel without knowledge? Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand, Things too wonderful for me, which I did not know.4 Listen, please, and let me speak; You said, I will question you, and you shall answer Me.5 I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear, But now my eye sees You.6 Therefore I abhor myself, And repent in dust and ashes.

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A consuming fire…

“Our God is a consuming fire. He consumes pride, lust, materialism, and other sin.” Leonard Ravenhill 

Hebrews 12:29 For our God is a consuming fire.

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“Since the wages of sin is death, I’ll be okay because when I die I will have paid for my sins.”

It is true that the Bible says, “The wages of sin is death” (Rom. 6:23). Those who say such things are gambling the whole of their eternity on the meaning of one word: “death.” They assume it means the “termination of existence,” but their assumption is erroneous, as a little reasoning should reveal.

For instance, Hitler was responsible for the cruel deaths of six million Jews, many of whom were children. Was his death the “wages” of his unspeakably terrible sins? If death is the end, then God will give you the exact same wages as Hitler. That would mean that God is unjust, which is unthinkable.

The person who believes that our demise is the end is in for the shock of their death. Their physical death (separation from their body) is just the beginning. There is going to be a resurrection of every human being, both “the just and the unjust” (see Acts 24:15). This is not referring to the good and the bad, because the Scriptures tell us that there are no “good” people (see Psa. 14:1–3; Mark 10:18). There are only those who have been made “just” before God, by the shed blood of Jesus Christ.

Through the gospel, God freely justifies all those who come in childlike faith to the Savior. That means He proclaims us innocent—as though we had never sinned in the first place—and we become part of the “just.” However, those who die in their sins, the “unjust,” will “fall into the hands of the living God” (Heb. 10:31). That is a very fearful thing, because He will give them justice—their exact wages due to them—and if that happens, there will be hell to pay. They will be thrown into the lake of fire, “which is the second death” (Rev. 20:14; 21:8).

Revelation 20:14 Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.

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