Sunday

Those Who Hate Him

Does God love everyone, God's wrath
I recently read an article, written by believers for unbelievers, saying that Jesus loves everyone, even those who hate him. I believe the authors meant well, but their statement was incomplete.

God gives all men "life support" (Matthew 5:45) and offers everyone salvation (John 3:16;1 Timothy 2:3-4; 2 Peter 3:9). It's accurate to say God provides for those who hate him and offers them His love.

But the following verses must be added: 
  • Only believers have eternal life (John 3:16).
  • Jesus and His Father love those who obey Him (John 14:23). 
  • Only those who keep His commands remain in His love (John 15:10). 
  • The Father loves us because we love and believe in Jesus (John 16:27). 
It's not honest to tell sinners about God's love without telling them about His holy wrath (John 3:36; Revelation 21:8; Luke 13:3-5; Romans 2:5-8; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11; Ephesians 5:6).

Those who hate Jesus will be eternally punished. If we care about their souls, we will warn them.

When we leave out parts of the Gospel to make it more attractive to our culture, we aren't doing God any favors. He knows better than we do how to speak to the hearts of sinners.

*See also Psalm 11:5; Proverbs 6:16;11:20.
For further insights from R.C. Sproul and John MacArthur check out this 5 minute video HERE.


For a short Bible study, check out this week's Bite Size Bible Study.

4 comments:

  1. If the person's that hate Him are your parents ,what you should you do next? They say "I don't hate Him,I believe." But they do the opposite, I mean they don't let you follow him because they feel it's not your road.

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    1. That can be a complex question. Can you give me a few more details: your age, whether you are living at home, what things your parents prohibit you from doing?
      Thanks,
      Gail

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  2. I’m 21 years old, I live with my mum and grandmother and I come back home on my summer holiday. My parents are divorced since I was 3 years old. I went to a church with my best friend and they didn’t like it. They say I started to change , I’m brainwashed, it’s not my path and it’s not for me. I tried to explain to them I feel God word there but they looked at me like I was a crazy person. So I argue with them about going to that church and I end up give it up. I feel like they hate God by their attitude towards me.

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    1. I'm sorry that you are having to deal with this difficulty.

      Sometimes family situations are the most difficult. My advice is that you pray daily that God will give you the most loving, respectful attitude that you can have toward your mum and grandmother. This is hard when they are disagreeable, but God is able to give you strength far beyond your abilities.

      Ask Him to direct your words and try to express yourself as kindly as possible. Sometimes a kind and loving attitude can change people's hearts more than anything else.

      If Sunday services are the biggest problem, you could meet with your Christians friends at another time for Bible study and prayer. In fact, you could make your family's attitudes a focus of your prayers.

      You need weekly fellowship, and some people will disagree with me about not attending church. I know personally of a situation where a husband hated that his wife went to church, so she quit going and tried to be kind and gracious to her husband and before long, he was encouraging her to go to church with his blessing.

      I believe God can use you in a miraculous way as you depend on His strength and wisdom. I also have prayed for your situation. And I encourage you to ask others to pray.
      Gail

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