God is a Loving Creator
The God who loves you made you. Genesis 1 describes how God created the world and called it good. Initially, all of creation was perfectly tuned to obey and follow God's plan. In Psalm 139:13-16, God tells us the care with which He formed every human being. God loves you. You are His special creation. We are made in His image - to reflect His glory (Genesis 1:27). You can't imagine all He has in store for you (Ephesians 3:20-21)
God is the Ultimate Authority
Because God made everything, it makes sense he can make the rules. Psalm 100:3 says God made us and we are His. The Creator rules the created. The Master of the universe decides how the universe operates best; the guidelines, physical laws, rules, moral commands and wisdom. The first humans had to come to terms with God's Ultimate Authority in Genesis 2:16-17. But they didn't obey - and we wouldn't have done much better.
God is a Final Judge
As rule maker He is also judge of all. God designed the rules, He decides how their to be kept and what happens to those who rebel. Acts 17:30-31 says God has been patient, but is also going to judge those who have ignored or rebeled against His commands. In the Gospels of the New Testament, God's final judgement it described in detail (Matthew 25:31-46). All we've done will be laid bare before God who has seen it all (Revelation 20:11-15).
We Rebel with Passion
How have we responded to our Loving Creator? Two ways: first we rebel with passion, then we willfully ignore. We rebel by suppressing the truth (Romans 1:18) and allowing our thoughts to run from God (Romans 1:21). We rebel by worshipping things or people other than God (Romans 1:25). We harden our heart to hear God's correction (Romans 2:5), ignoring God and wandering in foolishness (Psalm 107:10-11 & 17-18).
We Ignore God Willfully
Like driving 55mph though town, not looking for a speed limit sign, we just flat out don't care what God thinks or desires for us. We don't ever give thanks for breath and life He generously gives (Acts 17:24-25). Mostly we just don't want to be bothered with the facts that a God who made us should get to make the rules and judge us based on whether or not we kept His commands. We just don't seek after God (Romans 3:10-11).
God's Wrath & Judgment Rests on Us
We don't want other people to get away with hurting us or those we love. But we'd like to give ourselves a free pass. Reality is no one's sin will be ignored. Our sin is rebellion against God Almighty. The wrath of God must judge this injustice (Romans 1:18; 2:5).
Jesus Willingly Took our Punishment
But God in love gave us Jesus. On the cross Christ died in my place. 2 Corinthians 5:21 says Jesus took the sin we did on himself and put His perfect life in place of our imperfect sinful life. It's because of the great love of God we have any hope of rescue! Romans 3:21-26 describes the beautiful way in which God dealt with sin and punished it through Christ's death on the cross and at the same time offers free forgiveness for all who will accept God's gracious gift in Jesus. But just like any gift given, it does no good for the recipient unless the recipient accept the gift! The Gospel demands response!
We respond by Repenting and Believing
Response includes two simple things: Repentance and Faith. Repentance is turn from sin, self, Satan, the world, comfort - anything that we trust or treasure more than Jesus - we willingly turn away. And faith is turning to Jesus. Placing trust in Christ alone for all hope for forgiveness. Ephesians 2:8-9 says this faith and ability to turn in repentance is a gift from God. Romans 10:9-10 says this response happens in the heart and the mind and includes a public calling on God for rescue. And God is good - if we call out - He saves! (Titus 3:5-7).
The best part of the gospel is the way God restores all that is broken! We are made right with God – justified – just as if I’d never sinned (Romans 3:19-4:25). We are no longer rebelling against God. We also have restored friendship – reconciliation (Romans 5:1-11). We have the power to say no to rebellion and sin (Romans 6-7). Sanctification – being made holy in living – is now part of our story. We are adopted into God’s family (Romans 8:1-17). We will persevere to the end (Romans 8:18-39). In fact, the blessing and benefits of the gospel show the amazing goodness of this news that Jesus saves. You can read more of the blessings in Ephesians chapter 1.
What’s your story? Are you still rebelling or ignoring? Are you ready to turn to God and call out for rescue? If you’d like to talk with someone about what you’ve read here, please email We’d love to talk with you about Jesus!