To my subscribers

This has been a very tough year as my wife has struggled with severe migraines, lung cancer and lately brain cancer. The latter took her this morning. Sad, depleted, yet hopeful. Calls one’s theology into reality. She went in on my birthday and went to see the Son on Eclipse day. She can look full into his face without need of any additional protection.

At times this blog has been a personal therapy, besides its on-going personal education. I will most likely be continuing it, but don[‘t be surprised if there are gaps and pauses from time to time.

Fanny Crosby: ‘Take the World but Give Me Jesus’

Cross Examination (2) – What Did Jesus Say About His Death?

https://kingdomscollide.org/2017/08/17/cross-examination-2-what-did-jesus-say-about-his-death/

Book Review: Forensic Faith

http://lukenixblog.blogspot.com/2017/08/book-review-forensic-faith.html

What Would I Lose if I Lost Worship?

https://www.challies.com/articles/what-would-i-lose-if-i-lost-worship/

God’s Mercy and God’s Wrath Meet at the Cross

~ Challies

Today I want to wrap up this short series that I’ve titled “The Holiness of God and the Existence of Hell.” It looks at what happens when the holy God comes into contact with sin. So far we’ve seen that God may react to sin with just wrath and that he may react with patient mercy. Now I want to look to the place where God’s wrath and mercy meet–the cross of Christ.

The cross of Jesus Christ is all about God’s holiness. That may seem strange, that a place of blood and suffering and torment would be all about holiness. But the cross answers this question: How can a holy God be reconciled to unholy people? That question demands this one: How can the relationship between a holy God and an unholy people be restored without some gross act of injustice?

At the cross we see just how much God values his holiness. We see that God will not violate his own holiness even in order to save the ones he loves. Here at the cross we see wrath and mercy meet. We see both of them in their glorious fullness–the ultimate display of God’s wrath and the ultimate display of God’s mercy.

When we look to the cross we see Jesus Christ serving the just sentence of a sinner. There on the cross Christ experiences physical death, so his heart stops beating and his body begins to decay. He also faces spiritual death, spiritual destruction. He is punished by facing the fury of the wrath of God. He is punished consciously for sin done in conscious rebellion against God. He faces an eternal measure of wrath for sins against an eternal being. There on the cross, he faces the justice and the torment of hell.

So where is the mercy of the cross? All we see here is Christ experiencing all wrath and no mercy. How can I say that wrath and mercy meet here?

There is more at: https://www.challies.com/articles/gods-mercy-and-gods-wrath-meet-at-the-cross/

Love More And Have A Better Attitude

Romans 15:5 May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had…

Read the blog: https://raymcdonald.wordpress.com/2017/08/07/love-more-and-have-a-better-attitude/