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The Character of God – Is God Good?

Have you ever been in the middle of working on a project at school or work or even for pleasure, and either wished you could or really did scrap it and start over?  Or you simply have to deal with the unpleasant realization that things are just not going to be how you want them to turn out?  It’s never fun to be in those situations, is it?

Imagine working on a project, finishing – feeling like you did a great job – then having someone else mess it up – how would that make you feel?  Upset? Angry?

Can you imagine how God felt after creating the world and proclaiming it good, (Gen 1:31 And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good.) giving Adam and Eve the earth to live in and power over its creatures, only for man to rebel against him?  We see in Genesis 3 the results of that rebellion – not only was man cast out of the Garden, but we were given some pretty severe consequences as well.  But, surprisingly, God didn’t scrap the project altogether.

Fast forward about 1600 years to Noah’s day:  Genesis 5:5″ The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. 6 And the Lord regretted that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart. 7 So the Lord said, “I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, man and animals and creeping things and birds of the heavens, for I am sorry that I have made them.”  That weighs pretty heavy on my heart to know that God at one point was so disappointed in man that He regretted even making us.  There is not very much documentation in the Bible about what evil was on the earth at that time – it just says that it was corrupt in the Lord’s sight, but it makes me cringe to think what God could think of the human condition today. But, there was something to be salvaged in God’s eyes – vs 8 & 9 say that Noah found favor in the eyes of God and that he was a righteous man who walked with God.  Noah and his family were spared when the flood came and wiped away everything from the face of the earth. Because Noah walked with God, he was part of His plan to repopulate the earth and start over.

Theses are just 2 early examples of God’s judgment of mankind.  Yes, they are seemingly severe or harsh.  As are other examples throughout the Bible.  But when looking at those examples you must also examine the reason for the judgement to begin with, as well as the numerous ways that God is merciful in judgement.  Many times before judgment of a people, they are given multiple warnings through prophets.  Oftentimes there is a span of many years that a people is given to repent before they are judged or exiled.  God Himself has said that He is  “a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness,”(Ex 24:6), and He has demonstrated that more times than not when it comes to handing out His judgment to people who deserve it more than deserving His mercy.

This question “Is God good?” has been asked by the world because of the fact that there are those instances of judgement in the Bible as well as what people have proclaimed as God’s judgement on the world in today’s times, whether it be natural disasters, war, economic decline, etc.  What I would like to focus on for the moment is the reason why I know God is good.  I know that God is good because even though His project didn’t go the way He would have ultimately wanted it to – because He gave us free will and we blew it – He didn’t scrap us.  He knew that Adam and Eve would sin and He had a Plan in place to fix us.

I think we often have read/heard Romans 5:8 ” but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” by itself.  Wonderful verse – but read the verses before it and it almost takes on new life (at least it did for me) “6 For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— 8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

Think about it – you pour yourself into something that’s going well, and it might be actually worth finishing – but, when it starts to mess up, or for sure when it’s all trashed and not worth anything – you lose motivation to work on it or finish it, right?  Verse 7 says perhaps for a righteous/good person, someone would actually step up and die for them, but for someone sinful, why in the world would anyone die for them?  But that is exactly what Christ did, He took mankind – weak and unworthy, soiled and broken – and saw man as worth salvaging…He saw you and me as worth salvaging – and He gave His life to do it!   I’d say that’s good, wouldn’t you?


Romans 5 (The Message) – I love this translation of these verses also.


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Jesus Redeems


1. To recover ownership of by paying a specified sum.
2. To pay off (a promissory note, for example).
3. To turn in (coupons, for example) and receive something in exchange.
4. To fulfill (a pledge, for example).
5. To set free; rescue or ransom.
6. To save from a state of sinfulness and its consequences.
7. To make up for
8. To restore the honor, worth, or reputation of
I think it is safe to say that Jesus did all these things with His blood on the cross.  He bought back what He and the Father created by His sacrifice – we were “bought with a price” (1 Cor. 6:20).  Christ’s  substitutionary atonement fulfills the Old Testament Law’s demands more than a lamb ever could – He is OUR substitute Lamb.  He sets us free – buying us out of our slavery of sin, not with silver or gold, but with His precious blood and spotless, sinless life.  If we recognize our sad sinful state and accept His sacrifice to overtake our lives, He delivers us from that way of life and its ultimate consequence (Rom. 6:23).    His blood covers our imperfections, our blemishes… our spots.  His redemption brings us near to the Father, brings us into the Family as adopted sons and daughters.  His work on the cross allows us to also offer a sacrifice –  a living one – “Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” Rom. 12:1-2.
I don’t really know that I think about what redemption means enough.  I even admit that I get very emotional when I think about it on a deeper level.  I know that I know what it means to BE redeemed (do you?), but sometimes I forget the part about what we are redeemed FOR.  Christ didn’t pay the ultimate price for us to simply sit around and be forgiven.  If I cost that much – if you cost that much, shouldn’t we want to do more?  Not because we are required to pay it back, because we NEVER would be able to even if we tried – that’s not how it works.  I am simply saying that we should do our best to be transformed and not conformed because it is an act of worship.  We should do this because by being different from the world and by telling the world why, there might just be a few more people in our lives that benefit from being bought back by the redeeming grace of Jesus Christ our Lord.
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