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God Loves the Sinner, Hates the Sin

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Introduction:
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The Bible is never false nor undetermined but there can be some difficult doctrines
We are finite in our ability to understand some of the things of God, but we must believe what God reveals to us
The phrase often used by people is, “God loves the sinner, but hates the sin.” It is also used sometimes as a command to us, “Love the sinner, hate the sin.”
Is this true?
The second version is always true for us. We are always to love the sinner and hate the sin. We are to love our enemies as ourselves and show kindness to everyone.
What does God think about the sinner?
Read text. Pray.

1. Truths that Must Be Affirmed

God loves all people and cares for them.
John 3:16 ESV
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
God does not delight in punishing sinners.
Ezekiel 18:23 ESV
Have I any pleasure in the death of the wicked, declares the Lord God, and not rather that he should turn from his way and live?
God desires all men to be saved
1 Timothy 2:4 ESV
who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
2 Peter 3:9 ESV
The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.
God’s salvation is an unmerited gift.
Ephesians 2:8 ESV
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,
God is completely holy and righteous.
1 Timothy 6:15–16 ESV
which he will display at the proper time—he who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see. To him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen.
1 Timothy 6:16 ESV
who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see. To him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen.
God does not allow sin in His presence.
Habakkuk 1:13 ESV
You who are of purer eyes than to see evil and cannot look at wrong, why do you idly look at traitors and remain silent when the wicked swallows up the man more righteous than he?
Hab.
God MUST punish sin.
Num. 14:
Numbers 14:18 ESV
‘The Lord is slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, forgiving iniquity and transgression, but he will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, to the third and the fourth generation.’
Ezekiel 18:20 ESV
The soul who sins shall die. The son shall not suffer for the iniquity of the father, nor the father suffer for the iniquity of the son. The righteousness of the righteous shall be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon himself.
Ezekiel 18:
Romans 6:23 ESV
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Salvation is not universally applied, but must be personally accepted.
Romans 10:9 ESV
because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
Romans 10:11–13 ESV
For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him. For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
Matthew 19:11 ESV
But he said to them, “Not everyone can receive this saying, but only those to whom it is given.
Salvation is not universally applied, but must be personally accepted.
John 4:10 ESV
Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.”
Romans 10:9–10 ESV
because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.
Passover Lamb/Day of Atonement - the lamb was sacrificed for the whole community but must be individually applied by faith
Salvation is available to everyone, but not everyone will accept it.
Romans 10:11–13 ESV
For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him. For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
Matthew 19:11 ESV
But he said to them, “Not everyone can receive this saying, but only those to whom it is given.
No one desiring to be saved will be cast away.
John 6:37 ESV
All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out.
Romans 10:13 ESV
For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

2. The Great Paradox of Election and Free Will

3. God’s Thoughts Towards the Wicked

Conclusion:
Next week we will get more in to the specific call of God to salvation and see that God works a miracle in our hearts with salvation to cause us to desire Him. He does this in balance with our free will to choose. This is a mystery, or paradox, of the Christian faith. We also will see what God thinks about the wicked and those who refuse to accept His free gift of salvation.
Tonight, however, as we wrap up, we need to recognize one thing as we leave this place. God desires for men to be saved. We have the message and are the means by which God has appointed to take that message of salvation to the world. Are we doing what God has called us to?
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