Two weeks ago, I shared a very detailed post going over the questions of why God would send Jesus to die on the cross, and does God hate? (See Post: Why Did A Loving God Kill His Son? (Does God Hate?) I put the questions together because it’s important to understand the correlation between the two.
At the end of the post, I had some summary notes. These notes restated what the post went over, but a few were new. In the original post, I do repeat main thoughts a few times to help the reader connect the material better. The purpose of having summary notes was to help the reader retain better. Since the original post was already quite lengthy, I thought I would share the summary notes and the short answers in a separate post, which are below.
Let’s begin. I am going to share the answers to the two questions I also had in the original post before moving on to the summary notes.
- Question: Does God Hate?
Answer: Yes. God is capable of hate because God is love. God is pure, good, and righteous. Anything which goes against the goodness of love is sin. Humans are under the curse of sin because of the first Adam. We are condemned because our very nature is sinful. God will have nothing to do with sinners in His kingdom.
- Question: How Can A Loving God Send His Son To Die?
Answer: Out of His love, God provided a way for sinners such as you and I to be forgiven, but because the wages of sin is death, sin requires a sacrifice, an atonement, and that is why God gave us His Son. Jesus who is pure, who is love, willingly sacrifices His life for us to bear the sin of all humanity. He willingly laid down His life because He loves us and He desires that we be forgiven, cleansed, and obey His commands. God raised Jesus from the grave and He overcome the curse of sin. Christ’s resurrection is our justification. We, too, through having faith in Jesus Christ can become a new creation and bear fruit of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, patience, self-control, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, and gentleness).
Like God, we also need to hate sin. It corrupts us. It makes us selfish. It separates us from God. Sin taints us. It stops us from being able to love others with the humility, compassion, wisdom, understanding, kindness, gentleness, faithfulness, goodness, self-control, patience, peace, and joy of Jesus Christ.
We are able to turn from sin and detest it as our mind is renewed. The Holy Spirit helps us, convicts us of sin, and transforms us as we grow in our walk with Jesus Christ.
Summary & Some Extra Notes:
- God is love (goodness, righteous, and truth). He hates the opposite of what goes against love. (Psalm 5:04-05)
- The first man, Adam, who was created from the dust of the earth by God, and originally seen as good fell in sin, creating a separation between God and man because God hates sin. Those born under Adam, therefore, were born in sin. (Romans 3:23-24, 1 Corinthians 15:47)
- God being the only One to save mankind began to prepare the way of the Savior. We see types and shadows of the Savior in the Old Testament of what is to come and their purpose. The Old Testament stories of barren women giving birth is a type and shadow of the virgin birth. (Hebrews 10:01-02)
- God sets apart a people He redeems from their life of bondage. He displays to them that blood represents life. Blood can cleanse and blood can atone for sin allowing forgiveness of sin. (Hebrews 9:22)
- God also gives this set-apart nation a Law that demonstrates to them what sin is and that sin requires atonement. The Law shows that not one human is righteous, we all are guilty. Thus, animal sacrifices for sin and cleansing began. These sacrifices, however, were not sufficient to fully atone for sins, rather, they became a constant reminder.(Hebrews 10:03-04, 11)
- Prophecies of the Savior begin to increase more as we go through the Old Testament. More specifics of what He will do, including His birthplace. (Isaiah 9:06, 22:22)
- Jesus is born of a virgin. His mother was overshadowed by the Holy Spirit. Jesus proclaims that we need to be born-again, born of the Spirit. He is known as the second Adam because He came from Heaven as God in the flesh, taking on the form of mankind because mankind was under a curse, the bondage of sin. (Matthew 1:18, John 3:04-07, Philippians 2:06-07)
- Jesus took the role of a Servant. Though Jesus is God, He did not use that to His advantage. He was willing to go through trials and suffer for our sakes. (Romans 8:03-04, Philippians 2:06-07)
- He proclaimed of the Father and He being One. He confessed Himself to be the living God, and many wanted to kill Him because of His proclamations. He taught that if people did not believe His words, then they should believe in His works for they testified of the Father. People were being made free from demonic possession, sickness, even the dead were raised by Christ! (John 5:36)
- He was rejected by His own. His hometown and family rejected Him. His closest friends fled from Him at His darkest hour. One of His closest followers betrayed Him. He, Who was completely innocent, was condemned to death. (John 15:12-13)
- Jesus died for our sins! When we were still sinners, He died! The greatest act of love God has shown mankind was to lay down His life and pay off our debt! His death tore the veil of the temple. His sacrifice was the atonement of sin! (Mark 15:37-38, Romans 5:08, 1 Peter 3:18)
- Jesus resurrected conquering sin forever! Though He was tempted with every temptation of man He did not sin. Christ makes intercession on our behalf as our High Priest understanding our struggles! Through Christ alone we can die to sin daily. (Hebrews 4:15)
- Christ’s resurrection is our justification. Those who put their faith in Jesus can receive salvation and forgiveness for their sins. (Romans 4:25, Galatians 2:16, 1 John 1:09)
- Knowing all of the points above help us know why we believe and why we should believe. Those in Christ receive the Holy Spirit Who helps us abide in Jesus, convicting of sin, righteousness and the judgment to come. He helps us by transforming us from the inside out and renewing our mind. We put off the old man and put on the new through Him. We bear fruit of the Spirit. (John 15, Romans 6:06, Ephesians 4:22, 5:09, Galatians 5:22)
Hopefully this was helpful 🙂 I plan to do other studies like this in future. Please understand these studies do take quite a bit of research and time so I do not plan right now to have consistent studies like this on a weekly or monthly basis.
Monthly Scripture – (NKJ) Psalm 85:10, “Love and faithfulness meet together; righteousness and peace kiss each other.”