God's mercy and love
The Father is merciful and his ministry is founded in love. He judges each
man’s work impartially (1 Peter 1:17).
As 1 John 3:1 says... "How great is the love the Father has lavished on us,
that we should be called children of God!"
In Romans 5:8, Paul said that God demonstrated his own love for us, because
while we were sinners, Christ died for us. Through Jesus, God was
reconciling the world to himself, not counting men’s sins against them. Yes,
God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become
the righteousness of God (2 Corinthians 5:19 and 21).
God is patient with us and does not want anyone to perish, but everyone
to come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9). For God did not appoint us to suffer
wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ (1
told a rich ruler that no-one is good, except God alone (Luke 18:19). If it
were not for the grace and mercy of God everybody would perish.
God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom He has
given us, as Romans 5:5 says.
of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for our sakes He
became poor, so that we through his poverty might become rich (2 Corinthians
Matthew 5:45 says, God causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and
sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.
had not come to call the “righteous”, but sinners (Matthew 9:13), because
these “righteous” have already the scriptures to judge him and Moses as an
accuser of them (John 5:45).
6:35 it is written that God is kind even to the ungrateful and wicked. Now,
if God is patient even to the ungrateful and wicked, would He not be kind to
those who are obedient and believers? God will surely reach those who have
an inclination to goodness, like Cornelius who was devout and God-fearing,
giving generously to those in need and praying to God regularly (Acts 10:2).
on these texts we can conclude that God does not discriminate people,
races or social conditions, as Acts 10:34 and 35 also confirms.
does not judge by external appearance (Galatians 2:6). There is neither
Jew nor gentile, male nor female before God (Galatians 3:28). The grace
of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men (Titus 2:11).
certain occasion Jesus revealed his
for the children, for
people were bringing little children to Jesus to have him touch them,
while the disciples rebuked them.
When Jesus saw this, He was indignant. He said to them: "Let the little
children come to me and do not binder them, for the kingdom of God
belongs to such as these".
I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom like a
little child will never enter it”. And Jesus took the children in his
arms, put his hands on them and blessed them.
Predestination, destiny and consequences of bad sowing
impute the tragedies and probations of this life as an implacable
chastisement of God over those who suffer, like the blind man of John 9:2.
But Jesus denied the truth of this rule, explaining to the disciples that
the true Father had never such purpose. God wants all men to be saved and to
come to knowledge of the truth (1 Timothy 2:4).
told about the Galileans who were sacrificed (Luke 13:2) and the eighteen
who died when the tower in Siloam fell on them (Luke 13:4), but He did not
impute these tragedies to the Father, as if He were the author of them.
people hold God responsible for any tragedy and catastrophe anywhere; as if
He were a tyrant who had the pleasure of making people unhappy. Others
call this fatal destiny “karma”, as if it were an impersonal power that
decides the fate of men. Now, if that were true, this “destiny” would be
higher than God.
men reap what they sow. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from
that nature will reap destruction and the one who sows to please the Spirit,
from the Spirit will reap eternal life, as Galatians 6:7 and 8 says.
That who blames God for the tragedies and misfortunes does not want to
assume the responsibility for the bad consequences of his own sins.
predestination of God in man’s favour
there is no
favouritisms nor nepotisms. In Ephesians 1:4 and 5 it is written: “For God
chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in
his sight. In love He predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus
In Jesus' Gospel there
is no pretense for retaliations
Jesus taught the teachings that He learned from the Father. Differently from
the rules of OT, Jesus brought the message of no-retaliation and no revenge,
as Matthew 5:38 and 41 says.
Jesus was arrested, Simon Peter struck the high priest’s servant, whose name
was Malchus, cutting off his right ear (John 18:10).
commanded Peter “Put your sword away! Shall I not drink the cup the Father
has given me?” At that time, Jesus knew that all Scriptures must be
fulfilled (Mark 14:50). And He touched Malchus’ ear and healed (Luke 22:51).
If Jesus wanted, He could resort to physical force in order to achieve his
objectives, but according to his teachings, He reproved all sort of violence
When his disciples asked him for permission to call fire down from heaven to
destroy the Samaritans, Jesus rebuked them and said: “You do not know what
kind of spirit you are of, for the Son of Man did not come to destroy men’s
lives, but to save them” (Luke 9:55 and 56).
Certainly at this time, disciples were still inspired by the evil example of
Eliah, in which the prophet from OT asked for fire that came down from
heaven and consumed a hundred soldiers from Ahaziah (2 Kings 1:10 to 12).
Jesus reacted against religious sacrifices at the Temple
Apologists of OT’s harsh rules claim that Jesus also had an aggressive
conduct in the temple of Jerusalem, for he drove out those who were buying
or selling cattle and sheep there
He also over-turned the tables of the money-changers and the benches of
those who were selling doves (Mark 11:15).
we must consider that more important than the human reaction of Jesus is the
prophetic signify, for through this action it was revealed that the animals’
sacrifices from Old Testament are useless and totally obsolete (Hebrews 9:11
They had been substituted by the precious sacrifice of Jesus through
his own blood
(Hebrews 10:4 and 19; 1 Peter 1:19).
hadn’t been moved by an evil felling of wrath in that occasion, but by zeal
for the genuine Gospel that he brought from the Father (John 2:17).
In Titus 3:5 it is
written: "But when the kindness and love of God our saviour appeared, He
saved us, not because of righteous things we have done". Also in
Ephesians 2:4 we read: "But because his great love for us, God, who is rich
in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions
- it is by grace you have been saved".
The objective of this grace was prophesied by Zechariah, the father of John
the Baptist in Luke 1:78... "to give the people the knowledge of salvation
through the forgiveness of their sins, because of the tender mercy of our
God by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven to shine on those
living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the
path of peace".
exemplary discipline showed in the NT (Hebrews 12:5 to 11) through Jesus’
teachings is very different from the merely revengeful punishments of
Jehovah in the OT.
profitable punishment never leads for a fatal end. God knows our limits and
He will not let us to be tempted beyond what we can bear, but when we are
tempted He provides a way out so that we can stand up under it (1
We conclude this topic
with Romans 8:38... "For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither
angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers,
neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to
separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord".