There are some words and terms that sound old-fashioned, outdated, obsolete and even irrelevant in our day and age. One such term is an “8-track player.” Even “record player” is something of an unknown today. I recently heard a man say that, when he showed his children one of his records, one of his children asked, “Dad, is that a big DVD?”
Leaving aside technology for a moment we can consider some other terms and words that have become almost obsolete in the 21st century. The traditional marriage vows—“love, honour and obey”—have little meaning today. Even the concept of chastity is seen to be quaint and somewhat outdated.
No doubt, another such word that has been relegated to the rubbish heap of redundancy is the word “sin.” At best, sin is seen as a quaint concept, but it is not taken very seriously. Jokes are made about what sin is. The word is often used as a synonym for a “mistake,” an “error” or a “slip.” Sadly, the institution that we would expect to take sin very seriously—the Church—often views it as no more serious than the world. There is little exposition in many churches concerning the issue of sin. Many Christians and churches do not loathe sin as they should. Sin is rarely disciplined in churches today. Robert Schuller, a self-professed theologian, has said that sin is nothing more than “low self-esteem.” The Church herself often uses the terms “sin” and “mistake” interchangeably. We “apologise” rather than ask forgiveness, arguing simply that “no one is perfect.”
In short, the Church at large does not take sin seriously. Is it then any wonder that she does not take the gospel seriously? Is it any wonder that many in the Church do not glory in the gospel? If we have no appreciation for the exceeding sinfulness of sin, what hope is there that we will appreciate the exceeding graciousness of grace? Christians and churches must see the exceeding seriousness of sin if they will understand something of the exceeding richness of God’s grace.
Obviously, sin is a rather negative doctrine to speak about. Nevertheless, it is of the utmost importance that we understand what sin is. In his book God’s Words, J.I. Packer wrote:
The subject of sin is vital knowledge. To say that our first need in life is to learn about sin may sound strange, but in the sense intended it is profoundly true. If you have not learned about sin, you cannot understand yourself, or your fellow-men, or the world you live in, or the Christian faith. And you will not be able to make head or tail of the Bible. For the Bible is an exposition of God’s answer to the problem of human sin…
Though man may scoff at the concept of sin, his very scoffing highlights the sinfulness of sin. Martin Luther rightly said that man’s “ultimate sin is his unwillingness to admit that he is a sinner.” In this study, we will consider the sinfulness of man which preceded the deluge by which God destroyed the earth.
As we consider Moses’ words concerning the rampant sin of man in the world prior to the flood, I trust that we will see (1) the exceeding sinfulness and seriousness of sin and (2) the exceeding riches of God’s grace and goodness in the Lord Jesus Christ. Though this may sound somewhat negative, we must first note the bad news of man’s exceeding sinfulness before we consider the good news of God’s grace. We will consider this under two broad headings: (1) the grief of God (6:5-7), and (2) the grace of God (6:8). May we see—either afresh or for the first time—the glorious news of God’s grace which is available to us.
The Grief of God
As Moses records God’s omniscient observation of the world preceding the flood he ascribes an emotional characteristic to the Lord. The emotional characteristic is, in a word, grief. Moses writes:
And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. And the Lord said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.
The Context of God’s Grief
God had created the entire universe in Genesis 1 and had concluded that it was “very good” (Genesis 1:31). Man had been created upright, holy and innocent. But sin entered into the world in Genesis 3 and what was once good now became bad. Through sin came the distortion of God’s image in man and things went from bad to worse.
By the time we come to Genesis 6, the world is some 1,600 years old. Though the godly line had been preserved to an extent the Church had largely failed in her stewardship. The world had thus grown increasingly rotten. The condition of man and that over which man had dominion became the cause of God’s grief.
The Character of God’s Grief
From the outset we should notice that God at no time changed His mind. We are told that it “repented” the Lord that He had created man and that God said, “I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them” (6:6-7). But the twofold use of “repent” does not mean that God changed His mind. Scripture clearly tells us that the Lord “is not a man, that he should repent” (1 Samuel 15:29). God says, “I am the Lord, I change not” (Malachi 3:6). The New Testament affirms the immutability of God: “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning” (James 1:17). And the author of Hebrews concurs:
And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands: They shall perish; but thou remainest; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment; And as a vesture shalt thou fold them up, and they shall be changed: but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail.
God’s decrees are from everlasting to everlasting. He did not conclude that He had made a mistake in creating man and thus opt to change His mind. Though it may seem to us that God changed His mind, the overwhelming biblical evidence is that He did not. Rather, He fulfilled the purpose that He had since before the foundation of the world.
Thus, God does not change. Instead, God was “grieved.” The Hebrew word for “repented” or “repenteth” (nacham) is actually an onomatopoeia. That is, the pronunciation of the word imitates the action that it represents. The word literally means “to draw the breath forcibly.” It has the idea of a sigh. Parents will understand something of what this means. Sometimes we are angry with our children and we sigh hot-temperedly. This is not what it means that God “repented” for He is never hot-tempered. God’s anger is a settled determination to punish sin. There are also times when, as parents, we sigh in grief that our children have done something wrong and they need to be corrected. Well, the world had gone downhill and God would give it 120 years to turn around (Genesis 6:3). And thus God solemnly declared that He would judge a grievously sinful world.
God lamented; He grieved. He sorrowed over the condition to which creation had gone. God groaned with indignation but also with a resolve that He would do something about it. No good father enjoys disciplining his child but he is committed to doing so because he realises that to do so will work to the child’s own good. Nevertheless, he is relieved when the disciplining process is over.
That is the picture that is presented to us in Genesis 6. Though He took no pleasure in what He was about to do, God was committed to judging the world, for that would fulfil His good purpose. The sinful situation of the world demanded that something be done and God would do it.
We should note that this is not the only time in Scripture that God is said to grieve over sin and its consequences. In Judges 10 the Israelites were in bondage because of their sin. But then we read, “And they put away the strange gods from among them, and served the Lord: and his soul was grieved for the misery of Israel” (Judges 10:16). Reflecting on the generation in the wilderness, Asaph wrote, “How oft did they provoke him in the wilderness, and grieve him in the desert” (Psalm 78:40). And Isaiah wrote, “But they rebelled, and vexed his holy Spirit” (Isaiah 63:10).
We should never minimise God’s response to our sin and to the sin of the world. Most Christians are familiar with the shortest verse in Scripture: “Jesus wept” (John 11:35). But the context of the verse is often overlooked. At least twice in the passage we read of Jesus groaning (11:32, 38). The word translated “groaned” or “groaning” in this passage means “to have indignation.” He was angered and grieved over what sin had done: it had brought death and unbelief. Jesus Christ Himself groaned in grief when He walked this earth. Indeed, sin is grievous to God.
When the Bible tells us of God grieving or sorrowing it uses the language of accommodation. We cannot know fully the nature of God and thus, wrote John Calvin, “God accommodates our understanding for He is incomprehensible.” John Currid said it this way, “Moses is employing expressions of human pain and sorrow to demonstrate God’s attitude towards mankind’s sin.”
Though the Bible tells us that God grieved we ought to be very careful of ‘humanising’ God. I have read many books by authors who lived through the Holocaust. Most of these authors quote a Jewish rabbi who was in a concentration camp under Hitler’s regime. When asked by the Jews where God was and what He was doing during the Holocaust, this rabbi would answer, “God is weeping and grieving with us.” I understand the point that the man was trying to make but that is a very dangerous statement! You see, God is all-powerful. He is in control of everything in this world. God did not wring His hands in desperation, surprise or uncertainty during the Holocaust. The sin of this world has never ruined a moment of God’s pleasure. Our sin does not ruin a moment of God’s eternal enjoyment. But He moved Moses to write these words so that we would understand that our sin angers Him.
Because of this, we must be careful not to treat sin lightly. Sin angers God and “it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God” (Hebrews 10:31). “God is angry with the wicked every day” (Psalm 7:11) and we must be careful that we do not anger Him ourselves. We must never minimise the holiness of God. I recently heard a man preaching on the glory of Christ. Giving what he deemed to be a “bad” illustration he told us to imagine staring for a significant amount of time into the sun. Of course, this would damage one’s eyes. He then told us to imagine staring into the sun whilst standing one kilometre away from it, comparing that to the glory of Christ. Yet that is a glimpse of the glory against which man rebelled in Genesis 6.
The Cause of God’s Grief
God’s grief was caused by what He saw: “And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.” That which God had originally created and called good was now rotten. The stench of man’s sin had reached His nostrils in heaven. As Currid has written, “Humanity has been fruitful and multiplied by filling the earth with violence and wickedness.” And as Derek Kidner put it, “Sin is full grown.” A state of anarchy and terror surely reigned in the earth at this time and God saw it. Three things can be said about what God saw.
It Was Repulsive
First, what God saw utterly repulsed Him. We should also note that what God saw in Genesis 6 is what He sees today in anyone outside of Jesus Christ. The world in Genesis 6 had totally turned its back on Him and this is exactly what the unbelieving world today has done.
Scripture tells us that two or three witnesses are necessary for a truth to be verified. But now God saw that the earth was utterly repulsive: what further need of witness have we? As Andrew Bonar said, “What further need of witnesses? He could not be mistaken and he would not misrepresent.” Sin was exceeding sinful and thus exceeding serious. Habakkuk gives us something of an idea of the gravity of the situation in God’s eyes when he tells us that God is “of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity” (Habakkuk 1:13). Thus, that which repulses God must be rejected.
I was recently at a conference and I walked over to a friend’s car to greet him. He was sitting in the vehicle talking to someone on his cell phone. In his hand, I noticed a rotting pear. When he finished his conversation I asked him, “What’s the pear for?” He told me that he had just found it lying in his car: he had no idea how long it had been there. My friend was not going to eat the pear: it was good for nothing. In much the same way, the sinfulness of man had made mankind into a rotten pear, good for nothing but to be cast out.
It Was Reprobate
Moses tells us that “every imagination of the thoughts of [man’s] heart was only evil continually.” That is, man was reprobate. The word “imagination” means “intention.” To the Hebrew mind, the “heart” was not something placarded on a Valentine’s card to express one’s affection for another. On the contrary, the “heart” referred to the whole of man. Thus, what God saw was that every fibre of every human being was absolutely corrupt.
The word “imagination” further has the idea of “purpose,” of “that which is framed in the mind.” Hence, everything that man had framed in his mind was opposed to God. What God had purposed was only good but what man purposed was only evil. The Hebrew word translated “imagination” is three times translated in Exodus as “cunning” (31:4; 35:33, 35) speaking of a man’s skilful ability to work with his hands. We might thus say that man in Genesis 6 had become skilled in sinning. His inclination to sin was imaginative, incessant and intense. In short, man was rotten from head to toe. Paul made this truth clear in his letter to the church in Rome:
As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one. Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips: Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness: Their feet are swift to shed blood: Destruction and misery are in their ways: And the way of peace have they not known: There is no fear of God before their eyes.
Of Moses’ description of man in Genesis 6, one man wrote, “A more emphatic statement of the human heart is hardly conceivable.” To say that man is reprobate does not necessarily mean that man is as bad as he could be (for many could commit far worse sins than they do) but it does mean that man was absolutely incapable of forming righteous decisions about God. And it matters not how “nice” our lost neighbours are: outside of Jesus Christ they are reprobate. If our lost neighbours could form right judgements about God they would worship Him! The very fact that they do not bow the knee to our great God is evidence that they do not understand who He is. And they do not understand who He is because their reprobate minds are incapable of such understanding.
I have mentioned in several recent studies an ongoing “debate” that I have been having via e-mail with the editor of the science column in a South African newspaper. I am not a scientist and have not sought to engage him in his area of expertise; instead, I have sought to show him the absurdity of his logic. Every time I e-mail him I assure him of my prayers for him. Recently, he told me that I am wasting my time: the only person hearing my prayers is me! I replied thanking him for his consideration of how I use my time. But I told him that I would continue to pray for him because I believe that God hears the prayers of his saints. He is a man who cannot form right judgements about God and he needs the power of God to open his mind to the truth.
Man alienated from God cannot think correctly and he increasingly makes illogical judgements. How else do you explain the theory of evolution? Man calls that which is crooked straight and that which is straight crooked. They are as those upon whom Isaiah pronounced woe: they “call evil good, and good evil,” they “put darkness for light, and light for darkness” and they “put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter” (Isaiah 5:20). This is the world that we are called to engage with the gospel.
It Was Ruined
So bad was the condition of the world that “it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.” What God had made good man had ruined. One commentator that I read on Genesis 6 said that Satan had ruined the world. But the Bible does not place the blame for the ruin of creation of Satan; it places the blame squarely on man’s shoulders. Satan is nowhere mentioned in Genesis 6! Satan is the epitome of wickedness but I cannot blame him for my sin!
Calvin summarised God’s thoughts this way, “I do not now recognize the defiled and degenerate creature as mine.” The fountain had become thoroughly polluted: it was not what God had created in the beginning. In short, man had become depraved. The depravity of man means that no part of his being, personality or life is free from the effects of the fall. Man is saturated with sin. This is what man must understand in order to come to faith in Christ. If we do not assure the lost of God’s holiness and their depravity they will spend their lives turning to psychologists and psychiatrists for solutions to their problems. Man must understand that he has a moral problem before God. And it is a serious problem indeed!
As believers we should return to the use of biblical terminology: wickedness, iniquity and sin. I am utterly weary of professing Christians speaking of people as having “pathological” conditions. If someone were a “pathological liar” he would simply need some medication to take care of his problem! There are no “pathological liars.” There are only liars who are in need of the grace of God! The gospel includes the bad news that man is a sinner in the hands of an angry God. And we ought never to be ashamed of the gospel of Christ!
In sum, we need to see sin as God sees it. And how does God see man’s sin? The answer is in Calvary! Man’s sin is so grievous that God gave His own Son’s life for man’s redemption! “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). The cross of Christ certainly points us to the love of God but it also shows us what God thinks of sin!
A further evidence of the seriousness of sin is the record of the flood in Genesis 7-8. So serious is sin that God destroyed the whole world (save eight people) in a flood! Some have estimated that there were perhaps more than a billion people on the earth in Genesis 6 and God destroyed them because of what He had seen!
The Consequence of God’s Grief
The consequence of God’s grief is seen is His verbalised decision: “I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.” This was a declaration of judgement. The word “destroy” means “to expel” or “to expunge completely.” In contemporary terms, it means “to wipe out.” God would wipe out man, land animals and the birds of the air because of His great wrath against wickedness.
God’s declaration reveals something of His holiness. The holiness of God is not a very popular doctrine in today’s world. We love to hear of the love of God but his holiness makes us uncomfortable. But the holiness of God is the most important lesson that the disciples learned from Jesus. John said it this way, summarising 3½ years of instruction under Christ: “This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all” (1 John 1:5). Above all else, the overriding message that came through from the earthly ministry of Jesus Christ was that “God is light.” This was written by the same apostle who would twice tell us that “God is love” (1 John 4:8, 16) but he first informed his readers of the holiness of God before he told them of God’s love. For God’s love cannot be properly understood apart from His holiness. Three observations can be made with regard to God’s holy declaration in Genesis 6.
It Was Righteous
Calvin said of God’s declaration, “All this is said because of our spiritual sickness. It was said so that we might think about the flood in the right way and realise that God’s vengeance was just.” Some balk at reading the record of the flood, arguing that God is petulant, that His judgement was over-the-top. But who do we think we are to sit in judgement of Almighty God? Again, Paul expressed the truth in his letter to the Romans:
As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated. What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? God forbid. For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that showeth mercy. For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might show my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth. Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth. Thou wilt say then unto me, Why doth he yet find fault? For who hath resisted his will? Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus? Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?
There was nothing unjust about God’s judgement upon the world. “The soul that sinneth, it shall die” (Ezekiel 18:4, 20). This was God’s decree from the beginning: “But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die” (Genesis 2:17). God had sent preachers to warn the people of that day of the judgement to come: Enoch and Noah amongst others. But man had just thumbed his nose at God and thus God was absolutely righteous in bringing judgement upon the earth. The Word of the Lord is right! “Yea, let God be true, but every man a liar” (Romans 3:4).
It Was Reasonable
We need not apologise for God’s justice. Sadly, apologies for God’s justice are all-too-common in our world today. This is one reason that so many want to localise the flood. A global flood, they believe, makes God appear ‘over-the-top’ in anger and so they seek to “defend” God. But since God is absolutely righteous, all that he does is fully reasonable. In answer to the question, “Was God not being petulant in worldwide destruction (i.e. of man as well as beast)?” Currid answers, “Since the Lord had created them, as part of man’s dominion, it was His prerogative to destroy them with that dominion.” Calvin explains the reasonableness of God’s judgement further, “The world was not overwhelmed with a flood of water until it had been first immersed in the pollution of wickedness.”
We are told in Scripture that all of creation fell with man. God had created it and it had violated its covenantal purposes; therefore, His wrath was entirely reasonable. God is the Judge who has set the standards: how much more reasonable could He be?
It Was Retributive
God’s design in the flood was not rehabilitation but punishment. He brought the flood upon the world because the world deserved His vengeance. There was no “purgatory” for the earth of Noah’s day and there is no purgatory for those today who die outside of Jesus Christ. God does not send the unbelieving to a place of rehabilitation which will spur them to righteousness. God punished those who deserve His wrath. The Lake of Fire is a place of eternal damnation: those in it will suffer eternal wrath in the presence of the Lamb.
This may sound strange to our ears but God is glorified even in His retributive wrath. Does this mean that God will be glorified as those who die outside of Christ—even our loved ones—suffer eternal torment in the Lake of Fire? Absolutely! Harsh as that may sound to our ears it is a biblical truth.
As noted above, “it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God” (Hebrews 10:31). “For our God is a consuming fire” (Hebrews 12:29). We need to see sin as God sees it: utterly wicked. And we need to say what God says about our sin: that it deserves His wrath. Can you imagine the change for good in the Church if we would all realise the exceeding sinfulness of sin and the wrath that we deserve? I would imagine that more Christians would be committed to studying the Word of God. I would imagine that fewer Christians would grow bored with preaching. I would imagine that Christian worship would be far more God-centred. Show me a church member who refuses to be involved in ministry and I will show you a church member who has no concept of the sinfulness of sin. Show me a church member who refuses to pray with the church and, more often than not, I will show you a church member who has no concept of the exceeding sinfulness of sin. Calvin said of the flood, “The Lord commanded that the whole house should be razed to the ground. This should fill us with a loathing for sin.” Indeed, how we should hate sin!
The Grace of God
Thus far we have seen the bad news: the exceeding sinfulness of sin. But the passage does not end there. “When the sin of the creature had reached its climax,” wrote A.W. Pink, “grace enters the scene.” Genesis 6:8 is introduced with a most glorious word: “But…” It is a word of contrast. The world was repulsive to God but someone was different: “But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord” (Genesis 6:8).
This is not the last time that that small three letter word (“but”) is used to contrast the sin of man with the grace of God. Consider just two further examples:
- Ephesians 2:1-4—And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins: Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. But God, who is rich in mercy…
- Romans 3:19-21—Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin. But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested…
God was grieved at the sin of man and righteously determined to (literally) rain judgement upon him. But grief was accompanied by grace. “But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.” Let us note that it was the grace of God—not the goodness of Noah—that delivered him from a watery grave. We have seen what God saw and heard what God said; now we see what God secured.
What God Secured Was a Remnant
It has been estimated that there were well over a billion people on earth in Noah’s day—an extremely plausible estimation considering the long lifespan of men in those days. More than a billion people were destroyed, but eight were saved alive. But eight was more than enough. God had promised Adam and Eve that He would send the Seed of the woman to crush the head of the serpent (Genesis 3:15). Doubtless, when the world was engrossed in wickedness and God determined to destroy it, Satan rubbed his hands in glee. If man was to be utterly destroyed then the seed of the woman could not come. But God would not nullify His promise. Thus, He saved eight alive and the line of Messiah continued through Noah’s son, Shem.
Noah was saved because God had chosen him from before the foundation of the world to be saved. Noah was one of God’s elect, whom God would save and conform to the image of His Son. God thus spared Noah from the watery judgement and, after the flood, commanded him and his family to replenish the earth. Today, the earth is once again filled with men and women because of God’s grace in Noah’s life.
Let us take comfort in the fact that God always has his remnant. I recently heard an older South African preacher recount how he had come to a proper understanding of the doctrines of grace in 1965. In the 1960s there was a small percentage of the evangelical Church in South Africa who held to a God-centred gospel. And from that remnant the true gospel has spread so that there are churches throughout Southern Africa today who affirm salvation by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone, according to the Scriptures alone, for God’s glory alone. God secured a remnant in Noah’s day in order that He might secure the victory and He continues to do so today.
What God Secured Was Remarkable
Hebrew scholars tell us that the phrase “Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord” indicates that Noah was already in a state of grace. It wasn’t the case that God decided to destroy the world and quickly chose someone to spare. In other words, Noah was not converted at the point when God told him to build the ark. By God’s grace, Noah was a follower of God before God made known His intention to destroy the world. As Calvin wrote, “The Lord, having embraced him, retained him under his own hands, so that he would not perish with the rest of the world.”
What do you suppose went through Noah’s mind as the rain began to fall once he and his family were shut in the ark? Perhaps he heard the screams of drowning men, women and children outside. Perhaps he heard the panicked sounds of animals scurrying for higher ground. Perhaps he could hear people banging on the ark, pleading to be let in. And suddenly he realised that it was only him and his family on the ark. Do you not suppose that Noah had some appreciation for God’s grace?
The hymnist encouraged us to “take time to be holy.” That is sound counsel but we will only do so as we take the time to gaze at the grace of God.
What God Secured Has Been Repeated
Praise God that Noah was not the last man to find grace in the eyes of the Lord! Praise God that His grace has been manifested to multitudes throughout the ages! I cannot speak for all reading this but I can speak for me: God’s grace has been repeated in my life!
Can you share this testimony? Has God’s grace been made known in your life? Have you been delivered from a world that is under God’s wrath to a world that worships Him? Are you in the world but not of the world? “He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God” (John 3:18).
Praise God that, though He was grieved by our sin, He chose to graciously save us! “Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift” (2 Corinthians 9:16).
We must see our sin as God does: wicked. We must say about our situation what God does: it deserves wrath. And we must secure for ourselves what God has secured for us: we must “lay hold on eternal life” (1 Timothy 6:19). As a child of God you have been secured by the grace of God. But you must daily look and cling to the Lord Jesus Christ alone. May our faith continually look to the Lamb of Calvary, who indeed is our Saviour Divine! May we never know God’s grief, but only His grace!