A Systematic Expository Study of the Word of God
HIS INDISPENSABLE GOODNESS
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But after that the kindness and love of God our
Saviour toward man appeared.
The Apostle had just described what we were and what we did. Our depravity,
disobedience and delusion had been exposed in verse three. There was nothing
desirable or winsome in man, the fallen man. Lawless and loveless, hateful
and hating one another, man deserved nothing but punishment, eternal
punishment. Driven out of the original garden of divine pleasure, provision
and fellowship, there was no way back to divine-human relationship,
fellowship and partnership. But the kindness and love of God
appeared! That is what changed the situation the
kindness and the love of God. The Greek word translated kindness
here is translated goodness in Romans
2:4; 11:22, rendered good in Romans 3:12. Our redemption,
salvation, provision or preservation is totally unmerited. Whatever
spiritual blessing or temporal benefit we have or enjoy is due to the
goodness of God, not our goodness. Nothing in us qualifies us for Gods
favour or fellowship; nothing in us merits His common or uncommon provision,
His usual and unusual gifts. We earn nothing of His grace, goodness or
gifts. It is all of grace. Without Gods indispensable goodness, we shall be
miserable and lost forever.
GODS UNDESERVED GRACE FOR HATEFUL SINNERS
Titus 3:4,7; Romans 3:23-27; 11:6; 4:4,5,16; 5:1,2,17; Ephesians 2:5,8,9; 1
The LORD is
good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his
(Psalm 145:9). The plan of salvation was founded on the love of God. His
grace, His unmerited favour, His undeserved goodness has given us salvation
through the sacrifice of His only begotten Son. Scarcely for a
righteous man will one die
But God commended his love toward us,
in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
And this kindness and love of God is not restricted or
limited to a selected, favoured few. The LORD is good to
ALL. The Lord is not willing that any should perish, but
that ALL should come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9). Because God is
rich in mercy and for His great love wherewith He loved us, He has extended
His gracious, saving hand to everyone. His tender mercies are over
ALL his works. According unto the multitude of Thy tender
mercies blot out my transgressions.
Forgiveness is unmerited; it is offered to all who will come to God through
Christ who died that we might live. Cleansing, conversion, new life and
adoption into Gods family, fellowship with God here and in eternity, are
all ours through unmerited grace and goodness.
GRADUAL UNDENIABLE GROWTH OF HIS SONS
1 Peter 2:1-2; Ecclesiastes 11:5-6; Judges 16:22; Hosea 14:5-7; Mark
4:26-29; Ephesians 4:14-15; Psalm 92:12-14; 2 Thessalonians 1:3; 2 Peter
The spiritual growth of a baby, a babe in Christ, a believer, may be
unnoticed from day to day but there is sure uninterrupted growth if the baby
or the believer is properly fed and well-cared for. There is an
all-inclusive growth, an all-round growth that is desirable and inevitable
if we live, feed, exercise, work and rest properly, appropriately and
proportionately each day. We may not see or notice the growth each day; we
may not know how the bones grow, how spiritual
stamina increases, how strong conviction develops, how the backbone of
courage builds up slowly but surely, how resistance and resilience grow, but
daily fellowship, feeding and faithfulness will not fail to produce growth.
Struggling to grow and watching, measuring, questioning and evaluating the
growth moment by moment can be frustrating and discouraging. Even physical,
emotional, social growth and development may not be easily measured or
noticed on daily basis. Spiritual growth is as if a man
should cast seed into the ground; and should sleep, and rise night and day,
and the seed should spring and grow up, he knoweth not how
(Mark 4:26,27). Development and deterioration or degeneration take place
without being noticed each day. Daily neglect brings deterioration and
degeneration; daily nurture and nourishment bring development.
GREAT UNDEVELOPED GIFTS OF HIS SERVANTS
1 Timothy 4:14-16; 2 Timothy 1:6-7; Romans 12:6-8; 1 Peter 4:10; Acts
2:38-39; 1 Corinthians 12:1,4-11; Hebrews 2:4; Romans 11:29; Ephesians
4:7-12; 2 Corinthians 9:15.
The babe, the believer, the Bishop. The child, the son, the servant. He
gives us grace and goodness, grace and gifts, grace and glory. He
commissions those He has called and He equips those He commissions.
Employers and contractors give appropriate tools for work to their employees
and workmen. God has given each divinely appointed minister necessary gifts
to fulfil the ministry, accomplish divinely set goals and finish the task.
Gifts? We have the gifts but we must develop, exercise and make use of them
to reap a harvest of souls into Gods kingdom. Athletes learn, practice and
exercise to develop their muscles, attitude, resilience, courage and
endurance. The practice does not give the athlete new muscles but renewed
muscles. Failure to develop will bring definite failure. What gifts we have!
Gifts are not earned; they are bestowed on Gods sons and servants gratis,
gratuitously. Undeveloped or underdeveloped gifts will not accomplish much.
Let us grow up and then will our ministry and influence grow.
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