Summary: the love of a father
…Do you not know, that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentence.
Our father is omniscient-all knowing. Omnipotent-all powerful, omnipresent-everywhere.
To think of the Creator of the universe, being all of these things, it is awesome to think that he still thinks about you and I. Sometimes when we think of the earth, and all of creation, we wonder how it is that God could even remember us, let alone answer all of our prayers. But the fact of the matter is that God knew you before you were ever formed in your mothers womb.
The bible says that he knows your thoughts afar off, and that his thoughts are above our thoughts, and his ways are above our ways. He knows you so well, that the bible tells us that your very hairs are numbered. Jesus said repeatedly in the book of revelation, I know thy works. This means he knows why you do the things that you do, and what your intentions are for doing them.
Who can know the mind of God? Is a question that David asked. John wrote at one time, that no man has ever seen the father, except for the son. The translation for the word seen literally means, fully understood, or totally comprehended. While it is impossible for us to know the very thoughts of God, it is possible for us to know the heart of God.
Phil 3:7 But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. 8Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,
9And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: 10That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;
I count all things but loss, for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ.
Nothing else even matters anymore, he was saying. It is all worthless, everything that I used to strive for, and work so hard to get, is nothing but dung, or waste, or garbage.
The very reason for Christ coming to this earth, was to restore relationship between God and man. What God desires more than anything else, is a covenant relationship with you.
God does not want a shallow Sunday morning relationship, he does not want just an outward religious form of a relationship, he wants for you to know him, and his heart for you, and his love for you.
Jesus told the Pharisees, that they were like the whited sepulchers, outside looking good, but were inside full of dead mens bones.
The Pharisees were the religious folks of their day. Covered in their religious robes, on the outside, they looked like servants of the most high God, but Jesus said that they were completely missing the mark. Its not about what you look like on the outside, its what is truly going on, on the inside that matters.
The Pharisees had a bad habit of judging people, and putting people down. But how many of you know that when people are talking about you, its only to try and make themselves look better.
But in actuality, when you judge someone, you are guilty of doing the same thing that they are doing.
Paul wrote to the church at Rome, that there is no excuse for you o man, whoever you are that judges another person, for when you judge someone, you are condemning yourself. For you that judges, does the same things.
No matter how holy you think that you may be, you are never better than anyone else. Paul said, I don’t want to be found as having my own righteousness, which is of the Law, but I want to have the righteousness which is of God by Faith. Without Faith it is impossible to please God, for he that cometh to God must believe that he is……….
It’s the goodness of God, that leads man to repentance. Its not the trying to scare someone into believing in him, that leads them to repentance, Its not the telling someone that they are a worthless sinner that leads them to repentance, But it is the goodness of God, that leads them to repentance.
Repent means to change your mind, and you can not make someone change their mind.