"We are all
Worshipping the
same God"

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(Not exactly!)

Thus saith the LORD, Let not the wise
     man glory in his wisdom, neither let the
     mighty man glory in his might, let not the
rich man glory in his riches: (24)But let him that
glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and
knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise
lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in
the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the
LORD.
  Jeremiah 9:23-24

In the Bible, we find God
urging us to know and
understand Him.   Futhermore,
we find Him describing Him-
self using the three attributes
mentioned in the opening
verse: "lovingkindness,
judgment, and righteousness."

Note that these three are NOT
the well known "three omni's":
Omniscience, all-knowing; Omnipotent, all-
powerful; and Omnipresence, all-present.

Most people who worship God would be quick
to recognize God as being all-knowing, all-
powerful, and all-present.   And if this was all
there was to describing God, then perhaps, one
could say that we are all worshipping the same
God.   However, as we've already noted, there
is more to God than just three omni's.

One God, one description . . .
God has a distinct personality, independent of
anyone's personal conception.   Yet, often within
each of our minds, resides the actual god we
worship.   Our mental picture of what God is like

becomes our god.   So, to say that we all worship
the same God, cannot be true, considering that
each person pictures God differently.

There is only one God; only one description of
Him.   Thus, the only way we can all be
worshipping the same God is if we all know and
understand the one true and living God described
in the Bible.

So let's begin with the three
things God mentions in our
opening verse: "loving-
kindness, judgment, and
righteousness"
--as it happens,
these are the very same three
attributes that are often
misunderstood.

Righteousness . . .
God delights in righteousness.
This may seem predictable to some, but think
carefully what this fully implies.

A love of doing right brings with it a hate of
doing wrong, any wrong, no matter who
commits it.   And since even ignoring a wrongful
act is not right in itself, God's inherent desire to
act righteously in every conceivable way forces
Him to judge every sinful act (more about
judgment later.)

Therefore, you can't worship God expecting to
please Him, if you are practicing wrongful
acts--like so many, who claim they are
worshipping God and yet they live like the devil.

"The only way
we can all be
worshipping the
same God is if we
all know and
understand
the one true and
living God"

PEOPLE WILL OFTEN show up on Sunday
     mornings, particularly Christmas and
     Easter, because it's the right thing to do.
And yet the rest of the time they get drunk,
swear, tell dirty jokes, lust after the opposite
sex, steal from work, and do many other wrong
things.

(Some in our society may argue whether the
acts just mentioned are even wrong in the first
place, but one can't deny the sense of guilt
that normally accompanies them--our
conscience gives us away, as described in
Romans 2:14-15 and John 8:9).

My friend, the Bible says, "God is not mocked"
(Gal. 6:7).   God does not approve of acts of
hypocrisy--to do so would be wrong, and God
delights in doing right!   Referring to God, the
Bible says, "HE LOVETH RIGHTEOUSNESS and
judgment."
  Psalm 33:5

God derives pleasure from doing right, thinking
right, and even seeing us do right.   This means
He derives displeasure from our acts of
unrighteousness.   "Thy throne, O God, is for ever
and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the
sceptre of thy kingdom.   THOU HAST LOVED
RIGHTEOUSNESS, AND HATED INIQUITY

[SIN]."   Heb. 1:9

If the God you are worshipping tolerates acts
that are wrong, then you are not worshipping
the God of the Bible.   "...But let him that
glorieth glory in this, that he UNDERSTANDETH
AND KNOWETH ME."
  Jer. 9:24

Judgment . . .
God says, "I am the LORD which exercise....
JUDGMENT."
  Most people interpret the word

"judgment" ambiguously; it means different
degrees of severity to different people.
   Some assume that God's judgment is
easygoing; they feel that since "God
understands we are only human,"
He won't be
too picky when judging us.   But just how strict is
God's judgment?   What actions will He let slide?

Jesus Christ told us how "picky" God will be:
"But I say unto you, That EVERY IDLE WORD
that men shall speak, they shall GIVE ACCOUNT
thereof in the day of judgment."
  Mat. 12:36
   My friend, keep in mind that the driving force
behind God's strict judgment is His intense
desire to do right.   The Bible says, "And he shall
JUDGE THE WORLD IN RIGHTEOUSNESS, he
shall minister judgment to the people IN
UPRIGHTNESS."
  Psalm 9:8

It is God's hatred of wrong-doing that
guarantees complete judgment will be carried
out.   In 2 Tim. 4:8, the Bible refers to God as "the
Lord, THE RIGHTEOUS JUDGE."
  Furthermore,
"RIGHTEOUSNESS AND JUDGMENT are the
habitation of his throne."
  Psalm 97:2

"The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out
of temptations, AND to reserve the unjust unto
the day of judgment to be punished"
(2 Pet. 2:9).
This last verse you just read brings us to the
third attribute found in our opening verse:

Lovingkindness . . .
After reading about God's judgment, some may
find it contradictory to accredit Him with
lovingkindness.   Many feel God can't be both:
God is either loving or judgmental.   But again, we
find that one attribute is the driving force behind
the other.   God's judgment stems from His
uncompromising desire to do right.   And His

desire for righteousness comes from His
lovingkindness.   In fact, the Bible says that "God
is love"
(1 John 4:8).   Not that He merely
displays love, or practices it, but HE IS LOVE!

which was necessary in order to save us from
eternity in Hell.   "Much more then, being now
JUSTIFIED BY HlS BLOOD, we shall be SAVED
FROM WRATH THROUGH HIM."
  Rom. 5:9

Righteousness and
judgment are exactly what
you would expect from
someone who is love.   And,
yet, most people can't
understand how God can
judge and love man at the
same time.

The Bible clearly resolves
this so-called dilemma.   One
merely has to read the
most famous Bible verse of
all, a verse many claiming
to worship God are already
familiar with: "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 writer(s) of the Psalms knew
    and understood God.   Many
    times in the Psalms we find
God's righteousness, judgment and
lovingkindness mentioned.

In one such occasion, we read: "I
know, O LORD, that thy judgments
are right, and that thou in
faithfulness hast afflicted me.   Let, I
pray thee, thy merciful kindness be
for my comfort, according to thy word
unto thy servant."
  (Psalm 119:75-76).

Do you view God as having the
attributes the psalmist just mentioned?
Do you know the same God the
psalmist did?   Are you both worshipping
the same God?
  If not, then we are
obviously not all worshipping the same
God.

You may have no problem
seeing God's lovingkindness
in sacrificing His only
begotten Son on our behalf,
but has it ever occurred to
you why Christ had to die in
the first place?

In death, Christ took OUR
DESERVED JUDGMENT
!
Jesus Christ "was wounded
FOR OUR transgressions, he
was bruised FOR OUR
INIQUITIES: the chastise-
ment of our peace was upon
him; and with his stripes we
are healed"
(Isa. 53:5).
   Thus, God's judgment is
found in John 3:16, along
with His love.

You may have read John 3:16 many times and
never noticed the fact that God's love AND
judgment are demonstrated in the same verse.
Let's begin with love.

The Bible says: "But God commendeth
[PROVED] his love toward us, in that, while we
were yet sinners, CHRIST DIED FOR US"
(Rom.
5:8).   Jesus said, "Greater love hath no man
than this, that a man LAY DOWN HIS LIFE for
his friends"
(John 15:13).   This is exactly what
Christ did for you and me.   He died for us.   He
died in our place.   He paid the debt of our sin,

My friend, God could not simply forsake
judgment in the name of love any more than He
could ignore His love toward us, in the name of
judgment.
   God was confronted with the apparent
"dilemma" of carrying out two actions that He
greatly delights in, so He resolved it by doing
the right thing: He paid the penalty for sin
Himself, thus avoiding any compromise.

In closing, ask yourself: Do I really know and
understand God?   Am I worshipping the same
God I've just read about?
  If the answer is no,
you can learn how by reading the back
[below] . . .

IF you were to die today, are you 100% SURE
you would go to Heaven?
  The Bible says
YOU CAN BE SURE (1 John 5:13).

BUT FIRST, you must realize that what keeps you
from going to Heaven are your sins, because:
"...your iniquities [sins] have separated
between you and your God,"
Isaiah 59:2.
In fact, in God's eyes YOU ARE A SINNER: "For
all have sinned, and come short
of the glory of God;"
Romans 3:23.

SECONDLY, you must realize that there is
NOTHING you can do to save yourself and earn
Heaven: "For by grace are ye saved through
faith; and that not of yourselves: it is
the gift of God: Not of works, lest any
man should boast."
  (Eph. 2:8-9)   Baptism, good
deeds, church membership, self-righteousness are
all examples of good works that cannot save you,
because, "Not by works of
righteousness
which we have done, but
according to his mercy he
[Christ] saved
us
,"
Titus 3:5.

THE ONLY WAY you can get saved is through
Jesus Christ.   He said: "I am the way, the
truth, and the life: no man cometh unto
the Father, but by me."
  (John 14:6)   THAT'S
WHY
: "...while we were yet sinners, Christ
died for us
."
  Romans 5:8-9

THEREFORE: You must REPENT (change your
mind
); admit that you are a Hell deserving sinner
and can't save yourself.   And call upon Christ, and
Him alone, to save you.   "if thou shalt confess
with thy mouth the Lord Jesus
[REPENT], and
shalt believe in thine heart
[TRUST] that God
hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be
saved."
  Romans 10:9

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