There are those on my friends list who seem to think that the LOVE and GRACE of God negates the JUDGMENT and WRATH of God! I wonder if that stems from a lack of understanding of what took place on the cross. The Old Testament law was like a judge passing sentence upon sin. Jesus became our substitute, bearing "our sins in his own body on the tree" (1 Pet. 2:24). Jesus didn't reject or do away with God's judgment against sin; He bore it, all of it (2 Cor. 5:21). Therefore, He was able to extend the Grace, MERCY and LOVE of God to those who would have been condemned under the law of Moses (Acts 13:38-39).

Jesus didn't nulify God's judgment or wrath; He fulfilled it in Himself, so that we could be set free from the trying, and the failing to uphold it. What happend on the cross through Jesus forever changed God's dealings with sinful man. In light of what Jesus has provided in the New Covenant, we would be amiss in trying to release God's wrath upon others as was done under the law of the Old Covenant. "For the law was given by Moses, but GRACE, LOVE, TRUTH and FORGIVENESS came by Jesus Christ" (Jn. 1:17). GROW in GRACE and extend His LOVE to others to win them to Jesus making them a child of God's kingdom!

His GRACE is LOVE in action! Condemnation is heaping guilt on LOVED people of God.

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