Editor’s note: This is the second of a two-part column.
When man disobeyed God, God in his justice could have destroyed man. Instead of destroying man, God’s justice is appeased by the power of God’s love in the promising of sending a Savior for mankind.
God would send his Son to take the place of man, to redeem mankind (Gen. 3:15). God’s power and love for mankind extends far beyond just caring for man’s physical needs.
Paul wrote concerning this love, “For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom. 5:8, 9).
The power of God is not only seen in creation but also in salvation (Rom. 1:16).
Paul wrote, “But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: “That in the ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:” (Eph. 2:4-8).
The seed of woman, Christ, defeated Satan by the power, love and justice of God. By God’s power, Christ was sacrificed for the sins of man (Acts 2:22, 23).
It was his love that gave the sacrifice (John 3:16) and God’s justice was served in the redeeming power of the blood of Christ (Eph.1:7).
The grave could not hold Christ (Acts 2:21, 32). He was triumphant over death giving mankind the hope of the resurrection (I Cor. 15:20-28). The Corinthian brethren were reminded by Paul to keep in memory the gospel of Christ for by it they were saved if they kept in memory the teachings (I Cor. 15:1-4).
It is by God’s power the world continues today (II Peter 3:7). The power of God is seen in nature as mankind explores the creation of God. The earth and the heavens serve as a reminder of the creative power of God.
God will not force man to believe in him, but he has shown himself to man in the power of his creation (Rom. 1:20, 21).
Man may deny God’s work choosing to believe in evolution, they may scoff at God who loves them enough to send a savior who willingly gave himself for man, choosing to believe that man is no better than the animals that have no soul. But they will not be able to escape the reality of God’s justice on the Day of Judgment.
God is infinite in his power, his love and his justice.