God’s Patience Towards Sinful Mankind

30 12 2007

I personally am extremely thankful for both God’s grace and His patience in dealing with me. As a formerly lost sinner now saved by the grace of God, I am acutely aware of how the Divine justice of God has been dealt with on my behalf – through the propitiatory, penalty of sin-satisfying blood of Jesus Christ on the cross of Calvary.

God has been patient and gracious toward me in the past, and He continues to be so with me up to this day. And God is patient toward this sinful world that is so deserving of judgment for sinful rebellion against God and corruption of God’s holy purpose. His patience as part of His divine decree must be staying His hand of judgment at this time.

But when the time of God’s judgment upon the sin of this world eventually comes in the fulfillment of God’s eternal, righteous, sovereign decree, it will be fearful to see the outpouring of the pent-up wrath of God upon this world! Praise God for His grace towards His people, and for His patience at this time toward the world – but for His grace we ALL would be consumed!

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Romans 9:22-24

(22) What if God, although willing to demonstrate His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction? (23) And He did so to make known the riches of His glory upon vessels of mercy, which He prepared beforehand for glory, (24) even us, whom He also called, not from among Jews only, but also from among Gentiles.

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A.W. Pink in his book The Attributes of God (Baker Book House, Grand Rapids, Michigan – 2001) discusses the Patience of God (pages 61-65) (click here). Following are some excerpts with supporting Scripture regarding the great patience of God toward the sin of mankind in general and toward someone like me in particular.

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A. How God’s Patience Differs from His Mercy

“It is a part of the Divine goodness and mercy, yet differs from both. God being the greatest goodness, hath the greatest mildness; mildness is always the companion of true goodness, and the greater the goodness, the greater the mildness. Who so holy as Christ, and who so meek? God’s slowness to anger is a branch of His mercy: “the Lord is full of compassion, slow to anger” (Psalms 145:8). It differs from mercy in the formal consideration of the subject: mercy respects the creature as miserable, patience respects the creature as criminal; mercy pities him in his misery, patience bears with the sin which engendered the misery, and giving birth to more.”

“Men that are great in the world are quick in passion, and are not so ready to forgive an injury, or bear with an offender, as one of a meaner rank. It is a want of power over that man’s self that makes him do unbecoming things upon a provocation. A prince that can bridle his passions is a king over himself as well as over his subjects. God is slow to anger because (He is) great in power. He has no less power over Himself than over His creatures.”

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Some supporting scripture….

Nehemiah 9:16-17

(16) But they, our fathers, acted arrogantly; They became stubborn and would not listen to Your commandments.

(17) They refused to listen, And did not remember Your wondrous deeds which You had performed among them; So they became stubborn and appointed a leader to return to their slavery in Egypt. But You are a God of forgiveness, Gracious and compassionate, Slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness; And You did not forsake them.

Psalm 103:8-11

(8) The LORD is compassionate and gracious, Slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness.

(9) He will not always strive with us, Nor will He keep His anger forever.

(10) He has not dealt with us according to our sins, Nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.

(11) For as high as the heavens are above the earth, So great is His lovingkindness toward those who fear Him.

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B. God’s Patient Forebearance of Sin’s Just Punishment

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C. God’s Patience Toward this Sinful World and the Modern Church

D. God’s Patience Towards Us (and our need to be so to others)

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2 responses

31 12 2007
Kim T

Indeed, “it is not long since we followed a multitude to do evil, had no concern for God’s glory, and lived only to gratify self. How patiently He bore with our vile conduct!”

How He still interacts with us with much patience.

The LORD is faithful in all His words and kind in all His works. Psalm 145:13b

We are recipients of such grand benevolence and blessings. We cannot even begin to understand the magnitude of what He has bestowed upon us.

31 12 2007
churchlayman

Kim,

Yes, the Lord is patient towards us and all mankind. Eternity will really be something as we spend it with the Lord – doing what He sees as best. Have a great 2008!

Churchlayman




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