Note then the kindness and the severity of God.
A few days ago, we considered Jesus as “the Lamb of God” and “the Lion of the tribe of Judah.” While the first one is more so associated with His first coming, suffering for our sins, and the second one with His second coming, conquering His enemies, He’s one and the same person.
He was as much “the Lion of the tribe of Judah” during His earthly ministry, as He is now still “the Lamb of God.” While the Bible does make a distinction between them, we must see these two seemingly different aspects as perfectly united in one person. The same is true with today’s verse.
God has abundantly revealed both His kindness and severity. We must acknowledge both. Our own bias has a tendency to emphasize one over the other, but that would be an undermining of “the whole counsel of God” (Acts 20:27), which is ultimately the expression of the wholeness of Christ.
He who said, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matt. 11:28), has also said, “So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth” (Rev. 3:16).
What about you? Do you note both “the kindness and the severity of God”? It’s so easy to only emphasize His kindness. Even His current severity, though is meant to lead us to repentance: “Now therefore, O kings, be wise; be warned, O rulers of the earth. Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and you perish in the way, for his wrath is quickly kindled. Blessed are all who take refuge in him” (Ps. 2:10-12).
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