Putting God in a Box

How we justify our sin!


I hear it so often these days, when talking about whether our actions are right or wrong - pleasing to God or sinful - "We can't put God in a box.. He can do anything He wants."  But how God being omnipotent and being able to do whatsoever He pleases translates into God accepting sinful lifestyles I haven't quite figured out yet.  We really need to reflect on God's holiness and just ways on top of His wonderful attributes that are overly concentrated on.  

"Thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity:" (Hab. 1:13)

God will not watch for long as we carelessly sin our lives away.  He won't sit back and look upon us with blessings as we forsake His Word and commandments and live in rebellion against God as we try to believe He understands and still accepts us in all our sin and unbelief.  Paul warned us of such an attitude in 1 Corinthians 10.  

"But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness." (1 Cor. 10:5)

The next verse tells us the things that happened to the Jews are our examples, that we should not sin as they did.  They sinned and lost out on entering the promised land (the picture of the Kingdom of God).  

"6  Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted. 7  Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play. 8  Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand. 9  Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents. 10  Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer. 11  Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come. 12  Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall."  (1 Cor. 10:6-12)

As Christians, we should never be so self-secure as to think we are invulnerable to judgment and chastisement.  There were millions of Jews that were delivered (saved) from slavery in Egypt (the world), only to be refused entrance in to the promised land (Millennial Kingdom) because of sin and unbelief.  This can happen to us as well, else the Holy Spirit wasted His time in giving us this warning through Paul.  God may be a God of love, but He is also a God of holiness and judgment.  

Rev. 3:19  "As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent."

This is to the church He is going to spew out of His mouth.  

Heb. 12:6  "For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth."

How can a God who can't be put in a box for rights and wrongs scourge His own people that He loves?  Because He is a God of perfect justice.

Ex 20:5  "Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;"

Ex 34:7  "Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children, unto the third and to the fourth generation."

Nu 14:18  "The LORD is longsuffering, and of great mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression, and by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation."

De 5:9  "Thou shalt not bow down thyself unto them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me,"

These verses are not to the unsaved, they are to God's people, the ones who were redeemed out of the world, baptised unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea.  

Lev. 20:7  Sanctify yourselves therefore, and be ye holy: for I am the LORD your God.
8  And ye shall keep my statutes, and do them: I am the LORD which sanctify you.

This is separate yourself to God, for He is your God (if He is your God).  Even a Christian can fall away, or turn from what is right.

1Pet 1:15  "But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;
16  Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy."

God is a Holy God, and we should strive to be holy, too.  Being holy, is keeping sacred things sacred, like our body, which is the temple of the Holy Ghost.  This is being set apart from the world.  We are called to live our life as an example to those around us as a witness.  

Pr 8:13  "The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate."

16  "These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:
17  A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,
18  An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,
19  A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren."

Isa 61:8  "For I the LORD love judgment, I hate robbery for burnt offering;"

Jer 44:4  "Howbeit I sent unto you all my servants the prophets, rising early and sending them, saying, Oh, do not this abominable thing that I hate."

Am 5:21  "I hate, I despise your feast days, and I will not smell in your solemn assemblies."

Zec 8:17  "And let none of you imagine evil in your hearts against his neighbour; and love no false oath: for all these are things that I hate, saith the LORD."

Re 2:15  "So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate."

Lest we forget, Ananias and Sapphira, also, who lied to the Holy Spirit were immediately killed for it (Acts 5:1-11).  Where is the great fear that fell upon this Church congregation?   Or 1 Cor 5, where the terrible fornicator was turned over to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, if he repented not.  


Here's some of the kinds of Christians who will not enter the Millennial Kingdom of God:

1Co 6:9  "Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,"

Ga 5:21  "Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God."

We all know of Christians committing these sins, but they are plainly stated that they are not worthy to rule and reign with Christ.  

Heb 10:26  "For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,
27  But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. 28  He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: 29  Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace? 30  For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people. "  And the last verse:

31  "It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God."

This is to Christians, who have little to no excuse for their worldly lifestyle, instead of one full of holiness, sanctification, and a pure witness of the Saviour who saved them a much sorer punishment than what is mentioned here.