October 2016 Teaching Letter - The Mercy of God
The Mercy of God
2 Corinthians 5:21,”For he has made him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” God took all of the evil due to us by justice – mercy, so that all the good due to Jesus would come on us – grace. There are two sides to the mountain of God, and they are not grace and judgment. The mountain of God is His love. The two sides to that mountain of God’s love are grace and mercy. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4, ”Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.” Father God is described as the Father of mercies and God of all comfort.
Hebrews 8:12 gives us the definition of the mercy of God. “For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.” Mercy is a form of love, the loving-kindness of Almighty God, especially directed toward the needy and unworthy. Psalm 86:5, ”For you, LORD, are good, and ready to forgive, and abundant in mercy to all who call upon you.” Psalm 103:17, ”But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, his righteousness unto children’s children.” God’s mercy is eternal!
Psalm 106:1, ”Praise the LORD. O, give thanks to the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endures forever.” Forty-three times this statement is made in the Old Testament. Once it is mentioned in the New Testament. James 5:11, ”Behold, we count them happy which endure. You have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.” How did the Old Testament saints repent and turn to God? They cried out and appealed to His mercy. Lamentations 3:22-23, ”Through the LORD’s mercies we are not consumed because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is thy faithfulness.” Joel 2:13, ”So rend your hearts and not your garments; return to the LORD your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness; he relents from doing harm.” Micah 7:18, ”Who is a God like you, pardoning iniquity and passing over the transgressions of the remnant of his heritage? He does not retain his anger forever, because he delights in mercy.”
Ephesians 2:4-7, ”But God, who is rich in mercy because of his great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in sins, has quickened us together with Christ, (by grace are you saved;) and has 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 towards us through Christ Jesus.” God’s mercy makes salvation possible. Titus 3:5, ”Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit.” Mercy, like grace, is the unmerited, unearned, and undeserved favor of God. James 2:12, ”So speak and so do as those who will be judged by the law of liberty. For judgment is without mercy to the one who has shown no mercy.” Mercy triumphs over judgment. Ephesians 2:8-9, ”For by grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast.”
Psalm 103:4, ”Who redeems your life from destruction; who crowns you with loving-kindness and tender mercies.” Psalm 8:4-6, ”What is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of
man that you visit him? You have made him a little lower than the angels, you have crowned him with glory and honor.” If we put these two scriptures together, we see that the glory and honor that Almighty God crowned man with in the beginning, is His loving kindness and tender mercies. In other words, there is a direct correlation between the glory of God and His loving-kindness and tender mercy. Exodus 34:6, ”The LORD, the LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering and abounding in goodness and truth; keeping mercy for thousands; forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin…” Moses asked to see the glory of God. How did God show him His glory, or rather how did He describe His glory? He described it as grace, mercy, abounding goodness, longsuffering, and truth!
Why don’t we experience the resurrection power of Almighty God? The reason is because we don’t understand His loving-kindness and tender mercies – His honor and glory! 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 (Amplified), ”The Father of pity and mercy and source of every consolation and encouragement; who comforts (consoles and encourages) us in every trouble (calamity and affliction), so we may comfort those that are troubled and distressed with the same comfort that we were comforted with.”