God’s wonderful grace is truly unfathomable to the human mind. This is also true of His love, mercy and forgiveness (Rom 8:38-39). His invisible qualities are nonetheless clearly seen and understood from what has been made (Rom 1:20). He is extremely patient with mankind, not wanting anyone to perish but everyone to come to repentance (2 Pe 3:9).  He has allowed sinful, evil people to rebel, attack and hate Him (Rom 1:28-32). From the days of Noah (Gen 6:5-6) to the time of Israel’s and Judah’s corrupt societies (Jer 7:17-18) (Jer 23:13-14) to the hypocrisy of the Pharisees and rulers of Jesus’ day (Mt 23: 13-15) to the 1st Century church (Acts 5:3-4) those who should have been extending God’s grace and love to others were instead doing anything and everything to disrespect and hurt Him.

What were they thinking? They either didn’t believe in any Deity or thought that God wouldn’t know or care about their selfishness and rebellion. Perhaps they felt that they could “go on sinning so that grace may increase.” (Rom 6:1) They must have believed that they could ignore the many warnings which God had hoped would awaken them from their flippant attitudes towards punishment (Mal 4:1). God has and will declare that—enough is enough! (Gen 7:22) (Jer 21:8-10) (Mt 23:35:37) (Acts 5: 5 & 10) (Rev 20: 15)

Christians can be very thankful that our God is a Deity of justice as well as mercy. He will eventually punish those who refuse to love and obey Him. He has promised to, “make a distinction between the righteous and the wicked, between those who serve God and those who do not.” (Mal 4:16-18) He will seal that promise at the end time by dwelling with His people and wiping away all tears (Rev 21:3-4). This will surely be—enough!

–Jim Bailey