“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” – John 3:16 (ESV)
God is perfectly loving, and He demonstrates this in His mercy. It is also true that God is perfectly just, and He demonstrates this in the fact that He cannot let sin go unpunished. These truths may seem completely opposite and incompatible, yet they are not. In this study, Alistair Begg teaches us how God demonstrates both His justice and love in the cross of Jesus Christ.
When confronted by the scribes and Pharisees, Jesus told a compelling story about a father with two sons. One son ran off to a distant country to lead a wild life, while the other stayed home and harbored bitterness and anger in his heart. Alistair Begg presents a fresh perspective on this familiar parable of the prodigal son, drawing parallels that illustrate our desperate situation before receiving the undeserved love of our heavenly Father.
Paul wrote to encourage the church in Thessalonica with the conviction that God works powerfully through His Word and His church to further the Gospel. Alistair Begg reminds us that genuine conversion always results in radical change. When Christians display transformed lives and proclaim the Word that we have received wherever God has placed us, the Gospel advances to the glory of God.
Looking back in his old age, the apostle John reflected on the cross of Christ and the love of God. At Calvary, Alistair Begg teaches, Jesus satisfied God’s wrath, which stood against us. We must understand this in order to rejoice in God’s mercy. By nature, we are estranged from God and exposed to His judgment, yet through the cross, God loves sinners without compromising His holiness. Now God looks on us without displeasure, and we can look on Him without fear.
In volume nine of this series, Alistair Begg unpacks Jesus’ well-known parable of the prodigal son. Featuring a cast of characters with whom the strictly religious and brazenly sinful alike can relate, this story movingly depicts how God the Father seeks reconciliation with both. As we consider the broken bonds between the parable’s father and his two sons, we learn that God desires restored relationship with all on the basis of His great kindness in Christ.
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