We are glad you have come here, in your search for knowing God. You can know him! The Father wants us to know him in a real and personal way, and he sent his Son, Jesus, to help us come to him. We hope our church can be used by God to bring you into a close and obedient relationship with him. That’s why we gather together at Trinity, and you can also. We invite you!
Who is God?
The hard-line judge of the Old Testament, or the loving forgiver of the New Testament?
Does the Bible contradict itself in describing God one way in the Old Testament and another way in the New Testament? No, it doesn’t, because he is the same God. We find all the characteristics of God in both Testaments.
“He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.” 1John 4:8
Out of God’s loving nature flows these characteristics: mercy, grace, fogiveness, patience, and kindness. We see this in the New Testament, in how he sent his Son into the world to die for our sins. We see Jesus eating with outcasts and making friends with people who were prostitutes and sinners. We hear him say that he came for the lost. But we find that same God in the Old Testament. Although he destroyed the world in a flood, he had mercy on mankind, and Noah in particular, by saving his family. He gave Israel many rules and commandments to help them live the right way and enjoy the blessing of his presence. He didn’t have to do that. He gave the whole world the example of the nation of Israel, so that all mankind could see what it meant to have a relationship with him.
“But as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, “BE HOLY, FOR I AM HOLY.“ 1Peter 1:15-16.
But God is not just love. He is also holy. That means he is without sin. He is morally right in every way. He cannot sin, and he must judge sin, because it is the right thing to do. Out of his holy nature flows these characteristics: anger, wrath, judgment, condemnation, and damnation. In the Old Testament, God judges the wickedness of the world in a flood. We see him contraining evil in the world, by raising one nation to defeat another in the horror of warfare. But we also find God’s holiness in the New Testament. Ananias and Saphira lose their lives for lying to God. It says that the wrath of God falls upon the children of disobedience, and Jesus says that those who reject him will be like chaff, gathered and burned.
How can these two great characteristics of God be reconciled? In Psalm 85:10, it says, “Mercy and truth have met together; Righteousness and peace have kissed.” When Jesus came into this world, he lived a perfect, holy life, then he willingly gave himself for our salvation. In agreement with the Father, he took the punishment of our sin on himself. He substituted himself for us. The weight of God’s anger was brought to bear on him, satifying his HOLINESS, and God was then able to forgive our debt, satisfying his LOVE.
This is one reason why, it is only through Jesus that we can have a relationship with God. He brings the two seemingly contrary natures of God, and unites them in one word of hope.