God’s Mercy

The doctrine of Gods mercy and how we receive it and why we give it

 Psalms 118-1 O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: because his mercy endureth for ever.2 Let Israel now say, that his mercy endureth for ever.3 Let the house of Aaron now say, that his mercy endureth for ever.4 Let them now that fear the LORD say, that his mercy endureth for ever.

Exodus:34-5 And the LORD descended in the cloud, and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the LORD. 6 And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth,

The Lord proclaims His name to Moses (the Lords character and authority)…. whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved Acts 2-21.

When there is intercession, God has compassion for people and draws them to His mercy. Here is a list of all the verses that express this truth..

1Chronicles 7:22, 1Chronicles 19:2, 1Chronicles 19:3, 1Chronicles 21:15, 1Samuel 15:11, 1Samuel 15:29, 1Samuel 15:35, 2Samuel 10:2, 2Samuel 10:3, 2Samuel 12:24, 2Samuel 13:39, 2Samuel 24:16, Amos 7:3, Amos 7:6, Deuteronomy 32:36, Ecclesiastes 4:1, Exodus 13:17, Exodus 32:12, Exodus 32:14, Ezekiel 5:13, Ezekiel 14:22, Ezekiel 14:23, Ezekiel 16:54, Ezekiel 24:14, Ezekiel 31:16, Ezekiel 32:31, Genesis 5:29, Genesis 6:6, Genesis 6:7, Genesis 24:67, Genesis 27:42, Genesis 37:35, Genesis 38:12, Genesis 50:21, Isaiah 1:24, Isaiah 12:1, Isaiah 22:4, Isaiah 40:1, Isaiah 49:13, Isaiah 51:3, Isaiah 51:12, Isaiah 51:19, Isaiah 52:9, Isaiah 54:11, Isaiah 57:6, Isaiah 61:2, Isaiah 66:13, Jeremiah 4:28, Jeremiah 8:6, Jeremiah 15:6, Jeremiah 16:7, Jeremiah 18:8, Jeremiah 18:10, Jeremiah 20:16, Jeremiah 26:3, Jeremiah 26:13, Jeremiah 26:19, Jeremiah 31:13, Jeremiah 31:15, Jeremiah 31:19, Jeremiah 42:10, Job 2:11, Job 7:13, Job 16:2, Job 21:34, Job 29:25, Job 42:6, Job 42:11, Joel 2:13, Joel 2:14, Jonah 3:9, Jonah 3:10, Jonah 4:2, Judges 2:18, Judges 21:6, Judges 21:15, Lamentations 1:2, Lamentations 1:9, Lamentations 1:16, Lamentations 1:17, Lamentations 1:21, Lamentations 2:13, Nahum 3:7, Numbers 23:19, Psalms 23:4, Psalms 69:20, Psalms 71:21, Psalms 77:2, Psalms 86:17, Psalms 90:13, Psalms 106:45, Psalms 110:4, Psalms 119:52, Psalms 119:76, Psalms 119:82, Psalms 135:14, Ruth 2:13, Zechariah 1:17, Zechariah 8:14, Zechariah 10:2

His name foremost is merciful, in that mercy towards fallen mankind GOD`s deeds are that of grace, by way of long suffering that none should perish (2 Peter3-9) for HE is overflowing with goodness and truth…all of these attributes describe Gods name, His very character and authority. (His Majesty)

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

Here again it puts the focus on HIS mercy, and it says for 1000s, once again, 1000 as described in many places in the text is a metaphor for his perfected people, (the perfection of the saints). The mercy comes from His graciousness,“ the act of power“ to forgive sins> Matthew 9:6 But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins.

“and that will by no means clear the guilty“ But it is not Gods will that the wilful sinners be cleared of their transgressions, (those who choose to remain in their sin cannot be reconciled back to God) and their influence of sin will be visited upon their own children and grandchildren (by habitual nature, Eph. 2-3) the children learn the sin habits of those in the world around them.

John ch. 8-6This they said, tempting him that they might have to accuse him.

But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not. 7 So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. Their plan was to undermine the authority of God within Jesus. Verse 7 speaks of these tempters having been very persistent in the matter. – If Jesus agreed to stone her, they could accuse him of condemning others against His own Word. For Jesus himself said HE came not to condemn in JOHN 3-17. If Jesus said to let her go, they could accuse Him of not keeping the law. Bur HE gave them words that they could neither gainsay nor resist. (he that is without sin cast the first stone)

Initially Jesus writes with His finger on the ground. This is significant because Jesus (as God – the great I AM) gave the law in Exodus 31:18, writting iton tablets of stone with the finger of God. Now it is writen by the finger of God on the fleshly tablets of the heart, 2 Cor.3-3. Jesus wrote on the ground to revive their conscience. Then again He stooped down and wrote on the ground representing what He came to do, meaning; allowing for mercy. (mercy for repented sinners), (Luke 5:32, 19:10,). Consider how Jesus amended the law: Hebrews 9:15-17, And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator. For a testament is of force after men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth.

Christ redeemed us with His own life at Calvary.

Jesus then told the women He did not condemn her and to sin no more and go. Would Christ tell her to do something that she was not capable of? No…Through Gods great mercy and grace she received the power to live a godly life that doesn’t willfully sin. Christ came to give mercy and to set us free from sin! Mercy can be granted for those who acknowledge their wrong through a godly repentance and turn from their wicked ways.

Luke 11-34 “The light of the body is the eye: therefore when thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light; but when thine eye is evil, thy body also is full of darkness”. Repentance  is the changing of the mind’s eye. It is the same word that is rendered forehead in the book of Revelation when associated with the mark of the beast. Changing from the eye of self wantonness to a fear of God, which is the beginning of all wisdom.

The mind’s eye (and she saw it pleasing to the eye Gen. 3) Wantonness, the fruits thereof, lust of the belly, and lust of the mind’s wondering eye is the root of all evil. Repentance, meaning a change of the mind’s eye, and what the mind lusts after. When the focus of the eye of the mind is changed it becomes singular and focused upon Christ. If the eye of the mind is not single and is without knowledge, it is blurred with double vision from feeding at the tree of knowledge (a double minded man is unstable in all of his ways, James). The mind must be made single; in unity with God and seeing clearly. The purging of the mind, meditating upon the word, by continually being “mindful’ of the word, this will remove the contamination in the heart, wherein good seed can now be planted. (renew your mind with the washing of the word; this is true mediation and having a single eye).

The design of repentance is to prepare the heart to be furrowed that good seed can be planted therein. The opposite of this, is by entertaining evil thoughts in the mind and continually musing and meditating upon those thoughts daily, of which will plant seeds of iniquity in the heart. The heart and mind are very closely connected, such as the spirit and the soul… The design of repentance under the conditions set for by God in which HE can apply HIS MERCY and forgiveness is a gift to all who should seek after it..

Acts of Repentance>if one be a false witness start speaking the truth, gossipers stop gossiping, adulater’s burn no more, if thy right hand offends thee cut it off, etc., in other words, stop sinning, There has to be an initial clearing of wrong doing before any sanctification growth can take place and we can then add to our faith as Peter instructed us to do in 2 Peter:1-5, which is true perseverance.

A godly and sincere desirous “change of mind” happens because of one’s own regret and sorrow of being offensive and vile before God and HIS righteousness. (Blessed are the poor in spirit, blessed are they that mourn, Matthew 5) This is wrought by a godly sorrow which then clears the soul being made an acceptable vessel for the Holy Spirit to dwell therein, which then allows one to enter into the kingdom. One cannot enter in the kingdom any other way. : 2 Cor. 7-10 “For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.11 For behold this selfsame thing, that ye sorrowed after a godly sort, what carefulness it wrought in you, yea, what clearing of yourselves, yea, what indignation, yea, what fear, yea, what vehement desire, yea, what zeal, yea, what revenge! In all things ye have approved yourselves”….Paul says “what clearing of yourselves”, in context; this does not mean we can save ourselves> for it is God and God only that saves.

Paul is preaching the sincere desire to apply one’s self in repenting of his own sin and that God through HIS great mercy will pardon the repented sinner. The angels in heaven rejoice over one “REPENTED” sinner.. Paul is in no way preaching a religious works gospel in Cor 2-7, although most preachers would call “foul”, and say; this is a works salvation! Well, they are right, it is most assuredly works, it is the works of faith. In conclusion, this means they don’t understand the word “works” and the context of which it is written in Eph.2-8,9 when it says; “not by works”. Eph 2 is speaking of religious works of which no man can be saved…

Nobody gets forgiven “in” their sins, you seek the Lord by forsaking your sins, and then mercy is granted. This is how you come to the Christ and the mercy seat.

The religious “works” of man cannot enter in the Holiest of Holies and come to the mercy seat of God. God’s mercy is HIS great love to forgive a repented sinner. A repentance that is proven by deeds and a faith that worketh love. Not by the way of the easy grace gospel that is being preached in the pulpits today. Bring forth fruits worthy of repentance, said John the Baptist. The Spirit cannot enter into an unclean vessel. Jesus said repent and buy of me fine gold tried in the fire that you may be rich and with white raiment in Rev 3 to the church at Laodocia. The longsuffering of God is giving you time to repent and return to HIM before your conscience becomes seared with the hot iron of lust, and the unpardonable sin of blasphemy of the Holy Ghost has completely manifest itself in the heart. (Receive not the love of the truth, 2 Thes. 2) by storing up wrath against the day of wrath.

Thus, repentance is not receiving the churchianity “package deal” by admitting you sins, saying a sinner’s prayer, implying that your past, present, and future sins are forgiven, by confessing and repeating some words of the minister, and being declared positionally righteous, all the while continuing in your sins. There is no such thing as (positionally righteous) its all a made up covering and is invisible scripture, it’s not a clearing of sin and justification by faith. But rather it brings about a false emotional release from your sins. It is a form of godliness having no power therein. This false salvation has the multitude following the broad road all the while seemingly to be the right way, because, after all, everyone else is traveling this broad highway following the blind guides and lords of darkness. (There is a way that seems right to a man but its ends are destruction). Under this subversive and undermining gospel no clearing of wrong doing will ever take place and Gods mercy cannot be applied.

Those who continue in their sin need no mercy, for they can see no wrong in themselves. Jesus said to the Pharisees that HE did not come for the righteous, but for the sinner. The self-righteous are not in need of a saviour…

We are to be like our Lord and have mercy upon our neighbour, these are they that God said of; I will have mercy upon whom I will have mercy, Romans 9, meaning, those who have compassion and mercy upon others will receive Gods mercy. Mathew 5-7 Blessed are the merciful for they shall obtain mercy…This is spoken by Jesus to HIS disciples in Matthew 25 in the judgement of the sheep and the goats…which is the same Great White Thrown Judgement found in Rev chapter 20.

 

Romans 9-13 As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated….. Gods loves a repented sinner who turns from his sin and walks after the Spirit. In Gen 32 Jacob was divided into “two bands”>he wrestled with an angel, a man all night, (his conscience), and cleared up his double vision, he would not give up without a blessing from God, and his name was changed to Israel. This is the clearing and zeal of repentance that Paul was speaking of in 2 Cor. 7-10,11 .Esau lusted after a bowl of pottage and walked after the flesh, even though he sought repentance with better tears, yet could not find it, Hebrews 12-16,17, also described in Revelation11> of those who shall seek death and not find it…These can no longer answer the door of repentance, which is the sin unto death, blasphemy of the Holy Spirit. (Jesus stands knocking at the door or repentance, Rev 3-20 that we should abanden sin,and the lusts of this world, and come out into the wilderness with Him, and sup with Him, and HE with you)

Romans 9-15 Foe he said to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. This is not a predestined mercy that Calvinism teaches. It is Gods mercy upon those who should have mercy upon his neighbour. (The parable of the king and the debtor)..The debtor, forgiven of his debts by the king, but did not have mercy upon his fellow debtor. The Lord’s Prayer; Matthew 6-12 Forgive us of our debts as we forgive others. Matthew 5-7 blessed are the merciful for they will receive mercy. The apostle Peter asking the Lord; how many times must I forgive my brother if he wrongs me?>seven times? Jesus said 7X 70= 490> the number of perfection times the number of jubilee…Jesus the ultimate example of forgiveness came in the 70th week of Daniel 9’s prophecy, 490 years in the year of Jubilee.

The keys to the kingdom is mercy, which is forgiveness, the (binding and loosening) of resentment. What is bound on earth shall be bound in heaven, and what is loosed on earth shall be loosed In heaven…A great example and manifestation of this power of forgiveness in seen in the text with the account of Stephan’s forgiveness of Saul and the accusers in Acts ch. 7> the resentment was loosed and the Holy Ghost could wrought a work in Paul’s soul through Stephan’s forgiveness. Saul (Paul)> this man who would later follow in the path of the cross and preach the gospel to millions, and is still doing so today, through his written epistles that transcend time, all starting with one man’s forgiveness in Stephan,,, Now I tell you; this is the power of God> the grace of God who has endless mercy.

Romans 6-16 “So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy”….Man cannot obtain Gods mercy by his outward religious works wrought of himself, but only by the mercy of God can a repented sinner be redeemed.

James 2- 13 For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment. 14 What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? Can faith save him?………… the “works” of love, the good deeds of the hand are a 2nd witness to the good thoughts in a man, producing the fruit of mercy. For the fruits of mercy triumph and rejoice over the judgement of the law…

The following is a short written essay by David Neal who’s free E books are posted on our blog roll (Come follow me)

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Matthew 5:7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. Mercy is undeserved love and is one-sided love. God has shown great mercy toward us by extending forgiveness to us regarding our rebellion and many transgressions. This redemption came at a great price – the death of God’s only begotten son. Titus 3:5, “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;” We are restored and transformed by His Spirit. We are expected to show mercy toward others. Jesus best explained this mercy in the parable of the king who took account of his servants (Mat 18:23-35). A servant was unexpectedly and totally forgiven of a tremendous debt (after showing remorse). The king had compassion on the servant. This same servant then showed no compassion on a fellow servant who owed a small debt and had him put in jail until the debt could be paid. When the king heard, he asked the servant how he, who had been forgiven of his entire debt, could do such a thing. Why he had no compassion or pity. He was then handed over to the tormentors until he paid all. Jesus then said: Matthew 18:35, “So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not everyone his brother their trespasses.”

To be merciful is to show love, tenderness, and kindness to those who have come against you with bitterness and hatred – a heart that disposes to overlook injuries or to treat an offender better than he deserves. 1 John 4:20-21, “If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? And this commandment has we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.” Matthew 5:44, 46, “But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?” Romans 12:20, “Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.” Luke 6:35-36, “But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil. Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.”

The Lord requires us to show mercy to those who don’t have the necessities of life. Psalm 41:1, “Blessed is he that considereth the poor: the LORD will deliver him in time of trouble.” 1 John 3:17, “But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?” James 2:15-16, “If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?” Romans 11:31, “Even so have these also now not believed that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy.” James 2:13, “For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment.”

When we show love and mercy to others, then have just as same as done it for the Lord. Matthew 25:34-40, “Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” All of our actions really do have consequences.

Be blessed always in HIS grace and truth, Bill

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