After 30 years of sincerely seeking and believing in Almighty God and our Lord Jesus Christ, i have found two scriptures which define the name and desire of God as given to mankind by Moses.
In Exodus 34:6-7, the Lord – through Moses – tells us the longest name of God in the Bible: “The Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth, showing mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, by no means pardoning the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children and the children’s children to the third and the fourth generation.”
This leads us to understand some of the attributes of God, such as love, mercy that He will judge; also, the fact there are differences in transgression, sin and iniquity (this speaks of the need of both repentance and Jesus’ salvation).
In Deuteronomy 10:12-13, Moses tells Israel and us: “What does the Lord your God require of you, but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways and to love Him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to keep the commandments of the Lord …for your good?”
And from this is written in Ecclesiastes 12:13-14:
“The conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments… For God will bring every work into judgment, every secret thing, whether good or evil.” And a desire of Christ as written in Galatians, building upon ‘love your neighbor;’ “Carry each other’s burdens and fulfill the law of Christ (Gal. 6:2).”
Now, the warning is, “many” as Christ said would in the Gospel of Matthew, chapter 7, “go the way that leads to destruction; but few the way which leads to eternal life.” But why?
The Prophet Hosea said, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge… they have rejected knowledge and forgotten the law of God… repent and return to the Lord (Hosea 4:6; 6:1).” And what is the knowledge that they forget – in part it includes wisdom and understanding. And here Job says, “Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding (Job 28:28).”
Even Jesus Christ taught us to pray… “Our Father in heaven… deliver us from evil.” And concerning certain evils the apostle Paul says, “Do not be deceived. Adulterers, fornicators, thieves, murders, drunkards… and such sinners shall not inherit the kingdom of heaven (1 Cor. 6:9; Gal. 5:19).”
And I have found that many Christians are being deceived, hearing and knowing that God is love, but forgetting all of what the Holy Scriptures say.
So let me offer a couple of verses. “Friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God…
Now, let us love one another, for love is of God; but he who does not love does not know God, for God is love…. If we love one another, God abides in us… By this we know that we abide in Him, and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit. …Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. …God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God and God in him. …this commandment we have from God: that whoever loves God must love his brother also.” (1 John 4).
And lastly as written in Hebrews, “So brothers and sisters in Christ… by the blood of Jesus …let us draw near with a true heart in faith… Let us hold fast the confess of our hope… not forsaking the church… (yet remember) if we sin willfully after knowing the truth, there no longer is a sacrifice for sins, but a judgment to come.”
Therefore do not forget God is love; but Christians are also taught to repent and follow the commands of Christ and to ‘endure to the end (Matt. 24).’
As Moses said, “May the Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord …be gracious to you …and give you peace (Num. 6:24-).” Amen