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THE  CHARACTER  OF  GOD,  part  3  quotes

1)    Characteristic #8 – The Lord God Michael “will by no means clear the guilty”.

     The Hebrew word for “clear” used here is “naqah”, which translates and means “to be clean, acquit, be blameless, be free, leave unpunished” (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance, word #5352).  Even though the Lord God is merciful and willing to forgive all types of sin, yet He “will not at all acquit the wicked” (Nahum 1:3), or make blameless or cleanse any who refuses to admit or confess that they have sinned.  God will not allow any unrepentant sinner to go unpunished for each and every one of their unconfessed sins.
     “The wages of sin is death.” Romans 6:23.

     “O wicked man, thou shalt surely die;...if he do not turn from his way, he shall die in his iniquity...[and] When I shall say to the righteous, that he shall surely live; if he trust to his own righteousness, and commit iniquity, all his righteousness shall not be remembered; but for his iniquity that he hath committed, he shall die for it.” Ezekiel 33:13.

     But the Lord God Michael does not want to see a single one of His precious creation perish in their sins:
     “As I live, saith the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live”. Ezekiel 33:11.

2)     One of the several ways in which the Lord God Michael helps sinners to recognize and repent of all our sins is by sending us warnings of what punishments and judgments are coming upon all disobedient and wicked souls.
     “Take thee a roll of a book, and write therein all the words that I have spoken unto thee...against all the nations...It may be that...[they] will hear all the evil which I purpose to do unto them; that they may return every man from his evil way; that I may forgive their iniquity and their sin.” Jeremiah 36:2-3.

     These inspired verses reveals that through all these warnings the Lord God Michael is mercifully and lovingly reaching out to all sinners in all the nations of this world before these punishments fall upon them, so that they can find shelter and safety by returning to the Lord and confessing and repenting for all their sins, and in doing so they will find free forgiveness.

     Another way is by the Lord God leaving us to suffer some of the punishment and afflictions now, while He patiently and eagerly waits for us to wake up and come to Him.
     “I will go and return to my place, till they acknowledge their offence, and seek my face: in their affliction they will seek me early.” Hosea 5:15.

     This inspired passage reveals that it is through these punishments and afflictions that the Lord God Michael is mercifully and lovingly reaching out to us with just a slight taste of what greater afflictions and punishments are heading our way.  Instead of withholding all punishment until our probation closes when it would then be too late for us to repent and find forgiveness, Michael allows us to suffer through some punishments now so that we can have a precious chance to wake up and find shelter and safety by returning to the Lord and finding free forgiveness by confessing and repenting for all our sins.  And the punishments and afflictions the Lord God Michael allows to come to us now, are definitely less in intensity than what we really deserve!
     “And after all that is come upon us for our evil deeds, and for our great trespass, seeing that thou our God has punished us less than our iniquities deserve...Should we again break thy commandments...?  Wouldest not thou be angry with us till thou hadst consumed us, so that there should be no remnant nor escaping?”  Ezra 9:12-14.

     Even though the Lord God Michael punishes us less than we deserve, should any refuse to awaken and repent, then Michael will mercifully allow an increase in the intensity of the next round of punishments in hopes that we will then be led to repentance.  This cycle of increasing the intensity of punishments will continue on until we either humbly choose to repent and find everlasting forgiveness, or rebelliously cling to our sins until there is no way of escaping from suffering total destruction!
     It is "the goodness of God [that] leadeth thee to repentance” (Romans 2:4).   As this is true, then if any one refuses to repent through “thy hardness and impenitent heart”, then they God “will render to every man according to his deeds” (Romans 2:6).  This plainly reveals that the punishment for every sin you have committed is not being forgotten, but is actually accumulating and treasuring “up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God” (Romans 2:5).

3)    How are the actual sins of every human being ever born on this earth being kept track of?
     “Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.” Psalms 139:16.

     This verse amazingly reveals that as soon as the egg becomes fertilized and conception occurs, the Lord God begins documenting this new living human being in a book – even though their body form has not yet taken shape.  In this heavenly book is found recorded everything about this particular individual – from the very beginning of life and whether they were born handicapped or perfectly normal, and continues recording all the way unto the end of their life.  Thus in this book is found recorded all of “their works” or actions or deeds throughout life (Revelation 20:12), including “every secret thing” (Ecclesiastes 12:14) such as the thoughts and motives that led them to act the way they did.  This book further indicates whether their thoughts, motives and actions were “good, or whether it be evil” (Ecclesiastes 12:14) according to the standard of God’s “commandments” (Ecclesiastes 12:13).
     But this personal book also records all of their travels and “wanderings” throughout life (Psalms 56:8).  It records every one of the “tears” they shed or sorrows they suffered (Psalms 56:8).  And “when He writeth up the people” God even records in their book “that this man was born there” (Psalms 87:6) in the city of “Babylon” (Psalms 87:4) – the most wickedest of places, or that this person was born in the most godly of places, such as “Zion” (Psalms 87:5).

     Since this record book of every life experience is kept secure in heaven beyond the reach of mankind, then it does not matter what your relatives, loved ones, friends, acquaintances, or even enemies may wrongly say about you.  It does not matter if your motives are misjudged, or if you are falsely accused, or even if your name is cast out as evil by the entire world.  Just like Job: you can know that “my witness is in heaven, and my record is on high” (Job 16:19).

     As love “thinketh no evil” (1 Corinthians 13:5), then the Lord God Michael does not and will not believe that we are guilty of committing all kinds of sin and wickedness just because we may be accused of doing so, but He will only attribute guilt for those actual sins we did in fact commit!  The Lord God Michael promises that “every man shall be put to death for his own sin” (Deuteronomy 24:16), and not for the sins which he may be accused of, but is not guilty of committing.
     With every person having their own record book in heaven documenting everything about them, then an honest and just sentence of either eternal life or eternal death can be passed by the Lord God Michael upon each human being because it is based upon the undisputed facts of truth found documented in their record book.

4)    Why is the Lord God Michael the One who passes judgment upon the guilty, and not the Almighty of heaven?

     When Adam and Eve chose to sin and deserved the penalty of death, Michael chose to carry out a devised plan that would legally delay their death penalty, give them and their offspring a second chance to show obedience to God, while providing them with total forgiveness and full cleansing from sin and saving them from the death penalty.
     In order to carry out this plan of salvation, the Lord God Michael became a human being and then living His human life always pleasing God by keeping all of His commandments.  By Michael successfully carrying out this plan, then Adam and Eve’s failure to keep God’s commandments would be redeemed, and all of sinful humanity could be legally saved from sin and death.

     After Michael was born the son of man and the Son of God, His human “name was called [Joshua, (which in Greek is written and pronounced)] Jesus” (Luke 2:21), and this God/man Michael or Jesus then chose to live strictly in His human nature and not in His Godhood.  In living and identifying Himself only in His human nature, Michael/Jesus successfully lived His human life in a perfect and complete way, always denying self and never giving in to the slightest temptation to commit sin and corrupt His purity.  Thus Michael/Jesus was without sin at birth, and lived His entire life without sinning by keeping all of His Father’s commandments and doing His will and “not my will” (Luke 22:42), thereby becoming victorious over sin and the devil - all the way to the cross.
     “Being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.” Philippians 2:8.

     This God/man Michael/Jesus Christ the Messiah willingly offered His righteous and innocent life on the cross as a substitute for the guilty life of us sinners – just like an innocent lamb.  He then shed His precious blood to freely cover up and atone for all our sins, and then died to fulfill the covenant and legally make His eternal life available for all.  As the Almighty accepted His Son’s offering as a full and complete sacrifice, then this God/man Michael/Jesus Christ made this great sacrifice and salvation available as a “free gift” (Romans 5:16-18) to all sinners if they will just accept Him as their God and Saviour, confess and repent and forsake all of their sins, and then follow Him in living His life of obedience to God’s commandments!

5)    Because the Lord God Michael or Jesus Christ the Son of the Almighty risked so much, and successfully accomplished so much for the saving of guilty sinners, there were two special things done.

#1) - There was a book of record created in heaven called “the book of life” (Revelation 13:8, 17:8, 21:27, 22:19).  This special book documented the names of all who have made the choice to accept Michael/Jesus Christ as their God and Saviour on earth in order to receive eternal life.

#2) - Since Michael/Jesus was also a human like we are and therefore personally knows everything by His own inward and outward experiences what we humans go through in this sinful world because “he hath himself suffered being tempted” (Hebrews 2:18), then the Almighty “hath committed all judgment unto the Son...and hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man” (John 5:22, 27).

     All human beings will have to “stand before the judgment seat of Christ” (Romans 14:10).  Only those people who accept Him as their God and Saviour will have their individual names placed in the book of life.  Any who refuse to accept and acknowledge that the Lord God Michael/Jesus Christ is their God and Saviour will not have their names in that book, and will not receive eternal life.
     During the time when “the judgment was set, and the books were opened” (Daniel 7:10) will each and every human being “appear before the judgement seat of Christ” (2 Corinthians 5:10).  It is at this time that their record book is reviewed so “that everyone may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad” (2 Corinthians 5:10).

     Those who are judged worthy of the reward of everlasting life are those “that overcometh” their sins (Revelation 3:5), “by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony” (Revelation 12:11), and thereby have their names written and retained in the book of life.  This is only made possible because they accepted Michael or Christ as their God and Saviour, confessed His name before the world, and He has forgiven and even “blotted out” (Acts 3:19) all of their sins from every page of their record book so that only their good deeds remain recorded on its pages.

     Those who are judged worthy of the reward of everlasting death are those who have not overcome all of their sins, and therefore their names are not found written in the book of life, or their names once written there have been “blotted out of the book of the living” (Psalms 69:28, see also Exodus 32:33).  Either they did not accept Michael or Christ as their God and Saviour, or they had once accepted Him, but then gave Him up to continue in their sins.  Since Michael or Christ could not forgive or blot out any of their sins, then all of their sins are found still remaining on the pages of their record book, and they will be lost.

     If any question arises as to why this particular individual was judged worthy of gaining eternal life, but another received eternal death, then their record books can be closely examined to see and understand why.  Each of the lost can only blame themselves for being lost, because they refused to accept and confess that Michael/Jesus Christ was their God and Saviour, and their record book proves it!
     “He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.” 1 John 5:12.

6)    After all human beings have been judged and received their reward according to their works, the Lord God Michael will be proven to be just, righteous and faultless in all the decisions He made.  Even the lost will personally understand that they deserved death, and together with the righteous “every knee shall bow, every tongue shall sware” or confess (Isaiah 45:23), that “true and righteous are his judgements” (Revelation 19:2).  So even though the wicked are furious when the Lord causes “judgment to be heard from heaven” (Psalms 76:8), and they see and fully realize that they are forever lost, yet even “the wrath of man shall praise thee: the remainder of wrath shall thou restrain” (Psalms 76:10), as “all nations [or people] whom thou has made shall come and worship before thee, O Lord; and shall glorify thy name” (Psalms 86:9).

     There is coming a time in which the determined sinner will finally cross over the line of God’s forbearance, and their probation will close, the judgment will commence for them, the books will be opened and investigated into and discovery made that their sins have not been forgiven and blotted out of their book, and their name is “not found written in the book of life” (Revelation 20:15).  Then judgement will be pronounced against them, and they are destined for everlasting destruction by being “cast into the lake of fire” (Revelation 20:15), that is “prepared for the devil and his angels” (Matthew 25:41).

     But even though unrepentant sinners are destroyed by an angry God in His full wrath, yet their destruction is amazingly still carried out in love.  Having loved to sin on this earth, and since sin will not be allowed to “rise up the second time” (Nahum 1:9), then these sinners would be most miserable having to live in a sinless environment.  So God mercifully and lovingly allows the life of all determined sinners to forever end in the lake of fire so that they would not have to suffer in misery for eternity.

7)    Since the Lord God Michael will not at all acquit the guilty, will you now repent, or will you continue on in sin until your probation closes, you are judged guilty and unworthy of everlasting life, and you are then finally consumed in everlasting destruction?
     “And the times of this (or our) ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men everywhere to repent: Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness”. Acts 17:30-31.