Friday, May 27, 2011

God's Glory in Salvation through Judgment

Two things I'm grateful for this morning:
  1. I purchased Hamilton's book called God's Glory in Salvation through Judgment on Kindle for only $7.99 (retail $40).
  2. Kindle has added the copy function to their Kindle for PC app, making it easy to copy excerpts and attribute them well.
That said, here is a great paragraph from the book that summarizes what I think the book will primarily be about:

"Salvation shows God to be “merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and great in steadfast love and faithfulness, keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin” (Ex. 34:6b–7a). Ross Wagner rightly states, “These words are invoked repeatedly throughout Israel’s sacred writings as a way of characterizing the intimate connection between God’s very nature and his commitment to his people.”88 Judgment shows God to be the one “who will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the sons and on the sons of the sons, on the third and on the fourth generations” (Ex. 34:7b; for a catalog of quotations of and allusions to this text, see the appendix to chap. 2, §8, “Exodus 34:6–7 in the Law, Prophets, and Writings”). Thus, salvation and judgment balance one another. The reality of judgment should keep us from thinking of God in purely sentimental terms as though he were a grandfatherly buddy who just lets things go. The reality of salvation should likewise keep us from thinking of God as merely a terrifying, vengeful judge89 Those who flee to him will be saved, but those who do not fear him will be judged. Paradoxically, it is the reality of his terrifying judgment that is meant to send us fleeing to him. This matches the “eternal gospel” proclaimed by the angel in Revelation 14:6–7: “Fear God and give him glory, because the hour of his judgment has come, and worship the one who made the heaven and the earth and sea and springs of water.”

Hamilton Jr., James M. (2010). God's Glory in Salvation through Judgment: A Biblical Theology (Kindle Locations 929-940). Good News Publishers/Crossway Books. Kindle Edition.

1 comment:

rusman said...

Thanks for posting this. I am currently writing curriculum for a youth leadership camp in Texas on the Glory of God and Hamilton's book has been a great help!