© 2012 • Hillcrest Church of Christ
by Danny Boggs
God is love, and God is a consuming fire (1 John 4:8; Hebrews 12:29).
Jesus is divine, and Jesus is human (John 1:1; Hebrews 2:14).
The Bible showers us with God’s love, and the Bible blankets us with expectations (Romans 8:38-39; Ephesians 4:25-5:2).
God examines the heart, and God expects obedient action (1 Samuel 16:7; James 1:22, 26-27).
God will reward eternally, and God will punish eternally (Matthew 25:46, 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9).
Compassion is required in human relationships, and confrontation is sometimes necessary (Ephesians 4:32; James 5:19-20).
Salvation cannot be accomplished without God’s grace, and salvation will not be accomplished without our obedient works (Ephesians 2:5; James 2:24).
Salvation follows faith in Christ, and salvation comes when we are baptized (John 3:16; 1 Peter 3:21).
Each half of each sentence above is true. The truths do not contradict but complement each other. If in our belief and practice we isolate any of them from the others, we lose something essential. God wants us to see the big picture, and no single Bible passage paints it completely.
“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15).