When Jesus prayed in John 17 to His Father, He calls Him “Holy Father” and “. Righteous Father.”and at the end He says “so that they may know your Love as I have.”
Both the OT and the NT refer far more frequently to a Holy, righteous God of justice than to the Loving God that we know, through Jesus, for Him to be.
Some of our understanding or knowledge of God seems to hang more on how we now perceive our relationship to be than what is scripturally shown.
The bible is a book of truth that Yes, we get guidance from but which is really very full of stories of how God has dealt with His problem of His disobedient children.
In Genesis we see God’s sadness at how wrongly humans have turned out that: He regretted creating them.
His being and need for justice and righteousness supersedes His need for wrongful people and He causes a flood and we read about His plan in the story of Noah.
God remained a step away from us until the crucifixion and resurrection where we see that His love for us is so great that He sacrifices His Son that we might become justified.
Those things that were not Holy or righteous in us, hinged around our lackIng in obedience to His commands, our amorality and our violence physically or mentally towards others.
We’re redeemed by Jesus’ innocent death for our sake.
The veil was torn. He no longer waits on high and we were restored to a closer walk with God again by Him residing in us and we in Him.
Jesus is the Love and the Holy Spirit is the advocate.
Some things still will not work out until we have been further shaken and warned.
We have seen the writing on the wall and have turned from our wicked ways and repented.
God is the loving God declared in Revelations but His nature and whole being is pure, moral, just and righteous and this is what He still calls us to be.
He stands erect and upright and needs to be seen squarely not lopsidedly.
God sets rules of righteous standards.
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.”
We understand the cross only when we understand that we all fall short of this but it is attainable through Jesus.
In the world, ruled by the enemy we see boundaries erased and behaviour more extreme and carnal in search for self gratification.
Within the boundaries of the kingdom and belief and knowledge of Jesus we find freedom, peace and liberation.
The illustration Shows the writing in the sand. Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you alleluia.
The three scriptures that come to mind:
“And I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, keep them in your name, which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are one.”John 17:11 ESV
“O righteous Father, even though the world does not know you, I know you, and these know that you have sent me.”John 17:25 ESV
“I made known to them your name, and I will continue to make it known, that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.””John 17:26 ESV
The song. Seek Ye First the Kingdom of Godhttps://youtu.be/S1Y8Naj3RFk