By Gilbert Alexander

God reasons with mankind (Isa. 1:18). His reasoning is always righteous and for our good. He has made provisions that all things work together for good (Rom. 8:28). God also gives reasons many times for His commandments, and those reasons are righteous. His reasons are as authoritative as His commandments are. For example, when He gives the reason for water baptism, the remission of sins, the reason becomes a part of the command therefore, immersion in water because one thinks that his sins have already been forgiven, that he is already saved from his sins is not in compliance with the commandment of God (Acts 2:38; Mk. 16:16).

God is not required to give a reason for His commandments, just as earthly parents are not required to give their children reasons for every command. Abraham was not told why God told him to take Isaac and offer him as a burnt offering until after the test was completed (Gen. 22:1-13). He did give a reason for the command that Israel not intermarry with heathen people (Deut. 5:15). Likewise, God has given His people today reasons for honoring one’s mother and father (Eph. 6:1-4), for loving one’s enemies (Matt. 6:14,15), for not laying up treasures on earth (Matt. 6:19-21), for working  and earning wages (Eph. 4:28; 1 Tim. 5:4-8), why the law of God was changed in providing the New Testament (Heb. 6:20; 7:12-14,18), and why God gave His Son for all men (Jn. 3:16; Rom. 3:21-25; Titus 2:11-14).

God’s reason for allowing suffering and trial of our faith is that we might learn patience (Jas. 1:2,3) and that the genuineness of our faith may be proven (1 Pet. 1:6-9). God gave up the nations that rejected knowledge of Him because of their rejection of Him, to debase themselves (Rom. 1:18-32). Can we not see from these and other examples that  God’s purpose has always been for the good of mankind, providing insight so that we might not lose heart because we do not understand? Every revelation of God is for our good, that we might obey Him (Deut. 29:29; Rom. 1:5, 16:25,26). It is vital that we understand the reason God gave us His revelation. It is not designed to confuse those who whole-heartedly seek Him, but rather to make known to them the way of life. This being true, we ought to treasure His Word in our hearts, so that we might not sin against Him (Psa. 119:11).

Let us give diligence to show ourselves approved to God, as workmen who do not need to be ashamed because we handle aright the Word of truth (2 Tim. 2:15). By this conduct on our part, God’s reason for giving us His Son and the truth which reveals Him to us will be fulfilled, and the goodness and righteousness of God will lead us to eternal life as He purposed (Jn. 10:10).

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