I thank God whom I serve, as did my ancestors, with a clear conscience, as I remember you inconstantly in my prayers night and day. 2 Timothy 1:3
Some people would have us believe that there are two gods in the Bible, the Old Testament god full of wrath always looking to punish and destroy. This god is vengeful and petty. Then there is the New Testament god, the god of love and peace. Kind of like a cosmic hippie. A cursory look at the Bible might lead one to this two gods conclusion but if one really reads the Bible they will see that there is one and only one God in the Bible.
In today’s verse Paul writes that he serves the same God as his ancestors served. Paul did not worship multiple gods; no he worshiped the one true God. The God who created the universe and led Israel out of bondage into the Promised Land. The same God who took on flesh and lived among us. Who willingly went to a death on a cross, died and was resurrected. Paul so no conflict between God’s actions in the Old testament, Paul’s Bible, and what He did and taught as the Son. We see God’s love in the Old Testament in how He constantly looked over Israel and forgave them when they came to Him in repentance. We also see God’s anger when He took the Jewish ruling class to task for their lip service to His Word.
God is unchanging. Yes, He punishes sin. He also forgives sin. His goodness requires that no sin come before Him, but His goodness is so great that he provides a way for the worst sinner among us to be cleansed of all sin and stand before Him in righteousness. One God. One way. Christ.
Have a blessed day,