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Why do good things happen to bad people? 8.20.2010

Filed under: Old & New Testament — Adam Osborne @ 8:18 pm

WHY DO GOOD THINGS HAPPEN TO BAD PEOPLE

Subtitle: God’s Promises to His children
A bible study by Adam Osborne, Jr. Job 11:18 (NIV)
19 August 2010

On 19 August 2010 I did a Google search for a term that we are all familiar with: “Why do bad things happen to good people”. Guess how many replies from Google I received? Google replied with 343,000 results in 0.31 seconds from the Google server.

Today, I’d like to for us to discuss…. “WHY DO GOOD THINGS HAPPEN TO BAD PEOPLE?”

Don’t misunderstand my intentions; I’m not talking about how or why the wordly, flesh motivated, sinful, secular people of this world sometimes appear more successful, more lucky…. That’s not where I’m going in this study.

WHO IS BAD?

Romans 3:23 (NIV) for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
Romans 5:12 (NIV) Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned—
Gen 6:5 (NIV) The LORD saw how great man’s wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time.
Psalms 14:3 (NIV)3 All have turned aside, they have together become corrupt; there is no one who does good, not even one.

    Are there any other scriptures that you can think of that discuss the fact that all men are sinful?”

  • Ps 53:3
  • Ps 130:3
  • Prov 20:9
  • Eccl 7:20
  • Isaiah 53:6
  • Isaiah 64:6
  • Micah 7:2
  • Gal 3:22
  • 1 Jn 1:8
  • 1 Jn 5:19

So, there shouldn’t be any question, we are all “bad”, sinful people.

But, for “all of us” our sin separates us from God. Is there a scripture that bridges the gap? Is there a scripture that tells us “how” and “why” a Holy God would still cause “Good Things to Happen to Bad people”?

THE ANSWER

Romans 8:1-4 (NIV) 1 Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, 2 because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death. 3 For what the law was powerless to do in that it was weakened by the sinful nature, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful man to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in sinful man, 4 in order that the righteous requirements of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the sinful nature but according to the Spirit.

Since now we now know that believers stand UNCONDEMNED and RIGHTEOUS before a Holy God….now we can discuss “Why Good Things to Happen to Bad people”

Good things happen to bad people because God promises to:
Give us Spiritual cleansing:
Psalms 65:3 (NIV) When we were overwhelmed by sins, you forgave our transgressions.
Isaiah 1:18 (NIV) “Come now, let us reason together,” says the LORD. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.

Good things happen to bad people because God promises to:
Comfort us:
Isaiah 12:1 (NIV) In that day you will say: “I will praise you, O LORD. Although you were angry with me, your anger has turned away and you have comforted me.

Good things happen to bad people because God promises to:
Supply all of our bodily needs:
Psalm 37:3-6 (NIV)Trust in the LORD and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. 4 Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart. 5 Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this:
6 He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.
Mal 3:10 (NIV) Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.

Good things happen to bad people because God promises to:
To give us divine sonship
John 1:12 (NIV) Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—

Good things happen to bad people because God promises to:
Give us ETERNAL LIFE
John 3:16 (NIV) “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
John 11:26 (NIV) and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?”

Good things happen to bad people because God promises to:
Give us Spiritual Fullness
John 6:35 (NIV) Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.

Good things happen to bad people because God promises to:
Supply us with unlimited blessings:
Mark 9:23 (NIV) “‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for him who believes.”

Good things happen to bad people because God promises to:
Heal us
Ex 23:25 (NIV) Worship the LORD your God, and his blessing will be on your food and water. I will take away sickness from among you,

Good things happen to bad people because God promises to:
Answer our prayers:
Mark 11:24 (NIV) Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.

Good things happen to bad people because God promises to:
Remove life’s obstacles
Luke 17: 6 He replied, “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it will obey you.

Good things happen to bad people because God promises to:
Give us spiritual LIGHT
John 12:46 (NIV) I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness.

Good things happen to bad people because God promises to:
Give us Power for His Service
John 14:12 (NIV) I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.

Good things happen to bad people because God promises to:
Save us
Romans 1:16 (NIV) I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.

Good things happen to bad people because God promises to:
To be full of compassion and mercy
James 5:11 (NIV) As you know, we consider blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.

Good things happen to bad people because God promises to:
Be our deliverer
Psalms 116:8-9 (NIV) For you, O LORD, have delivered my soul from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling, 9 that I may walk before the LORD in the land of the living.

Good things happen to bad people because God promises:
That we will not be given more than we can handle
1 Cor 10:13 (NIV) No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.

Good things happen to bad people because God promises to:
Give us HOPE
2 Cor 1:10 (NIV) He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us,

Good things happen to bad people because God promises to:
Rescue us from evil
2 Tim 4:18 (NIV) The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and will bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom. To him be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Good things happen to bad people because God promises to:
Release us from the fear of death
Heb 2:15 (NIV) and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.

Good things happen to bad people because God promises to:
Forgive us for our sins
Mark 3:28 (NIV) I tell you the truth, all the sins and blasphemies of men will be forgiven them.

Good things happen to bad people because God promises to:
Open our eyes and turn us from darkness
Acts 26:18 (NIV) to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.’

Good things happen to bad people because God promises to:
Be our REDEEMER
Isaiah 44:22 (NIV) I have swept away your offenses like a cloud, your sins like the morning mist. Return to me, for I have redeemed you.”

Good things happen to bad people because God promises to:
Be our God of MERCY who freely pardons
Isaiah 55:7 (NIV) Let the wicked forsake his way and the evil man his thoughts. Let him turn to the LORD, and he will have mercy on him, and to our God, for he will freely pardon.

Good things happen to bad people because God promises to:
Give us perfect peace
Isaiah 26:3 (NIV) 3 You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.
John 14:27 (NIV) Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

Good things happen to bad people because God promises to:
Be the God of plenty
Lev 26:5 (NIV) Your threshing will continue until grape harvest and the grape harvest will continue until planting, and you will eat all the food you want and live in safety in your land.

Good things happen to bad people because God promises to:
Preserve the faithful
Deut 6:24 (NIV) The LORD commanded us to obey all these decrees and to fear the LORD our God, so that we might always prosper and be kept alive, as is the case today.

Good things happen to bad people because God promises to:
Give us spiritual progress
2 Cor 3:18 (NIV) And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

Good things happen to bad people because God promises to:
Be the God of protection
Psalms 41:2 (NIV) The LORD will protect him and preserve his life; he will bless him in the land and not surrender him to the desire of his foes.
Luke 21:18 (NIV) But not a hair of your head will perish.

Good things happen to bad people because God promises to:
Be the God of security
Job 11:18 (NIV) You will be secure, because there is hope; you will look about you and take your rest in safety.

Good things happen to bad people because God promises to:
Bless us when others persecute us
Matt 5:11-12 (NIV) “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Good things happen to bad people because God promises to:
Make us co-heirs with Christ that we may share in His glory
Romans 8:17 (NIV) Now if we are children, then we are heirs–heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.


DISCLAIMER: I did not come up with the title of this study. I actually heard Adrian Rogers say this “quote” during one of his sermons. Like so many of Adrian’s “quick-quotes”, this one got my mind turning. So, I went home, and put a study together. I did not use his “theme” or plagiarize his study.

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