What Good is God’s Love?
Sometimes Christians tell the lost people “God loves you,” but do we ever tell them in what way God loves them? Romans 5:8 says, “God exhibited or demonstrated His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” While you are cheating on your mate, watching pornography, stealing from your employer, destroying the environment, hunting for sport, living on cocaine, failing to honor God, avoiding the gospel, loving money more than virtue or resisting the Holy Spirit God was hating your error, but loving you.
If Jesus Christ has come to live in us, Colossians 1:13 says, “Who has delivered us from the power of darkness and has translated us into the Kingdom of his dear Son.” Transferring you out of those destructive activities which He hates, will bring you real joy and safety for you and your loved ones. God cannot transfer you because by His measure you are not a good person but He can transfer you because He is a good God. When He gave us His Son it was so He could die in our place for our sins and give us His righteousness. We were hell-bound, ready to perish and didn’t even know it. So He didn’t give us a cute little baby Jesus to hold or hippy Jesus to recite poetry to us, He gave His Son to be killed for us. Who else do you know that would die for you?
Yes, God causes the rain to fall on your garden, gives you a raise so you can buy better food, shows you how to pay less for your gasoline or gives you a wonderful mate or a new car. But these are mere trinkets compared to what He has to offer, even though every good and perfect gift comes down from above. (James 1:17) We are not waiting to be translated into the Kingdom of God’s Son; we are already translated there if we have faith in Christ. Hebrews 4:3b says, “…the works were finished before the foundation of the world.” God had a lot to do to accomplish all the deliverance and gift of eternal life and it may amaze you to discover that all this was done in the mind of God before the earth had its foundation. Revelation 5:9b says, “For thou was slain, and has redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people and nation.” See what I mean? It’s not that maybe Christ will redeem us but the scripture says He has redeemed us! Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. (Romans 10:17)
All we have to do is believe what God said and it shall be established in our life. (Read Job 22:28) If God said Jesus died for us, all we have to do is trust in that and we will have taken a step into a life that never ends. 1Peter 1:18-21 tells us, “Forasmuch as you know that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation (living) received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you, Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.” Notice that by saying we were not redeemed with corruptible things, it goes on to declare that we were redeemed by the precious blood of Jesus Christ. Luke 1:68 says, “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he has visited and redeemed his people.” Notice that all these scriptures say that we were redeemed.
God gave us great grace under the New Covenant. Romans 6:14-15 says, “For sin shall not have dominion over you: for you are not under the law but under grace. What then? Shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.” Romans 7:6 says, “But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter.” Romans 8:3-4 indicates, “For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, condemned (already judged) sin in the flesh: That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.”
You will keep seeing the word Spirit or Holy Spirit popping out of many of these scriptures. Jesus said if He would not return to the Father in Heaven, the Holy Ghost or Spirit would not come. But if He came, He would abide with us forever. (John 14:17-18)
Praise the Lord we should be thankful that we are delivered by Jesus Christ. “Giving thanks unto the Father, which has made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who has delivered us from the power of darkness and has translated us into the kingdom of his dear son.” (Colossians 1:12-13) “We wait for God’s Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus which delivered us from the wrath to come.” (1Thessalonians 1:10) God delivered us, hallelujah!
Some people will tell you, “You do not know if you have been given eternal life.” John 6:23 says, “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Hebrews 9:12 says, “Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he (Jesus) entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal (life) redemption for us.” 1John 5:11-13 says, “And this is the record, that God has given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that has the Son has life; and he that has not the Son of God has not life. These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may believe on the name of the Son of God.”
You followers of the Lord, are you happy yet? “We are being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. (Romans 3:24) “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Romans 5:1) “Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.” (Romans 5:9) Many Christians are fearful of the wrath of the Lamb spoken about in Revelation 6:16. 1Thessalonians 1:10 tells us to “Wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.” Whether you understand its true meaning or not, God did foreknow us and predestinated us.
“Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.” (Romans 8:30) Justified means to be accounted as just. Glorified means manifested or revealed as sons and daughters of God. Did God ever call you? Did you ever feel the tug of His Spirit on your heart? Did you ever respond to it by believing? If God called you, He also glorified you. In God’s book, just because you did not appear in glory yet doesn’t mean it did not happen. You see God declares the end from the beginning. (Isaiah 46:10) “That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.” (Titus 3:7) Our hope is based upon the fact that we have been given eternal life. (1John 5:11-12)
Our offering is being sanctified by the Holy Ghost and what is sanctification and what is our offering? See Romans 15:16 which says, “That I (Paul) should be the minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministering the gospel of God, that the offering up of the Gentiles might be acceptable, being sanctified by the Holy Ghost.” Romans 12:1-2 says that we are the acceptable offering to God, all of us who are called by His Spirit. Sanctification or being sanctified means being set apart to God. Without being perfected by God, sanctification cannot be realized. 1Corinthians 6:11 says, “Such were some of you (sinners): but you are sanctified, but you are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.” Hebrews 2:11 says, “For both he (Jesus Christ) that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren.” Hebrews 10:14 says, “For by one offering he has perfected for ever them that are sanctified.”
“For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.” (Romans 5:10) “For by grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God.” (Ephesians 2:8) Doesn’t grace appear a lot more wonderful than the law? “God has saved us and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began.” (2Timothy 1:9) According to His mercy He saved us. (Titus 3:5) His love surpasses our knowledge and all knowledge. It is deep and wide. He is not waiting to decide whether or not you will be saved, but whether you have received His gift of salvation.
How shall we conclude this great love story? God has redeemed us who believe in Jesus Christ as our Savior. God has reconciled us. God has saved us. God has delivered us. He has justified us. God has also sanctified us. God has translated us and given us eternal life. No wonder the scripture asks, “If God be for us, who can be against us?” There are many more words to describe what God in His love has done for us and these were just a few of them. We are complete in Him. (Col 2:10)