The Love of God

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life (John 3:16).

 

God so loved the world…

The little word “so” is vital to the understanding of this text and of the love of God. God loved the world to such a degree that He sacrificed His Son upon the cross of Calvary. God sacrificed His Son because of our sins, because of our transgressions of His law, because of our disobedience to the word of God.

God loved mankind so much that He separated mankind from everything else. Mankind is part of God’s creation but, by the love of God, is set apart by having been given dominion over the rest of the creation. Mankind lives on an earth which is temporary but, by the love of God, is given the opportunity to have a home eternally in Heaven. Mankind dwells in a body which will taste of death but, by the love of God, can receive from God a body which will live forever.

Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou crownedst him with glory and honour, and didst set him over the works of thy hands: Thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that he put all in subjection under him, he left nothing that is not put under him. But now we see not yet all things put under him. But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man (Hebrews 2:7-9).

Even though mankind is made a little lower than the angels, Jesus Christ did not die for the angels but for man. When angels sin they have no hope of forgiveness; they have no sacrifice to remove their sins (II Peter 2:4). By the love of God, through the precious blood of Jesus Christ, mankind can be redeemed from his sins.  Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot (I Peter 1:18-19).

In the month of January we studied lessons built around the concept of new or beginning: the new life; the new opportunity; the new zeal and the new goal. In February we have studied lessons concerning love: the love of God; the love of God in marriage; the love of God for others and the love of God for self. In March we will study lessons concerning endurance: lessons wherein we will learn about enduring hard times; enduring good times and enduring time. To successfully endure this life one must first have the new life found only in Christ Jesus and know the love of God manifested through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.

                                                                                        Tim

 

 

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