Posts Tagged ‘John 3:16’

(Scripture from the NKJV and KJV)

– And hope makes not ashamed, because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given to us. For when we were yet without strength – in due time Christ died for the ungodly. – Romans 5:5-6

It’s very hard for someone who has never been able to give or receive human love – to comprehend or understand the incredible breadth, length, depth, or height of God‘s love for them (Ephesians 3:18). Without being able to do this – even as Christians – it makes it equally hard to accept His love or show it to the lost and unbelieving. However, human love is what we learn first – wrought with worldly conditions and expectations. These are based on factors such as money, emotions – even the calendar as in yesterday. Worldly love ebbs and flows dependent on the waves of life. God’s love is different – it is perfect (1 John 4:18) – often referred to as “agape” love. It does not peak or plummet depending on external and earthly circumstances and situations.

When a person is “born again” of the Spirit – the blood that Christ shed at Calvary is the same blood God sheds abroad in their hearts through the gift and power of the Holy Ghost (lead verse). A new heart and new spirit has been given from above (Ezekiel 36:26). A new creature in Christ begins to develop – and old fleshly and worldly things start to pass away (2 Corinthians 5:17). The born again person now bears the marks of Christ in their body (Galatians 6:17). It’s only at this point can any of us even begin to start comprehending God’s perfect love for us and the whole world (John 3:16). Our Father’s love is as strong as death – and it’s this love the breaks our bondage to it from birth – for that is why He sacrificed His only Son (Song of Solomon 8:6, Hebrews 2:14-15, 2 Timothy 1:10).

Upon the giving of the Holy Spirit, God begins a daily process of transforming minds and hearts – regenerating the inner man continually throughout life (Romans 12:2, 2 Corinthians 4:16). The mind of Christ has been given to a believer – and slowly over time – the way of Christ is learned (1 Corinthians 2:16, Ephesians 4:20-32). God begins teaching how to compare spiritual things with the spiritual – no longer from a natural “outside-in” approach (1 Corinthians 2:11-14). Every dead branch in the heart not producing any fruit is cleared away – so new and healthier spiritual growth can occur (John 15:1-5, Galatians 5:22-23). Fleshly and lustful ways of the former man – are slowly replaced with the faithful ways of the reformed man. All the while – day-by-day – God is steadily directing hearts into His love and unto the patient waiting for Christ’s return (2 Thessalonians 3:5).

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(Scripture from the KJV)

– Neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor power, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God – which is in us in Christ Jesus the Lord. – Romans 8:38-39

If God did not love us – He never would have sacrificed His only Son to die for us (John 3:16). Our Father would have left us here stranded and alone and fending for ourselves – trying to face life and deal with all its complexities, confusions, and contentions without any help from above. That’s not how He designed us – but it’s how we many of us can live when we lean on our own worldly wisdom and understanding of things (Proverbs 5-7).

However, God’s strength to help us overcome these things and handle them rests in our weaknesses – when we glory in our infirmities. To those of us like this who are humble – He gives grace to – which is sufficient for all things … so that the power of Christ can truly rest upon and help us (2 Corinthians 11:30, 2 Corinthians 12:9). To those of us who exalt ourselves, remain prideful, and stay clothed in our own righteousness – God will resist – even as believers (Job 29:14, James 4:7, 1 Peter 5:5). And, He has His ways of humbling us when we do (Matthew 23:12).

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(Scripture from the NKJV and KJV)

– Thanks be unto God for His unspeakable gift. – 2 Corinthians 9:15

During the holiday season each year, some of us may come across a church marquee or card that reads this: “Jesus came to pay a debt he did not owe – because we owed a debt we could not pay.” Over 2,000 years ago God gave us the most unspeakable gift – at the most unspeakable cost – the life of His only Son (John 3:16). We were all bought with a painful price – the precious blood of Jesus (1 Corinthians 6:20, 1 Corinthians 7:23). Our sin debt was forgiven and paid in full at Calvary. The reason we serve God is because we can never repay Him for what He did – this is our biggest reward and blessing (Romans 4:4, Ephesians 2:8-9).

This is why God does not recommend forgiveness – He commands it (Matthew 6:14-15). We forgive all others unconditionally for the sake of Christ – lest Satan should get advantage of us – for we should never be ignorant of his devices (2 Corinthians 2:10-11). What God did for all mankind by hanging His beloved Son on the Cross – was far more than enough for what we all deserve (Ezra 9:13, Hebrews 2:2-3). We must all be very careful and prayerful that it really was enough – that we never want anything more than to receive the end result of our faith – and the grace brought to us at the revelation of Jesus Christ (1 Samuel 12:21, Job 21:15, Job 35:3, Malachi 3:14, Hebrews 11:13-16, 1 Peter 1:9,13).

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