Love of God
The Lord God has chosen to fully reveal Himself through His
Son, Jesus Christ. He has done it in such a way that a finite mind might grasp the
essential truth of Gods infinite being (Rom. 1:19-20).
“No one has seen God at any time; the only begotten
God who is in the bosom of the Father, He has explained Him” (John
1:18). We have come to know God’s love “because He laid down His life
for us” (1 John 3:16). “By this the love of God was manifested in us,
that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might
live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He
loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins” (1 John
4:9, 10). “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we
were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom. 5:8).
God declared His love in the cross of Jesus Christ,
and we need never question it ever again. Jesus Christ “loved me and
gave Himself for me.” We perceive and understand the love of God because
Jesus laid down His life for us.
In eternity we will have a ceaseless unfolding of that
fathomless expression of boundless love, says Lewis Chafer. For God so loved
the world that He gave . . . The ultimate picture of the love of God is the cross of
Why such a demonstration of love? God was in Christ reconciling
the world unto Himself (2 Cor. 5:19). Every righteous judgment of
God against sin was removed by Christ.
Sin is not a fleeting thing, or a small issue with
God. It has eternal repercussions and was dealt with at Calvary by the
atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ. The only means of dealing with sin is
the all sufficient Substitute who stood in the sinner's place until all
the grounds of our condemnation was dealt with past, present and future.
Jesus Christ died for me, and as a result, I will never have to bear
what He bore on the cross on my behalf. Christ died for me so that I might not
die. The wages of sin is death. Christ died my death for sin. Gods love
provided a substitute for me which reaches out into infinity. This is His constant
attribute toward the sinner.
Jesus is the Lamb slain from the foundation of the earth.
Gods love is undiminished. God has perfectly demonstrated His love to sinful man.
The cross is Gods perfect and final revelation of His love.
God manifest that great love while we were still hostile sinners
(Rom. 5:6, 8). Sin created the greatest problem for God, and in the cross of Jesus God
provided the only possible solution for Himself. Every sinner is at enmity toward God. The
cross of Jesus reveals the desperate wickedness of our sins.
God alone accomplished the reconciliation of sinful, rebellious man
to Himself. He accomplished it by the death of Jesus on the cross. All of us like
sheep have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; but the Lord has caused the
iniquity of us all to fall on Him (Isa. 53:6). Whom God displayed publicly as
a propitiation in His blood through faith. This was to demonstrate His righteousness,
because in the forbearance of God He passed over the sins previously committed (Rom.
3:25). For He [God] has made Him
[Christ] to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God
in Him (2 Cor. 5:21).
God accomplished our reconciliation to Himself through the death of
Christ. God was in Christ reconciling the world unto Himself. Jesus said,
I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No one has taken it away from Me,
but I lay it down on My own initiative. I have authority to lay it down, and I have
authority to take it up again. This commandment I received from My Father (John
10:17-18). Jesus was in control of His own death. Father into Thy hands I commend my
spirit. Moreover, God the Father was involved in Jesus death (Acts 2:23).
Infinite love was unveiled at the cross in the saving act of God in
the death of Christ. God was in Christ. In that death, God has set forth
Christ to be a propitiation through faith in His blood, to declare His righteousness for
the remission of sins. . . that He might be just and the justifier of him who believes in
Jesus (Rom. 3:25-26).
God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord
Message by Wil Pounds (c) 2006
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