We Do Not Initiate God’s Love

Posted August 14, 2018 by SandreS
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We love him, because he first loved us (I John 4:19).

The truth about God and His word helps us in our daily walk, our attitude and assurance about many things, and it allows us to relax in the presence of difficulties. Even so, our knowledge of truth does not initiate God’s love nor does it launch His plan of redemption. Our justification and salvation is secured in full by the finished work of Jesus Christ.

My salvation comes from the Lord alone (Jonah 2:9 NIV).

Mike Owens

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Our Human Resistance

Posted June 4, 2018 by SandreS
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Contrary to what we might fear, the Creator and Father of our souls – the Lord of hosts and King of kings – is good.

The history of organized religion, at least in the Western tradition, is a record of our human resistance to the proclamation that God is love, that His love extends to everyone, and that it is in no way conditioned upon human obedience or human faithfulness. We shall find in the end,

Perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love (I John 4:18).

Thomas TalbottThomas Talbot
The Inescapable Love of God, page 1
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God’s “Wrath”

Posted March 14, 2018 by SandreS
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What is translated as “wrath” in conventional translations cannot – as commonly believed – be an essential change of disposition on God’s part toward man. God has only one disposition, one inclination, one divine posture in His relationship with man: that of unconditional love coming to us in unearned grace. He is determined to fully give Himself to us unreservedly. When one sees this, we become His bond slave, bound by such love.

The primary Greek work translated as “wrath” is “orge,” from which we get our English word, “orgy,” and it’s various forms. The word itself and its root conveys aroused passion, excitement, a reaching after, and overlaps in meaning with “thumos,” translated also as “wrath.” Ed Browne translates “orge” as (God’s) “intrinsic fervor.” I like that. I think Ed has captured the essential meaning. For me, it suggests ravishing love.

Since God IS love, then wrath necessarily is a form of love, for nothing could proceed out from the nature of God that is inconsistent with the love that He IS. The conclusion is just too obvious once one has been delivered from the dark, demonic imagination that fuels eternal torment dogma; namely, that God, when faced with the ontological contrarianism that seeks to impose on us a false identity, with us being overcome by a false persona, His love is aroused to reclaim us, to lay claim with divine jealousy to that which belongs to Him. With intrinsic fervor He reaches out to possess that which is His, and we are His by creation and by redemption …

What is commonly called “the wrath of God,” is that quality of love that will not let us go, and will not let us miss the glory of His love. It’s an awesome, passionate, jealous, intense, possessive love that, when heated up, fills us with awe. Initially it can be terribly frightening to be the object of such fervor.

John R. Gavazzoni
The Cup of God’s Wrath (2006)
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Unbounded Love

Posted March 7, 2018 by SandreS
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What was it, blessed God,
Led Thee to give Thy Son,
To yield Thy Well-Beloved,
For us by sin undone?

’Twas love unbounded led Thee thus,
To give Thy Well-Beloved for us.
To shed His precious blood,
To suffer and to die.

’Twas love – unbounded love to us
Led Him to die and suffer thus.
Therewith to fill our heart,
With heavenly peace and love.

Ann Taylor Gilbert (1782-1866)
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The Love of God

Posted March 4, 2018 by SandreS
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The Love of God is greater far
Than tongue or pen can ever tell;
It goes beyond the highest star,
And reaches to the lowest hell.

The guilty pair, bowed down with care,
God gave His Son to win;
His erring child He reconciled,
And pardoned from his sin.

Could we with ink the ocean fill,
And were the skies of parchment made;
Were every stalk on earth a quill,
And every man a scribe by trade,

To write the Love of God above
Would drain the ocean dry,
Nor could the scroll contain the whole,
Though stretched from sky to sky.

Oh Love of God, How rich and pure!
How measureless and strong!
It shall forever more endure
The saint’s and angel’s song.

Frederick M. Lehman (1868-1953)
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God’s Wrath Is the Operation of His Love

Posted January 24, 2018 by SandreS
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God’s wrath is indeed “revealed from heaven” against the wickedness of men, and our inner instinct approves of it, because it must be so. But since God is love, and can never change His nature, His wrath must also be a manifestation of His love, just as a genuine human father shows his love just as much toward his wayward son, when he chastises him, as when he, at other times, gives him good gifts. God’s wrath simply manifests the eagerness of His love, which desires the salvation of His human children, and therefore is bent on overcoming and abolishing all obstacles that hinder His gracious purpose. So His indignation is altogether holy, and His wrath is His love in operation, to bring about the salvation of mankind. This idea of love manifesting itself in wrath is admirably expressed in the Song of Songs 8:6-7 where we read,

… For love is strong as death, its jealousy hard as the unseen, its burning coals as burning coals of fire, the blaze of Yah. Many waters cannot quench love, nor can streams overwhelm it. …

Gustavus Hiller (1852-1939)
The Great Question
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God Is Love

Posted January 22, 2018 by SandreS
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We are never told that God is justice, or God is power, or God is wisdom. These are His attributes, not His essence. The distinction is of vital import in the conflicting maze of reasoning concerning God’s ways and words. Justice and power and wisdom are relative, but love is absolute. He is never so just as when He justifies the unjust, for that is in line with His love. He is never so strong as when His weakness overpowers human strength, for that links it to love. He is never so wise as when His foolishness confounds the wisdom of men, for that glorifies love.

All of His attributes appear and withdraw at the beck of love. All serve it and never go counter to its commands. We cannot reason that God will do thus and so because He is just, or strong or wise. Love may not give leave. But we can safely lay our heads on the bosom of His love and there learn the great lesson that He is love, and has both the power and wisdom to carry out the dictates of His affection. What clearer proof can be given that all that He has done and is doing is leading up to that grand ultimate when He will be All in all, and love will rest in being loved?

A.E. Knoch (1874-1965)
Concordant Commentary, page 371
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