The Essence of His Nature

Posted May 26, 2022 by SandreS
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In one word, God is Love. Love is the deepest depth, the essence of His nature, at the root of all of His being. … His perfection is His love. All of His divine rights rest upon His love.

George MacDonaldGeorge MacDonald (1824–1905)
“The Creation in Christ”
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(Originally published in three series in 1867, 1885, and 1889 in London by Longmans, Green & Co.)

Bringing Home His Wandered Children

Posted May 8, 2022 by SandreS
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Away with the thought that God could have been a perfect, an adorable creator, doing anything less than He has done for His children! … The idea that God would be God all the same, as glorious as He needed to be, had He not taken upon Himself the divine toil of bringing home His wandered children, had He done nothing to seek and save the lost, is false as “hell.” Lying for God could go no farther. As if the idea of God admitted of His being less than He is, less than perfect, less than All-in-all, less than Jesus Christ! Less than love absolute, less than entire unselfishness! …

It will be answered that we have fallen, and God is thereby freed from any obligation, if any ever were. It is but another lie. No amount of wrongdoing in a child can ever free a parent from the divine necessity of doing all He can to deliver His child.

George MacDonaldGeorge MacDonald (1824–1905)
“The Voice of Job”
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(Originally published in three series in 1867, 1885, and 1889 in London by Longmans, Green & Co.)

Truthing in Love

Posted July 20, 2021 by SandreS
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But speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him, Who is the Head, even Christ (Ephesians 4:15).

There is actually no [Greek] word here for “speaking.” If the English language would permit the use of “truth” as a verb we should express the original best by saying “truthing in love.” The word [ἀληθεύω (alētheuō)], translated “speaking the truth” implies more than verbally stating the truth. The force of the expression indicates that the believer speak, live and act according to “the Truth” … and all of this is to be done so “in love.”

charles-h-welchCharles H. Welch (1880-1967)
An Alphabetical Analysis, Volume 5, page 85
Things to Come, Volume 16, page 93 (August, 1910)
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The Whole Universe in Harmony with God

Posted June 20, 2021 by SandreS
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Many plain direct statements in the Sacred Scriptures declare that the purpose of God through our Lord Jesus Christ is to bless all humanity and to bring the whole universe into harmony with Himself.

How can this be if myriads of mankind whom He so loves were to be kept alive forever in hopeless misery? And what kind of a god could love the sinner with Calvary love until he died, and then leave him in indescribable suffering eternally?

G.T. Stevenson
Time and Eternity: A Biblical Study
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Grounded in Love

Posted May 14, 2021 by SandreS
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Our vitality and stability depend upon the apprehension of God’s love. As a plant seeks its sustenance and strength in the soil, so we should search for our sustentation and support in the subsoil of all of God’s activities, the fact of His affection. We can flourish in no other ground. Here alone can our roots find nurture and our trunk find strength. Both of these are necessary for fruit.

The most beautiful tree in all my garden fell to the ground. It had ample roots, but was not well grounded. It could not withstand the winds of adversity. How many of us have failed to fasten firmly on the love transcendent? Only in this can we stand and bring forth fruit for God’s delectation. Nothing else will delight Him. No substitute should satisfy us.

A.E. Knoch (1874-1965)
Unsearchable Riches, Volume 22 (1931)
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God Is Not a Loser!

Posted October 30, 2020 by SandreS
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To those who may still think that God can ever be a Loser, that He may lose a part, and a large part, of His own Kin (Acts 17:29), I would say solemnly, “Harden not your heart!” Perfect Love can never lose those whom He loves (I Corinthians 13:8).

Alexander Thomson (1889-1966)
Author of How Eternity Slipped In: Or, Whence Eternity?
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The Sovereignty of Grace

Posted July 4, 2020 by SandreS
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For in grace, through faith, are you saved, and this is not out of you; it is God’s approach present, not of works, lest anyone should be boasting. For His achievement are we, being created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God makes ready beforehand, that we should be walking in them (Ephesians 2:8-10).

Salvation, justification and glorification are all gifts from God, that His beloved Son “… be Firstborn among many brethren” (Romans 8:28-30). These same gifts cannot be gained or forfeited through any subsequent disobedience or failure. Indeed, any further act of sin would simply call forth greater increases in the provision of grace (Romans 6:1)! … Such love confirms the sovereignty of grace.

The love of God has been poured out in our hearts … [and] Neither death nor life, nor messengers, nor sovereignties, nor the present, nor what is impending, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus, our Lord (Romans 5:5; 8:38-39).

Donald Fielding
Unsearchable Riches, Volume 85

All of God’s Creatures Will Finally Be Happy

Posted June 18, 2020 by SandreS
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Nothing can be more contrary to the divine nature and attributes than for a God all-wise, all-good, all-powerful, and all-perfect, to bestow existence on any being whom He foreknows must terminate in wretchedness and misery without respite of end. His goodness could never give birth to any one being, and much less to numberless beings whose end He foresaw would be irretrievable misery; nor could even His justice inflict everlasting punishment.

God made all of His creatures finally to be happy; He could never make any whose end He foreknew would be misery everlasting. God is love; infinite benevolence alone prompted Him to action, and infinite benevolence combined with unerring wisdom, and supported by irresistible power, will infallibly accomplish its purpose in the best possible manner.

Thomas Newton (1704-1782)
Dissertations on the Final State of Mankind
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The God Who Loves Sinners

Posted April 6, 2020 by SandreS
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He has a single, relentless stance toward us: He loves us. He is the only God man has ever heard of who loves sinners. False gods – the gods of human understanding – despise sinners, but the Father of Jesus loves all, no matter what they do. But of course this is almost too incredible for us to accept. Nevertheless, the central affirmation of the Reformation stands: through no merit of ours, but by His mercy, we have been restored to a right relationship with God through the life, death, and resurrection of His beloved Son. This is the Good News, the gospel of Grace.

Brennan Manning (1934-2013)
The Ragamuffin Gospel, p. 18
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I Receive Gladly That God is Love

Posted March 28, 2020 by SandreS
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I received gladly, both with feeling and understanding, the doctrine that God is love. Everything which opposes this – a burning hell, therefore, whose fire endures forever – I could not recognize.

Hans Christian Andersen (1805–1875)
The True Story of My Life, p. 77
Translated by Mary Howitt (1847)
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