Can a Sinner Defeat God’s Love?

Posted November 6, 2017 by SandreS
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Love … is not taking account of evil (I Corinthians 13:6, Concordant Literal Version).

I am convinced that God loves all (John 3:16, Romans 5:6-10), and that “love never faileth” (I Corinthians 13:8). Therefore, if one sinner is endlessly lost, that sinner has defeated the love of God and that is impossible.

Louis Abbott
An Analytical Study of Words
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The Lord Is Good to All

Posted November 2, 2017 by SandreS
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The Lord is good to all: and His tender mercies are over all His works (Psalm 145:9).

God is glorified when His love, goodness, mercy and grace are proclaimed; when His goodness is seen to embrace all; His grace shown to abound much more than sin; His mercy declared to triumph over judgment,” and His love known to be, not simply one divine attribute among many, but the very essence of His Being, the motivating principle and power behind all His works (Psalm 145:9; Romans 5:20-21; James 2:13; I John 4:8, 16).

Anthony Johnson
The Larger Hope
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Kindly Affectionate

Posted October 15, 2017 by SandreS
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Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love (Romans 12:10).

The Greek word Paul used for “kindly affectioned” in Romans 12:10 is Φιλόστοργος (philostorgos, Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance, G5387) is a word meaning “affectionate regard of members of a family” (E.W. Bullinger, Companion Bible Notes) or “cherishing one’s kindred” (Strong’s).

As believers, Paul tells us that we are bound by family ties. These are not, however, bonds of genealogy, but rather spiritual bonds of a far higher household – “the family of faith” (Galatians 6:10, Concordant).

The root of our English word “kindly” is, of course, kind. What may be interesting to note is that it was originally “kinned.”

A “kind” person is a “kinned” person, one of kin; one who acknowledges and acts upon his kinship. — Richard Chenevix Trench (1807-1886), On the Study of Words (1859), page 53.

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
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Honor

Posted October 14, 2017 by SandreS
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in honor preferring one another (Romans 12:10).

The word “honor” in Romans 12:10 is the translation of the Greek word τιμή (timē), meaning “value … by analogy esteem.”

The value of anything is what someone is willing to pay for it. Paul tells us that we’ve been bought with a price (I Corinthians 6:20; 7:23); and the word that Paul used for “price” is this same Greek word used in Romans 12:10 for honor (τιμή).

The value of anything is what someone is willing to pay for it. God paid for us with the sacrifice of the “Son of His love” (Colossians 1:13, Concordant). This sets our value at the highest in the universe. Thus, by faith this is to be the extreme value that we place on each other, “in honor preferring one another” (Romans 12:10).

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
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Difficult Places

Posted October 4, 2017 by SandreS
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It is a very simple life when the one fact has laid hold of our hearts that Christ lives in us. Whatever situation we are in, we are then able to look away from it and recognize in faith that the Lord Himself has put us there, and is revealing Himself through us in it. He puts us in difficult places and with difficult people, so that He can love them through us. We are forced to keep seeing God working all out in perfect love, even when the externals are so imperfect.

Norman GrubbNorman P. Grubb (1895-1993)
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An Absolute Secret

Posted July 27, 2017 by SandreS
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Unless we realize the fact that the burden of Ephesians was an absolute secret, this precious quality will not endear it to us, and we will fail to appreciate its message and the underlying love which it reveals. Its greatest charm will be lost to us if we find it foreshadowed in Genesis, or foretold in the Hebrew prophets, or revealed in the “gospels,” or the Acts of the Apostles, or if we even confuse it with Paul’s previous revelations in his earlier epistles. It was hid from the eons in God (Ephesians 3:9) and was made known only by Paul, during his Roman imprisonment (Ephesians 3:8).

A.E. Knoch (1874-1965)
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Establishing Saints in Grace

Posted July 12, 2017 by SandreS
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I am trying with God’s help to establish saints more in grace. I find only a very few rejoicing in the Lord as they might be; most seem to believe that they [start out] at first by grace, as a pure unmerited gift from God; but that, after that, they are expected to go on well [by] themselves, and when they fail to do so, they get legal, and miserable, and discouraged. They get out of heart, and give way to wrong things, and have no strength to attempt right things. It is only in [grace] that they catch glimpses of their Father’s face.

Yet, if they would only in their hearts believe it, they are in Christ all the time; never under condemnation; always under grace; always loved with the same love as Christ. God intends us to have Christ for our life, now, practically, just as much as for our righteousness before the throne. There is not a sin which we see in ourselves which the blood of Christ does not cleanse, and no service is required of us for which He does not give us ample strength in Himself. How is it that saints go on groaning over their own few bad pennies, instead of rejoicing in the unsearchable riches they have in Christ?

J.G. M’Vicker (1826-1900)
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