For God so Loved the World

June 5, 2013

For God so Loved the World

John 3:16 (Amplified)
For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten (unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life.

When I see images of space with its vastness, huge nebulas, stars and galactic composition it just amazes me that in contrast to all of this we are but less than a speck of dust in the scope of it all. Yet, for some reason, the Awesome, Almighty God that created it all loves and delights in us. He even loves us beyond the scope of our understanding and if that were not enough, He gave His only begotten Son to die for our sins. I’m not sure the true depth of God’s love even begins to penetrate our consciousness. If it did, how could we be anything less than completely His, without question or reservation? God saw fit to create us with a quality that is uniquely Godlike, a will and a choice. In that sense He made us like little God’s with the ability and freedom to choose our destiny and to choose if we would accept Him or reject Him. Some have become so blind in their spiritual ignorance that they refuse to acknowledge God though He is staring them right in the face. All around us is His evidence. All of the intricacies and the balance we see in nature, physics and the order of the universe are hardly a series of the freaks of nature and happenstance. How can we be so naïve to deny that there is at least a greater intelligence that is behind all of this? The apostle Paul speaks about this in Romans 1:19-22, “19For that which is known about God is evident to them and made plain in their inner consciousness, because God [Himself] has shown it to them.
20For ever since the creation of the world His invisible nature and attributes, that is, His eternal power and divinity, have been made intelligible and clearly discernible in and through the things that have been made (His handiworks). So [men] are without excuse [altogether without any defense or justification],
21Because when they knew and recognized Him as God, they did not honor and glorify Him as God or give Him thanks. But instead they became futile and godless in their thinking [with vain imaginings, foolish reasoning, and stupid speculations] and their senseless minds were darkened.
22Claiming to be wise, they became fools [professing to be smart, they made simpletons of themselves].”
We have been given Jesus, the express image and revelation of the Father in our own form to communicate to us the love, the will and the heart of the Father. Jesus was the divine expression, not of God’s wrath or judgement, but rather of His tender love for humanity and His desire to give it His life and salvation. Nevertheless, God gave us the will to choose or reject Him. It is that rejection and selfishness that has produced a world so full of heartache, sickness, sin and death. Ironically, most of us want to turn around and blame God for humanities choices. “Yeah, but if He is really God He can fix it can’t He?” He did. Without taking away from the free moral agents that He created us to be, He sent Jesus to reconcile us back to Himself, but it is still based on our choices. God gave us elements of His nature and image that we alone have to take responsibility for. Unfortunately we have to live in a world where we have to also share in the consequences of those who don’t take responsibility or who choose to reject Christ.
Those of us who embrace Christ know by His Word that this age will have its season to either receive or reject God’s salvation. We also know that in the ages to come that the glory of Christ will be revealed and those that have loved Him will be revealed in glory with Him. The things of this earth must play out their divine appointment till the end of the age when Christ is revealed and satan is dealt with in finality. The reckoning will come, accounts must be paid, all things will be weighed and that which has not been covered in the blood of Jesus will be found wanting.
Our Awesome, Almighty God has given us all things that pertain to life and godliness in Christ. When we reject of deny His gift of life and forgiveness, He doesn’t condemn us, we condemn ourselves, but it is in His righteous nature and responsibility to carry out just judgement. It is not in God’s will or design that any should perish, but He has given us a will also and He will not violate our choice if we have chosen to reject Him, the life and salvation that can be ours in Christ. It will not give Him pleasure to see us perish in our sin, but that is our choice.

Blessings,
kent

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