Tuesday, April 12, 2016

What is God's love for man?

What is love - 
Love is illustrated in length throughout the bible. God loves His people; Christ loves His people, love is unconditional, or so it is commonly believed. Unconditional means "not subject to any conditions," but is God's love for us unconditional? The answer to that question is Yes and No.
Here is why I think so: God loves us, that is no doubt. He sent His only begotten Son to die in our place because He loved us so; Christ, the Son of God also willingly gave of Himself to torment and death because He loved us so--that love is unconditional. But even though Jesus and our Heavenly Father love us so much, they have conditions for us to meet before we can receive the blessings and rewards of their love--that love is conditional. Jesus Christ offered His blood as atonement for our sins so that through Him we might receive eternal life--that is the covenant God made with His people on earth--but just because we are all offered that gift equally, it does not mean we all receive it equally. Weather or not we receive the gift Christ has given to us is dependent on whether or not we accept it and the conditions to heed to.
God established his Covenant (the promise of eternal life), but He gave conditions to meet with the covenant (Perfect submission to His will and perfectly sinless obedience), and with the Conditions of the Covenant, God gave us the means by which we can meet the conditions (that is Christ, who's blood is able to wash away all our sins and bring us into perfect obedience unto God).

"6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.
7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?" ~Heb 12: 6 and 7.
"For whom the LORD loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth." ~Pro 3:12
However, though Christ loves all of mankind equally no matter what we have done, there is a point when His love runs out. The gift of Eternal life and forgiveness that He has offered is offered freely, but if we should choose to not accept the gift, and the conditions with it, we would eventually bring ourselves out from His love and into His condemnation and wrath. God is Just, and full of mercy, but if we are not in submission to His will, then we are in rebellion to it. Thus saith the Lord, "And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. (Rev 22:12)." There will come a time when probation closes that God will pour out His wrath upon all who have persecuted Christ and His people. After the probation closes, there will be no mercy offered to those who have rebelled against His will and have not turned from their evil ways.

Time is running out, folks. "Choose you this day whom ye will serve (Joshua 24:15)."

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