Archive for September 28th, 2018

1 John 4:9-10

In 1 John 4:9-10 we learn what the real essence of love is.  God showed how much he loved us by sending his only Son into this wicked world to bring to us eternal life through his death”. This shows us what true love is and what it means. Love is not only defined by the sacrifice of Jesus but is also defined by the giving of the Father. It was a loving sacrifice by the Father to send His only Son as a sacrifice to pour out the judgment we deserved upon Him on the Cross.  God’s love is multi-dimensional.  It is expressed to us by the entire trinity, and is not different between the three Beings of that Trinity.

Guzik writes “Some of us, for whatever reason, have come to think of God the Father as aloof and mean, perhaps the so-called “angry God” of the Old Testament. In this wrong thinking, many imagine they prefer the nice and loving Jesus instead. But the Father loves us too; and the love Jesus showed in His ministry was the same love God the Father has towards us”. The love of the Father was not only in the sending of His Son, but also in what that sending accomplishes for us. It brings life to all who trust in Jesus.  There is an outcome associated with God’s love through Christ – the forgiveness of and payment for our sin.

John explains it further. In this act we see what real love is: it is not our love for God but his love for us when he sent his Son to satisfy God’s anger against our sins”. Salvation is not something we initiate or actually have anything to do with except receiving God’s grace for our sin.  Some versions describe what happened when Jesus went to the cross as propitiation, which means that Jesus provided a once and for all time sacrifice that turns away the wrath of God. God will judge us, and hold us accountable for our sins meaning eternal separation apart from Him, as the outcome of His judgment.

 But when Jesus went to the cross to be the propitiation for our sins, we experience the true love of God. There was nothing better God the Father could give to a lost humanity than the gift of the Son of God Himself. He sent the Son, not on a fact-finding mission or merely a mission of compassion – He sent the Son to die for our sins. Boice described it this way: “If God had merely sent Jesus to teach us about Himself, that would have been wonderful enough. It would have been far more than we deserved. If God had sent Jesus simply to be our example, that would have been good too and would have had some value… But the wonderful thing is that God did not stop with these but rather sent His Son, not merely to teach or to be our example, but to die the death of a felon, that He might save us from sin.”  That’s what God’s love is – an overwhelming and never ending sacrifice for our eternity!

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