1 John 4:7-11
9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. 10 For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. 11 And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.
12 Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned—
7 If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten? 8 But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons. 9 Furthermore, we have had human fathers who corrected us, and we paid them respect. Shall we not much more readily be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live? 10 For they indeed for a few days chastened us as seemed best to them, but He for our profit, that we may be partakers of His holiness. 11 Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.
13 For when God made a promise to Abraham, because He could swear by no one greater, He swore by Himself, 14 saying, “Surely blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply you.” 15 And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise. 16 For men indeed swear by the greater, and an oath for confirmation is for them an end of all dispute. 17 Thus God, determining to show more abundantly to the heirs of promise the immutability of His counsel, confirmed it by an oath, 18 that by two immutable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we might have strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope set before us.
19 This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil, 20 where the forerunner has entered for us, even Jesus, having become High Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.
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When I asked the question before he puts the title, the sermon up there, that was a hint. I’m going to ask you to describe god with one word. women who said, love love, Love, god is love. We’re going to be, you know, there’s this been kind of a theme this morning is love, you know, we’re talking about the Fruit of the spirit and we know what is the greatest the greatest fruit is love. You know, we can have all these amazing gifts. We can have the voice or those are the gift of prophecy teaching and healing and all these things. But as if it is without love, where does a sounding gong? aren’t we saying? Right, clanging, symbols, making noise. But it’s love, god’s love. And I truly believe that it’s god’s love is what motivated god to create the heavens in the earth. I believe it is god’s love that motivated god to create man. He wanted to have that love relationship with man. I believe. Love is what motivates god to do all that he does for us. It is his love that motivated in the sandy, sun, gods. But we’re going to look at some of the different types of god’s love this morning. You know, as I truly believe that we should never tire of hearing about god’s love. And as we talk in this morning, it is amazing. It god chooses to. oftentimes, i know that god can do the supernatural divine, but often chooses to use us to demonstrate his love, heal, demonstrate his love towards, towards others by using us. And sometimes we do mess up don’t way. But he still uses us. He is so long, patient and suffering, and kind towards us praise god for his amazing love. We’re going to look, we’re going to still in 1st john, and I’m back in 1st john chapter 4 again, because we only did versus one through 6 last week versus 7 to 11. And those kinds of short passage for me usually that are about 20 versus long. Don’t fret. I have other along with laughter is good right here. The word of the Lord. beloved. Let us love one another. Let us think in for a moment, for a move on. As I just said, he demonstrates his love for people through us sometimes right. Let us love one. Another for love is of god and everyone who loves is born of god and knows god is like we can’t do it. If we don’t know god to me, it’s what that saying. He who does not love does not know god for god is love. In this, the love of god was manifested towards us that god has sent his only begotten son into the world that we might live through him in this is love, not that we love god, but that he loved us and sent his son to be the propitiation for our sins, beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. Seems like sad a school always nits so nicely with what the sermon is going to be about. We ought to love one another. May god add his blessings to the hearing in the reading of his holy word, let us pray. grace’s father, we do give you praise and glory and father. We thank you for your amazing love and father. I just pray that by the power of your spirit, you would help us to love as we ought to your father. I know that we sometimes missed the Mark, but father help us to keep trying. Keep, try and keep trusting. You father, may we be faithful to allow your spirit to just work in and through us mightily fall that you would just pour out your love for your children through us. father made the church be faithful to love. father, i just pray your spirit would be in his place today that is bless us with your presence and we just thank you, father. Thank you for your amazing love in jesus name. A man. I want to begin by talking about god’s providential love. Now if you look up the meaning of providential, the answer you’re going to find is that it refers to the care exercise by god over the universe, his care over events, his care over circumstances. Sometimes we wonder if he’s there and circumstances were in, but he is always there gods. providential love is his care for us watching over us all the time in this type of god’s love, my friends is experienced by all people, not just the church. It is experienced by all people, whether they believe in god or not. They experience, even those that are atheist, that deny him to say there is no god, they experience god’s providential love because they experienced the blessings of his creation. All the resources of his creation. They have breath, right? They have breath even those atheists have breath or breathing. So they are experiencing god’s providential love because god is one, is provided that breath for them. In matthew, 54345 says you have heard that it was said, you shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I say to you, love your enemy. bless those who curse you do good to those who hate you and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you. Now, isn’t that a tough command? Those are spiteful use. You were to play for them or to love them. That’s a hard one. We want to car far down out of heaven and have god destroy them. Because the wickedness Were to do that. So says that you may be sons of your father in heaven for he makes his son to rise on the evil and on the good. And since rain on the just and on the unjust, his rain falls on the land of the unjust form, or just the same as it falls on the land of the just former. Does it not? In genesis 2, verse 17 and also verse or chapter 7, verse 15. It says in the Lord God for man of the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life. And man became a living being. So even that man has already said the rejects god, that breath that he has us from god. You know, as I was pondering, is that I thought of cain enable. We all know the story. We know that kane enable, prepared to sacrifice for god, and God was pleased with able sacrifice. It was played and he gave him the best in his heart was right. But god was displeased with cane sacrifice. It wasn’t the best in his heart, wasn’t right. So kane was jealous and angry because god rejected his sacrifice. So he killed his brother. abel took a rock and struck him and killing his blood in the ground and cries out. But cain says, it’s too much the punishment. You give me, I’m going to look that up. It’s in genesis chapter 4. I think I might have had more in genesis chapter 4. It’s not gonna be on the screen. Versus 131413 or 15. It says in cane, said to the Lord, my punishment is greater than I can bear. surely you have driven me out this day from the face of the ground. I shall be hidden from your face, all shall be a fugitive and a vagabond on the earth. And it will happen that any one who finds me will kill me, and the Lord said to him, therefore, whoever kills cain vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold. And lord said a mark on kayla’s. Anyone finding him should kill him. Now my friends, he was disobedient. He was on faithful, but yet he experienced god’s providential love. I’m going to put a mark on you to protect you. So even those who outright reject god still experience his providential love. chapter 7 verse 15. It says they in every beast after his kind or cattle, after their kind, every creeping thing that grapes on the earth at the risk kind in every bird after its kind, every bird of every sort. And they went into the arc of though arc to know 2 by 2 of all the fish, which is, which is the breath of life. Our friends, every Thing that has flesh, he said, for his dinner all flesh and which is the breath of life where every mess that up every thing that has less it has the breath of life, experiences, not just mankind, but experiences god’s providential love. Every man, do you have a pulse? Put your hands on your research. Yeah, I hope you do it. You have a pause. You’re experiencing god’s providential love Is experienced by all And then there’s god’s saving love. And there is no break greater passage that reveals god’s saving love than john chapter 3, verses board 14 through $21.00. And as moses lifted up, the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the son of man be lifted up that who ever is not just saying for the jew not if the jews looked to him, but whoever? whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life for god so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son. Why to give his own gun, son. Because he so loved the world that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For god did not send a son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through him might be saved. He who believes in him. So he who believes in the son believes in jesus christ is not condemn Big period at the end of that got that whoever believes in him is not condemned. But he does not believe is condemned already. Because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten son of god. And this is the condemnation that the light has come into the world. And men love darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil. For every one, practicing evil hates the light and does not come to light. less is de should be exposed. But he does. The truth comes to the light that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in god that your deeds may be done in god. You know, I said that all people experience is god’s product providential love. But not all will experience, god saving love, not because god’s withhold it from them. But because they refuse to receive it. They refuse it. They reject christ. But for those who will receive his son, they shall receive his forgiveness. It is available to all who come it is god’s will. That all men would come to the saving knowledge, jesus christ. But he has given each and every one of us our own free will And this saving love, my friends is not what we have done. But it is what he has done for us. He gave, he gave his only begotten son. His love is so great. His saving love that he made away that we can be forgiven of our sins or trespasses against him. Inside his 3 verses, 4th or 6 says, but when the kindness and the love of god, our savior toward man appeared not by works of righteousness, which we have done. You get that is not by the works of rises that we have done. But according to his mercy, he saved us Through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the holy spirit who may poured out on us abundantly through jesus christ. Our savior. friends are righteousness as are filthy rags. At doesn’t mean we don’t attempt to live holy and do what is pleasing under him, but our rises like filthy rags. It is only his righteousness that will save each and every one of us. I found an illustration that demonstrates the love of god. Says a certain mitty, mid evil monk announced that he would be preaching next Sunday evening on the love of god. And as the shadows fell in the light cease to come in through the cathedral windows. So remember this meal times, they didn’t have lights, right? The congregation gathered in the darkness of the altar, the monk lighted candle and carried it to the crucifix. First of all, he illuminated the crown of thorns. Next he went to the 2 hands that were pierced. Then he took the light and shined it by the wound in the side where the spear had wounded cry side. And as a great hush fell over the congregation, he blew out the candle. And he left the chancel. There was nothing else to say. Is not true, there is nothing else to say when we see that we realize it. He was crushed for our iniquities. He was wounded for our transgressions. He was despised and rejected by men. Does not say at all. Does that not demonstrate god’s awesome and amazing love? There is no greater example, no greater demonstration Than what he gave. His son romans 59 through 12, much more than having now been justified by his blood. We shall be safe from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of his son much more having been reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. And not only that, but we also rejoicing god to our lord jesus christ, through whom we have now receive the reconciliation. Therefore, justice through one man sin enter the world and death through sin and thus death spread to all men. Because all sin god did for us what we could not do for ourselves. impossible that we could live the absolute perfect life and save ourselves. We might offer sacrifices as the old testament people did to remind us of our sins. But we cannot save ourselves. Only he could do that for us. Now let’s look at god’s covenant love. We know what a covenant is, right? It is an agreement entered into by 2 or more persons or parties. It is a contract if you will. theologically speaking, it is the promise of god. bless those who will bay him who are faithful to him who enter into covenant agreement with him. near my one verse 5 says and I said I pray, lord, God of heaven. Oh, great and awesome god. You who keep coming in mercy with those who love you and observe your commands. Those who, why do we keep his commandments? Because we love him because he is love. You know the marriage covenant that men and women enter into that we make before god and we make before the church is a wonderful example of what a covenant is supposed to mean, Right? We enter into marriage for better for worse, richer for poor sickness and health. So there was part to remain faithful to one another. Is that not part of the marriage covenant? The agreement, right? Well, glamour magazine did a survey of men and they ask, which married val. covenant is the hardest to keep. 19 percent said that it was to love and sickness and in health. And another 19 percent said, for richer for poor and not as riches. I thought they were, i’m leaving that dude right. I’m married 1st money and found he didn’t have any right. But they say the top of all was to forsake all others. 60 percent of men said that is the hardest. So they’re saying it is hardest thing to be faithful to the wives, to be true to the wives. But my friends, when I take those married vows that were agreed to do, to be faithful to our spouse, to have no other woman before us to be true. God, covenant is very similar. We are to have no other god before thee gods. A jealous god. He don’t want us val carouse and running around with false gods in idols. But we were to fall with him to keep covenant with him. God made a covenant promise with abraham that he would bless him if he believed his home land and go to a place that he was showing why? Because there was false idols. There, there was false gods come out. And that may be your god. In genesis 12 or 123. Now the Lord had said abram, get out of your country from your family and from your father’s house to a land that I will show you, make you a great nation. I will bless you and make your name great. And you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you and I will curse him. curses you, and in you, all the families of the earth shall be blessed. God made covenant promise with abraham to bless him if he was faithful to him. Did not worship these false gods and in jeremiah 313134. behold the days are coming, says the Lord. When I will make a new covenant with the house of israel, with the house of judah, not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand, lead them out of the land of Egypt. My covenant, which they broke, though I was a husband to them, says the Lord. But this is a covenant that I will make with the house of israel after those day says lord. And we were speaking of this is out of school. I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts, Those commandments. The written here now on our hearts, and I will be their god and they shall be my people. No more shall ever man teaches neighbor and every man his brother said no, the Lord for they all shall know me from the least of them to the greatest of them says the Lord for I will forgive their nicholas and their sins. I will remember no more my for us as a wonderful promise there. When we believe on christ, when we ask forgiveness of our sins, i will remember them No more. God says, but the devil once keep reminders of our sins, dunning, remember that said you committed 25 years ago. Are you really forgiven? Well yes you are. Because god is faithful, faithful to forgive us of our sins. So again, all were experience, gods, providential love. Those who believe in christ will experience a saving love. Those who enter into covenant promise will experience that that love. Jesus said in loop 1433. So likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be my disciple. We have to be faithful to him. We can’t be like that 60 percent that have a hard time being faithful to the wise. We must be 100 percent faithful to God. True to him. Have no other god before thee. God wants to enter into covenant. Love with you. With me. You know, there are no just, maybe this goes along with this a little bit, but this been thinking so much lately that we, you know, maybe just talking about the things of the world so much in sabbath school. We need the whole very loosely to the things of this world Very loosely. I think with each passing day, we need the that are gripped me a little looser on the things of this world. And whole little bit tighter to God. That was just extra. Next is a love that most of us don’t really appreciate and like so well, disciplinary love. I mean he likes discipline, come on for sure hand up, right. Who like discipline? Not many of us, but it’s usually necessary whenever we experienced discipline. What paired if they saw their child out playing by the street on a busy highways, not going to discipline and tell them get back in the yard. Right. You know, artist, story a long time ago this guy hit others, his friends, the neighbors thought that they were a little bit extreme, a little harsh, with a way to discipline their children. But he said, we’ve taught our children and we say no, no means no. If we say stop, it means stop. There is not going to be up for debate. The child’s not going to say, well, what about what to, what about I want to stop. He said, because if we’re out in the yard and they run to run across the street and we holler stop, our kids stop immediately and we’ll stop what? Well, there was a car common so they just saved their job. But what about that kid doesn’t listen to mom and dad are going to ignore me and keep running out in the street. Right. So we discipline our children. Why for their own good, for their own safety? Because we love them. God disciplines us sometimes we don’t run out into the street. So it’s often necessary. hebrews 127 to 11 says if you indoor chastening, god deals with you as with sons. So as with sons or daughters, right? For what son is there whom a father does not chasten, but if you are without chastening of which all had become partakers, then you are ill, illegitimate, and not sons. furthermore, we have had human father, she corrected us, and we paid them respect. shall we not much more readily be in subjection to the father of spirits and live for they indeed, for a few days chastened us as things best to them. Yes, we mess up sometimes, right as pairs as the best to them. But he, for our profit that we may be partakers of his holding his holiness. Now No chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful. Right? We can ascribe that it’s painful we’re experiencing it. nevertheless, afterwards, it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. He is not pleasant when we’re going through it. But the end result yields fruit. I think of those it enter the military. often times you know, they’re, they’re young, fresh out of high School. Many times. Sometimes they’re full brats. Sometimes they’re unruly. Sometimes they’ve even been into legal trouble. I mean, I know amanda, he had a choice. The judge said, you either gwinnett military or you’re going to jail, which you want to do. He chose a military, so they may go in a little bit of a bad guy on really guy. But they get in experience that discipline, that they used to experience in the military. I hope they still do. And they come out a better person, a more respectful person, A more lawless or more lawful, not lawless, or more lawful person. Because they’ve experienced that discipline, that experience in the military. So god has are good in store whenever we experience his discipline, that we will be a better person to bear fruit, not for ourselves, but for him, for his kingdom, right. If God did not care for us, he wouldn’t discipline us. Right? He just let us know about our own business or own demise digger room greys right Now there’s gods affirming love to affirm means to declare or state positively, to assert and maintain to be true. Well, I’m gonna 1st say god’s word from front, the back declares his love that affirms his love. But let’s look back to 1st john, chapter 4. In this, the love of god was manifested towards us that god has sent his only begotten son into the world that we might live through him in this is love, not that we love god, but that he loved us 1st and sent his son to be the propitiation for our sins, beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. He affirmed his love by sending his son, but he also affirms that we ought to love one another. That’s the main focus that sinks that that perfectly thinks into all that. Here’s the word we ought to love one another hebrews 613 through 20 says There was again this god’s promise. The abraham says there was no one greater to swear by god took a nose in his own name saying I will certainly bless you and I will multiply your descendants beyond number. And abraham waited patiently and he received well guarded promise that when people take an oath, they call when someone greater than themselves who hold them to it. And without any question that oath is binding. God also bound himself with a note so that those who received the promise could be perfectly sure that he would never change his mind. I want to pause for a moment. God will never change his mind. When we come to the end of our days, god’s not going to say, sorry, that was all big joke. I’m just kidding. I really didn’t save. You know? god’s not going to change his mind. He’ll stand on his word. Sir. God has given both his promise and his oath. These 2 things are unchangeable because it is impossible for god to lie. Therefore we who have fled to him for refuge can have great competence as we hold to the hope that lives before us. This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into god’s inter sanctuary. Jesus has already gone in there for us. He has become our eternal high priest in the order of el, now kiss a deck. God has affirmed his love towards us. He’s not going to change his mind. I think of the story of jacob. laban jacob made an agreement with layman that he worked for him for 7 years. And I’ll give you rachel to be your wife. So he works for 7 years at the end of 7 years. What the laban do, he gave him leah. Well that’s not what we bargain for. He tricked him. Well, you work another 7. Then I’ll give you rachel gods, not like that. He’s going to give us what he’s promised, and he’s promised life for those who believe in his son, jesus christ. He has a firm affirmed his love. revelations, 3 verse 20 says, behold i sanded the door, knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door. I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with me, opened the door of your hearts. Anyone may hear this message is not up and you opened your heart to God. Please open your heart. receive him in receive his love experience. god’s love. You’ll never be the same. We know the love chapter only 1st corinthians 13 is not gonna be on the screen either. First, for my friend’s love suppers long and it is kind Sometimes we don’t suffer too long. Do we were impatient, beloved suffers long and it is kind. Love does not envy. Love does not parade itself. Love is not puffed up. Love does not behave rudely. Love does not seek its own. Love is not provoke love, thanks. No evil. Love does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth. Love bears all things. Love believes, all things love, hopes, all things, love in doors. All things love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will fail. Whether there are tongues, they will cease whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away, for, we know and part and we promise i am part. But when that which is perfect is come than that which is in part will be done away. Says when I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child, but when I became a man I put away childish things for we now see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known and now abide faith, hope and love these 3. But the greatest surveys my friends, his love is love, love will never fail, Will never fail us. God demonstrates his love through each and every one of us through his church. Not just this church to his church is how he demonstrates his love. How are we doing? I think I kind of sums up the sabbath school discussion. How are we doing? I can answer that for you, and as I’m on the receiving end of your love, right? Then I can answer that for you. But how will others, how will those in our lives answer that question about you. Only you can know the answer to that. Our friends let god use you, let god pour out his love through you. May you be a vessel for god’s love to be demonstrated to the world experienced by the world because god is love, we too ought to love one another. A man.