Ultimate Love For You

It has less than thirty words in most English versions of the Holy Bible, but speaks of the magnitude of God's awesome love for each one of us. And, if we take it to heart, it should inspire us to love Him back with what He has given us through His Son.
Ultimate Love For You
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God's love for each of us has nothing to do with a "warm, fuzzy feeling," but it has everything to do with His provision for our reconciliation with Him. Why do any of us need reconciliation with Him? I think you might agree not one of us is holy, yet His Word says that without holiness no one shall see Him (Hebrews 12:14).

No matter what you or I have heard from others about God, His written Word declares He is first and foremost holy. Given Hebrews 12:14 and other Holy Scriptures like Revelation 21:27 we see nothing sinful will dwell

with Him for eternity. Hopefully, though, you have heard from reliable sources that God has made the Way for any of us to be with Him eternally. The most reliable source you can hear it from is Jesus Christ Himself Who said, as recorded in John 14:6, that He is the only Way to God.

But why is He the only way? Because only Christ, being all God and all man, took our flesh, lived the life that was totally pleasing to the Father and then offered Himself as the completely satisfying sacrifice for our sins. No other faith offers a true eternal remedy for sin. And while many might fairly well grasp the physical torments that Christ went through, too few have any idea of His spiritual anguish in bearing our sins.

2 Corinthians 5:21 gives us a glimpse of that spiritual anguish: “He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” We really ought to meditate upon the words of  that verse, and more than meditate, we should take action out of an appreciative heart of love. For this message I have written a sentence which, after its introduction, may be broken into four parts design both to inform and inspire us (Yes, “us,” though I use the term “you” in this sentence to drive the point home to those who will hear the message.): "Christ loved you so much that He went from absolute pure and became totally filthy sin, so that the completely filthy unrighteous you grows as the completely perfect righteousness of God.”

I. Christ Loved You So Much That He Went From Absolute Pure . . .

“He made Him who knew no sin . . ."

As stated, the Holy Scriptures declare that God is first and foremost holy. The Holy Scriptures also show that for our salvation God subsists as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. This is a little similar to us because each of us subsists as three-in-one because each of us is body, soul, and spirit. In order for us to be a true child (son) of God, God as the Son veiled Himself of our flesh as already described. 

But before He did that in linear time He existed with the Father. John 1:1 states, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” Some Greek scholars state “with God” may be understood as “face to face with God.” All of this was before creation, before satan [1] decided to ascend to the place of God and before man [2] yielded to any suggestion by satan. Even after these occurrences God, Who is Spirit, Father, and Son, remained pure (1 John 1:5). Just think of a condition where there is not the slightest bit of evil.

Christ noted this glory existed when He prayed as recorded in John 17:5, “And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was.”  This was part of His conversation with the Father just before He went to the garden of Gethsemane. It was there that He told some disciples (Mark 14:34), "My soul is deeply grieved to the point of death; remain here and keep watch." Note well that He said, "My soul." The soul is the place of our desires.

He soon prayed, "Abba! Father! All things are possible for You; remove this cup from Me; yet not what I will, but what You will." Most people think He was referring to the physical torment and death He was about to undergo. However, the Gospels record that He spoke about these things without dread. Considering His mention of the glory He had with the Father as recorded in John 17 and that His soul was "grieved to the point of death" the cup He dreaded was becoming sin and thus having His fellowship with the Father interrupted. This is why just before He died He cried with a loud voice, "My God, my God, why have You forsaken me?" (Matthew 27:46, Mark 15:34).

II. And Became Totally Filthy Sin,

". . .  to be sin on our behalf, . . ."

So, for our salvation, Christ became sin and fellowship between the Son and the Father was disrupted. The magnitude of this is so bad that there is no example on earth that can compare to it. Even the worst fates we can think of that happen to children cannot compare, for no one or nothing can compare to the awesome glory of God. But, yet, if we attempt to make a comparison we can sense in a minute way the horror of going from pure to defiled.

Every sin ever committed, and every sin that will be committed, was actually given to Christ (Isaiah 53:5), "But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, And by His scourging we are healed." Think of what you might consider the worst sin. Is it murder? Child molestation or rape? Whatever it is, it was given to Christ.

All sins were given to Him. My sin and your sin was given to Him. And while there is a human tendency to think, "Well, perhaps I am a sinner, but I am not a very bad one. I do not commit the 'big' sins," the Holy Scriptures point out that sin is sin no matter what sin is committed or who commits it and punishment is due for our sins. Christ took our sin and our punishment. Hence, it is written (Galatians 3:13) , "Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us--for it is written, "Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree.""
 
III. So The Completely Filthy Unrighteous You . . .

". . . so that we . . ."

If this point sounds insulting keep in mind that earlier I included myself too. Compared to God, Who is immaculate, holy, perfect, each one of us is completely defiled. If one takes exception to the term "completely" permit me to


give the example that if I gave you a glass of cool water but before I handed it to you I put a speck of dirt in it or stuck my finger in the water you might be less inclined to drink it.

God does not grade on a curve. It is either perfect or defiled, and there is no in between. Consider these Holy Scriptures:

Isaiah 64:6 (KJV*) - " But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away." (Here the Hebrew for "filthy rags" means "menstrual cloths.")

Ecclesiastes 7:20 - "Indeed, there is not a righteous man on earth who continually does good and who never sins."

Romans 3:10 - "as it is written, "There is none righteous, not even one;""

In order to dwell with Him for eternity God requires perfection (Matthew 5:48). However, unless we receive and apply His remedy, Jesus Christ, outside of Him we are imperfect. Isaiah 53:6 states, "All of us like sheep have gone astray, Each of us has turned to his own way; But YHVH has caused the iniquity of us all To fall on Him." This is why Christ became sin for our sake to the end that we might be saved from our sin and the wrath of the Father. Anyone truly in Him . . .

IV. Grows As The Completely Perfect Righteousness Of God

" . . . might become the righteousness of God in Him."

Although I have "grows" as part of point four, there is that aspect of the loving grace of God wherein when the Father views us He sees the perfection of His Son. This is no spiritual "make believe" on the part of the Father because Christ actually became what we were, took the full penalty, then rose from the dead. As long as we remain in Christ we are declared by the Father to be righteous, even though we all have to spiritually grow.

At salvation we become one with Christ. We die to self and let Him live through us. His works will flow through us and, of course, His works are purely righteous works. This too is part of the grace of God. He desires to do this for us because of His immense and incomprehensible love He has for each of us. As we grow in Him we learn more and more about His will and our desire to do His will also grows.

Most of us, if not all of us, who are truly in Christ find there are times we struggle with doing His will. Then, when we do His will that we have been struggling over there are times our attitude of heart and mind is still reluctant even though we do what He wants. This, in itself, is a sin although we have outwardly done what He requires. Provided we eventually deal with this inward shortcoming we are covered by the blood of Christ.

There is that aspect of grace that though we falter we are still covered. However, we must not fall into the trap of cheap grace [3], otherwise we shall fall from grace. As we remain in Christ we are viewed as the righteousness of God, but we must cooperate with His grace that enables us to forsake self and grow in Him (Philippians 2:12).

In all, as we remain in Him we are declared the righteousness of God. If we remain in Him we will grow in Him, and as we grow in Him we remain in Him. As recorded in Romans 1:17, "For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, "But the righteous man shall live by faith." As we grow in Him Christ will show us where to improve, where to repent. Out of love for Him we should confess the same and follow through.

Oh what love God has for each of us that through His Son He took our flesh, and then the Son, the spotless, blameless, innocent Son became our sin so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him! How shall we respond to such ultimate love? 2 Corinthians 5:15 tells us how: "He died for all, so that they who live might no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf." Do not live for yourself, but live for God through Christ.

Notes:

[1] Not capitalized on purpose. Triond gives me the freedom to express myself in that way.

[2] Used in the proper traditional sensible sense, denoting all people, male and female. I could not care less about being politically correct.

[3] My previous article at http://holybibletreasures.expertscolumn.com/article/steps-victory further describes cheap grace and gives insight to true grace.

This article was written in the form of a sermon (message) outline with comments. God willing by September 26, 2016 (hopefully much sooner), you should be able to hear the actual message (sermon) by selecting a link at http://www.sapphirestreams.com/life/audioM.html#M414 .

Unless otherwise noted all Holy Scripture is from the New American Standard Bible changing LORD to YHVH as it rightly should be when the text so indicates. * = For other versions the spelling of some words is updated for our time in addition to changing LORD to YHVH as it rightly should be when the text so indicates.

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Article Written By BrotherPete

I am a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, having served over forty years as a pastor. I graduated from Northeast Bible College of Green Lane Pennsylvania and have a Bachelors Degree in Bible. I am enthused about the Word of God and how it can make a positive change in the life of anyone once it is teamed up with faith and the Holy Spirit. I am happily married. Visit www.sapphirestreams.com.

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  • nbillett  10-02-2017
    God is the potter and we are the clay that he works on. He molds and fashions into his image and likeness and we are to strive to be one with him.
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