Tuesday, 13 July 2010

The Strength of His Love

The Strength of His Love

“This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him” (1 John 4:7-10)

The strength of God’s love for us was revealed through the price that He was willing to pay – the very blood of His own son Jesus Christ. “Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins” (1 John 4:7-10).

I think it has to be said that the majority of the Body of Christ don’t really understand the profound LOVE of God; the Love that took the “divine initiative” of making “reconciliation” with Him possible. Any love we show Him is just our response to His divine love with which He “first” loved us (John 3:3; 3:16; Romans 3:22-26). He took the “first step” towards us, through the ultimate act of Love, which was to send His one and only begotten to die as the final atonement for our personal sins. In other words, Jesus picked up the cheque and the debt has been cleared…!

The offering up of Himself was the ultimate and perfect of all offerings which satisfied the justice of God. Only on the grounds of that sacrifice can God the Father accept us as His own and judge us INNOCENT for all eternity. Jesus died in our place and without Him we were unrighteous and had no hope of ever being righteous outside of the cross. Our only hope was Christ, and He failed us not; He stepped into our place and suffered the penalty that was due us. Without sin, he suffered the punishment of a sinner – the requirement of the law.

Righteousness took the place of unrighteousness; only through Christ can the unrighteous become righteous. Jesus nailed unrighteousness to the cross, and through Him we can be made righteous before God. We can stand ‘right’ in the sight of God. “For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit…” (1 Peter 3:18) No longer do obstacles stand in the way. After His death on the cross the veil in the temple was torn in two. Any separation that was experienced before the cross is now obliterated through the eternal blood covenant made at Calvary. “But their minds were made dull, for to this day the same veil remains when the Old Covenant is read. It has not been removed, because only in Christ is it taken away” (2 Cor. 3:14).

We have ACCESS through the blood, access to the THRONE OF LOVE. Never could we have called God “FATHER” without the blood. Only Jesus made reconciliation possible. In fact, every single time salvation occurs for the “individual,” instantly the veil is taken away! “…WHENEVER anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom” (2 Cor. 3:16-17).

Only when we TURN [repent] can the veil be taken from us. In God’s sight the washing of the blood has made us CLEAN and now His Spirit has come to live in us and now we can experience true “freedom” by His Spirit. Freedom from the bondage’s of sin and death, freedom to live “in” Christ and “for” Christ, freedom to be a child of God and freedom to worship Him in “…spirit and in truth” (John 4:24).

His amazing love has set us free! Through Him, death has been conquered and the victory made secure forever. Jesus completely shared our “humanity.” Temptation was not far from Him, at any time and still He “never” sinned! Even death He tasted, but not for Himself… In fact He had no reason to die - for himself - because he was “without sin…” (2 Corinthians 5:21)

The only reason Christ died was for the sake of “humanity,” who were the rightful recipients of the “death penalty”- because of their sins against God. But Jesus changed everything! “Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death – that is, the devil – and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death. (Heb. 2:14-15)

God’s judgement rested upon humanity heavily and could not be averted. Sin had to be punished by death; blood had to be shed, in order to appease the righteousness of God. Jesus satisfied these righteous requirements through dying a ‘sinless’ death. Eternal “separation” was to be the verdict passed against humanity – but Jesus appealed on the grounds of His blood and won the case – which will never be overruled! This means that the fear of death has no more power over us - Hallelujah!

It was Isaiah who prophesied Jesus’ victory over disease and sickness “This was to fulfil what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah: ‘He took up our infirmities and carried our diseases’” (Matt. 8:17). In Matthew chapter 4 verse 24 it says that Jesus healed all who were brought to him. And during His ministry on earth Jesus demonstrated the Father’s love by healing their infirmities. Love desires that no one, “…should perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). The condition of our spirit, soul and body are of importance to God (1 Thess 5:23). Jesus didn’t just take our sin to the cross but also our infirmities and diseases; “…by his wounds we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5)

John 4:34 says that Jesus came to do the will of the Father “…to do the will of Him who sent me…” It is the Father’s will that we be saved, healed and receive every spiritual blessing (see Eph 1:3-14). And Jesus did all that was necessary to see that this was fulfilled, “…and to finish His work.” That’s why Jesus could declare from the cross before he died, “It is FINISHED….” (John 19:30). And that’s why today, those of us who are “in” Christ can rest secure that “spirit, soul & body,” the work of the cross, is “complete!”

Father thank you for the “completion” of the cross; that I can totally be secure in the fact that what You set out to do “through” Christ, on my behalf, has been totally and successfully accomplished. I can wake everyday knowing that eternity belongs to me because of the finished work of the cross. Thank You for the strength of Your unfailing love. Amen.

Today I declare my allegiance to a loving God; the one who can “never” fail. Someone who can “never” fail - only succeeds! God is my victory and through Him alone can I have true success. Hallelujah!


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