The Indescribable Lover Of God
- SCRIPTURE READING:
3:16 = "For God so loved the world,
that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth
in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."
John 3:1-2 = "Behold, what manner of
love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should
be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth
us not, because it knew him not. Beloved, now are we the
sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall
be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be
like him; for we shall see him as he is."
- WHAT TWO MARVELOUS PASSAGES
OF SCRIPTURE TO PONDER!
- TWO PICTURES OF THE CHILDREN
OF GOD ARE PRESENTED IN CONNECTION WITH GODS LOVE:
- What we are.
- What we hope to be.
- LETS TAKE A CLOSER
LOOK AT I John 3:1-2.
- WHAT WE ARE (I
- WE ARE LOVED OF GOD. "Behold
what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us."
=(I John 3:1)
John 4:10 = "Herein is love, not
that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his
son to be the propitiation for our sins."
- A love indescribable.
- John doesn't attempt to describe
- John simply "behold
- Paul said in Ephesians
3:19 = "And to know the love of Christ
- A love unmerited:
- It arises not from admiration,
or from a sense of gratitude, but from pity.
- God bestowed it upon man
out of his mercy.
- God loved the unloveable.
- WE ARE "CHILDREN OF GOD":
- Birth is the fruitage of
- There are two senses in which
we are Gods children:
- Natural. Genesis
1:27 = "And God created man in
his own image, in the image of God created he him;
male and female created he them."
- Spiritual. John
1:12-13 = "But as many as received
him, to them gave he the right to become children
of God, even to them that believe on his name: who
were born, not of blood, nor of the will off the
flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God."
NOTE: John is
referring to the Spiritual birth, and as spiritual
children we are:
- We have a spiritual father
I say unto thee, except a man be born of water and
of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of
God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh: and
that which is born of the Spirit is spirit."
- We have a Divine nature.
Peter 1:4 = "Whereby are given
unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that
by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature,
having escaped the corruption that is in the world
- We are Gods possession
that is, we belong to Him. I
Peter 2:9 = "But ye are a chosen
generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a
peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises
of him who hath called you out of darkness into his
- We are immature. We have
not attained to the full stature of our Father = in
no way have we reached perfection.
3:13-14 = "Brethren, I count
not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing
I do, forgetting those things which are behind,
and reaching forth unto those things which are before.
I press toward the mark for the prize of the high
calling of God in Christ Jesus."
10:23 = "O Jehovah, I know that
the way of man is not in himself: It is not in man
that walketh to direct his steps."
- WHAT WE HOPE TO BE:
John 2, I
- THE UNKNOWN:
I John 3:2 = "Beloved, now are
we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what
we shall be:
- A boy wonders what he will
be when he Becomes a man, but never knows until manhood
- John possessed divine wisdom,
yet did not know the extent of the future glories
and possibilities awaiting Gods children.
John 3:2 = "
But we know that,
when he shall appear, we shall be like him;"
NOTE: This is telling
- Some day we shall bear the
COMMENT: Once Christ
was made in our likeness.
2:7 = "But made himself of no reputation,
and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made
in the likeness of men." And now, we
hope to be transformed into his likeness.
- The image that was given
to man in the beginning shall be fully restored to
the faithful children of God.
- We shall be like him in body,
soul and spirit.
3:20-21 = "For our conversation
is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour,
the Lord Jesus Christ: who shall change our vile
body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious
body, according to the working whereby he is able
to subdue all things unto himself."
8:17 = "And if children, then
heirs, heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ;
if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be
also glorified together."
- We shall be changed: I
John 3:2 = "
For we shall
see him as he is."
- Not as He was
flesh and blood body.
- But as He is
glorified and highly exalted.
17:1 = "
Father, the hour
is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also my glorify
thee:" And then in John
17:22 =, "And the glory which
thou gavest me I have given them: that they may
be one, even as we are one."
- GODS LOVE MAKES POSSIBLE
OUR GLORIFICATION WITH THE SON.
- WHETHER YOU WILL BE OR NOT
DEPENDS ON WHO WE ARE?
- Are we a sinner?
- Are we a child of God?
- DO YOU HOPE FOR THE HEAVENLY
- Have you the right to expect
to enter into it?
- Do you desire to have that
- THE CHOICE IS YOURS TO
MAKE WHAT WILL IT BE?
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