Monday, March 21, 2016

THE REVELATION OF GOD'S LOVE: PT. 3


According to the Apostle Paul, we could say that we are truly God’s workmanship in Christ Jesus unto good works, and that it was God who had purposed in Himself to do that for His own honour and glory.

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10
When we think about boasting in ourselves, we must instead boast on the goodness of Almighty God. We must come to the realization that we are nothing in ourselves except for the grace of God extended to us through His love.

For those of us who are reading this article, who have not yet accepted the gift of Salvation, Jesus Christ, I urge you at this point to consider your own life in relation to what God expects from His creation.  God offers the gift but we have to willingly receive it.  It is not an automatic process as many have been duped into believing.

The benefits of kingdom living cannot be measured against life outside of Christ Jesus.  I am not proposing that all problems will go away when one experiences Salvation, but certainly the peace experienced while the problem persists cannot be explained.  As a matter of fact, God has ordained “trouble” as the tool He uses to get believers to anchor our faith in the Word of God.

Salvation offers an opportunity for believers to walk in divine health, divine provision divine protection and divine favour.  This is not the sum total of the blessings that are attributed the gift of Salvation but it is enough to make one stop to think of what God has prepared for His saints simply because He loves us.

Let us not take the gift of Salvation lightly nor take it for granted.  We cannot believe the saying “once saved, always saved”!  Lucifer was present before God as a worshiper extraordinaire – there was not another being that could have worshiped God as He did.  He was chief musician before the Throne of God, yet he sinned before God and fell from heaven, and is now called Satan, our adversary, the devil.  What would cause mankind to think that we would always remain in the state of grace.  Paul cautions us in the following verse of Scripture –
Therefore let the one who thinks he stands firm [immune to temptation, being overconfident and self-righteous], take care that he does not fall [into sin and condemnation]. 1 Cor 10:12 (Amp.)
Therefore let us not frustrate the grace of God.  Let us strive to guard our Salvation jealously against all odds and reciprocate the love of God toward God Himself as well as toward those with whom we would encounter.
Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: 1 John 3:1

Blessings to all!

Friday, March 11, 2016

THE REVELATION OF GOD'S LOVE: PT. 2

God’s desire is for people to love Him.  He pronounced that His Name is Jealous and that He is a Jealous God  (Exodus 34:14). His desire is for His creation to turn to Him and worship Him and Him only.  He looks for His creation to worship Him in spirit and in truth –
But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth. John 4: 23-24
Our motives for loving God should not be for material gain, or any selfish motive.  Rather, God wants us to worship Him and to love Him just because of who He is.  This is expressed in His own commandment to love.
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. Deuteronomy 6:5
As believers study the Scriptures, we see time and time again the expression of

God’s love for us, and His intention and desire to restore fallen mankind to Himself.  As Jesus walked the earth, healing all manner of sicknesses and diseases, and as He taught about the Kingdom of God, what He was really doing was a restorative work for those who have eyes to see it.  The expected response was that men would be grateful enough for their deliverances, and as a result follow after Jesus and glorify God the Father.  Some caught it, but most didn’t.

God knew that all would not choose to follow Him at His Word, but He still pursues mankind today with His blessings.  I ask again - What kind of love is this?

God extends His grace to persons as a gift, so that when a person believes the Word of God, the salvation of their souls can follow.  Salvation is not only a gift from God, it is truly a miracle wrought solely from the love of God.  Mankind cannot do anything in order to attain Salvation.  Our best efforts cannot result in Salvation.  The Bible teaches that Salvation is a gift from God.
For by grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Ephesians 2:8-9
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16
Imagine...God in His unconditional love for us, saw us when we were frolicking in sin in times past, yet He did not abandon us. Instead, He chose to work with us, even without us knowing it, until He succeeded in getting our attention focused on Him.  When we look back at our former state, I am sure we could attest to the fact that it could only be the unconditional love of God to bring us out of the level of sinfulness that we were steeped in.

To be continued...

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

THE REVELATION OF GOD'S LOVE - PT. 1

Written by Allison Sylvester-Conliffe

Have you accepted God’s Gift of Salvation, Jesus Christ, as your Lord and Saviour?

The revelation of God’s love and His intention for mankind was given to Paul the Apostle, and he expressed it as he wrote to the Ephesian Church.

By careful examination, one would find that the love of God for fallen man is revealed in Ephesians Chapter 1.  It is difficult to understand that God, in His
“bigness”, God in His great power and might – God in His Majesty, would think on mankind, who is oftentimes rebellious against His Word, and notwithstanding that, would proceed to create a plan to urge mankind to return to communion with Him!

Almighty God has sent His Son, Jesus Christ, in the likeness of flesh, in the same way as mankind is in the flesh. Though He is sinless, God would allow Jesus Christ to suffer the pain of rejection, physical pain, betrayal, and the discomfort of being misunderstood, in the same manner as we now suffer. He does this just to show us how we could overcome those very things, and thus live victoriously in this oftentimes selfish and cruel world.

Believers, let us look at the benefits when we chose to accept this Gift of Salvation.  The Lord our God has chosen by His own admonition, to bless us with ALL spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ! Ephesians 1:3. Though other doctrines may teach contrary to this scriptural statement, God has made it clear through His Word that we cannot tap into those blessings except we come through His Son Jesus Christ.  This is explained in John Chapter 3.

We also see that God has predestinated those who would accept His plan of Salvation, to be His adopted children - again through Jesus Christ!  What kind of love is this?  God created mankind, and put a plan in place even before time began, so that fallen man can have an opportunity to be redeemed, and return to fellowship with Him.  He did so even though He knew before time began that the majority of His creation would reject that plan.  You may ask, how can you tell that the majority of mankind would reject God and His Son Jesus?  The answer is found in Matthew 7:13-14, as Jesus Himself taught saying –

 “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it.  Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.”

This is indeed a hard saying but it is true.  Though God is love and extends His love to everybody, the just as well as the unjust, not many persons acknowledge God so far as to commit their lives to Him.  Many persons would see the hand of God in their lives and may or may not opt to say “thanks” to Him for whatever blessing they may have received, but most persons continue to live their lives as they see fit.  I believe that this type of behaviour is called ingratitude.

to be continued....

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