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God’s GREAT Love for the Sinner

 

We have seen in Salvation parts I, II, and III, the extent to which God is offended by and MUST punish sin. It is an ESSENTIAL truth of the Gospel. Equally essential to the Gospel is the biblical truth that God LOVES the sinful world, and the sinner.

 

God Sent Jesus Christ–who is God in the Flesh– to Save US Because of His LOVE For This Lost and Sinful World:

 

John 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.  God hates sin because He is holy and sin is an offence to him, but He loves this sinful world because He is loving, compassionate and full of Mercy.  God’s perfect justice (His need to punish sin) is equal to His compassion and love (His desire to deliver us from our sins and to help us, even though we are lost sinners who have rebelled against Him and incurred His just wrath).   

 

God EXPRESSES His Love for us THROUGH Jesus Christ:

 

Romans 5:9 But God commendeth [shows, proves, or expresses] his love toward us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

 

This verse says that God’s love for sinners is shown–it is proved–by Jesus death for us on the cross.  God did not have to send His own Son, the second person of the Trinity, to die for us on the cross.  When the angels sinned against God they incurred immediate eternal judgment with NO way to escape.  Their one act of rebellion settled their account with God forever with NO opportunity for redemption.  When man sinned against God, He offered us a means of redemption–a way of escape from the punishment of our sin.  This proves God’s love for us.  Many of us, as sinners, have had bitterness of heart towards God. We suffer in this life, we have bitter pains, we see the anguish and suffering around us, we sometimes feel that we have reason to be ANGRY at God.  The reason that we think this way is because we are lost.  It is because we do NOT know God–we have never understood Him or His plan of salvation.  We also do not understand ourselves–that we are sinners, deserving of eternal condemnation, not God’s love and free forgiveness!  Yet, in spite of all of this, God does love us.  No one can ever say that God is unfair or build an accurate case against God as being some sort of cruel cosmic judge because God, who has done NO wrong at any time, came and suffered–in cruel anguish on the cross–for the wrongs [the sins] that we had done against Him.  He paid the price for our sins against Himself!  There is no greater love than this, my friend.  Yes, Jesus death on the cross, indeed, proves God’s great love for us!     

 

We Experience God’s LOVE for us “IN” Christ Jesus:

 

Romans 8:38-39 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.   God loves all people, but because of our sins and God’s need to punish sin, He can only express His love toward us through a Savior.  Jesus Christ is the Savior  who brings man to God and who makes it possible for God’s love to flow to us.  God’s love cannot flow to us apart from Jesus Christ.  Apart from Jesus Christ, there is only wrath–-God’s  just punishment for sin: He that believeth on the Son [Jesus Christ] hath everlasting life. And he that believeth not the Son [he that is not saved through the Son] shall not see life, but the wrath of God abideth on Him (John 3:36). Jesus very clearly tells us that without salvation through the Son, through Jesus Christ, we will not be able to experience the love of God because of God’s righteous wrath against us for our sin.  God loves us very much, but His love for us can only be found in Jesus Christ–-the Savior, the Son of God, who bore the penalty (suffered the punishment) for our sins.     

 

 

God LOVES US, Even When we are yet Unsaved–even When we are Spiritually Dead In Sins:

 

Ephesian 2:4-5 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;).  This verse tells us that 1) God is RICH in mercy–He is FULL of mercy.  2) He has GREAT love for us, even when we are lost sinners, dead in our sins.  3) Again, this verse shows that God’s love is REVEALED through Jesus Christ:  Even when we were dead in sins, God loved us; He quickened us (gave us spiritual life in place of our spiritual Deadness) with Christ.  This means that without Christ God could not give us spiritual life–He could not express His love to us in this way.  God wanted to reach out to lost sinners, but His perfect justice–His need to punish sin–made that impossible.  The only way for God to reach out to lost sinners with His perfect love is through Jesus Christ–through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross.

 

 **Remember, Jesus Christ is God (click here  for Bible verses on this subject).  It is God, Himself, clothed in human flesh, who died for us on the cross.  God, because of His great love for us, made it possible, through His own death on the cross, to express His love to us.  God’s love for us is made possible only by Jesus payment for our sins.  We will examine this more fully in a later section.   

 

It is God’s LOVE for US, NOT our Love for God, that Caused Him to Send Jesus To Save Us:

 

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.   God knows what is in our sinful hearts–He knows that we are rebels against Him.  God knows that it is impossible for us, in our fallen, sinful state, to love Him.  In spite of this, He reached out in love to us through Jesus Christ!

 

God, out of His GREAT Love for us, Sent Jesus Christ into the world to SAVE us From our Sins:

 

1 Timothy 1:15 This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.  Jesus came for one reason: to save sinners.  Jesus Christ, who is the second person of the Trinity (He is God, Himself), was sent by God the Father to save us from our sins!  Please understand, Jesus Christ only saves sinners; this means that we must come to terms with out sinful state in order to be saved by Him.  The Bible says that Jesus did not come to call the righteous [this means those who think they are righteous, as God has already told us in His Word (Romans 3:12) that there is not one righteous person among us ], but sinners to repentance (Matthew 9:13).

 

 

Continue to Salvation Part V: God Redeemed us Through the Sacrifice of Jesus Christ