Tuesday, March 27, 2012

What Manner of Love?

1 John 3:1-10  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.  (2)  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.  (3)  And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.  (4)  Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.  (5)  And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.  (6)  Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him.  (7)  Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.  (8)  He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.  (9)  Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.  (10)  In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.
            The “love the Father hath bestowed upon us” is a love that is beyond human reasoning.  It is beyond our paradigm (imagination.)  God sent His Son to die on that “Old Rugged Cross” for our sins, not that we can keep on sinning (as if He was allowing us to run a “tab.”)  When we claim Jesus as our Saviour, our personal Saviour, our “tab” is “paid in full.” 
            Our scripture in (v 8) tells us “He that committeth sin is of the devil.”  A “born again Christian” does NOT willfully “join in with besetting sin.”  (“Besetting sins” are defined as:  adulterers, whores, prostitutes, homosexuals, drunks, druggies, pornographers, haters, back biters, brawlers, etc., etc.)  
Romans 1:29-31  Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,  (30)  Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,  (31)  Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:
A Christian will sin, (and he can repent and be forgiven.  However, that sin cannot be allowed back in his life.)
Romans 3:23  For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
We as Christians must walk “a path that will steer us” toward a path of righteousness.  As long as we are on this earth, we will never achieve the perfection of righteousness.  However, we must strive to achieve that righteous path.
            Jesus our Christ, walked this earth in perfection, in total righteousness.  We must garner the resolve to seek a path towards His “perfect walk.”  He walked in “love,” a “love” that knew no bounds.  His “love” took Him to that “Old Rugged Cross” to die for our sins, the sins of mankind, whores, homosexuals, drunks, druggies and gossipers. 
            “[W]hat manner of love” has God given to each of us?  He gave His Son (His only begotten Son) to die on that old tree, so that you and I might not taste the pangs of death.
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.
My old body will cease, but my soul will live eternally, regardless of my choice.  Since I have chosen Jesus, my eternity will be Heaven with my Saviour Jesus in the presence of God Almighty. 
            If, perchance you have not made a choice, Heaven will NOT be your home.  Jesus tells us:
John 3:7  Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.
Without being “born again,” you will reside with the “rich man” described in The Book of Luke 16:19-31.
John 3:18  He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
“Reader, if you do not believe, this is the hour for you to open your heart, listen to God’s Word, and with sincerity accept Jesus.”
Romans 10:9  That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
Confess that you “believe in thine [your] heart” that God raised His Son Jesus from the grave.  In so doing (with a sincere heart,) God will save you from your sins, and give you a home in Heaven.   Call on Him now.
Bro John R. E Chastain
Retired Pastor
Wylie, Texas            
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