What’s Love, chapter 2

When Israel was in bondage to Egypt, the Egyptians were about as pagan as could be. When Jesus through Moses caused plagues on them, “that was Godly love.” Forty plus years later when pagan Amorites were killed and their lands given to Israel, “that was Godly love.” God told Abraham about Israel’s future bondage and whose lands they’d afterward occupy and why.

(Gen 15:13-16; “They will be enslaved and oppressed for four hundred years. But I will execute judgment on the nation that they will serve. Afterward they will come out with many possessions. But as for you, you will go to your ancestors in peace and be buried at a good old age. In the fourth generation your descendants will return here, for the sin of the Amorites has not yet reached its limit.”) God’s putting limits on people’s lawless behavior is Godly Love. The whole world is now in lawless mode, sins have about reached God’s limit. Creator Jesus dying for the sins of the world was Godly Love.

The Passover Israelites kept in Egypt, looked forward to the Passover Jesus would keep, “sacrificing His blood” for remission of the world’s sins. People called to believe IN and accept His blood sacrifice for their saving will be spared the grief planned for this lawless world. Followers of Jesus are, as were, “the Israelites” saved by the same promises made to Abraham. It’s Godly love. Jesus’ apostles revealed “we’re a holy nation.”

(1Peter 2:4-10; “So as you ’Christians’ come to him, ‘Jesus’ a living stone rejected by men but chosen and priceless in God’s sight, you yourselves, as living stones, are built up as a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood and to offer spiritual sacrifices that are acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. (6) For it says in scripture, “Look, I lay in Zion a stone, a chosen and priceless cornerstone, and whoever believes IN Him will never be put to shame.” (Quote from Isaiah 28:16) So you who believe ‘IN’ see His value, but for those who do not believe, the stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone, and a stumbling-stone and a rock to trip over. (Quotes from Psalms 118:22, Matt 21:42 & Acts 4:11).

They ’’the Israelites’ stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do. But you “followers of Jesus” are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people of His own, so that you may proclaim the virtues of the One who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. (10) You ’Christians’ once were not a people, but now you are God’s people. You were shown no mercy, but now you have received mercy.”) Because of “Godly Love” planned from the foundation of the world. Christians are a chosen people, “in the world but not of the world” a chosen nation, “to and through Jesus, whom God the Father has revealed. A people whose desire is to be atOne with God, “now and forever!”

(Rom 3:27-31) “Where, then, is boasting? It’s excluded! By what principle? Of works? No, but by the principle of faith! ‘Faith in Jesus’ accomplishments on our behalf. (28) For we consider that a person is declared righteous by faith apart from the works of the law. Or is God the God of the Jews only? Is He not the God of the Gentiles too? Yes, of the Gentiles too! Since God is One, He will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through faith. (31) Do we then nullify the law through faith? Absolutely not! Instead we uphold the law.”)

Believers IN. love the law because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts. There is no fear in Godly Love! Believers IN, love obedience because we love His righteous way, knowing He declaring us righteous by and through Jesus’ gifted faith.

Almighty God: thank You for calling and first loving us, thank You for Jesus and promises through Him. For revealing Jesus’ characteristics, His love, understanding and Your righteous Way. Thank You in Jesus’ name AMEN.

With the gifted imputation of God’s spirit, comes the realization that His Godly love was toward us while yet lawless. (1John 4:19; “We love because He loved us first.” Our calling and deliverance from the world’s corruptive path is God’s choosing. The principle of His choosing and loving us is the same as His loving Israel. Through His covenant promise with Abraham. After Jesus’ return, “Israel will again be delivered, not for any good in them nor on their part, but because He made a covenant promise.

(Hosea 9: 9-10; “They, “Israelites” have sunk deep into corruption as in the days of Gibeah. He will remember their wrongdoing. He will repay them for their sins. (10) When I found Israel, it was like finding grapes in the wilderness. I viewed your ancestors like an early fig on a fig tree in its first season. Then they, “Israelites” came to Baal-Peor and they dedicated themselves to shame – they became as detestable as what they loved.”) See Isaiah 35: learn of Israel’s future delivery. They became as detestable to God as the detestable to God things they loved. Like populations of this world’s detestable to God, lawlessness. Even fleshly instinctive love has waxed cold as Jesus predicted and Matthew recorded in chapter 24:.

God is purposely allowing Satan to be the god of this world for His ultimate purpose. Our sin nature inherited from Adam, is what we’re called to overcome, “to the end.” Overcome through Jesus’ faith imputed to our minds by promise. Not our goodness, not law keeping, but gifted Godly love, respecting His revealed way, His commandments. In last study we looked to Jesus’ teaching through Paul, regarding righteousness by faith. Let’s continue.

(Romans 5:1-11; “Therefore, since we have been declared righteous by ‘Jesus’’ faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have also obtained access by ’His’ faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in the hope of God’s glory. Not only this, but we also rejoice in sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance, character, and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out “imputed” in our hearts through the Holy Spirit that’s given to us. (6) For while we “individually” were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. (For rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person perhaps someone might possibly dare to die.) But God demonstrates His own love for us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (9) Much more then, because we have now been declared righteous by His blood, we will be saved through Him from God’s wrath. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, how much more, since we have been reconciled, will we be saved by His life? (11) Not only this, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received this reconciliation.”) Suffering through God’s gifted persevering spirit, produces endurance, Godly character, hope and Godly love. Called out to follow Jesus people endure because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts, “mind” by His spirit given to us. (Review verse 5 above.)

(Romans 5:12-17) “So then, just as sin entered the world through one man “Adam” and death through sin, and so death spread to all people because all sinned – for before the law was given, sin was in the world, but there is no accounting for sin when there is no law. Yet death reigned from Adam until Moses even over those who did not sin in the same way that Adam (who is a type of the coming One) transgressed. But the gracious gift is not like the transgression. For if the many died through the transgression of the one man, “Adam” how much more did the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one man Jesus Christ multiply to the many! And the gift is not like the one who sinned. For judgment, resulting from the one transgression, led to condemnation, but the gracious gift from the many failures led to justification. For if, by the transgression of the one man, “Adam” death reigned through the one, how much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in, “eternal” life through the One, Jesus Christ!”)

From the foundation of the world, “before Adam’s creation” Our Lord knew and allowed Satan’s interference. He allowed Satan to tempt Himself, even offering Him kingdoms of this world. Jesus overcame Satan, quoting scripture and by knowing His Father, We too can overcome to the end, by the Word and our knowing God the Father and God the Son. Without Satan’s deceptions we might not know evil, know what it’s like to hate lawlessness, develop an endurance nature, character, hope, know the power of Godly love in resisting the demonic as Jesus did and overcome through the gift of believing IN Jesus.

(Romans 5:18-21; “Consequently, just as condemnation for all people came through one transgression, so too through the one righteous act came righteousness leading to, “eternal” life for all people. For just as through the disobedience of the one man “Adam” many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of One man “Jesusmany will be made righteous. Now the law came in so that the transgression may increase, but where sin increased, grace multiplied all the more, so that just as sin reigned in death, so also grace will reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”)

When Jesus created Adam in His own image mentally and physically, He knew the shortcomings he‘d endure, his need to overcome and that He’d shed His own blood for the remission of Adam and world’s sins. It was preplanned that, through the sacrificing of His own blood, believing IN people would inherit eternal life. Be spiritually created to follow Him and be made in His spiritual image! To know Him is to love Him.

(Romans 6:1-4; “What shall we say then? Are we to remain in sin so that grace may increase? Absolutely not! How can we who died to sin still live in it? Or do you not know that as many as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, in order that just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too may live a new life.”)

Baptism symbolizes our believing in Jesus’ death, burial, resurrection and ascension for our saving. He’s now serving as our Mediator before God our Father. Knowing “as Jesus was raised from the dead and ascended we’ll be raised to eternal life.

(Romans 6:5-14; “For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, we’ll certainly be united in the likeness of His resurrection. We know that our old man, “nature” was crucified with Him so that the body of sin would no longer dominate us, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. (For someone who has died has been freed from sin.) Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with Him. (9) We know that since Christ has been raised from the dead, He is never going to die again; death no longer has mastery over Him. For the death He died, He died to sin once for all, but the life He lives, He lives to God, “the Father.” So you too consider yourselves dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus. (12) Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its desires, and do not present your members to sin as instruments to be used for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who are alive from the dead and your members to God as instruments to be used for righteousness. For sin will have no mastery over you, because you are not under law but under grace.”) It’s Godly love, all His judgments, past and future are from His loving grace. Purifying a people to be atOne with Himself is His purpose.

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