June 2018  
SMTWTFS
     12
3456789
10111213141516
17181920212223
24252627282930
     
Upcoming Events
JUN

19

TUE
Retired Men's Breakfast
8:30 AM
At Cracker Barrel. See Phil Rainwater if you have any question.
JUN

20

WED
Bible Study
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
JUN

24

SUN
Bible Class
9:30 AM to 10:15 AM
Classes for all ages.
Worship
10:30 AM
Bible Search

 

                 “In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him.  Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins” (I John 4:9-10).

            “Hereby perceive we the love of God, because He laid down His life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren” (I 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. For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved” (John 3:16-17).

            Fredrick Martin Lehman wrote the hymn titled “The Love Of God.” He stated, “The love of God is greater far, Than tongue or pen could ever tell; It goes beyond the highest star, And reaches to the lowest hell. The guilty pair, bowed down with care, God gave His son to win; His erring child He reconciled, And pardoned from his sin. O love of God, how rich and pure! How measureless and strong! It shall forevermore endure- The saints’ and angels’ song.” The sacrifice of Christ was necessary for the salvation of mankind. Jesus gave up the glory of heaven and suffered the death on the cross for my sake. Paul wrote, “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross” (Philippians 2:5-8).

            Jesus stated, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13). Yet, He was willing to die for ungodly men. Paul told the brethren at Rome “For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him” (Romans 5:6-9). Paul also stated, “For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life” (Romans 5:10). To the brethren at Corinth Paul wrote, “For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's” (I Corinthians 6:20).

            Fredrick Martin Lehman wrote, “Could we with ink the ocean fill, And were the skies of parchment made; Were every stalk on earth a quill, And every man a scribe by trade; To write the love of God above, Would drain the ocean dry; Nor could the scroll contain the whole, Tho’ stretched from sky to sky.” In his gospel account, John recorded many of the miracles of Jesus and told of His love for mankind. He concluded the message with, “And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen” (John 21:25).

            The Bible clearly portrays the love of God for mankind. He set His salvation plan in motion before He formed the first man. Paul told the brethren at Ephesus “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: According as He hath chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, To the praise of the glory of His grace, wherein He hath made us accepted in the beloved” (Ephesians 3-6).  God’s love for man has been clearly demonstrated.  The Hebrew letter states, “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; Who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him that endured such contradiction of sinners against Himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds” (Hebrews 12:1-3).  We must follow the example of Jesus in obeying the will of the Father (Matthew 7:21; I Corinthians 11:1).

            The Christian shows his love for God by doing His will. Jesus stated, “If ye love Me, keep My commandments” (John 14:15). Will you give your life to Jesus and allow Him to save you (Matthew 11:28-30; Romans 12:1-2)?

                                                                                                                        - - PER