For Such a One as You
Have you taken the time to really think about the love that God has for you?
I think that the most common perception people have about God is that He is a God of love. And yes… He is a God of love. However, God is infinitely more than love. As the ‘Uncreated Creator’, He possesses a complete set of attributions that there would not be enough books in all of the known and unknown universes to contain, and He is perfect in every one of those attributions. If I had to ‘describe’ God in a single attribute (an impossible task!), it would be balance. He is a God of all attributes all perfectly in balance with each other; God is not subject to human capriciousness. God has the attribute of love, but taking into due consideration the concept just described of balance, He also has the attribute of justice.
God is loving. God is also just.
In the Garden of Eden, God placed the man (Adam) and the woman (Eve) that He had created, and He unarguably demonstrated His love for them by giving them a home equipped with every provision for their daily lives, in addition to its being free from every sin and vice. However, when they decided in response to the temptation of the serpent that maybe God’s provision for them was not enough for them to trust Him in all things, they committed the fatal error of usurping the divine privilege: to know both good and evil, which, because they were created out of the dust of the earth, they did not have the omniscience to understand and deal with. Despite His love for them, in their transgressing His command not to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, because He was God, He had to punish their transgression, and so they were expelled from the Garden of Eden. Even in their expulsion from the Garden of Eden, God manifested His enduring love for them because He would: 1) put a plan of redemption into action, and 2) not allow them to enter into eternal life knowing both good and evil, as demonstrated in these passages from the book of Genesis:
So the LORD God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, “Cursed are you above all the livestock and all the wild animals! You will crawl on your belly and you will eat dust all the days of your life. And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.” (Genesis 3:14-15)
And the LORD God said, “The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever.” (Genesis 3:22)
God with one masterstroke set the stage for the eventual redemption of humankind from the Fall, while preventing the man and the woman from having to live forever in a fallen state from which they could not be redeemed.
So entered all humankind into a broken, corrupted and fallen state, which we have all inherited as the descendants of Adam and Eve. All human history from the time of the Fall to the present time and through the end of days, is and remains the battle of wills between God and Satan for the souls of humankind. To attain the salvation that God has planned for the people that He loves, He sent His Son our Lord Jesus Christ to be sacrificed on the cross to pay the penalty of death for our sins. There are countless passages of Holy Scripture that attest to the coming, and the work, of Jesus Christ for our sake, but one suffices to illustrate what amazing love God has for us:
“The one who comes from above is above all; the one who is from the earth belongs to the earth, and speaks as one from the earth. The one who comes from heaven is above all. He testifies to what he has seen and heard, but no one accepts his testimony. The man who has accepted it has certified that God is truthful. For the one whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God gives the Spirit without limit. The Father loves the Son and has placed everything in his hands. Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on him.” (John 3:31-36)
Unarguably, the one passage of Holy Scripture that almost everyone knows by heart, sight unseen is the following; no other passage in all of Holy Scripture so beautifully and powerfully summarizes God’s work since the Fall:
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)
Expanding upon John 3:16, understand from the following passages God’s love balanced against God’s justice:
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God.” (John 3:17-21)
God’s love and justice are displayed in a powerful story from the book of Genesis:
When the men got up to leave, they looked down toward Sodom, and Abraham walked along with them to see them on their way. Then the LORD said, “Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do? Abraham will surely become a great and powerful nation, and all nations on earth will be blessed through him. For I have chosen him, so that he will direct his children and his household after him to keep the way of the LORD by doing what is right and just, so that the LORD will bring about for Abraham what he has promised him.” Then the LORD said, “The outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is so great and their sin so grievous that I will go down and see if what they have done is as bad as the outcry that has reached me. If not, I will know.” The men turned away and went toward Sodom, but Abraham remained standing before the LORD. Then Abraham approached him and said: “Will you sweep away the righteous with the wicked? What if there are fifty righteous people in the city? Will you really sweep it away and not spare the place for the sake of the fifty righteous people in it?Far be it from you to do such a thing – to kill the righteous with the wicked, treating the righteous and the wicked alike. Far be it from you! Will not the Judge of all the earth do right?” The LORD said, “If I find fifty righteous people in the city of Sodom, I will spare the whole place for their sake.” Then Abraham spoke up again: “Now that I have been so bold as to speak to the LORD, though I am nothing but dust and ashes, what if the number of the righteous is five less than fifty? Will you destroy the whole city because of five people?” “If I find forty-five there,” he said, “I will not destroy it.” Once again he spoke to him, “What if only forty are found there?” He said, “For the sake of forty, I will not do it.” Then he said, “May the LORD not be angry, but let me speak. What if only thirty can be found there?” He answered, “I will not do it if I find thirty there.” Abraham said, “Now that I have been so bold as to speak to the LORD, what if only twenty can be found there?” He said, “For the sake of twenty, I will not destroy it.” Then he said, “May the Lord not be angry, but let me speak just once more. What if only ten can be found there?” He answered, “For the sake of ten, I will not destroy it.” When the LORD had finished speaking with Abraham, he left, and Abraham returned home. (Genesis 18:16-33)
Notice how Abraham pleaded with God to spare Sodom and Gomorrah, despite their through-and-through wickedness, asking Him in a back-and-forth conversation to spare Sodom and Gomorrah if as few as ten righteous people could be found! Understand that God was ready to allow the appalling filth of Sodom and Gomorrah to continue for the sake of as few as ten righteous people… therein was the amazing love of God. Despite His desire to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah, so great was His love for the righteous that He would, for their sake, spare everyone.
If you read further from the above passages, you will also notice that, because as few as ten righteous people could not be found in Sodom and Gomorrah, God sent his angels to destroy the cities… therein was the certain justice of God.
Many years after the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, Peter the Apostle wrote the following passages of Holy Scripture:
For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but sent them to hell, putting them into gloomy dungeons to be held for judgment; if he did not spare the ancient world when he brought the flood on its ungodly people, but protected Noah, a preacher of righteousness, and seven others; if he condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah by burning them to ashes, and made them an example of what is going to happen to the ungodly; and if he rescued Lot, a righteous man, who was distressed by the filthy lives of lawless men (for that righteous man, living among them day after day, was tormented in his righteous soul by the lawless deeds he saw and heard) – if this is so, then the LORD knows how to rescue godly men from trials and to hold the unrighteous for the day of judgment, while continuing their punishment. This is especially true of those who follow the corrupt desire of the sinful nature and despise authority. (2 Peter 2:4-10)
Notice that Sodom and Gomorrah are mentioned specifically by name… this YEARS after they were destroyed.
Since the ascension of the Lord Jesus Christ into heaven following His crucifixion and resurrection from the dead, humankind has been living in ‘the last days’ (the span of which are not known), which will come to an end when God once again (but for the final time) sends His Son Jesus Christ to bring all of human history to a close with the reward of the righteous and the judgment of all unbelievers. Peter speaks of this:
First of all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our fathers died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.”But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens existed and the earth was formed out of water and by water. By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed. By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men. But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the LORD a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The LORD is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. But the day of the LORD will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare. Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness. (2 Peter 3:3:13)
To anyone that has eyes to see and ears to hear, it is apparent that the world is in a chaotic condition that is rapidly degenerating. The sin in the world at this point makes Sodom and Gomorrah look like nursery school. I have written about the love of God, but I have also written about the justice of God, and all sin will be punished. You may be assured that because God in His perfect nature cannot and will not tolerate sin:
GOD WILL BRING JUDGMENT ON THE EARTH
God in His love offers His Son Jesus Christ as the only way that exists for the salvation of your soul. Do you doubt this? Are you moreover offended at the statement that there is only one way to be saved from the destruction that shortly awaits this world? No less a person than Jesus Christ Himself made this statement:
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (John 14:6)
Peter declared boldly in the book of Acts:
Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)
Subsequently, all of Jesus’ Apostles with the exception of the Apostle John were martyred, many in the most gruesome ways imaginable. They readily accepted their deaths rather than recant their faith in Jesus Christ. This should tell you something: NO ONE dies for what is an obvious falsehood.
So what is the point of my post?
God’s love for you, as a single soul, is so great that He would have offered His Son Jesus Christ on the cross for just you… for the sake of one soul. YES… you are that important to God.
The book of Galatians is clear:
Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. (Galatians 6:7-8)
If you are reading this post, and you are not saved, be advised that you are hanging over the flames of hell by a thread so thin you can’t see it. Do not waste a single second more.
Confess your sins before Almighty God, turn from your life of sin, believe in the One that He has sent, His Son our Lord Jesus Christ who paid the penalty of death for your sins, and ask Jesus Christ to be the Lord of your life.
The promise of Holy Scripture is certain:
That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is LORD,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. (Romans 10:9-10)
The result of your confession of faith in Jesus Christ is immediate:
And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession – to the praise of his glory. (Ephesians 1:13-14)