—Teaching point two: A sanctified human nature transparently reflects God's love. —Teaching point one: The greatest commandment is to love God-and others. 3 John Owen, Communion with God (Edinburgh, Scotland, and Carlisle, Pa.: Banner of Truth Trust, 1991), 29–30. But Jesus said, "Let the children alone, and … 8:38-39). What does the Bible say about love? "It shows that these people have given a son." The entire passage found in 1 John 4:7-21 speaks of God's loving nature. Love is patient and kind. (Heb. We need to challenge the self-centered life with renewed commitment to the greatness of God’s love for humankind. 11 Flavel, The Works of John Flavel, 1:68. Our natural inclination is not to “turn the other cheek” nor to give a freeloader a “loan.” I think it is important to begin this message by admitting to ourselves that we are naturally opposed to what Jesus has to say in Luke’s accounting of the Sermon on the Mount. Chapter 7 of Jesus the Evangelist by Richard Phillips is used with permission from Reformation Trust Publishing a division of Ligonier Ministries. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. Sign Up For Our Newsletter Our world has rebelled against God, flouting His authority and mocking His ways. The apostle Paul writes that God's love is great: "God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ" (Eph. Parents weary themselves with extra jobs to clothe, feed, and educate their children. But real love is not dependent on feelings. His love is joined to holy purposes, and His love for us will have the ultimate result of bringing us to a gloriously holy condition. 8 Ibid. The hope is that great things will happen if people will merely pick up a Bible and read this one verse: "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. It is through our witness that they can believe. The languages in which the Bible was written, Hebrew and Greek, are more precise in that they utilize different words for the different types of love. But God's love is infinitely great to span that distance. 6 John Flavel, The Works of John Flavel, 6 vols. Morris remarks: "That is it. The Bible says that God is love and that humans crave love from the moment of existence. So great is His love that if our redemption from sin required the tortuous death of His only Son — even the outpouring of His own wrath upon His most beloved child — God was willing to give Him for this. That may seems like a monumental task, but on this broadcast of The Bible Study Hour, Dr. Boice will explain what this looks like in daily life. God demands what love always desires: to be received. In his great hymn titled "The Love of God," Frederick M. Lehman wrote: The love of God is greater far than tongue or pen can ever tell, It goes beyond the highest star, and reaches to the lowest hell. His love is not confined to any national group or spiritual elite." SCRIPTURE: Isaiah 49:1-6; Ezekiel 36:26-27; Mark 12:28-31; 1 John 4:13-21. God's Amazing Love John 3:16 presents us with the Bible's greatest theme: God's love for us through Jesus Christ. Receiving God's Love Flavel, the Puritan, concludes his study of John 3:16 with three keen observations. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. Dig deeper into Scripture as a community of experienced or new Bible students. 10. Love comes from God. The word so indicates both the manner in which God loved the world-by giving His Son — and the strength of God's love for the world. The Bible calls us to grow spiritually in this same way – but by being imitators of God. They walked a bit further, then the young boy stopped and pointed to the sky, where a bright evening star had appeared. 3:18-19a). We face great challenges today, including economic woes, shaky marriages, stress, and health problems. Fully engaging in the church as a single person. But there is another aspect of interpersonal love that is very important in the Bible. The greatness of God's love for the world is seen most clearly in the gift that He gave: "his only Son." Moreover, as God is sovereign, so is His love. Jeremiah Burroughs marvels: Behold the infinite love of God to mankind and the love of Jesus Christ that, rather than God see the children of men to perish eternally, He would send His Son to take our nature upon Him and thus suffer such dreadful things. 54:10a). This point reminds us that the gospel proclaims more than the receipt of a ticket to heaven when we die. 12 Ibid., 1:70. The boy noticed that some of the houses had stars in the windows. What we are to comprehend about the dimensions of God's love is that they are beyond measure. 6 God could not possibly love this world more or better than He did in giving His beloved only Son. The farmer replied, "No, I have seven children, all of them young, and a wife on my poor farm in Illinois. The second is eros, which is romantic or sexual love. 9, During the darkest times of World War I, a conflict that took the lives of a shocking number of English sons, a man took his little boy out for a walk at night. “He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.” 1 John 4:8. It is dismaying to see how little interest so many parents take in the souls of their children. But God does not and cannot do that. As children, we learn and grow by copying others. 1:4). God's love truly deserves to be called great. Four unique forms of love are found in Scripture. Paul elsewhere describes God's love as unfathomable. This, then, is how the world knows and receives God's love. God sent Him to reveal His truth, to proclaim the good news of salvation, and especially to do the work needed for the salvation of those who believe. 2 Bible results for “the gospel of John. We are to show a love the world does not know — a love not based on getting, but a love that says, "God has given to me, so I want to love Him by giving to others." I replied: "That is why God does not answer your prayers. But when you pray to Him in the name of Jesus, His own Son, then God will receive you as His own beloved children." God will not withhold anything we need, having already given His Son Jesus, so we should not shrink from asking for and confidently awaiting anything we truly need. The Bible depicts human beings, all human beings everywhere, as in revolt against God, and therefore under his judgment. The distance between us and God is infinite in every way. Or if God blesses us a bit in ministry, we say we had a "great success." The Gospel of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Paul says, "Although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened" (Rom. 2:17). "I am sure," he answers, "that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Rom. Overused like this, the word great loses some of its force. —Teaching point three: The church is to be a loving community with a global mission. How do we measure God's love for us? 1. All Rights Reserved. What can Christians say about God's love? John refers to Jesus as God's "only Son." God paid the price." It was announced on January 24, 2018 after teasing the album for year. Each issue highlights new, ready-to-download Bible studies at ChristianBibleStudies.com, and other tools to help you become a dynamic teacher of God2019s Word. The Bible, divinely inspired by God, is settled once and for all. Single Session Bible Study. The Father many times spoke of His love for His Son, and Jesus often basked in His Father's love. Have you ever observed a small child’s mannerisms and realized that they seem to mimic that of their parents? This means He is able to do all that His love desires for us. (Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity Press, 1993), 77. Shortly after the end of the American Civil War, a man in farm clothes was seen kneeling at a gravestone in the soldiers' cemetery in Nashville, Tennessee. The observer solemnly asked, "What is that you are writing on his grave?" "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life." God's love for the world was great in the amazing care He exercised in creating it; nature reveals the most loving craftsmanship. "That comes from this terrible war, laddie," the father explained. If ever there was a man with a one-track mind, it was the apostle Paul. You’re already logged in with your Bible Gateway account. Knowing how much God has already given us — His very best in the person of His Son — we should trust His love and come to Him with a holy boldness in prayer. 5 The same is true today. There is no greater proof of this than John's statement that God loved "the world." – The Bible. Many of us, for instance, prefer God's love to His holiness. The word philosophy means a love of wisdom. 10 Leon Morris, Reflections on the Gospel of John (Peabody, Mass. When we think of love, it’s easy to think about good feelings. John R. Throop. They were poor, hungry, and oppressed, and God was not helping. In the terrible war against evil, God gave his Son. But God gave him to, and delivered him for enemies: O love unspeakable!" Starting your free trial of Bible Gateway Plus is easy. James Montgomery Boice writes: "God's love is a sovereign one...his love is uninfluenced by anything in the creature. —John 3:16, Because so many Americans watch sports events, some Christians attempt to present a gospel witness in stadiums and arenas. THE SACRIFICIAL OBTAINMENT OF THE GOSPEL: JESUS BOUGHT IT. – The Bible. The Greek language has four words that can be translated as "love," each pointing to a different kind of love. To neglect our children, as many do today, is so obviously wrong that it is broadly condemned. If his love was not unchangeable, we would perish." Moreover, as God is unchangeable, so His love is unchangeable. The story of the resurrection of Jesus Christ has been told and retold for 2000 years and yet, like the sunrise, it is always new and fresh. Nasif brings an Orthodox perspective to the spiritual crisis we face today. Therefore, a brief study of God's love as depicted in the Bible is sure to be helpful. Is this what God offers the world? Notes1 Bruce Milne, The Message of John: Here Is Your King! As with things, loving persons may mean simply enjoying them and taking pleasure in their personalities, looks, achievements, etc. 2:3). Love is not merely an attribute of God, it is part of his very makeup. Even though we are corrupted by sin, it is natural for us to love our children with great intensity. The gospel also proclaims God's loving care in this present life. In saying that God gave His only Son, John 3:16 corrects a terrible but common mistake in the way people think about God the Father. The Christian witness should press this reality upon the hearts of those who are reluctant to receive God's gift of His Son. That question is central to the spiritual poverty of love that we face in our lives, and leads us to find biblical guidance to develop a deeper sense of love in our lives and in the life of the church. John Owen writes: "Though we change every day, yet his love does not change. (NRSV 13:1) So in giving His only Son, God truly was giving His very heart. Whatever they think of each other, family members are to be loyal. The Colossians began to love … 5 Leon Morris, The Gospel According to John, revised (Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans Publishing, 1995), 203. Since we love them, and since their souls are so precious to God, we should be especially determined to set them a godly example, pray with and for them, teach them God's Word, and involve them in the worship and life of the church. A Call to Love There is one last application for those who believe in Christ and who are thus born again into eternal life. 7 God loved this evil world not after but before the Savior came to turn our hearts back to heaven; God's love is the reason we can be forgiven and born again to inherit eternal life. 4 James Montgomery Boice, Foundations of the Christian Faith (Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity Press, 1986), 337. 30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ [] 31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ [] There is no commandment greater than these.” The Gospel of Love. This task must apply most urgently to our own children. 22:37, 39.) We are undoubtedly intended to reflect upon this in light of our love for our own children. To love our neighbor is a godlike trait and can take many forms. It is because his love is fixed and unchangeable that the Father shows us infinite patience and forbearance. If we will only do so, others will learn of God's great love from us and will come to understand that by believing in Him, they, too, will have eternal life. But when the Bible says God's love is great, it means it! Because Jesus died to satisfy God's justice, some think that God's love is caused by Christ's sacrifice, and even that the Father's love is reluctant or half-hearted. This is a complilation of old and new gospel arrangements by people with whom you are familiar (The Clark Sisters, the Rance Allen Group, B. Slade/a.k.a … This confidence should give us peace in every storm and trust in the face of life's trials. Sorry, your search returned no results :(. Love to the brethren is the true test of practical Christianity. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. You may also purchase this study as a part of our six-session course Is Our Gospel Too Small?. The fact is that the witness of many Christians is greatly hampered by confusion over the content of the Christian gospel. The Greek word Paul uses for "great" (pollein) is used to describe an overflowing harvest or intense emotions. John 3:16 is a typical example. The farmer replied, "I am writing, 'He died for me.'". Paul says, "He chose us in [Christ] before the foundation of the world" (Eph. This sermon is what I would call a “sweaty palms” message. As Nasif says, "We need to aim not at love in the abstract but at love in the practical. Ephesians 1:5-6a says, "In love he predestined us for adoption through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace." As a result, our gospel has become too small and self-centered. But the New Testament stresses a fourth kind of love, using the Greek word agape. 3. Each individual needs to ask herself, 'What is it that keeps me from love?'" He said, "Daddy, God must have given a Son, too." Copyright 2007. The ancient languages differentiate among sexual, brotherly, and familial love, and also the kind of love … Bible of Love is the sixteenth album by Snoop Dogg, it’s Snoop’s first double album with 32 tracks. But the word love describes an emotion with vastly differing degrees of intensity. Love is patient, love is kind. In his letter to the Ephesians, he prays that believers "may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge" (Eph. God's holiness is a loving holiness and His love is a holy love. They replied, "Allah." 4 This was God's explanation to the Israelites for the love He showed them in the exodus: "It was not because you were more in number than any other people that the Lord set his love on you and chose you, for you were the fewest of all peoples, but it is because the Lord loves you" (Deut. Love to God and to the brethren is no mere sentiment, but an active power, and manifests itself in the keeping of God's commandments. Paul reasoned, "He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?" What does God ask and expect of us? In the Gospel of John, love for Jesus is equal to love for God—plain and simple. Bible of Love serves as his debut gospel album much like Reincarnated (under his different persona Snoop Lion) served as his debut reggae album. It is because we take an interest in their souls, because we speak earnestly to them about Jesus, and because we invite them to join us at church and hear God's Word that souls are saved today. It has also been called the "Gospel in a nutshell", because it is considered a summary of the central theme of traditional Christianity:. 8:32). Agape love has its classic definition in John 3:16: "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son." According to the Bible, the Father sent the eternal and glorious Son into this world to take up our mortal nature, with all the weakness and suffering that involved, yet without sin (see Heb. This … Jesus said in John 6:29, "This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent." For instance, we say we had a "great time" if we enjoyed ourselves at all. Copyright © 2021, Oneplace.com. T This brotherly fellowship is the true essence of the Church, which is nowhere even mentioned in John's Gospel and First Epistle. Many others who sorrow and grieve in this world will be led to Jesus by the relationship He provides us as children of the heavenly Father. To some, the gospel is simply an invitation for a person to allow God to come into his or her heart. If anything in us or on our part could stop God loving us, then he long ago would have turned away from us. When John says that God "gave" His only Son, what exactly does he mean? With that same devotion, we should love God for His love in giving Jesus Christ to die for us. The first is storge, which is family love. Mark 16:15. “Gospel” is one of the most common words in a Christian’s vocabulary. Having spurned God's love on the cross, we must receive the just penalty for all our sins and especially for the chief sin of rejecting God's only Son. Second, Flavel notes, since God has given us His Son, we may be confident of receiving every other help and mercy we need to endure this life and arrive safely in heaven. Stay Connected with your favorite Ministry Newsletters and Devotionals. There is an infinite distance between God and this wicked world. 2 Paul rightly asks who shall separate us from this love. This is giving love. It was mainly this desire — a right desire — to know God's fatherly care that opened their hearts to the Lord. It is not based on what we receive but on what we give. God is eternal, and so is His love. The apostle Paul writes that God's love is great: "God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ" (Eph. That is an accurate description of our world today. John 3:16 says that God calls us to believe on Jesus Christ — to receive His love — gift through personal faith in Jesus. Old Testament Jews believed that God loved them, but rejected the idea that God loved anyone else. … “And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” (Matt. In addition to your newsletter(s), you will receive email updates and special offers from Oneplace.com. Bible of Love (also known by its full title Snoop Dogg Presents Bible of Love) is the sixteenth studio album by American rapper Snoop Dogg. Get the quote, where to find it, who said it, and what each of them actually mean! Living out God's amazing, giving love will be our strongest testimony to a loveless world. What a message this is for the hurting world around us. God's love also can be described in terms of all His other attributes. God alone loves in the completeness and perfection of love. In this video, we’ll discover that “gospel” is a royal announcement about Jesus, who is the crucified and risen King of the world who overcame death with his love. But on the morning I was to depart, this man, my neighbor's older son, came over and offered to take my place in the war." It is possible to exhaust the love of a spouse or of friends-and in extreme cases, even of siblings or parents. I was drafted and, despite the great hardship it would cause, I was required to join the Army. They are communicated through four Greek words ( Eros, Storge, Philia, and Agape) and are characterized by romantic love, family love, brotherly … Quotes from Gospel of John in the Bible. 2:4-5a, emphasis added). But what does it mean in the original languages of the Bible? However, many make the great mistake of pitting one of God's attributes against another. He adds, "For the mountains may depart and the hills be removed, but my steadfast love shall not depart from you" (Isa. 2 J. I. Packer, Knowing God (Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity Press, 1974), 250. And it should change our own attitudes in a mighty way. SHARE. But if we are so hardened of heart to refuse this matchless gift from God, the result is that we will "perish." The Gospel Is Glorious Because It Results In Love “Because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all the saints” (Col. 1:4). God is not merely loving; at his core, he is love. Oh, what a powerful, mighty, drawing, efficacious meditation this should be to us! So I asked them, "When you pray to God, what name do you give Him?" 11 Surely this argues that we ought to labor with all our might to bring people to salvation. 2:4-5a, emphasis added). Snoop Dogg’s Bible of Love album review: The double gospel album isn’t as easy to make fun of as you’d assume. First, he says, this verse shows us "The exceeding preciousness of souls, and at what a high rate God values them, that he will give his Son, his only Son out of his bosom, as a ransom for them." If God loved us by giving us His Son, we ought to love Him with all that we have in return. Part of the Armor of God mentioned in Ephesians 6 is shoes and feet fitted with readiness of the gospel of peace. Nature knows no greater love than that of a parent for his or her child, and Christ is God the Father's only child. Most commonly, the signs have this short message: "JN 3:16." This is why the message of Jesus Christ is good news for everyone. 7:7-8a). To say that God loves us because Christ died for us, is wretched theology indeed. (Galatians 1:7) There is no other Gospel but the Gospel of Jesus Christ. But how much greater is the love of God that was revealed in the gift of His Son. We should tell them how precious their souls are to God, and what God has done for their salvation. This is why, whenever the New Testament speaks of God's love, it almost invariably does so in terms of the atoning work of Christ upon the cross. When I am counseling a couple prior to their wedding, I often hear one of them (usually the bride) say, "I never want to change him!" God's Giving Love This brings us to the particular point that John 3:16 stresses: God's love is a giving love. The idea is that people will know or find out that "JN" is shorthand for the Gospel of John and that "3:16" means chapter 3, verse 16. But although God stands over against us in judgment because of our sin, quite amazingly he stands over against us in love, because he is that kind of God—and the gospel is the good news of what God, in love, has done in Jesus Christ, especially in Jesus’s cross and resurrection, to … But it is not possible to exhaust the love of God. There is the aspect of love for persons who are not attractive or virtuous or productive. So in this week’s Bible Study, we are looking at how the Bible uses this word and the nuance that can get lost in translation.The word comes from the Greek word euangelion, and it simply means “good announcement” or “good news.” An observer came up and asked, "Is that the grave of your son?" Here is the love of God and of Jesus Christ. 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