Understanding the Love of God
Last week, we discussed four fundamental truths about God's love for us. We covered two of those truths, and today, we will delve into the remaining two to better understand the bedrock of our faith.
We have already discussed how God is not human, and He doesn't have a human likeness or form. Today, we will explore the following truths:
God is one, who is 3 persons in one essence.
Our God consists of three persons – the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – who are never independent of each other, equally God, and simultaneously active. Scriptures like Genesis 1:26, Isaiah 6:8, John 17:5, and Matthew 3:16-17 illustrate the unity and distinctiveness of the three persons of God.
God is RIGHTEOUS, HOLY, and He Is LOVE.
God's righteousness, holiness, and love are essential to understanding our relationship with Him. His laws must be fulfilled because He is righteous, and sin separates us from God because He is holy. However, His love is so great that He provided His Son, Jesus, to atone for our sins, making us right with Him and allowing us to enter His presence.
Jesus' journey to the cross in Jerusalem marked a pivotal moment in humanity's history. He came to fulfill the ultimate sacrifice as the supreme High Priest. Jesus' death on the cross enabled the fulfillment of the penalty for sin, satisfying God's righteous requirements.
God's holiness separates sinful humanity from Him, but His love bridges that gap through Jesus' atoning sacrifice. Jesus stepped into darkness to find and rescue us, offering infinite hope and forgiveness. Through Him, we can call out to our Heavenly Father as His children, adopted into His family (Galatians 4:5-7).
In Romans 1:20-25, we see that many have exchanged the truth about God for lies, worshiping the created rather than the Creator. However, the love of God offers us the opportunity to reconsider and embrace His divine love.
Ultimately, each of us will give a personal account to God (Romans 14:11-12). Our goal today is not to coerce you into believing but to invite you to consider the depths of God's love that pursues us unrelentingly.