Two Biblical Truths, seemingly at odds.
1 John 4:8 (KJV)
“He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.”
God is indeed love. Indisputably love.
John 3:16-17 (KJV)
“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 15:13 (KJV)
“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”
There are many Scriptures to support this truth.
Those of us who have accepted Him as Lord and Savior, have experienced, recognized, and accepted this truth.
The problem is some, have gone so far as to think, we are all Saved from Sin, because of His Love. (Nothing is required on our part).
This my friend is a false Doctrine. We could, all be saved. Jesus died on that cross so that we might be saved.
Jesus would, have us all come to the knowledge of the Truth, and find Salvation and Love, in Him.
The truth of the matter is.
Matthew 11:12. (KJV)
“And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.“
It is a battle, with our Natural Man, our Human mind, our thoughts, and feelings. It does not add up, it makes no sense. If God is Love, why have so many died?
Many Christians have a hard time equating the God of Love, with the Lord of the Old Testament.
So much death and destruction. The Law, verses Grace. What is a man to believe?
We must look to the Scriptures. We must look beyond our common knowledge of who and what we believe.
We may need to put aside some cherished beliefs, and replace them with the Biblical truth of the Word.
God, indeed is Love, but who or what is the Lord?
I believe a careful study of the Spirit of God and the Spirit of the LORD, shows us plainly that the Lord of the Old Testament is the giver of the Law.
The God of the Old Testament is the Creator of all, the Supreme Ruler, the giver of Grace and Mercy. In other words, Jesus.
Are you interested enough to search the scriptures to see if this be true? Or will you reject this out of hand?
You never heard this before, it cannot be true.
Saints, we can believe our Church Doctrine or the Scriptures. Unfortunately our Doctrines, only reflect the light received by our Denominational founders.
They had a piece of truth, (Luther is a great example). He changed his world, because of the revelation knowledge from the Lord.
Revelation has expanded from saved by faith, to the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. Yet, many refuse to accept this new revelation.
It is sad, when teachers teach this is the only explanation for this verse, or that the Lord doesn’t do that anymore.
The Lord continually seeks for someone to show Himself strong. He will teach, guide, or direct whosoever will.
Will you be whosoever? Will you allow revelation knowledge, to enter your life?
I pray our hearts and mind will be open to the will and way of the Lord. Amen