THE LOVE OF GOD

Scripture: But God commended his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8 (KJV)

I will love to read the same verses in some other versions for better understanding – But God has made clear his love to us, in that, when we were still sinners, Christ gave his life for us. (BBE). But God clearly shows and proves His own love for us, by the fact that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Amplified)

I decided to write about this topic today believing that God will use it to deal with ignorance that has ravaged a lot of believers who are too righteous to assume some wicked acts on God. I call this character assassination. Saying someone is wicked or does wickedness when he is not doing that is a character assassination offence if I am right.

It is very good that we understand the love of God very well and clearly. If we do not do that we will miss understand so many things about God. This is the reason so many people have come up with the saying that God is pouring His wrath upon the world because of the sins of the world. That is ignoramus.

Pandemic (Coronavirus) is not an evidence of the Love of God

Please note that this pandemic is not from God and God is not angry with any sinner or the world. Yes, I agree that the world is full of sin. But do not forget that God saw the world in its helpless sinful nature before he loved the world and offered to save the world. – John 3:16. The scripture we read today says “”But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

Come to think of it? Would you be a president and decides to punish some offenders around you. Will you do it in a way that affect your own family members? I mean your sons and daughters? Then what do we think of God? He is a father and a good father that never existed on earth. – Mathew 7:7-11. Please we need to stop this ignorance, it is too much on social media.

If this is God’s wrath and you and I the believers are now a victim of lockdown effects such as no movement, no buying and selling as you may want, no gathering including worshipping together in a house called Church. Seriously? Could this be God at work? I agree that a believer cannot be a victim of the disease because we are too anointed for that by the spirit of Christ in us – 1 John 2:27. Well provided that you know your right in Christ Jesus. What would you think of God?

It is good to know that God is not expecting any repentance before coronavirus pandemic stops? God has given us power to stop it. Mathew 16:19, Luke 10:19, Mark 16:17-18, Luke 21:15 etc. If we need it to stop, we the saints will pray by faith and command it to pack and it will go that is not an issue with God. – Mark 11:22-24.

Repentance is good but God does not need the repentance of the world to stop this pandemic. He needs us as believers to up our games in faith and declare the end of this nonsense. The Believers all over the world have just celebrated Easter which is the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

By this statement it tells me clearly that a lot of believers of Christ still don’t understand the reason why Christ died. They do not understand the purpose of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Comparing the world today to Sodom and Gomora how God destroyed them because of their sin which actually what we are seeing today seems to be worse than what happened then at Sodom and Gomora.

Comparing the world today to Sodom and Gomora shows that we do not understand the Love of God and that we do not understand the position of God upon the world. Let me reveal to you just little with scriptures of what you should know about the gospel of Christ Jesus. At a particular point in time God made a total shift from the Mosaic system or the Old Testament pattern of life and worship of God.

This was at the time God fell in love with the world. John 3:16. The love was much that God postponed His judgment from the wit was in Old Testament time to after death. And this is called the grace of God through Jesus Christ. God made up his mind to allow the work of reconciliation to continue until man dies – 2 Corinthians 5:19 / Hebrews 9:27. And thereafter the grace expires and the man will face judgement.

In the first place I am not a crusader of no repentance. Ok! Every sinner must change his way of life to that of Christ. That means you have receive dthe live of Christ and living it makes you a Christian or believer – Galatians 2:20. Do not miss understand this message.

Understanding the word “Repentance”

Repentance is not for a group or nation it is an individual thing. I cannot repent for you and you cannot repent for me. Romans 10:8-10. John 1:11-12. Asking people to repent for their nation or who is a waste of time. God is not interested in that because it is against His system. They did it in Old Testament but under New Testament that we Believers of Christ are operating in today, God is no more into such. No one can repent for another, if you have not known that I am sorry you have a lot to learn about the gospel of Christ.

Now secondly know that since Christ resurrected, God changed his character from destroying sinners to being patience with sinners for the purposes of given them time to repent. Luke 9:53-55, 1 John 2:1-2, 2 Peter 3:9, 2 Corinthians 5:19. But if they refuse him and die that is only when they will be judged – Hebrews 9:27. You cannot punish someone two times for one offence it is not done under any law. Then if God is to be punishing (pouring His wrath on the word as many have said and preached) the word with coronavirus then it means there is no more grace. Meaning Jesus’ death has expired. 2 Peter 3:9, 2 Cor 5:17-21

God is not angry

Can I tell you this? God is not angry with any sinner despite the fact that He hates their sin. He loves the sinner but hates his or her sin and He prays for such to change even till today according to this verses of the scripture – John 3:16, 1 John 2:1-2. Now listen to this. God is not angry with any nation or people and he will never send coronavirus to us or any not even the world. This is about the love of God. The word of God says God is Love – 1 John 4:8.

God has loved the world – 1 John 4:19. John 3:16. Remember that is his nature – 1 John 3:8. It is too late for him to unlove the world. Why? Whatsoever the lord doeth shall be forever – Eccl 3:14. When I say the world I mean both believers and unbelievers. That God loves sinners gets some religious folk angry. They believe that God is bitter, angry and furious against sinners that is your opinion not God’s and that is not true.

Pastors should not give excuse, let us own up to responsibility that we supposed to be in charge and send this nonsense packing through the speaking our faith we have the power. God is not going to come in to do this he already put us in charge – Mathew 16:19, Luke 21:15, Mark 11:22-24, Mark 9:23, Mark 18:18-20. Ok.

The Love of God to the world

Do not forget our opening scripture – But God has made clear his love to us, in that, when we were still sinners, Christ gave his life for us. – Romans 5:8 (KJV). Listen to this! God has loved the world when the world was in there sins. I mean deadly helpless in sin. – Romans 5:8, Ephesians 2:5-9. In that same situation God chose to send His own son to die for the sin-full world. What a love – Mathew 1:21

Apostle John said – Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, 1 John 3:1. If somebody died for the world when the world was dead in sin so as to save them what changed today? He is no longer loving the world or people again? – John 3:16, 1 John 2:1-2. He does not want them to be saved again? – 2 Peter 3:9, John 10:16, 2 Corinthians 5:19. Now he is killing them with virus so that they can go to hell, is that what God is doing now?

Because that is what a lot of pastors are saying when they claimed God sent this pandemic to get attention of the world, to get people repented, because we took God out of our schools now the school is shutdown, we engage in gay and so manner of sinful act globally. Please you should keep this ignorance to yourself from now.

The Basic Reality of the Mind of God

The truth is that God will not punish sinners today because hos love made provision for this period of grace when people are being reconciled to God through Jesus Christ. The condemnation will come after the death of such a sinner this is because of the resurrection of Christ. God said after death there will be judgement don’t you get it. He wants people to be saved and he is patience enough and praying for them daily – Hebrews 9:27, 1 John 2:1-2, 2 Peter 3:9. This is the basic reality of the mind of God for now. Who is in the spirit of Christ will understand this. If you don’t it show that you need to upgrade in the realm of the spirit of Christ and His knowledge

Conclusion

The love of God is real to the believers and also to the unbelievers. It is love for the whole world. This love will not permit God to allow a sinner to die but to repent. This love will not allow God to be angry on sinners or believers in Him. This love made God to be ready to forgive us any time we sin willingly, This love will never make God to course, destroy, kill or demand anything from us as his children before giving us anything we can ever ask for other than faith in him and that is free.

Romans 8:32 says – He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? 1 Corinthians 1:12 says “Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God”. Please up your knowledge in the grace and finished work of Christ it will really make us to be at breast of all power that is available to us in Christ Jesus.

Just Thinking

Think of this! If God is angry with the world and has sent covid-19 to destroy or teaches them lesson how are we also suffering the effect of the sinners’ punishment. That statement is not adding up! Agreed we are not victim of the disease but awe are all victims of the effect such as lockdown and no public gathering to worship etc. What does that profit God as a good father whom we serve and worship?

Should a righteous suffer with the sinners? No even before the end of the Old Testament season God changed that system – Jer 31:29-30 says “In those days they shall say no more, the fathers have eaten a sour grape, and the children’s teeth are set on edge. But every one shall die for his own iniquity: every man that eateth the sour grape, his teeth shall be set on edge”.

What is the relationship between the judgment of God and repentance and in regards to the sinner of this sinful world? It is very clear. God does not want sin. He wants us to be holy and live his life the reason why Christ gave us His life to live – Jesus said – John 10:11 – I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. And His sprit to lead or direct us – Galatians 5:16, 18 & 25, Romans 8:10-14.

Of course His spirit cannot lead us to commit sin but to be free from sin hence Paul said – Sin shall have no dominion over us anymore – Romans 6:14. Repentance is a must for all sinners not for the world because not all of us in the world are sinners, if you are I am not OK! Repentance but Judgement of God is not here on earth but after death at the judgment throne of God in heaven why? The Love of God is the reason. I conclude with this scripture from Apostle Peter. He said “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is long suffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance”. – 2 Peter 3:9 (KJV)

Please note: The scriptures quoted in this articles are from either King James Version or The Basic Bible in English version. This is of the written articles by Pastor Bakare Stephen. He is the Lead Pastor at Light Arena Ministry worldwide.

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