The Doctrine of The Love of God for His people

INTRODUCTION

Romans 9:10-16, "And not only this; but when Rebecca also had conceived by one, even our father Isaac; For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of Him that calleth. It was said unto her, “The older shall serve the younger. As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated.” What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? God forbid. For He says to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. So then it is not of him that willeth nor of him that runneth, but of God that showeth mercy."

The title of the doctrine and the import of the above scriptural passage are to say the least, disturbing to the unconverted because it suggests that God does not love everyone. Not everyone is His people, though everyone was created by Him. The suggestion is valid, only because it is true. Therefore it is most important to establish that the doctrine of the love of God for His people is scriptural and is therefore rooted in Christ who is the way the truth and the life.

Does God have a people? Does His love bear only upon them? The very lives of Jacob and Esau bear witness to the truth that the love of God bearing upon Jacob, transformed him from a godless deceiver into a godly and faithful patriarch; whilst Esau his twin, hated of God, led a godless and faithless life of idolatry, void of any true knowledge of the worship of the one true God.

Within the twin lives, an unsearchable yet clear and profound knowledge of the sovereignty of God is manifested. It is God who sovereignly imputes a faithful responsibility to Jacob whom He had loved, but a faithless responsibility to Esau whom he had hated before the twins were born or had done any good or evil; yet no one, absolutely no one can stay God’s hand or say unto God, “What doeth Thou” (Daniel 4:35)

Below are two scriptural passages that clearly define the parameters of God’s love. It is such a miscarriage of the truth to teach and to preach that God loves everyone without exception and yet experience shows us that daily sinners die unconverted all over the world. Why! this would mean that His love is impotent and unable to convert sinners at His will. This is a grave misrepresentation of the power of God’s love and therefore of God Himself, for indeed the Bible tells us that God is love.

Therefore, in reading the two passages below, only the true Christian can perceive and believe its true import, showing that saving faith is a consequence of God’s love bearing upon the hearts of His people. The Apostle writes it in this manner. We love God because He first loved us. What clearer proof does one need to be convinced that those that perish unconverted like Esau, perish because God’s love was not made to bear upon them?
In all this, the apostle rightfully states that there is no unrighteousness with God. Such is the sovereign prerogative of God, who, out of the same lump of clay, made some to be vessels of honour and mercy, afore prepared unto glory and some to be vessels of dishonour and wrath, fitted for destruction (Romans 9:21-23). God, who loves only His people and He shall save them from their sins.

Matthew 1:18-21

John 17:1-26

God is love (1 John 4:8). In the bible, is revealed a most gracious and remarkable work of God’s special grace that demonstrates and expresses His love, only for His people, for it is written, “And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call His name JESUS: for He shall save His people from their sins (Matthew 1:21).

This work is called Salvation. Make no mistake! From its inception till its completion, all is of God. There is no human input, whatsoever. To believe otherwise, is to believe another Gospel, which is no Gospel at all (Galatians 1:6-9).

No matter what wicked men and false Christianity may falsely teach, regarding the nature of the love of God, it can never ever change the truth that God’s love is invincible and that it is a love that elects sinners unconditionally and predestinates them unto heavenly glory, all to the praise of the glory of God’s grace (Romans 8:37-39; Romans 9:10-23; Ephesians 1:3-11).

All, whom God has unconditionally chosen in Christ from eternity, before the creation of the world, God shall make holy and blameless and they shall be adopted into His Kingdom by Jesus Christ, for such is the invincible power of the love of God for His people. It is the only power, in the whole of creation that can change a sinner into a saint, convert a child of wrath into a child of God (Ephesians 2:1-5).

As we read the testimonies of the Holy Spirit, we are humbled by a most remarkable truth, that God, through the eternal power of His love for His people, accomplishes for them what they cannot i.e. everything necessary for eternal life. Jesus declared it so clearly, “with men it is impossible; but with God all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:16-26).

It is this great love of God for His people that is being contemplated and exalted in this study. In part one, we shall firstly look into the perfect plan that God’s wisdom has made in order to manifest perfectly His love for His people. In part two, we shall learn of the nature of His love. Finally, in part three, the effects of the love of God bearing upon the spirit, soul and body of His people.

Part One
God’s Perfect Plan for Manifesting and Demonstrating His Love for His people.

In order to understand correctly, the perfect plan of the God of Salvation, as it is revealed in the bible; one must know, love and believe in a sovereign and almighty God who elects sinners unconditionally and who predestinates them unto glory. A God whose love for His people is invincible and whose will cannot be resisted nor thwarted. A God who works out everything in accordance to His own purpose and will.

It is not fate, as in heathenism. It is willful making of a master plan in eternity by an eternal and almighty God, to encompass all of creation’s history, in order to manifest the divine wisdom of a God whose essence is Holiness and whose almighty power is demonstrated in 2 distinct and different ways. The first is, through His Love for His people, by saving them from their sins. The second is, in the destruction of everything evil (Romans 8:37-39; Exodus 15:1-19)

Without such an intimate knowledge, love and faith of, for and in such a God, reading and understanding the Holy Scriptures correctly would be impossibility. This knowledge of who God truly is and the ability to love and trust Him, is a gift that God gives only to His people. It is a consequence of His love bearing upon them. It comes by the special revelation and the gracious work of God’s Holy Spirit (Matthew 11:25-27; Ephesians 2:1-9).

Christ Himself declared to the Jews that no one could come to Him to have eternal life unless His Father drew them to Him and that it was given unto them to come to Him (John 6; 37, 44, 65). Again, Christ Himself tells us simply, “For this is life eternal that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou have sent. Christ gives eternal life to only His people (John 17:1-26).

What then, is the plan that the Most Wise and Holy God has made in order to demonstrate and manifest perfectly His great and invincible love for His people? A close and careful study of the next scripture reveals plenty.

1 Peter 1:18-21 ……. Please fill in the scriptures

The preparation of Christ before the foundations of the world, to be a sacrifice for sins was not a contingent measure that God had made in case man should fall. It is a godless notion to even consider contingencies when we are contemplating the will and plan of the almighty.

What the passage actually reveals is that the fall of mankind into sin was part of the perfect knowledge of God and therefore part of the perfect plan of God. The perfect knowledge and the perfect plan of God were not acquired nor made in time. They co- exist together and are inseparable and timeless. God’s perfect and infinite knowledge and His perfect plan is His infinite wisdom. It resides in His eternal mind. It is His Word. It is the pre incarnate Christ (John 1:1-14).

Without this eternal wisdom, He cannot be God almighty. Therefore the wisdom of God must have His way and God’s wisdom never does anything less than perfect. Therefore, the perfect way to demonstrate His great love for His people was to die for them and save them from their sins (Romans 5:8).

We can now understand why God who hates sin with all His being purposed and plan that by one man sin should enter the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned (Romans 5:12). This, God’s wisdom has brought about, so that Christ can demonstrate God’s love for His people in the most perfect way i.e. by dying in their stead (Romans 5:8) and also to demonstrate His eternal power over death through the resurrection of Christ (Romans 6:9).

Therefore, with God, it is not lip service. God doesn’t just declare that He loves his people. Nor does He just declare that He is almighty. He demonstrates and does what He declares. He is the author and finisher of our faith. God is faithful and He will do it (Hebrews 12:2; 1Thessalonians 5:23-24).

It is godly to always remember that the people predestined unto glory by God Himself shall persevere to the end, not of their own strength for they have none (John 15:5) and because God works in them to do and to will according to His pleasure (Philippians 2:12-13). In other words, God is faithful to His promises. Since the elect were chosen in Christ before the foundations of the world to be holy and blameless, God Himself ensures that indeed they shall be.

In the vicarious death of Christ for His people, the absolute demonstration of divine love is seen and witnessed in full view. In the resurrection of Christ from the dead, the absolute power over evil is performed. God in Christ demonstrates two attributes of Himself that laid hidden in Himself from eternity i.e. His love and omnipotence.

Another passage, a prophetic one, from which we can learn richly regarding God’s plan to show His love for His people and to demonstrate His almighty power over evil is found in the book of Genesis and fulfilled in the book of Exodus.

In Genesis 15:13-14, God revealed to Abraham that He had predestined that physical Israel (who represented the Christians, the Body of Christ, His elect people whom He loves from eternity), shall first enter into slavery (sin and death) in Egypt (the world) and be in bondage to Pharaoh (Satan). Later to be delivered by Him in a display of magnificent omnipotence that until today is being declared and preached throughout the whole earth (Exodus 9:15-16).

In the Book of Exodus, in the deliverance of Israel, God graphically demonstrates His almighty power over sin and death (slavery), the world (Egypt) and Satan (Pharaoh). All these, of course were but the shadow and were pointing to Christ at Calvary, where God in Christ in the ultimate demonstration of divine love and omnipotence, conquered sin and death, the world and Satan. In Christ at Calvary, God fulfilled His eternal promises to Abraham, “ In thee shall all nations be blessed.” (Galatians 3:8).

This then is the eternal plan of God with regards to the demonstration of His love for His people. It is conceived and carried out to exalt Christ not Adam, Himself not man.

Part Two
The Nature of God’s Love

It is not possible to fully describe completely, the infinite nature of God’s love. However, three aspects of the nature of God’s love must be mentioned in order to understand and admire the almighty power behind the work of divine and special grace which the bible calls salvation.

ETERNAL

God’s love is eternal. It was not created. It has no beginning and it has no end. It always existed within the Godhead and is inseparable from God Himself. If it were possible for God’s love to cease, God would cease to be. Thus, the scripture declares that God is Love.

HOLY

God’s love is eternally holy. His love is eternally rooted to His very nature, which is holiness. The prophet Isaiah beheld and declared, Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of Hosts. Since His nature is first and fore-mostly holy, so must His love be. Any deviation from this prophetic observation is blasphemy.

INVINCIBLE AND ALMIGHTY

It is this intrinsic nature of God’s love that guarantees and secures the salvation of all that God desires to save. This peculiar doctrine is the message of Romans 8:37-39. The Holy Spirit reveals to us that there is absolutely nothing existing in existence that can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus. The power behind this union is almighty and therefore unconquerable, thus Paul declares us to be more than conquerors. Once more in John 10:28-30 we are taught by Christ Himself about the invincible and almighty power of God’s love for His people. Therefore it is these three aspects of the nature of God’s love that is being demonstrated in the work of salvation .i.e. the eternal, holy and invincible.

Part Three
The Effects of God’s Love Bearing Upon the spirit, Soul and body of His People

God created man a tri-partite being i.e. consisting of spirit, soul and body. The two passages of scripture that inform us of this fact are Hebrews 4:12 and 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24. In the Thessalonian passage, we are instructed that salvation encompasses the whole tri-partite man, his spirit, soul and body. This reveals that the fall of man must mean the total condemnation of man’s spirit, soul and body.

This is no trivial matter. Fallen man’s situation is grave. His spirit is dead to God. His soul is guilty of sinning against God and the wrath of God is upon him. His body is a body of death, on its way to becoming dust. He is in absolute slavery to Satan his master. Satan’s will is his will. He is spiritually alienated from the One True God and is absolutely unable to please God, because he cannot exercise faith (a spiritual gift from God) whilst in spiritual death, he remains faithless to God. He is incapable of worshipping God in spirit and in truth. His spirituality is a darkened spirituality. It is of his master Satan. He is unable to understand and believe in spiritual truth i.e. the Word of God. In fact, he hates and denies God’s word. His hatred and denial is the manifestation of his spiritual death (Romans 8:5-8).

The State of Fallen Man

Romans 3:10-18 defines the sinfulness of fallen man. The term fallen man refers to all of mankind which includes the people of God (Romans 3:23) who Jesus came to save from their sins. It is most certainly not a report of a man created in the image of a Holy God. On the contrary, it is a report of total depravity. If the people of God could save themselves from the wages of sin, which is death, there would have been no need for Jesus to come into the world.

Any disagreement of the slightest degree with the Spirit’s assessment of fallen man must be tantamount to accusing God’s Holy Spirit of exaggeration and lying .This sin is unforgivable. Christ warned about the unpardonable sin – blaspheming the Holy Spirit.

Therefore, if the state of fallen man is so depraved, dead in trespasses and sins i.e. spiritually dead (Ephesians 2:1-3). What then is the hope and remedy? Surely someone spiritually dead, cannot of and from within himself, bring himself back to spiritual life to respond to the spiritual truths of the gospel call.

The acts of faith in Christ and repentance toward God are spiritual exercises which cannot be performed whilst in spiritual death. In such a state of spiritual death, the spiritual will to come to Christ for salvation is dead, let alone ‘free’. The spiritually dead cannot come to Christ by faith i.e. to partake of He who is the Bread of Life (John 6;44;65).

So what does the scripture say with regards to the people of God? How were they able to turn to the Lord, when by nature and situation i.e. spiritual death, they could not? How did they have the power to overcome so powerful a master as Satan himself and be freed from his kingdom of darkness and be found in God’s glorious light? These are some of the questions that need to be answered truthfully before one can truly be grateful to God. Has God given man the answers? Yes, He has and therefore there is no room for error. God is a Spirit; and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth (John 4:24).

1. The sinner’s spirit is resurrected

The first part of the tri-partite man that God deals with when saving a sinner, is his spirit, which is in spiritual death. It does not mean that the sinner’s spirit has ceased to exist. It means that his spirit is alienated and cut off from God because of his sins. He is dead in his sins and dead to the things of God. Therefore he cannot respond with faith and obey the gospel call of God’s Spirit. It is absolutely impossible for him. It has nothing to do with his will. His spirit needs to be resurrected. In other words, he needs to be born again.

Jesus told Nicodemus that one must first be born again by the Holy Spirit in order to perceive and then to enter the kingdom of God (John 3:1-8). Just as Nicodemus himself never had the choice as to be born or not to be born into God’s physical creation. The same must be true of those that are born into God’s spiritual kingdom of heaven. It is solely up to the sovereign will of God who is born into His spiritual kingdom of heaven. It shattered the Soteriology of Nicodemus right down to its foundation that was built upon the will of man and not of God.

The Holy Spirit’s work in the grace of regeneration or the new birth and its consequence is orderly and spiritually logical. The elect sinner, dead in his sins, must first be resurrected from spiritual death and made spiritually alive by God’s Holy Spirit and then be given the spiritual gifts of faith and repentance. Only then, can the sinner who is now spiritually alive and equipped with the gifts of faith and repentance obey God’s gospel call to believe in Christ and repent towards God.

Therefore the grace of regeneration (made spiritually alive by the Holy Spirit) must precede the spiritual gifts of faith and repentance, not visa versa, because it is impossible to exercise spiritual gifts when a person is spiritually dead.

It is in the context of this holy order, that the apostle Paul reminds the Christians in Ephesus, that it is by grace that they have been saved (grace of spiritual regeneration) through the gift of faith, that not of themselves, it is the gift of God. (John 3:3-8) (Ephesians 2:4,5,8,9).

2. The sinner’s soul is justified

Once the sinner’s spirit is born again i.e. spiritually resurrected by the Holy Spirit, God’s Word becomes alive. He is convicted of his sins against God and the gospel call becomes a sweet call to receive mercy from Jesus. The Spirit of God now works faith and repentance in his new spirit and because his spiritual will is now alive to God’s spirit, he most willingly exercises faith in Christ and repents towards God.

His faith in Christ has a most blessed consequence. It pleases God most dearly and he receives the righteousness of God himself, which is found in Christ. It is not a human righteousness, but a divine. Upon this divine righteousness, which has now not only become his covering, it is his constitution in Christ, God forgives his sins and declares his soul justified. Not by works, but by faith (Romans 4:1-7). In other words, by the giving of Christ to die in his stead for his sins and the working of faith in his new spirit, so that he be united to Christ in Christ’s death and resurrection, all glory belongs to God, for it is God who made him righteous and declares him to be so.

The sinner’s soul, therefore is the beneficiary of justification. Guilt has been removed and crucified at Calvary. God has made him righteous through the gift of faith, therefore it is by faith that he must now live by (Romans 1:17).

3. The sinner’s body is glorified

The sinner’s spirit is born again. It is holy and blameless. It is born of the Holy Spirit. It lives by every Word that comes from the mouth of God. God’s Word is spirit. It is the spiritual food that nourishes the Christian’s born again spirit.

The sinner’s soul is justified by God Himself. It is cleansed of all unrighteousness. He has been given Christ’s righteousness, which is not human but divine. He is now a Christian.

The Christian now waits for the last part of his tri-partite being to be saved. The body of death. Cursed by God in Eden because of sin. Flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God. For the kingdom of God is spiritual, not physical. Paul calls this final phase the glorification. In a twinkling of an eye, we shall all be changed. This corruptible body must put on incorruption. This mortal body must put on immortality. The Christian will share in Christ’s glory. Since he is part of the body of Christ and Christ is now in His glorified body, so must the Christian be in heaven, in a glorified body.

 

Who hath ears to hear, let him hear:

1 JOHN 4:8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.

MATTHEW 1:18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. 19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily. 20 But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. 21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.

GALATIANS 1:6 I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: 7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. 8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. 9 As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.

ROMANS 8:37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. 38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

EPHESIANS 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: 4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: 5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, 6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. 7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; 8 Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence; 9 Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: 10 That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him: 11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:

EPHESIANS 2:1 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; 2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: 3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. 4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, 5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)

MATTHEW 19:16 And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? 17 And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments. 18 He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, 19 Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 20 The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet? 21 Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me. 22 But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions. 23 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven. 24 And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. 25 When his disciples heard it, they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who then can be saved? 26 But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.

MATTHEW 11:25 At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes. 26 Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in thy sight. 27 All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him.

JOHN 6:37 All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. 44 No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day. 65 And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father.

1 PETER 1:18 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; 19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: 20 Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you, 21 Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.

ROMANS 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

ROMANS 5:12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:

ROMANS 6:9 Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.

HEBREWS 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

1 THESSALONIANS 5:23 And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.

GENESIS 15:13 And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years; 14 And also that nation, whom they shall serve, will I judge: and afterward shall they come out with great substance.

EXODUS 9:15 For now I will stretch out my hand, that I may smite thee and thy people with pestilence; and thou shalt be cut off from the earth. 16 And in very deed for this cause have I raised thee up, for to shew in thee my power; and that my name may be declared throughout all the earth.

GALATIANS 3:8 And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed.

     
"O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor? Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again? For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen." Romans 11:33-36