Experiencing the Power of the Gospel
Part 3―Biblical Doctrines in the Light of the Gospel
Part 4―Last Day Events (Eschatology)
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.…though sensing that his [satan] time is running out, he pulls out all the stops in his effort to make God look bad. If he can just convince the people of Earth that God is against them, that He isn’t fair, that He doesn’t care, that He is to blame for all the bad things that happen to good people–then he wins. Because no one will ever want anything to do with that kind of God.
For this reason, it is important for all to realize that the reason God redeemed mankind in Christ is because of His unconditional love for us, not our goodness or our performance. This is salvation by grace alone.
.…this form of divine love, is a mysterious power and influence that saturates the Scriptures.…Yet it is of such a subtle nature that it is easy to be confused about it. It doesn’t help that modern society has confused our thinking on the subject of love by constantly bombarding us with a counterfeit form of love.
Why are we confused? Because we think the power of love has something to do with emotion, strong emotion that reveals itself, and is persuasive in its power. True love however, doesn’t demonstrate its power in self-centered persuasiveness, but rather in giving itself; it doesn’t manifest itself in receiving, but in giving.
I Jn 4 (v. 9) In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him.
For many years I thought God was against me; a great big policeman up in the sky, watching and waiting to see me doing something wrong so He could thump me with His billy club! He was there to restrict my happiness. But then I saw a new picture of Jesus dying to save me. John 10:10 says, “I have come that you may have life and have it more abundantly,” and I realized that Jesus only wants us to give up the things that hurt us!
Rom 5 (v. 8) But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (v. 10) For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.
More love is needed, more frankness, less suspicion, less evil-thinking. We need to be less ready to blame and accuse. It is this that is so offensive to God. The heart needs to be softened and subdued by love. The strengthless condition of our people results from the fact that their hearts are not right with God. Alienation from him is the cause of the burdened condition of our institutions.
In this lesson, we are going to discover this love of God, which is the basis of our salvation.
1. Savior of the world Bible Course, (2000). Lesson 2, “The Love of God.”
2. Mark Finley, (1995). Beyond Orion’s Gates, p.94, Hart Research Center.
3. Dan Augsburger, (2009). The Branch and the Vine (sermons by Frank B. Phillips), p.55, Booklet.
4. Doug Batchelor, (2001). To See the King, p.12. Mountain Ministry.
5. E.G. White, The Atlantic Union Gleaner (23 Sep 1903) “Faith and Courage” par.4
Image #1: Fear Factor, (n.d.). Fear of God. Retrieved from https://pt.slideshare.net/mikewage/fear-factor-fear-of-god?nomobile=true