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God's Love - Conditional or Unconditional??
God's Love is Unconditional or Is It??
I cringe when I hear people make one of the most blatant scriptural errors common among Christians. Yes I understand most people believe this, and a majority of preachers teach it but this statement just simply is not compatible with scripture. God's love is not and never has been UN-conditional. Lets look at what scripture actually says about God"s love.
God's love is not unconditional. His love is unconditionally available.
you may have trouble with this but read it check it against the scriptures and think about it before you discard it.
God's love is not unconditional. His love is unconditionally available , in other words, it is available to us no matter what we have done or who we are. It is available even to whosoever will.. BUT to partake of it there are CONDITIONS.
Luke 11: 42 "But woe to you Pharisees! For you tithe mint and rue and all manner of herbs, and pass by justice and the love of God. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone.
Here Jesus is talking to the pharisees, Hebrews. Look what He says about the love of God. He says the pharisees have" passed by" the Love of God. If it was unconditional then it would not be possible to "pass it by". So if they have passed it by there must be something to do to receive it. If there is something we must do to receive it that makes it unconditionally available , as it is available to all, but not unconditional. Do you see this?
2 Thess 3: 5 Now may the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God and into the patience of Christ.
Now we see that we need to allow the Lord to "direct our hearts into the love of God". If we must allow this, that means there is something to do to receive the love of God. It is not unconditional, it is unconditionally available , predicated on us doing our part to receive it.
1 John 4:9 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.
1 John 5:3 For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments.
Now we see that Jesus was sent by the love of God to give us life- eternal life as that what is meant by life in the new testament. And here we are told what we must do to receive this love of God that is available to us. Here God is directing our hearts into the love of God as we are previously told to do. Here it is do you see it? If we want our hearts to be filled with the love of God then our responsibility is to "keep His commandments".
Now we must remember that we are following scripture not men. New testament scripture, as we are under the new covenant since Jesus has fulfilled the old thereby making it complete and
no longer in effect. So what are His commandments? Lets check the scripture here as we are looking for "scriptural truth".
Matt 22:37 Jesus said to him, "'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.' 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' 40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets."
Here are Jesus commandments. Not the 10 commandments of Moses but ours are just the two of Jesus. But Jesus says ALL other commandments are contained in these two. If we keep these two commandments after we are born again, baptized and baptized in the Holy Spirit we are now equipped to be Christians, we now will have the ability to follow Christ as He leads.
Col 2:11 11 In Him you were also circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the sins of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, 12 buried with Him in baptism, in which you also were raised with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead. 13 And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses,
Acts 1:8 But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you;
Remember He said that we would receive the POWER TO BE A a Christian after the Holy Spirit comes upon us.
So now we have the package, we have completed the beginning steps of salvation.
We have been "born again from above", had our hard heart circumsized by "the baptism made without hands" in the water baptism, making us able to receive the things of God, received the infilling of the Holy Spirit giving us the power to be a Christian and now we must fulfill the requirement of keeping His commandment to receive the infilling of the love of God and we are fully equipped and prepared to follow the Christ as He leads us..
Jude 21 keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.
There is one last thing we must do. We are told to "keep OURSELVES" in the love of God.
SEE it is not unconditional, it is conditional on us keeping the commandments given to us by Jesus. If we want to see salvation in the end then we must do as Jesus said to do.
2 Tim 2:12 If we endure, We shall also reign with Him. If we deny Him, He also will deny us.
Matt 24:9 9 "Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name's sake. 10 And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. 11 Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. 12 And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. 13 But he who endures to the end shall be saved.
You now know what the scriptures say about the love of God, Now if we continue in His way until the end we shall be an instrument of God's love as well as being saved and have eternal life. His love is unconditionally available but it is not unconditional, there are conditions and HE has given us the tools to be able to do it. Lets all do it.