God is love

 

God is love

 

by Ken Pullen

A Crooked Path

Sunday, May 28th, 2017

All Scripture references used are from the King James Version Holy Bible

 

 

I have no new revelation here. Just a constant reoccurring pricking within my heart has been to sit down and write about “God is love,” because there is so much confusion about this. So much wrong thinking and believing about this. Because the carnal, the fleshly worldly mind has taken over to such a degree few know or understand the true meaning of “God is love,” discerning wisely.

Most do a double wrong in using the words, “God is love.”

Since most not only are not using the right definition, the correct meaning of the words, but they also are taking them out of context. The following verses clearly explain and define God’s word to us if we have the understanding of true believers, thus the Holy Spirit indwelling us, and we understand the words used and the context.

 
 

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.
John 3:16

 

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

 
 

The faithless, those without hope, without understanding, or the Light of God within them — those of the world cannot conceive the depth of understanding of “God is love” as written in Scripture. Especially modern-day men and women of the world.
But the problem is not only among men and women of the world. Far too many professing to be believers and disciples of Christ, “Christians” as the world first called them in Antioch draw upon worldly ideas, emotions, and definitions of what “God is love” truly means.
Perhaps just as many misunderstand, or do not even know, it was the pagan worldly men and women of Antioch which coined the word “Christians” for followers of Jesus Christ the Lord.

 

And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.
Acts 11:26

 

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Antioch, which was founded in the 4th century B.C. by a general of Alexander the Great is located in what we know as the country of Turkey. Antioch was first Greek pagan and then at the time of Jesus Christ and the apostles it was Roman pagan. A very large and great metropolis of its time. But followers of Jesus Christ did not call themselves “Christians,” the world placed that moniker on them.

 

Likewise many are lacking in the discernment of what is AGAPE love (from the Newer Covenant Greek) versus the love of pure emotion, or in the case of many in modern times — empty words carrying little or no real meaning, Over used and without real depth of thought behind them. The word “love” is bantered about like a tennis ball at center court in Wimbledon, England in late June into early July.

 

True believers in Jesus Christ understand and know what agape love is. It is simplest to explain as God’s love for us, and how god desires us to love one another. Agape is of the spirit. It is not of the flesh. Agape is a deep, lingering, unconditional love. A lasting love. An eternal love. A sacrificial love. Not the physical pangs of the heart, or of physical desire and attraction, or as the world defines and uses the word of how we are to love each other, as in using it in such phrases and “peace, love, and music,” or “peace, love, and understanding,” or “all you need is love.” Those seeds of expression which come to fruition do not know or understand the love of God and God’s love for us, or what is meant in the words “God is love.”

 

All anyone needs to know to understand what the words “God is love” really mean as used in the Holy Bible? Refer back to the first Scripture verse used in this commentary; John 3:16.

 

God so loved the world — the people of this world — HE SACRIFICED HIMSELF FOR EVERYONE WHO WOULD BELIEVE UPON HIM! God sacrificed His only Son, a part of Himself, Jesus, because He loved people that much. That is the love of God.

 

Not accepting anything and everyone no matter what they say or do without consequences. Do not mistake what I mean here. God will forgive anything and everyone who REPENTS of their sins, CONFESSES their sins unto Him, ASKS FORGIVENESS from Him, and has BELIEF, FAITH that Jesus Christ is Lord and is His Son — and vows to commit their lives to His service.

 

Sadly, there is a rapidly growing number professing to be followers of Christ who have corrupted and perverted the words, “God is love,” to mean accepting and tolerating sin, abomination, and evil within the body of the church. Within professed believers.

 

They proclaim “THE GOD I BELEIVE IN!” and then they fill in the blank ____________ with would accept a practicing homosexual or lesbian pastor because “God is love!” Or, “THE GOD I BELEIVE IN would accept Muslim and Hindu beliefs incorporated into our weekly church service because GOD IS LOVE and accepts everyone!”

 

Wrong. Dead wrong. Spiritually dead wrong. Scripturally dead wrong. Eternally dead wrong.

 

God most certainly is love. The greatest love. God in His infinite mercy, grace and love realized we could never be righteous beings after we followed our sinful natures and turned to Satan in the Garden of Eden and fell from perfection, fell from His favor at that time because we tainted ourselves. We blemished the perfection. We sinned and rebelled against God. We disobeyed. It is our nature. People are NOT inherently good!

 

But God ached and yearned for us to again walk with Him as we once did in the Garden before our downfall.

 

And the only way, the only true way He saw that possible was for Him to sacrifice Himself. Jesus, who has been with God always and forever, eternally prior to the Creation, and will be in heaven with God through eternity came to this sordid sin-filled corrupt world to give up Himself as the Sacrificial Lamb for our salvation.

 

THAT IS the God is love.

 

NOT God is tolerant and accepting of our sins, our abominations, our evil doing, our false teachings, our unsound doctrines, our idol worship, our turning from Him and to pagan ways, our forsaking Him and His word and turning to the ways of this world.

 

It is vitally crucial to discern well and wisely and correctly. So vitally crucial it means the difference between life and death. Getting it right or getting it wrong before the Lord.

 

Within the Newer Covenant there are many examples of agape love;
1 John 4:6
1 John 4:8
1 John 4:11-12
1 John 4:18-19
Romans 5:8
Romans 5:18
Ephesians 2:8

 

And many, many more, but I hope and pray this starts anyone unfamiliar on their way.

 

A good example of PHILEO love (from the Greek in the Newer Covenant), which is emotional love, feeling love, BROTHERLY LOVE one to another is in Hebrews 13:1.

 

It is my sincere hope and prayer that each reader truly understands that “God is love” and all that truly means. The discernment and depth is there. For to understand this correctly and well means life.

 

To understand in context is everything. To understand in spiritual context is all.

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