He brought me to the banqueting house,
and his banner over me was love.
—Song of Solomon 2:4
Here lately I have been pondering on God’s love for mankind. It completely blows my mind that the God of all creation made a way of reconciliation for us humans.
Genesis 1:1— In the beginning God created the Heaven and the earth.
I mean, I must admit, I wholeheartedly agree with David when he asked the simple question found in Psalms 8. “What is man, that thou art mindful of him?”
Psalms 8:3-4—When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?
Yet, when God created the heavens, the earth, and man in His image, He stood back and declared that His masterpiece was good.
Genesis 1:27 —So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
Genesis 1:31—And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.
Wow! Absolutely amazing!
Throughout the dispensations of time, He saw His Son coming down from glory and becoming the supreme sacrifice for all mankind.
Ephesians 3:2a— If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God . . .
John 3:16-18 — 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. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
God declared that He Himself would do what all five other dispensations could not:
3. Human Government
The God of all creation not only gave Himself a body to bring reconciliation for all mankind, but He also became the Head of His glorious church.
Colossians 1:16-20 —For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell; And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.
Now, I’m fixin’ to step on some toes, but I must obey God. I have a question for God’s blood bought believers. Are we really allowing Him to be the Head of His church? I mean, the Jesus that I serve is full of love, grace, compassion, and mercy; yet, we Christians are walking around with such hateful attitudes. Come on already! God has called us to be the light of this world, yet our hearts are full of darkness.
I have to believe that we have fallen into a backslidden state, and the God of all creation is calling us to good ol’ fashion repentance, which is something the church hears very little about. Oh, trust me, I’m feeling conviction in my heart even as I write this blog.
We need to STOP judging others and allow God to shine His light in our own dark heart. Although, we’re striving toward perfection (at least we should be.) Not one of us have reached that place of perfection in God.
Philippians 3:13-14 —Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
As far as I know, there’s only one perfect, and His name is Jesus. My, there are so many fleshly attributes in the body of Christ, and as a result we have frustrated the grace of God. Jesus rebuked the religious rulers rather harshly:
Matthew 23:13-28—But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows’ houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves. Woe unto you, ye blind guides, which say, Whosoever shall swear by the temple, it is nothing; but whosoever shall swear by the gold of the temple, he is a debtor! Ye fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gold, or the temple that sanctifieth the gold? And, Whosoever shall swear by the altar, it is nothing; but whosoever sweareth by the gift that is upon it, he is guilty. Ye fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gift, or the altar that sanctifieth the gift? Whoso therefore shall swear by the altar, sweareth by it, and by all things thereon. And whoso shall swear by the temple, sweareth by it, and by him that dwelleth therein. And he that shall swear by heaven, sweareth by the throne of God, and by him that sitteth thereon. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone. Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess. Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness. Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.
I realize I’m using a lot of scriptures, but the Word of God stands true. Now, I ask yet another question, are we really one of His disciples?
1 John 3:14-18—We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death. Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him. Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.
John 13:35—By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.
In closing, I thank God He loved us enough to die for us. Now, why can’t we learn to love one another?