God Loves You…

God loves you… is commonly said today… as well as… you’re a child of God.

Sounds good on the surface… may give you a short-term “lift”.

As we unpack it with what God actually says… the sayings have deeper meanings.

Yes… God loves us… so much so… that He sent His only Begotten Son… Jesus Christ… to die for us so we could be saved from His wrath we’re also born under.  Contrary to what smooth talking gurus say… we’re all born with a sin nature… the curse that Adam and Eve gave us from the Garden of Eden.

15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.16 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.17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved…

The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance…

36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him…

 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience…

23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God… (John 3:15-17; 2 Peter 3:9; John 3:36; Ephesians 5:6; Romans 3:23)

As for being a child of God… God gives us His definition…

◊ We may identify… but, Christ clearly qualifies who is… a child of God the Father… by saying… If God were your Father, ye would love me… He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father… (John 8:42;14:20-21)…

…the Saints are also identified as… the children of God the Father

 for one is your Father, which is in heaven…

 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name…

I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God…

The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God…

because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father… (Matthew 23:8-10; 6:9; John 20:17; Romans 8:15-16; Galatians 4:5-7; 1 John 3:1-3).  ◊ From the essay… Turn Out the Lights.

Yes… we’re created in God’s image (Genesis 1:26-27)… people are precious… we have a conscience that can choose.  If we choose a relationship with God by accepting Christ’s once-and-for-all atoning sacrifice for our sins at the cross… Christ’s Life… the Holy Spirit… now lives through us.  If we don’t grieve the Holy Spirit through continuing to embrace our old sinful nature… the dead old man… we can develop a healthy relationship of obedience to God… which He has defined as loving Him… and, that… God is our Father.

Be careful what spiritual gurus tell you… as I once heard…“Gurus” sell a better life… while living a worse one… and, God’s word says the same (2 Peter 2:17-20).

What does God tell us through His Word… the Holy Bible (see the essay… Hearing)?  He’s the final Authority!

17 Ye have wearied the Lord with your words. Yet ye say, Wherein have we wearied him? When ye say, Every one that doeth evil is good in the sight of the Lord, and he delighteth in them; or, Where is the God of judgment?  Malachi 2:17