(04/08/2016) Love From The Cross?

Posted: April 8, 2016 in Forgiveness, Grace, Judgment, Love, Perfection, Prophecy, Sacrifice, Salvation, Sin, Wrath Against Sin
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The revelation of love by Jesus Christ upon the cross is in view, today.  Sin not only contends against the continued existence of divine law, sin also opposes all expression of divine love.  Through love, the focus of the cross must be seen as all heaven and earth, with issues that go beyond death, judgment, law, or punishment.  There is a defining demonstration of the principles for attitude and conduct to be display upon the earth made new.  Consider how this is stated in the language of the Bible, and within the presentation below.  Also, trust that, despite time and space, through operations of the Holy Spirit, blood and truth from the cross are flowing to here and now:

Romans 5:  6-11, King James Version (KJV):  6 For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.  7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die:  yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.  8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.  9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.  10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.  11 And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.

Romans 5:  17-21, KJV:  17 For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)  18 Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.  19 For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.  20 Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:  21 That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.

Colossians 3:  12-15,  KJV:  12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;  13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.  14 And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.  15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.

One of the many fighters at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Anonymous” (required profile data not shared) posted the following:

 

Does true love exists?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Beloved, let us love one another:  for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.  He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.  In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.  Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.  Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.  No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.  Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit.  And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world.  (1st John 4:  7-14, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Answered by The Cross? (03/14/2016); Love That Is Spirit? (01/28/2016); Divine Love Seen As Hate? (01/29/2015); Love at First Sight? (08/28/2014); Family and Beliefs of Children? (08/29/2014)

 

“Anonymous”, for mature Christian believers, Jesus Christ dying upon the cross reveals perfected love, and that aspect of divinity whereby unity is established and maintained.  The foundation for all healthy love relationships among carnal beings and living creatures is presented in the crucifixion including those for brotherly love that comes by affiliation and shared commitment, family love, marital love, and romantic love.  Hidden dimensions, overlooked, and improperly valued aspects of love were made visible such as authority, empathy, generosity, grace, impartiality, inclusiveness, obedience, perseverance, restraint, suffering, and vulnerability.  The operations of genuine love are always directed to eternal life, therefore, love engenders permanent change for continuity, growth, learning, stability, and transformation.  Going beyond displaying affection, passion or other temporal emotions that come and go, the intent and objective of love is to impart lasting value to another.  In his example to us from the cross, Jesus displayed no anger, bitterness, or fear.  There was accountability, dutifulness, gentleness, kindness, and respect.  Rather than complain, moan his own predicament, or rant against Caiaphas, Israel, Pontius Pilate, and Rome, the Savior continued his ministry of reconciliation.  He provided further assurances there would be the required atonement for mankind, and acted to fulfill promise and prophecy.  Consider the following points shared through the Bible:

(1.)  John 3:  16-19, King James Version (KJV):  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.  18 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.  19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

(2.)  John 15:  12-13, KJV:  12 This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.  13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

(3.)  Luke 23:  39-43, KJV:  39 And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us.  40 But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation?  41 And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds:  but this man hath done nothing amiss.  42 And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.  43 And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with me in paradise

There is far more to be said, understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  John 19:  25-30, KJV:  25 Now there stood by the cross of Jesus his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene.  26 When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son!  27 Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home.  28 After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst.  29 Now there was set a vessel full of vinegar:  and they filled a spunge with vinegar, and put it upon hyssop, and put it to his mouth.  30 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished:  and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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