The Unexplainable Love of God: Jesus welcomes sinners

Introduction

This edition of our newsletter continues our series on the reckless love of God to mankind. The kind of love that beats the human mind. It was this love of Christ Jesus that made Him most criticized by the Jews. Relationship of Christ with sinners is discussed in this piece.

All have sinned

According to Paul, all human beings became sinners because of the sin of the first man, Adam (Rom 5:12). Sin was imputed to all people who had not even sinned in the manner of Adam. Because of the sin of Adam, death exercised authority over all human race until the time of Moses (Rom 5:14). All people, both Jews, and Gentiles were all under sin (Rom Rom 3:9). It is further written that:

“There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one” (Rom 3:10-12, Psa 14:1-3).

The above was the condition of man before the incarnation of Christ. Humans were completely sinful, and they were under a curse. But Christ Jesus came at the appointed time and died to redeem those that were under the curse of the law (Gal 4:4-5). It is the Christ who delivered us from so great a death and does deliver. We trust that He will still deliver us (2Co 1:10). He loves sinners unconditionally and non-judgmentally because He was not sent into the world to condemn it but to save it (Joh 3:17).

Jesus eats with sinners

 Today, Believers shun sinners because they are seen as unclean people. Jesus never avoided sinners. He welcomed them and sought opportunities to introduce His Kingdom to them. He dined with the rejected, the socially despised and excluded people. When the Scribes and the Pharisees noticed that Christ Jesus was eating with sinners, they asked His disciples why would Jesus eat with them (Mat 2:11, Mar 2:16). They complained and said “..This man receives sinners, and eats with them (Luk 15:2). Are we ready to welcome the despised in our societies and eat with them?

Sinners unto repentance

The truth remains that Christ Jesus does not have a mission on earth without sinners. As the Scribes and Pharisees complained about His positive attitude and love toward sinners, He made them understand that they do not understand the scriptures. He contended with them, that, those who are whole do not need a physician but the sick does (Mat 9:12). He referred them to the Old Testament writings and said:

“But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice (Hos 6:6): for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance” (Mat 9:13, Mar 2:7).

Jesus did not come to save the righteous but sinners unto repentance (Mar 2:17). The Lord cannot be merciful and still throw away sinners, because He says it emphatically that:  “All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out” (Joh 6:37). If you do not sin, you may hurry and cast stones at sinners (Joh 6:37).

Stretching hands unto sinners

Many of us who vehemently reject sinners are more sinful than the sinners themselves. The Gentiles (sinners) seek after God while the self-righteous people are furious with Christ for welcoming them. It is evident:

“But I say, Did not Israel know? First Moses saith, I will provoke you to jealousy by them that are no people, and by a foolish nation, I will anger you. “But Esaias is very bold, and saith, I was found of them that sought me not; I was made manifest unto them that asked not after me. But to Israel he saith, All day long I have stretched forth my hands unto a disobedient and gainsaying people” (Rom 10:19-21).

If you think that you have been abandoned by God because of your sins, then you do not know God. Because of the gracious love of the Lord, we are not destroyed. And His compassion does not fail (Lam 3:22-23). He shall not stop pursuing us in our sins until we return to Him in repentance.

Conclusion

Sin is an abomination to God but He does not despise sinners. He invites and welcomes them to Himself because His mission is to the lost souls but not the righteous.

Prayer: Dear Lord, teach our hearts to learn and to practice the kind of love you demonstrated towards us. In the great name of Christ Jesus, our Lord. AMEN!

 

The Unexplainable Love of God

Introduction

The love of God for mankind is revealed through the Holy Scriptures. “Love is an earnest and anxious desire for and an active and beneficent interest in the well-being of the one loved” (International Standard Bible Encyclopedia). It is the essence and the embodiment of God. Therefore, “God is love” (1Joh 4:8). It is this love of God that this newsletter seeks to discuss.

Demonstration of God´s love

The love of God is demonstrated by providing for the (w)holistic needs of His people (Isa 48:14, 20-21, Isa 62:9-12; Isa 63:3, 12). God had to give His only Son away in order to fully realized this purpose. He meets our needs by first liberating and regenerating the human spirit and offers them His free gift of salvation.

God’s love for the sinful world

The love of God is for humanity. He loves all people regardless of their identities or faiths. We read that: “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” (Joh 3:16). The ‘world’ here refers to the people in the world but not to the physical or the cosmic world. God sacrificed His only beloved Son so that He could redeem the fallen human race. This tells of the extent of God’s love for mankind.

The measure of God´s love

The love of Christ is described as a great one. It is established that God loves us with His great love because when we were even dead in our sins, He quickened us together with Christ (Eph 2:4-5). According to John, the love of Christ is not only great but greater. He writes that “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends” (Joh 15:13).

Dying for enemies

The love of God is not shown only to the good people of God but also to the enemies of Christ. It is written:

“For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom 5:6-8).

Christ did not come to die for us because we were righteous, but because we were sinners and rebellious people. In fact, we were dead in sins and in trespasses (Eph 2:1). Christ was sent to redeem mankind and be the propitiation for our sins. It was God who first loved us but not that we loved Him (1Joh 4:10). This love of God is calling all people unto repentance and fellowship with Christ.

God still loves You

You might have gone astray from God as a believer, but the heart of God continues to yearn for your return to Him. He says:

“They say, If a man put away his wife, and she go from him, and become another man’s, shall he return unto her again? shall not that land be greatly polluted? but thou hast played the harlot with many lovers; yet return again to me, saith the LORD” (Jer 3:1).

It does not matter how far you have disgraced and polluted yourself, God is crying out after you. All hope is not lost. God has not become tired of you. He still loves you. He is asking you to come back and He will welcome you. God is pleading: ” Return, ye backsliding children, and I will heal your backslidings..” (Jer 3:22).

Love beyond knowledge 

When the Apostle considers the tender mercies of God and how He continues to love the vilest offender, he becomes amazed. He prays that believers would be able to comprehend with all saints, the breadth, and length, depth, and height and to know such love of Christ, which surpasses knowledge, that we might be filled with all the fullness of God. (Eph 3:18-19).

The love of God is beyond human understanding because it is so deep, thoughtless, and reckless. God is love but He would punish the ungodly in the lake of fire if they persistently reject His offer of love, and repent from their evil ways.

Conclusion

The love of God transcends human understanding because He loves His enemies, the backsliding, as well as the good people. He shows His love to all people. Come to Christ today and your life would be spared and restored.

Prayer: May God bless you and cause you to understand His love for you, today and evermore. AMEN!