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June 8, 2020 2:00 am
For the first time in Paul's letter to the Romans, he introduced the word love, referring to a very singular kind of love—God's love for us. In the message "Unrivaled Love," Skip shares how God's love produces joy in you.
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God knows exactly what you need and sent you a Savior somebody who demonstrated his love for you in his sacrifice and love you when you were not your worst case, you are your worst into his best true love is when you discover that God in heaven your creator who did all this valuable work. Many people try to find her self-worth and material things other people in those pursuits really worth can only be found when you realize how much God loves you today on connect with Skip Heitzig scriptures about how to realize your incredible value in God's God's love provides and produces Jews a great resource to help the kids in your life changing God's word, the Bible is the most important information you can pass along to the next generation in your family and that can be a challenge right in this book, this Bible there are 66 separate some long some very long. Some very, very short 31,173 versus sound like a big book it is is give my success. The Bible can seem overwhelming during your kids and grandchildren. That's why you want a copy of this resource. Skip is called soaring to the Bible gives kids between that overview of the entire Bible from Genesis to Revelation. In a fun travel engaged all God has requested your accounting soaring to the Bible. Kid friendly resource you give a generous donation of $35 or more. This program going strong to you and others to God's word.
Call now to give 800-922-1888. You can also give online securely connectwithskip.com/offer Romans chapter 5. As we get into the teaching with Skip Heitzig is a great story and it's a true story about a man in Australia named James Harrison, also known as the Man with the Golden arm. He is called out because he has donated blood so many times to come to find out that his blood has an unusual plasma composition that contains the cure for a disease called Reese's disease that affects children in the womb and then once they're born they come to find out that back in the 60s there was this huge inundation of that disease, especially in Australia so James Harrison has donated his blood over 1000 times once a week for 60 years. James Harrison donated blood and in so doing saved the lives of 2.4 million babies by donating his blood so we should be excited for that kind of sacrificial unconditional love.
But in an infinite level and greater level in the nick of time. Just like at the right time, James Harrison saved those who were without strength our God at the right time sent his son to save those who are in a helpless, hopeless, powerless condition. And this is the style of God's love. God loves the prodigal when they run away and they wallow in the muck in the mire of their sin. Jesus loves the prostitute who is turning over a new trick night after night, Jesus loves the drug seller and the drug user and the businessman who she said his income tax or her income tax and squanders the company's money. I make no mistake, God hates what they're doing but God loves the person I love the story of the rich young ruler in the New Testament who meets up with Jesus and it says Jesus was looking at him, loved him powerful verse he knew all about him in the condition he was in, and his unwillingness to change Jesus looking at him, loved him so his gift. The proof of his love was both sacrificial and unconditional and it was incomparable.
Look at verse six. I'm sorry. Look at verse seven. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die, yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die.
But God demonstrates his own love toward us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us in these two verses the apostle Paul is comparing a divine love to human love to show you the vast difference between the way people love one another in the way God loves us so human love is almost always based on the attractiveness of the object that it loves and if the object is more attractive. There's more love. The object is less attractive. There is less love that human love is object oriented. It is based upon the value the worth status.
The beauty of the object and we are inclined to love people who love us big deal. Anybody can do that right. That's the point Jesus made in the sermon on the Mount. He said if you love those who love you big deal. He didn't say big deal. That's my paraphrase of.
He said not even the tax collectors do the same. Anybody can love that way.
Now here's the mistake we make.
We often take human love the way we love and we attribute that to God. So we think that God must love the ones who love him, or that his love depends on how good we are and the more we love him, the more he will love us.
That's a huge mistake as theologian Charles Hodge wrote, if God loved us because we love him. He would love us only as long as we love him, and on that condition and then our salvation would depend on the constancy of our treacherous hearts.
So here's the deal.
God's love is not like human love God's love is not object-oriented, it is subject oriented it as part of his nature, his character completely independent of the beauty, attractiveness and value of the object completely dependent on the quality of the subject, giving the love and that's because point is point here in these two verses is that it's unusual to love and to sacrifice for scoundrel, a rascal of Bill and cheat a thief, but God is so inclined. Jesus said, I have not come to call the righteous, but I've called come to call sinners to repentance is a great story about our guy in Plano, Texas, by his name was Hayden Carlo and he is driving down the highway at night in Plano and he goes over the speed limit polices impose alcoholism pulls him over and want to please pose whoever he asked for two things. What are they license and registration elixir license checks out the registration. However, has expired.
The police officer brings that to the driver's attention registration is expired and have to give you a citation. The driver says please. I just lost my job recently. It was true. I recently lost my job I had to make a decision without money resources that I have, to either feed my children or reregister the car. I opted to feed my children. I didn't have enough to do both.
What should the police officer do at that point. What he should do is write a mythic noted it. He wrote a mythic.
He wrote them a citation which devastated the driver because he knew that up hundred dollar fine. Then the officer got his car drove away. The man opened up the citation and in it was a $100 bill that the police are police officer put in the ticket to pay for the fine so think of it this way. At the cross Jesus wrote us a ticket and then he paid for the fine himself infinitely greater than the police officer giving hundred dollars that was a wonderful thing. Don't expect that to happen to you.
So that's the proof of God's love in the sacrifice, given by our Savior. Let's continue with the provision of God's love. Look at verse nine and 10 and I love how Paul does. This is one of his favorite phrases much more then get used to that phrases can use a lot of the book of Romans, much more than he's wrapping it up easily go to a greater example, having now been justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him for if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of his son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. What did God's love provide two things Jesus death saved us from God's wrath. Jesus life saves us from our ruin.
Now follow it here. He mentions wrath in verse nine, having been justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him a lot.
Wrath is he talking about God's wrath is the path we been dealing with for the first three chapters of the book beginning in chapter 1 verse 18 word introduces for the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, where they suppress the truth in their ungodliness. So he sort of unleashes for three chapters describing the wrath of God, the condition that humanity is in.
That's the wrath were saved from for us, for you and I who believe in Jesus, God's wrath is not an issue. You never have to worry, you never have to cringe. You never have to think like you get God's wrath. In the end, no you won't, Jesus in John 524 said, most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears my word and believes in him who sent me has everlasting life, not rule. Have you have it now has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, that's wrath, but has passed from death into life. So for you and I who trust in Jesus Christ simply authentically wholeheartedly God's wrath will never be an issue that's not true for everybody. In John 336 we are told human. He who believes in the son has everlasting life. He who does not believe the son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him. So understand that the Bible divides all of humanity into two camps. Those who believe in Jesus. Those who do not believe in Jesus those who have escaped God's wrath versus those who will one day encounter God's wrath for you and I who believe wrath is not an issue.
Paul writes in first Thessalonians 1 verse 10 we wait for his son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus who delivers us from the wrath that is to come. So you never have to fret or sweat that we been the wrath is been removed. Why because he took the brunt of it. He took the shock of it all of the wrath of God was allowed to be poured into and on the body of Jesus, so that when he died for you and for me, God's wrath was satisfied and that sacrifice true story back in them 2004 in the little town of the crew sidebar Iraq. A Marine Cpl. by the name of Jason Dunham and his squad were checking out a convoy of vehicles they were stopping cars on the road looking in each one, making sure there's not bombs is not devices is not guns Terrace, etc. for the approach one white Toyota land cruiser.
They notice in the backseat. They could even see from afar, a whole slew of AK-47s and ammunition told the driver to get out. The driver got out of the car started fighting some of the Marines and then took off the Marine Cpl. chased him apprehended him subdued him, but in the fight, the driver, the terrorist had a grenade pulled the pin through it on the ground instinctively. Cpl. Dunham jumped on top of the grenade with his body, put his helmet on top of the grenade, put his body over the helmet. The blast killed him but saved his squad and save the life of the terrorist effectively.
Jesus absorbed the blast of God's wrath after you and I pulled the pin. So, having absorbed the blast of the wrath of God. The wrath of God is no longer an issue.
For those of us who believe in him. So Jesus death saved us from God's wrath.
So as part of the provision of his love. There's a second provision.
Not only does his death, save us from God's wrath. His life saves us from our ruin. Look at verse 10 for if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of his son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by his life is one of the strongest promises in the New Testament that we will be kept by God. The keeping power of God and Paul here argues from greater to lesser. He starts with the greater if that happened, and that because this then. So he argues from greater luster and his words are both logical and theological we frame it for you. If the dying Savior reconciled us to God than surely a living Savior will keep us reconciled to God. If God can bring a sinner to heaven than surely God can keep a saint while on the earth. If our sin could keep him from his love before we were saved. Can anything keep us from his love. Now that were saved. If our sin was not a barrier to the beginning of our salvation, then how can our sin ever be a barrier at the completion of our salvation. If our past and our future salvation is secured by God.
How can you and I ever be insecure about our status as children of God, I'll boil it down to an irreducible minimum.
God always finishes what God starts. He is the author and the finisher of our faith. In Philippians, Paul said he who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ. Our safety depends on God's nature, not ours. Just like your salvation didn't depend on your character or nature. But God's and his love doesn't depend on you, but on him. That's what Jesus prayed for in John 17 Jesus said, father, I do not pray that you should take them out of this world, but that you should keep them from the evil one.
So here's what it means Jesus not only pardoned you he preserves you he not only heals your soul. He can keep your soul. Paul said in second Timothy one I know whom I have believed, and I am persuaded that he is able to keep what I have committed to him until that day, so that's the proof and the provision of God's love we end now at what it brings us what is all this love of God to in us.
Look at verse 11. Here's the product of it and not only that, but you love how Paul always does a he talks about the greatest things in the world goes and not just that there's more than that. Not only that, but we also enjoy or rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.
This is the result of experiencing that love authentic joy. Joy is what the world is missing, and joy is what the gospel produces. I noticed everybody wants. I've never met a person who doesn't want to be happy every person I've ever met.
We only had I just don't want the pain-and-suffering like I want to be joyful and I you know. But there's there's whole industries around that that are built around joy you want joy, buyer hand cream you want joy sleep on our mattress.
You want joy by our pillow. You want joy, drive our automobile and all of the commercials always have the image of a joy filled person and their filled with joy because they bought the product and it even gets down to the ridiculous.
Even Preparation H. The commercial begins with a guy just in distress for Lauren whole placenta. He's just violence. So.
He's got some boy given to him by Preparation H. Thomas Aquinas even noted. No man can live without joy. That is why one who is deprived of spiritual joy goes over to carnal pleasures there you see somebody going to fill up their life to just sensual, carnal, worldly pleasures because they haven't found what they're looking for and that is a true sense of spiritual joy. One of the first signs that a person gets right with God is joy.
I've noticed it time and time again I noticed that in the baptism testimonies. I noticed it in my own life. That afternoon I gave my life to Christ. I did not hear a voice do not see a vision did not see a bright light.
I felt unburdened I felt lighter. I had a sense of joy that I never experienced before. And no wonder. That's with the angel over Bethlehem promised when he said do not be afraid, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people's one of the first telltale signs that somebody has been touched by the love of God, joy, real joy, abiding joy when the gospel first went to the ancient city of Antioch.
We are told when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad and all who were appointed to eternal life believed. And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit when the gospel went to Samaria when Philip preached to the Samaritans and they believe the gospel.
It says so there was great joy in that city and the joy that God offers is not the joy that the car dealership promises, or that the pillow manufacturers promisor that Preparation H will give you.
Sorry again for that analogy. God is not interested in just putting a little temporary smile on your face you want to deposit real joy, hope, love in your heart. So the effect the result of shoe is shoe jewelry and Jesus is the author of both true love true joy speaking of true love. There was one young girl just wasn't having a great experience in her dating relationships. They were working out so she turned to a computer dating service in hopes that they would pick the right one. Mr. perfect. She was very, very specific about what she wanted in her date and she told the computer she wanted someone who like people was small preferred formal attire and enjoyed water sports watersports off the computer, put all of her wishes together and sent her penguin hoops Macri which she had in mind for Mr. perfect. God knows exactly what you need and sent you a Savior somebody who demonstrated his love for you in his sacrifice and love you when you were at your worst, so that he could take you at your worst. In turn you into his best. That's love.
True love is when you discover that that God in heaven your creator who did all this thought you were worth it when you realize that God thought you were worth all of this you experience true love like you've never experienced before and never find it on a human level. It might be good might come close, but not not like this. God's great love sacrificial, unconditional, incomparable, providing salvation from wrath and salvation from you forever subscription basics message for you today from the series heart and soul right now you Skip to tell you how your support helps keep these messages coming your way and how it connects more people to the gospel, God sent his only son to die on the cross for our sins, just so we could be with him forever. That shows us just how amazing his love and grace really is. While we want to take that great news to more people around the globe and you can help make that happen. Here's how you can help connect even more people with the gospel music connectwithskip.com/donate to give your gift today that's connectwithskip.com/donate or call 892 to 1888. Again, that's 800-922-1888 coming up tomorrow Skip like six years how one man changed the world for the worse and help understanding this badgers enables you to enjoy the good things I've met thousands of people over my lifetime like you have but there's really only one person I ever met completely changed my life.
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