LLOYD ELLEFSON - DECEMBER 24, 2005
God is love. How does He dispense love? He is love. Then love resides in Him. If He loves, can man receive it? Man is limited to reasoning based on testimony, whether this be true or not. This love is God - not some thing He gives; He is love. Does God give this to man? Does He dearly love the man who killed His son? Can man receive from God who is spirit? 1 Cor 2:11-12 That which is of God no one knows except the spirit of God. That which is of God is beyond that which is seen or heard or ever entered the heart of man. For man to talk of God's love, what does he know? Humanity has formed many religions having various ideas about God. A futile effort that has had little or no effect on this evil world. A world in which satan holds authority. The love of God brings a separation from this world and there is but one way that will bring access to His love. He brought forth a true expression of His love in offering His son, a quickening spirit. He was killed by this man whom many claim He loves. The reality is, His son came to awaken man from the rule of death he was subject to. This brings a new creature into union with God who is life and love. The love of God is shed abroad by the Holy Spirit in the heart of those who are made alive in the son. Man must receive the Christ to have any realization of God who is love. There is no other way to experience the love of God. We must have union in His being. Christ is called the son of His love. He is the manifestation of the love. Christ spoke of God as His father. This is the realm of spirit and a father-son relationship. John 14-21 He who is loving me, will be loved by my father. Christ must be first. It is the god of this world that provides the motivation for wars, famines, greed, self preservation, riches and dominion, not God. God has made a covenant with himself, eliminating dependence on man to fulfill. All activity such as repenting (Acts 11-18), baptism (Luke 3-16), believing and suffering for His sake (Phil. 11-29), and witnessing, are all of God - in His son (Matt 28:18-19).
God made a promise to Abraham.
Eph 4-17 From now on (believers) you are not to walk as other Gentiles, in the vanity of their mind. Vs 18 They have their understanding darkened, are alienated from the life of God, in ignorance and blindness of the heart and are given up to uncleaness. Vs 20 You were not taught this in Christ. Vs 22 Put off your old humanity which is corrupted. The old humanity ends in Christ, so turn from that old man, for you are now spirit. Now you can resist any unbelief for truth is Christ. The word of God is at work to be the fulfillment. The spirit brings the assurance, the rest of the word of promise and the oath saying, I will be doing all. The work is indeed finished. Even God is at rest. Christ brings the