GOD’S GREAT LOVE MANIFESTED

Rom 5:6-11

 

Nowhere in the Bible do we get a better look at God’s tremendous love toward man than here in these verses.

 

God so loved man that He was willing to sacrifice His only begotten Son to die in man’s place.

 

There is no other reason for this action than the love of God for man.

 

In the beginning God created man in His own image. God and man lived in harmony. Adam and Eve were in harmony with God and the environment in which they lived.

 

Daily they walked with God. They enjoyed fellowship with God in the cool of the day.

 

God placed two trees in the beautiful garden that He had created for man. 

 

He place both tree of life and the tree of knowledge of good and evil which brought death.

 

God left man to make the decision of which tree to take.

 

Then Satan came and with his subtle persuasion convince man to turn from God’s fellowship and take of the forbidden fruit.

 

From that day mankind was doomed to death.

 

Man made the decision to turn from God.

 

Man must die. 

 

There is indeed the physical death and the second death eternal separation from God and eternity in the lake of fire.

 

But God loved man and has indeed provided a means for man’s salvation from the second death, from eternal separation.

 

This portion of Scripture shows God’s great love in bringing men back into His fellowship.

 

I. THE RESCUED vs 6

 

A. Heartless man

 

 

 

Gen 6:5

5    And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

 

Ps 51:5

5    Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.

 

Eccl 9:3

3    This is an evil among all things that are done under the sun, that there is one event unto all: yea, also the heart of the sons of men is full of evil, and madness is in their heart while they live, and after that they go to the dead.

 

Jer 17:9

9    The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?

 

Mark 7:21-23

21  For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders,

22  Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness:

23  All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.

 

B. Helpless man

 

Job 9:20

20  If I justify myself, mine own mouth shall condemn me: if I say, I am perfect, it shall also prove me perverse.

 

Job 9:29-31

29  If I be wicked, why then labour I in vain?

30  If I wash myself with snow water, and make my hands never so clean;

31  Yet shalt thou plunge me in the ditch, and mine own clothes shall abhor me.

 

Isa 1:5-6

5    Why should ye be stricken any more? ye will revolt more and more: the whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint.

6    From the sole of the foot even unto the head there is no soundness in it; but wounds, and bruises, and putrifying sores: they have not been closed, neither bound up, neither mollified with ointment.

 

Jer 2:22

22  For though thou wash thee with nitre, and take thee much soap, yet thine iniquity is marked before me, saith the Lord GOD.

 

Rev 3:17

17  Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:

 

C. Hopeless man

 

Job 7:6

6    My days are swifter than a weaver's shuttle, and are spent without hope.

 

Eph 2:12

12  That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:

 

Man in this state of depravity has no hope of life in fellowship with God either here or hereafter.

 

The only way man could be restored is if God could turn to them and rescue them.

 

God in His Mercy and Grace reaches out to fallen humanity. God had a plan from the beginning.

 

II. THE RESCUE

 

God from the beginning knew that man would fall. He knew that He would be required to extend His mercy.

 

A. The dilemma

 

 

1. Sin

 

Sin is falling short.

 

Man has fallen short of God’s requirement for salvation.

 

Rom 3:23

23  For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

 

Man falls short of salvation and could by no means pull himself out of the state of depravity into which he had fallen.

 

2. Separation

 

Sin had separated man from God.

 

Isa 59:2

2    But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.

 

Jude 1:19

19  These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit.

 

The creature was now separated from the creator.

 

Man needed leadership, instruction, security, and fellowship with God. All these were cut off by sin.

 

3. Severity

 

Rom 6:23

23  For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

 Job 5:4

4    His children are far from safety, and they are crushed in the gate, neither is there any to deliver them.

 

 

Isa 9:18

18  For wickedness burneth as the fire: it shall devour the briers and thorns, and shall kindle in the thickets of the forest, and they shall mount up like the lifting up of smoke.

 

Isa 57:20-21

20  But the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt.

21  There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked.

 

 

 

Matt 3:10

10  And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.

 

 

Matt 8:12

12  But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

 

Matt 10:28

28  And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

 

Matt 22:13

13  Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

 

Matt 23:33

33  Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?

 

 

 

Matt 25:30

30  And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

 

Matt 25:41

41  Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:

 

Matt 25:46

46  And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.

Mark 9:43-48

43  And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched:

44  Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.

45  And if thy foot offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter halt into life, than having two feet to be cast into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched:

46  Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.

47  And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out: it is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire:

48  Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.

 

Luke 3:17

17  Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and will gather the wheat into his garner; but the chaff he will burn with fire unquenchable.

 

 

 

John 3:18

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.

 

John 3:36

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.

James 1:14-15

14  But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.

15  Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.

 

Rev 6:15-17

15  And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains;

16  And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:

17  For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?

 

Rev 20:10-15

10  And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.

11  And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.

12  And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.

13  And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.

14  And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.

15  And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

 

Rev 21:8

8    But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

 

B. Deliverance

 

1. Recognition of helplessness

 

Rom 3:23

23  For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

 

Eph 2:2-3

2    Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:

3    Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.

 

John 1:13

13  Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

 

James 1:18

18  Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.

 

 

Eph 2:8-9

8    For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

9    Not of works, lest any man should boast.

 

Rom 5:12

12  Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:

 

2. Requisition of help

 

Rom 5:8

8    But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

 

1. God knew from the beginning man would fall.

 

Eph 1:4

4    According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:

 

II Th 2:13-14

13  But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:

14  Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Matt 13:35

35  That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world.

 

 

 

Matt 25:34

34  Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:

 

Heb 4:3

3    For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.

 

 

 

Rev 13:8

8    And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

 

2. God provided the necessary payment

 

Rom 6:23

23  For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Man could not pay for his own sin.

 

Man’s debt was more than all mankind could pay.

 

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