THE UNBOUND LOVE OF JESUS

Rom 8:35-39

 

Love run two ways. First we are loved and then we love in return.

 

Now Jesus loved us while we were yet sinners.

 

We weren’t very lovely when God looked upon us with His tremendous love and compassion.

 

He was able to look past the contempt that we had and love us enough to rescue us from our condition.

We hung over an open flame ready to be released into the pit of hell.

 

We needed to do nothing to spend eternity in the lake burning with fire and brimstone.

 

When God sent His Son to take our place Jesus took the sin from us, lifted us onto the solid rock of safety and saved our soul.

 

He bore the suffering of the lake of fire in our behalf.

 

And bought us back from justice with His blood.

 

2 Cor 5:21

21  For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

 

1 Peter 2:24

24  Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.

 

 

I do not understand everything about what Jesus did when He died on Calvary’s brow.

 

I know if He had not spilled His blood to pay for my sin I would have to spend eternity in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone.

 

I know that He which is eternal, died and spent three days and three nights in the center of the earth.

 

Matt 12:40

40  For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.

 

I know all this was because God loved me.

 

John 3:16

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.

 

Rom 5:8

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

When we receive Him as Savior realizing what He did for us, how can we not love the one who laid down His life for us.

 

1 John 4:19

19  We love him, because he first loved us.

 

We were sinners with no love and unlovely when God loved us.

 

But now that He has loved us we must love Him.

 

If we would have the success spoken of in verse 37 we must fully understand the meaning of these verses concerning the love of Christ.

 

I want to look at three aspects of the love of Christ tonight.

 

I. THE LOVE OF CHRIST BY THE BELIEVER IS HIS DISTINCT SIGNIFICATION.

 

Rom 8:35-36

35  Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

36  As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.

 

This speaks of the believer’s love for the one who died for him.

 

Who can separate our love for Jesus or what will it take to get us to recant our love and fail the one who died for us.

 

We all love Christ to differing degrees.

And we show that love in differing ways.

Our love for God in Christ Jesus must be shown.

 

John 14:15

15  If ye love me, keep my commandments.

 

John 15:9-10

9    As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.

10  If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love.

 

The Bible teaches us that the proper way to show our love for Him is to keep His commands.

 

Obedience is indeed the very best way to show that we believe and to show our love to Christ.

 

What would it take to make you break God’s commands?

 

What will it take to make you turn away from the Savior?

 

Tribulation?

 

When the test comes, which we all experience in order to grow, will you turn back?

 

Distress?

 

When the finances grow smaller instead of larger or when someone you were close to passes away.

 

When trouble comes from family problems.

 

Will our love for Christ wane and will we put our faith out of sight while we tackle these problems ourselves?

 

Persecution?

 

Shall we allow persecution to cause us to turn back?

 

If you are saved persecution will come.

 

It is a mild persecution when we think of the persecution brought upon Christians during the time of the Apostle Paul.

 

Paul himself being beheaded.

 

What kind of persecution do we face today?

 

The person at work who thinks you are incapable because you believe in God and he does not?

 

The neighbor who avoids you, the family who thinks you are a fanatic?

 

These are very mild persecutions. I realize that even these can be overwhelming at times.

 

Famine spiritual and physical?

 

Nakedness that is no fancy clothing and a life open for all to see?

 

Peril?

When real tragedy strikes do emotions take over leaving you spiritually void of understanding?

 

Sword?

 

When we are under attack from an intruder either by a robber or a vicious person or war.

 

Will these thing separate us from the love that we have for our Savior?

 

What does it take to keep you out of God’s house.

 

 

Heb 10:25

25  Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

 

What does it take to keep you from visiting and attempting to win our community to Christ?

 

Prov 11:30

30  The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.

 

 

Luke 19:10

10  For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.

 

John 20:21

21  Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.

 

Acts 1:8

8    But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

Do we love Him?

 

How much we love Him comes out in our obedience.

 

Our service and obedience even in adverse situations is our signature of loyalty.

 

We sing “oh, how I love Jesus”, yet we show our love by our obedience are we backing up what we profess?

 

God help us to mean what we profess. 

 

We must be faithful in the basics.

 

II. THE LOVE OF CHRIST FOR THE BELIEVER IS HIS

GUARANTEE OF SUCSESS.

 

Rom 8:37

37  Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

 

For those who will not give in to the pressure of this world, there is victory.

 

 

 

For those who, like Paul, say I’m going to serve the living God no matter what situation I find myself, there is continual victory.

 

God works His will and His purpose in those who are willing to yield to Him.

 

Nay - that is we will not let any of these things mention or anything else separate us from our love for Christ.

 

And in making that commitment, we are assured the victory over every obstacle that may come to us in this life and the life hereafter.

 

We are like David before Goliath,

Gideon and his three hundred against the Midianites,

Joseph in his distress, the three Hebrew children in the firery furnace,

Ruth coming from the wilderness with nothing needing sustenance,

the widow woman feeding Elijah from poverty,

Daniel in the lions den and we could go on and on.

 

The fact is when we yield to God we have a victory guaranteed.

 

The victory is not based upon our ability but upon the ability of He who loves us.

 

III. THE LOVE OF CHRIST FOR THE BELIEVER IS THE

     BELIEVER’S SECURITY.

 

Rom 8:38-39

38  For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,

39  Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

What can separate us from the love of God in Christ?

 

There are many things that do separate us from our love for God.

 

We show it in our service.

 

Our insincerity is obvious at times.

But nothing will separate God from His love for us.

 

Death nor life.

 

Angels nor principalities nor powers.

 

That is the angels in heaven or the demonic angels nor powers of the rulers of this world.

 

Things present nor things to come.

 

Height no depth.

No creature.

 

Nothing can separate us from the love that God has for the believer.

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