I LOVE GOD?
Those who can continue in the idolatrous religion of this day do not love God! To love God is to love Him for who He says He is and for what He says He's done. Neither of which is set forth in the preaching, methodology or so-called worship in these religious bodies or services. Husbands are told to love their wives as Christ loved the Church and have Himself for it. Christ loved His elect bride and showed it, dying for her and thus demonstrating publicly that love. Undemonstrated love is not love at all and if any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. It is this day as always, "1Co 16:22 If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema Maranatha" which means, let him be accursed at Jesus' coming! A man may say he loves his wife but if he goes to a place where is wife is lied about, slandered and misrepresented, his actions speak louder than his words. Those who have no love for Christ so as to be jealous for His honor and glory surely do not love Him no matter what they profess!
Eternal love was the high impulsive cause of the glorious economy of our salvation; and is the grand source whence all the sublime and endless blessings of grace and glory flow. It was the sovereign cause, and is the everlasting bond of our union with Christ ; that union is, therefore, indissoluble : who or what shall separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord ? Shall life, or death, or angels, or principalities, or powers, things present, or things to come, or height, or depth, or any other creature ? No; never, never. While God is God, and Christ is Christ, we must dwell in him and dwell in love.
The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.Psalm 28:7
Shall we refuse to give unto God's children this valuable bread? 'Not only that, but Rebekah's children had one and the same father, our father Isaac. Yet, before the twins were born or had done anything good or bad - in order that God's purpose in election might stand: not by works but by him who calls - she was told, 'The older will serve the younger.' Just as it is written: 'Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.' Romans 9:10-13 We ask the reader - ought not the doctrine of election to be plainly and freely proclaimed? If God's Word is full of it, if the gospel cannot be Scripturally preached without it, if the grace of God cannot be maintained when it is suppressed,if the proclamation of it abases man into the dust, if it is a divinely appointed means of faith, if it is a powerful incentive unto the promotion of holiness, if it stirs up the spirit of praise in the soul, if it establishes the Christian in his eternal security, if it is such a source of stability to the child of God, if it supplies encouragement to praying souls, if it works in us a sweet submission to the divine will - then shall we refuse to give unto God's children this valuable bread, merely because dogs snap at it! Shall we withhold from the sheep this vital ingredient of their food - simply because the goats cannot digest it!
GOD’S ATTRIBUTES SEEN IN THE CROSS OF CHRISTNothing is so well-fitted to put the fear of God, which will preserve men from offending Him, into the heart, as an enlightened view of the cross of Christ. There shine spotless holiness, inflexible justice, incomprehensible wisdom, omnipotent power, holy love. None of these excellencies darken or eclipse the other, but every one of them rather gives a luster to the rest. They mingle their beams, and shine with united eternal splendor; the just Judge, the merciful Father, the wise Governor. Nowhere does justice appear so awful, mercy so amiable, or wisdom so profound.
"For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation" (Romans 10: 10). Salvation here is a heart matter, involving the mind, affections,and will. It is evidenced by faith in Christ, believing in Him and resting in His righteousness for all of salvation. That which is believed in the heart is confessed with the mouth - the believer's testimony of Christ. This confession involves our profession of faith in doctrine and practice. We have an example of it in the calling of the church at Pentecost in Acts 2:40-42. True confession involves - 1. SEPARATION (Acts 2:40) - "Save (deliver or separate) yourselves from this untoward (perverse) generation." This is notseparation to be exclusive or elite. Those who believe God's gospel and who have repented of dead works and idolatry cannot remain with the world in its lawlessness or its false religion. 2. BELIEVER'S BAPTISM (Acts 2:41) - They "gladly received his word and were baptized," following the command of Christ. Baptism is a gospel ordinance of public confession. It is a confession of something that has already taken place (salvation, the new birth --Acts 2:38). 3. IDENTIFICATI0N (Acts 2:42) - "They continued steadfastly" in the doctrine of the apostles, in fellowship with the people of God, the local church where the gospel was preached, and in the ordinance of the Lord's Supper. We confess Christ when we identify with His truth, His people in the local church, supporting the church with our time, efforts, prayers, finances, and by participating in the Lord's Supper as we remember with our brethren what Christ had done for us.