In the Bible, God is defined as “love” (1 John 4:8). And this is the true love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins (1 John 4:10).

    As the Son is in the Father and the Father is in the Son, like Jesus said to Philip in John 14:10, then Jesus is also “love” in his essence and nature.   

    "Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights" (James 1:17).

    "God so loved the world that He gave his one and only Son that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world but to save the world through him" (John 3:16 and 17). 
 

 
     
 

The true God is Love

 
     
 

 

   
 
 



God's mercy and love
 

    The Father is merciful and his ministry is founded in love. He judges each man’s work impartially (1 Peter 1:17). As 1 John 3:1 says... "How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!"

    In Romans 5:8, Paul said that God demonstrated his own love for us, because while we were sinners, Christ died for us. Through Jesus, God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting men’s sins against them. Yes, God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God (2 Corinthians 5:19 and 21).

    Therefore, God is patient with us and does not want anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9). For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Thessalonians 5:9).

    Jesus told a rich ruler that no-one is good, except God alone (Luke 18:19). If it were not for the grace and mercy of God everybody would perish.
God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom He has given us, as Romans 5:5 says.

    The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for our sakes He became poor, so that we through his poverty might become rich (2 Corinthians 8:9).

    As Matthew 5:45 says, God causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.

    Christ had not come to call the “righteous”, but sinners (Matthew 9:13), because these “righteous” have already the scriptures to judge him and Moses as an accuser of them (John 5:45).

    In Luke 6:35 it is written that God is kind even to the ungrateful and wicked. Now, if God is patient even to the ungrateful and wicked, would He not be kind to those who are obedient and believers? God will surely reach those who have an inclination to goodness, like Cornelius who was devout and God-fearing, giving generously to those in need and praying to God regularly (Acts 10:2).


 

    Based on these texts we can conclude that God does not discriminate people, races or social conditions, as Acts 10:34 and 35 also confirms.

    God does not judge by external appearance (Galatians 2:6). There is neither Jew nor gentile, male nor female before God (Galatians 3:28). The grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men (Titus 2:11).

    On a certain occasion Jesus revealed his special for the children, for people were bringing little children to Jesus to have him touch them, while the disciples rebuked them.

    When Jesus saw this, He was indignant. He said to them: "Let the little children come to me and do not binder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these".

    I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom like a little child will never enter it”. And Jesus took the children in his arms, put his hands on them and blessed them.

 



Predestination, destiny and consequences of bad sowing
 

    Many people impute the tragedies and probations of this life as an implacable chastisement of God over those who suffer, like the blind man of John 9:2. But Jesus denied the truth of this rule, explaining to the disciples that the true Father had never such purpose. God wants all men to be saved and to come to knowledge of the truth (1 Timothy 2:4).

    Jesus told about the Galileans who were sacrificed (Luke 13:2) and the eighteen who died when the tower in Siloam fell on them (Luke 13:4), but He did not impute these tragedies to the Father, as if He were the author of them. 

   These people hold God responsible for any tragedy and catastrophe anywhere; as if He were a tyrant who had the pleasure of making people unhappy. Others call this fatal destiny “karma”, as if it were an impersonal power that decides the fate of men. Now, if that were true, this “destiny” would be higher than God.

    Usually men reap what they sow. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction and the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life, as Galatians 6:7 and 8 says. That who blames God for the tragedies and misfortunes does not want to assume the responsibility for the bad consequences of his own sins.

    In the predestination of God in man’s favour there is no favouritisms nor nepotisms. In Ephesians 1:4 and 5 it is written: “For God chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love He predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ”.

 


In Jesus' Gospel there is no pretense for retaliations
 

    Jesus taught the teachings that He learned from the Father. Differently from the rules of OT, Jesus brought the message of no-retaliation and no revenge, as Matthew 5:38 and 41 says.

    When Jesus was arrested, Simon Peter struck the high priest’s servant, whose name was Malchus, cutting off his right ear (John 18:10).

    But Jesus commanded Peter “Put your sword away! Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given me?” At that time, Jesus knew that all Scriptures must be fulfilled (Mark 14:50). And He touched Malchus’ ear and healed (Luke 22:51).

    If Jesus wanted, He could resort to physical force in order to achieve his objectives, but according to his teachings, He reproved all sort of violence and revenge.

    When his disciples asked him for permission to call fire down from heaven to destroy the Samaritans, Jesus rebuked them and said: “You do not know what kind of spirit you are of, for the Son of Man did not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them” (Luke 9:55 and 56).

    Certainly at this time, disciples were still inspired by the evil example of Eliah, in which the prophet from OT asked for fire that came down from heaven and consumed a hundred soldiers from Ahaziah (2 Kings 1:10 to 12). 

 

Jesus reacted against religious sacrifices at the Temple


    Apologists of OT’s harsh rules claim that Jesus also had an aggressive conduct in the temple of Jerusalem, for he drove out those who were buying or selling cattle and sheep there
(John 2:13 to 15).

    He also over-turned the tables of the money-changers and the benches of those who were selling doves (Mark 11:15).

    However, we must consider that more important than the human reaction of Jesus is the prophetic signify, for through this action it was revealed that the animals’ sacrifices from Old Testament are useless and totally obsolete (Hebrews 9:11 to 26).

    They had been substituted by the precious sacrifice of Jesus through his own blood
(Hebrews 10:4 and 19; 1 Peter 1:19).

    Jesus hadn’t been moved by an evil felling of wrath in that occasion, but by zeal for the genuine Gospel that he brought from the Father (John 2:17).

 

 

God's grace
 

    In Titus 3:5 it is written: "But when the kindness and love of God our saviour appeared, He saved us, not because of righteous things we have done". Also in Ephesians 2:4 we read: "But because his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions - it is by grace you have been saved".

    The objective of this grace was prophesied by Zechariah, the father of John the Baptist in Luke 1:78... "to give the people the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins, because of the tender mercy of our God by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace".

    The exemplary discipline showed in the NT (Hebrews 12:5 to 11) through Jesus’ teachings is very different from the merely revengeful punishments of Jehovah in the OT.

    The profitable punishment never leads for a fatal end. God knows our limits and He will not let us to be tempted beyond what we can bear, but when we are tempted He provides a way out so that we can stand up under it (1 Corinthians 11:13).

   We conclude this topic with Romans 8:38... "For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord".

 

     

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