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The Love of God - Oswald Chambers

The Love of God - Oswald Chambers

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But God commendeth His own love toward us, in that, while we were
yet sinners, Christ died for us. ( Romans 5:8 rv)

The love of God is different from the love of everyone else. “God commendeth His own
love toward us” (rv); it is not the love of a father or mother, or a wife or lover, it is of such a
peculiar stamp that it has to be recommended to us, we do not believe God’s love.

(a) The Foundation of God’s Love

The foundation of God’s love, i.e., holiness— “without which no man shall see the Lord.”
God’s love then must be the justification of His holiness. Remember our definition—love is the
sovereign preference of my person for another person, embracing everyone and everything in
that preference. If God’s nature is holy, His love must be holy love, seeking to embrace everyone
and everything until we all become holy.

(b) The Features of God’s Love

The features of God’s love, i.e., the way His love as revealed in the Bible manifests itself in
common life, are unfamiliar to us; the average common-sense man is completely puzzled by
such a verse as John 3:16 . The revelation of Christianity has to do with the foundation of things,
not primarily with actual life, and when the Gospel is proclaimed it is proclaimed as the
foundation. The features of God’s love are that if we will commit ourselves to Him, He will
impart to us the very nature of His Son. “The gift of God is eternal life.”

(c) The Fact of God’s Love ( 2 Corinthians 5:18-21 )

God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself” ( 2 Corinthians 5:19 ). These are
subjects that have no weight with us in our ordinary way of looking at things, they do not live in
the same street, because they are not in the street, but in the foundation of things. When war or
some other thing hits us hard and knocks us out of the commonplace, we are prepared to listen to
what the Bible has to say, and we discover the Bible deals with the foundation of things that lie
behind our common-sense life. The Bible does not deal with the domain of commonsense facts,
we get at those by our senses; the Bible deals with the world of revelation facts which we only
get at by faith in God.

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