My daughter once said this to me, “There is nothing special about God loving me, because He loves everyone.”
The thing is, however, that is a falsehood. It is not true that He loves everyone, because love is a verb. Therefore, He can only technically “love” (give His love to) those who have said yes to Him.
So when someone actually believes the good news and receives the salvation that He has spent thousands of years preparing . . . It is so thrilling to Him, that He and all of the angels rejoice over you!!! They throw a party!
And once you have accepted the free gift of the Gospel, the good news of Jesus Christ, then our God is absolutely delighted in you. He delights in you — He loves you — because you have trusted Him. Your faith is so pleasing to Him. He could not be any happier with you; you are perfect in His eyes because of your faith.
He is a God of deep emotion, and He is madly in love with you, if you have believed in the Gospel and received His Holy Spirit inside of you; we could almost say that He is infatuated with you.
Your belief in the Gospel pleases Him so much because it proves to Him that you have chosen Him, and no longer reject Him. Sadly, our Heavenly Father is quite familiar with rejection. He knows what it feels like to have His heart broken.
But we are not among those who have broken Him heart. Especially those of us who rest in His finished work on the Cross. We who have been set free from religion, are especially pleasing to Him because, now that we have entered the new covenant, we can grow to know Him and He can know us too, and that’s really all He cares about:
a close, personal, intimate Relationship with you!!!
The Good News is so good!!! Let’s smile, and laugh and rejoice with Him today!
Does an understanding of our freedom in Christ motivate us to sin? I don’t think so. I would argue that an understanding of our complete and total forgiveness motivates believers to receive something better: our true purpose and meaning.
Personally, although I know that I have total freedom in Christ, that freedom doesn’t provoke me to sin; instead it encourages me to live according to the New Covenant with its new law: the law of the Spirit of life.
The law of the Spirit of life! Have you heard of it? Paul mentions it in his letter to the Romans…
Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death.” (Romans 8:1&2, NASB)
So what is the law of the Spirit of life? As Romans 8 makes clear, it is the complete opposite of the law of sin and death, the Mosaic Law. This means that believers should not be led by the commandments and laws of the Old Covenant (or any set of laws!) Just let the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Christ, lead you.
You know? ‘Cause you are free! 😀
“It is for freedom that Christ Jesus has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” (Galatians 5:1, NIV)
Paul the apostle is constantly encouraging us to live a life of freedom. In his letter to the Colossians, he tells us that living a life according to a bunch of rules is not a REAL life. It’s a fake, false life; a life in the shadows.
So don’t let anyone condemn you for what you eat or drink, or for not celebrating certain holy days or new moon ceremonies or Sabbaths. For these rules are only shadows of the reality yet to come. And Christ himself is that reality. (Colossians 2:17, NLT)
Interesting, huh!? 🤓 The religion of the Old Covenant was the shadow, “For these rules are only shadows of the reality.” They were a shadow of things yet to come. The life of faith in which we are governed by the law of the spirit of life is the reality that has come!
Paul says, “don’t let anyone condemn you.” A logical warning, because we can’t escape religious people. And for those Christians who still live in the shadow, condemning others is natural. Why? Because they themselves are governed by the law of sin and death.
You know what I am talking about, right!? We all have regularly experienced condemnation from the Christians with whom we interact.
It was common for me to come home from work feeling “beat up” by condemnation during the five years that I worked at a large Christian K-12 homeschool enrichment program. It was simply status quo for the ladies and teen girls that I interacted with; condemnation just sort of flows out of their mouths like a leaky faucet.
Why? Well there is a reason. It’s because they are still under “the law of sin and death.” They are still under the Old Covenant, which means that they mistakenly think that God still holds their sins against them. Living under this delusion makes them mean!
They do not intend to be mean . . . but they can’t help it. On one hand, they are sweet and kind and friendly and were fun to work with, but on the other hand, condemnation flows out of them nonetheless. (Usually during Staff Meetings when we are discussing “everyone else.”)
I am sharing this with you – not to bad-mouth homeschoolers — but to illustrate the point that most Christians are still under the law. They need to be set free!
So then, how shall we live? Well, we no longer live according to rules and regulations. We allow the law of the Spirit of Life to guide us. We no longer try to earn God’s favor by obeying the laws He gave to Moses. Instead we believe the truth that HE was obedient to the law on our behalf, and then died for the forgiveness of all sin.
Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill. (Matthew 5:17, NASB)
He fulfilled the Law, and then nailed it all to the cross. Obedience to the law has come to an end.
God wiped out the charges that were against us for disobeying the Law of Moses. He took them away and nailed them to the cross. (Colossians 2:14, CEV)
The result of all of this is that we are SET FREE to live according to the Spirit! The law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus has set us free from the Law of Sin and death.
So when you feel that someone is condemning you for not obeying some rule; for not keeping the Sabbath; for not being good enough or holy enough . . . for whatever standard that they feel you are not living up to . . . just remember Paul’s word to the Colossian church: don’t let anyone condemn you. And remember his words to the church in Rome: there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
My site is called Mom for Freedom, because I just so happen to be a Mom who is FOR freedom. I am pro-freedom. I desperately want my brothers and sisters to be set free – set free to live a life of peace and rest, growing in grace and getting to know Jesus better with each passing year.
What is the unpardonable sin? What is blasphemy of the Holy Spirit? I believe it is the sin of unbelief.
The writer of the book of Hebrews explains that there are two ways to commit the sin of unbelief. The first way is to reject the mercy of the living God. The second way is for a believer to reject the promise of rest.
Writing to his Hebrew brothers and sisters, the anonymous author pleads with them to believe in Jesus as their Messiah.
“Take care, brethren, that there not be in any one of you an evil, unbelieving heart that falls away from the living God.” Hebrews 3:12
The author illustrates this with the story of the Hebrews who refused to enter the Promised Land. Their sin of unbelief prevented them from entering into the land of Israel, and instead they wandered in the wilderness for 40 years.
“So we see that they were not able to enter, because of their unbelief.” Hebrews 3:19
God promised them the land of Israel, and they did not believe that He could deliver on His promise. That’s a hefty sin! The author of Hebrews explains that their unbelief was an act of disobedience.
“And to whom did He swear that they would not enter His rest, but to those who were disobedient? So we see that they were not able to enter, because of their unbelief.” Hebrews 3:18-19
The unbelief of the Israelites was a foreshadowing, and the reality is the sin of rejecting the gospel. To reject the free gift of salvation that is being offered to you today is essentially to tell God, “I don’t believe you. You are not trustworthy.” Again, a very hefty sin.
We need to believe in the gospel and be saved because we all have sin and we all are spiritually dead (whether Jew or Gentile). Believing in the gospel message allows us to enter the true promised rest. We rest from our works of self-righteousness, and we trust that God has done all of the work Himself.
And that is where the second “sin of unbelief” comes in. In chapter four, the author of Hebrews switches his audience and begins to talk to believers. Hebrews 4 is often titled, “The Believer’s Rest.”
“Therefore, let us fear if, while a promise remains of entering His rest, any of you may seem to have come short of it.” Hebrews 4:1
As a born-again believer, if we fail to enter His rest, we have failed to believe in the complete forgiveness of sins. In other words, we are still trying to do work that will make us holy and righteous and good.
Hebrews chapter four explains this in detail.
“For the one who has entered His rest has himself also rested from his works, as God did from His. Therefore let us be diligent to enter that rest, so that no one will fall, through following the same example of disobedience.” Hebrews 4:10-11
The land of Israel was a land of rest because all of the homes were already built, the vineyards were planted, the roads were cleared and the wells were dug. The land of the New Covenant is a land of rest for us today because all of the work has already been done. Obedience has been accomplished: God Himself came to earth and obeyed the Law of Moses. Forgiveness has been given: God died on our behalf, so the debt has been paid in full. Salvation is being offered: He redeemed and justified us through His complete forgiveness of sins, and He now offers the gift of life — His Holy Spirit — through His work of resurrecting from the dead.
The great Bob George used to emphasize that the gospel is defined in 1 Corinthians 15, and that it is the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We can add nothing to the gospel, and if we do we will be led astray into false doctrines.
If you are an unbeliever, we plead with you to believe in the gospel.
If you are a believer, we plead with you to give up trying to “work for God,” trying to “serve God,” and simply to REST.
We must believe completely that the only thing we can trust in today, tomorrow and next week is his death, burial and resurrection.
Check out the Radio Archive section of the Living God Ministries website for an excellent verse-by-verse Bible Study on the book of Hebrews. Aaron Budjen, a Hebrew himself, has made all of his messages available for free.