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September 11, 2022 6:00 am
There was a translator in a tribal situation was translating the Bible, found out that the language the receptor language tribe didn't have a good word for the word believe so he was trying to describe what biblical faith is the overset up the campfire planning and lay down on you like this, so I've been told that in that language for that drive. John 316 is rendered something like God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever puts his full weight on him ever perish but have eternal life beautiful and it woke up to critically Skip weekend division immature love says so. I love you because I need you mature love says I need you as I love you.
Rather interesting quote from a referral to an American psychologist who lived during the early 1900s actually provide some interesting insights into how our relationship with God should progress when we first recognize her need for a Savior that may be very much the impetus for our love. But as we grow closer to him eventually will discover that as our love grows, so will our need for our Savior to be close to us each and every day skip. Isaac examines one of the Bible's most familiar versus AC helps us understand a bit more about how fast God's love for us really is.
Open your Bibles to John 316 verse you're probably quite familiar with as you do so will join Skip Heitzig as he continues with his static next two words those shows us the motivation for God so please again notice it does not say, for God so angry at this world, that he sent his son down here to punch everybody out. Some people have that picture of God in their minds. For God so loved the world why because love is the essence of his nature John in another book puts it this way, God is love is the very essence of who he is.
It is so simple to say that in it.
Yet it is so hard to grasp that some of you have some all of your lives in church songs about the love of God and here you are sitting today as adults still doubting that God loves you Dwight Lyman Moody the preacher from Chicago.
You've heard of DL Moody was so intrigued with this concept that he embarked on a study by going to his concordance and looking up every reference in the Bible on the love of God and what he was all done, he simply said there is no truth in the whole Bible that ought to affect us is the love of God, it affected the author of this book. John John wrote in first John chapter 3 behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed upon us that we should be called children of God may be a better way to put that is what kind of love is this God would do that. And here's the reason the God's love is so hard to grasp. It's pretty simple actually. Here's why it's so hard because it's so different from what we do as humans human love is object oriented. That is human being sees an object, and says I like that object.
It's beautiful. It's attractive, or a person she is or he is attracted to me. That's how it all begins its object oriented God's love is wholly different than that God's love is subject oriented God's love is based on his character, his nature, he is love. So it's indiscriminate on the what it means is, God doesn't love you because you earn his love, or because you deserve his love. God just loves you because as God's love and thus it's a staple consistent kind of love God doesn't have favorites here and let Billy Graham more than he loves you. Billy Graham starts praying here. Praying God in six Billy sprinkled on this Billy Graham no favorites is a woman talking to a psychiatrist and as they were talking the psychiatrist thought each spring the question on reset so which of your kids.
She had three children, which of them the 11 most, she answered predictably. I don't love anyone most I love him all the same. Will he pressed her little bit on that Samantha. It's psychologically impossible to regard three human beings is completely equal then she started crying. She said you're right. When this one is sick. I love him the most. When she's in pain. I love her the most. When I was in trouble. I love that when the most. But besides those exceptions, I love most. God has the ability by his very nature to love us all the same. Speaking of that, notice the next two words as we unpack it. Here's the destination of the plan. The world for God so loved the world a part of the world. If you wonder try this if some comes out your part of the world. If you breathe your part of this world and here's love at its widest is not that God loves. One group God so loved the Americans Godzilla people in the Western world. God so loves the middle class are somewhat like a safe God only love the elect, then say that and that drives some people nuts at it and say that and I love it when it drives him nuts.
God so loved the world who were these words spoken to.
Originally Nicodemus. Nicodemus was one of those Jewish elders who believe God loved the Jews the good Jewish sons and daughters of Abraham. They were the elect.
They were the special chosen ones. Jesus blew that out of the water, saying, for God so loved the world. Later he will tell his disciples go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. Not just to the Western culture to everyone and it's a simple reason for that. We all have a disease we in the world everyone in the world.
Every person who's been born in the world has a disease that has a single universal cure. It's like heart disease, if a person has heart disease whose an American.
It's the same cure for an American is an Argentinian is an African is an Australian universal and work anywhere that matter, the culture, the language, the soil. If a person is lung disease same cure is universal Hansens disease.
Same thing. We are all SI and positive.
Every human being every person a part of this world is infected with the disease and there is a single universal cure and that is blood.
The blood of God's flawless perfect son.
Now I wonder what we would think of the verse read something like this for God so loved all of the good people of the world that he gave his son, most of us would say okay I can hang with that I can actually I understand that a whole lot better. But if it did say that we would all immediately be eliminated when we because were not always on our best behavior. Some days were good some days not so much, and so were working at. It's going to be very unstable or if God said well you know I love you, today you not so much because I know you been thinking this week so here we have this broad brush statement for God really loved the world the widest possible embrace his love is in precarious. His love is not Moody.
It is not selective.
It includes everyone but you know that some people don't experience it. You know that some Christian people don't experience it, you can press a Christian and no failure. God loves me but to be around them. You'd never know it. You never know that they really believe it. It's like the sun. The sun is shining, but you can walk outside with an umbrella over your head. You wouldn't enjoy the warmth it's still shining she's not affecting you notice the next little phrase in arbors is the demonstration of his plan that he gave his only begotten son.
God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son. He gave his son. Imagine that moms imagine that father's he gave his son in a sometimes I think that I love people and pretty good at it. Sometimes I think I love I love pretty deeply until I think of this that I think differently. I wouldn't give my son for any of those people. Neither would you. God gave his son for everyone gave his son for everyone. Why did he give his son gave his son because love to be love can be passive as to be active.
You can just get my gun. I love you I love you I love you I love you I love you I love you and what you gotta do something with that you got it demonstrated somehow and marriages will deteriorate right at this juncture. Here is where the chasm is to stop giving stop giving time to stop giving energy, they stop giving care and it disintegrates into a formal legal cohabitation, domestic partnership, not what it used to be God so loved that he gave his son active love when God gave God gave his best. It says in Greek Monaghan, a only begotten, or the unique one-of-a-kind son of God was given to get the very best. I read an article some years back of astronaut last week I talked about a cosmonaut. Now I'm telling about an astronaut disaster. I was an American who was one of the first ones a walk on the moon and so the magazine interviewed him and said okay. When you were walking on the moon and you are looking back at the earth. What thoughts into your mind yes and I said well it's crazy but when I was on the lunar surface. I'm looking at the earth, and there's my spacecraft. The thought that kept coming to my mind is that my space craft was built by the lowest bidder that it be a bit unsettling.
Wouldn't it travel all of that distance and something that went out to the lowest bidder. When God needed to fix the world. He didn't give it out to the lowest bidder. He paid the highest possible price. He gave his one and only unique son and here's the invitation. The next two words that whoever whoever who is salvation offered to whoever sounds I got isn't too picky to the Samaritan woman. Jesus will say whoever drinks of the water that I give will never thirst.
Revelation 21 same thought Spirit and the bride say, come let him who hears say, whoever is thirsty, let them come and whoever wishes, let them take the free gift of the water of life.
Who can get into heaven. Whoever who can live forever. Whoever we are on earth and on earth. We have exclusive places that not everybody can get into yet to be a member yet have credentials to be stop by the guard jumped on property in the club to make so much money or whatever. Think of it, it's harder to get into a Christian university than it is into heaven. Net interest yet gifted pass test to prove worth in character.
Whoever the biggest surprises you to be in heaven. Who's there you can find you to see somebody in middle. I can leave it they let him in and you walk up to what ever happened to let you in and he'll say I was thinking the same thing when I saw your face.
The other big surprise in heaven is who's not there probably a lot of people that thought they just pee there or not but there is a qualification to that invitation, that whoever believes in him. I looked at were disorders soak in the qualification believe in him.
You don't have to clean up your life.
You couldn't do it. If you tried to call the gospel. It's good news. Here's a qualification believe what I have to do believe do some yeah I believe we discovered last time and the time before that the word belief though means more than to acknowledge is just I agree that there's a God up there somewhere and he's got a son named Jesus because there was a group in chapter 2, verse 23 that believed in his name, and Jesus did not commit himself to them because he knew what was inside of them.
So we discovered the word in Greek piece you owe to believe means to rely on to trust in to stick to our adhere to or to put your weight upon.
That's a better way of looking at it.
In fact, there was a translator and a tribal situation who is translating the Bible, found out that the language the receptor language of the tribe didn't have a good word for the word believe and so he was trying to describe what biblical faith is one of the elders stood up from the campfire ran into the tent and lay down on the cot. You mean like this and so I've been told that in that language for that tribe. John 316 is rendered something like for God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever puts his full weight on him, never perish, but have eternal life is beautiful and it sometimes somebody will say to me of Skip Jesus as your crotch and I say oh no no no correction. I don't just lean on.
He's my stretcher. I have to he's gotta carry me through. I don't dislike you have a little bit rough to lean on Jesus to complete carry me through carry me through some of you have heard a great story of a tight rope walker many years ago called the great Blondin who could stretch a tight wire across buildings once across the Niagara Falls. And he would walk the tightrope and walked back people would applaud them.
On one occasion he put a blindfold on walked crosswalk back more people blotted he got on the bicycle road across the road back louder applause. He then went across with a wheelbarrow full of bricks across and then back more applies and then he asked the crowd how many believe I could do it again with the person in the wheelbarrow and they said we believe and then he asked for a volunteer not only one step forward to get in that wheelbarrow. Can Jesus Christ save people yet you get in the Wilbur will you get in the Wilbur. It's one thing to look at a parachute and acknowledge its greatness is another thing to strap it on your back and jump right.
Whoever believes in him will close with a final little phrase. This is the ramification of God's plan, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life.
The South Africans call the Bible, the book of beautiful words.
One of the reasons they will tell you is because of the promise in this verse by believing him I will perish, but I will like him have everlasting life.
So I wouldn't have to perish.
He died so that you wouldn't have to die. He gave his life so that he could give you eternal life. But notice there's a flipside it's built into this because if by believing in him. It means that I have eternal life. That would also mean if I don't believe in him. I would perish. And I wouldn't have everlasting life. So the guy who is considering Christ and said to his friend. You know, I'm just not sure I can pay the price to be a Christian. His friend was right when he said, have you considered the cost not becoming a Christian.
Perish not have everlasting life. Let's suppose I were to give you this book.
This Bible so wanted to have my gift to you, but I'm to take this pan and put it inside the book. Now take when you take the book you also get the 10 when you receive Christ. You also get life comes with him.
He's the author of life is the one who died to give us life. So when you receive Christ, you get a life if you were to say I want life, but I don't want Christ.
You don't get it.
You gotta receive Christ to get the life if you don't you will perish in just a minute were to pass out these elements and ask you to take a piece of bread and the cup one represents his broken body.
The other represents his shed blood. If you're a Christian this morning. If you received Christ you take the elements, none of this nonsense well I don't feel worthy today I had a bad week. I said some bad things so I'm not that utter nonsense for ever. If you received Christ you have life, whether you feel good about that life or not is totally irrelevant. You take it you take it and you celebrate, but if you're just a sweet nice religious wonderful person I like to go to church but you've never received Christ. Don't take it, let it pass you by. Pass it on to the next person because what you do. In essence, as you raise a red flag of a God hay over here, I'm the guy who's taken this stuff that speaks of something else that I never really did in the Bible says all you do is keep condemnation on yourself so it's better to say.
Now pass it on that's option number one option number two better option. How about right now in your heart from your heart believe in him, trust him, receive him as your Lord and Savior's power heads you might be one of those. If so, right now from your heart to the Lord, meaning it, you simply say something like this to him and do it now, Lord, I know I'm a sinner. Forgive me.
I trust that Jesus Christ died and rose again to pay for my sin and now I turn from my sin and I turn I turn to you I trust you laying all of my weight of trust completely upon others no better option than that we be happy to tell you exactly how you can receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior exactly what all that means when you call us at 1-800-922-1888 as we celebrate romance and love.
This month there is no greater love to celebrate than that of a God who displayed his love across in order to save us from our sins, but is tell you more about what that means for your life when you call us at 1-800-922-1888 or if you already know, make some time to go and share the good news was somebody who doesn't today is all the time we have right now but before we go. Let's find out more about this much connect with Skip resource offer in this recent U.S. Census revealed that our population is much more diverse than ever before.
In fact, over the past 10 years on multiracial population increase of 276% which presents new challenges. I think to say that this nation is divided would be a gross understatement but I am not going to take sides. Politically I am to take sides, morally, spiritually, and biblically raise the conversation to a different level to a higher level to a biblical level because the issue is I see it is not a skin issue is much as the sin issue will help you understand this divisive issue from a divine perspective $20 or more today to this type of teaching ministry*it's the plate the church and racism teaching.
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