God is love (1). This is the most profound statement about God in the entire Bible and summarises the very essence of His entire being. Whatever crossother characteristics God has, each and every one of them is shaped and defined by His love.
Perhaps one of the best and most popular Bible passages that reveals this to us is the Parable of the Lost Son(2). God is just like the loving Father who never loses hope, never stops loving and never gives up on the lost son.
We, in contrast, have all acted like the younger son in the parable and as a consequence each one of us has done things wrong (sinned) in word, deed and thought by seeking to live a life independently of God, the loving heavenly Father.
Humanity is powerless to provide a solution to this breakdown in our relationship with God, therefore God, in his deep love for us, sent his son Jesus to provide a route back to living in harmony with Him. Jesus accomplished this through his death on the cross(3). Jesus is the only way back to God(4).
The Christian scriptures encourage us to turn around from (repent) our wrong doing and rebellious ways by placing our faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and saviour(5).
We must therefore acknowledge our sin before God, invite Him into our lives and seek to follow Him by living in His world, His way – by showing repentance towards God and faith in the saving work of Jesus Christ.
The Bible instructs us how to live God’s way and we can be helped, supported and encouraged in this by regularly meeting with other Christians. The best way to do this is by joining a local church, and if you would like to join ChristChurch Wrexham, then please come to meet us on a Sunday morning.
At this current time, God waits patiently for humanity to respond to His open offer of salvation through Christ(6) but there is a time coming when Christ will return, this time as judge (7). Our eternal destiny, an eternity with or without God, depends upon our reaction and response to Christ’s saving work(8).
Seek the Lord while He may be found (Isaiah 55:6).
(1) 1 John 4:8 and 16 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 16 And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him
(2) Luke 15:11-24 – The Parable of the Lost Son
11 Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons. 12 The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them.
13 “Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living. 14 After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. 15 So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. 16 He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything.
17 “When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired men have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! 18 I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired men.’ 20 So he got up and went to his father. “But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.
21 “The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son’
22 “But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. 23 Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. 24 For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.
(3) John 3:16 – “For 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.
(4) John 14:6 – Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. Acts 4:12 – Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.”
1 Timothy 2:5-6 For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, 6who gave himself as a ransom for all men the testimony given in its proper time.
(5) Romans 10:8-13 But what does it say? “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,” that is, the word of faith we are proclaiming: 9 That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. 11 As the Scripture says, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be put to shame.” 12 For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile?the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, 13 for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.
(6) 1 Timothy 2:3-4 This is good, and pleases God our Saviour, 4 who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.
(7) Acts 17:30-31 In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent. 31 For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to all men by raising him from the dead.”
(8) Romans 2:5-11 But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God’s wrath, when his righteous judgement will be revealed. 6 God “will give to each person according to what he has done.” 7 To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honour and immortality, he will give eternal life. 8 But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger. 9 There will be trouble and distress for every human being who does evil: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile; 10 but glory, honour and peace for everyone who does good: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. 11 For God does not show favouritism.
All scripture references are from the New International Version