The Scripture tells us that, “God so loved mankind that He sent his only begotten Son to die for us so that whoever believes in Him shall have eternal life” (John 3:16). We want to take a closer look at this subject of God’s love. I think that this has become such a cliche that we don’t really consider the full weight of this statement.
What is the Basis For God’s Love?
In Ephesians 3:17-19, Paul tells the Ephesians that his prayer is “For Messiah to dwell in your hearts through faith, being rooted and grounded in love, so that you may be fully able, with all the saints, to comprehend what is the breadth and length and height and depth of His love and to know the love of Messiah that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with the fullness of God.”
Paul tells us here many things that we need to look at. For us to understand this love of God, we must first have Messiah in our hearts. When we accept Yeshua (Jesus) as our Lord and Savior, we so often do not exactly realize this, that God’s love for us goes so long and high and deep. Paul says in Romans 8:32-36, “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things? Who will bring a charge against God’s elect? God is the one who justifies; who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us. Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?”
We see here that first and foremost God is for us, and because of that He gave His own Son for us. He has shown His love for us in that while we were still sinners Messiah died for us (Romans 5:8). There is no greater love than one who gives his life for another (John 15:13). So because God demonstrated such great love to the point that it cost Him His own Son, we can have the reassurance that because of this investment in us that He will never renege on His commitment to us, in that nothing will ever separate us from that love.
Romans continues with, “ But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” We not only can not be separated from God, but now we are more than conquerors. Conquerors of what? Of the penalty of sin, which is death.
What did the Scripture say? “Who will bring a charge against God’s elect? God is the one who justifies; who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us.” Because of the death and resurrection of our Lord Yeshua, the accuser of the brethren, Satan, can no longer accuse us because the blood of Yeshua covers us and protects us (Revelation 12:10-11). Because Yeshua died for us when we were still sinners, literally His enemy, we can have the faith to trust Him in all things. He has proven to us that He can be trusted and that he has our interest in mind.
So when days are hard and those times of testing come, we can rest in the knowledge that God is for me and He will let me be more than a conqueror in my situation. His peace can now rule in our hearts because He has invested in my well being, and it did not stop on the cross, for Yeshua has risen and now intercedes on my behalf before the throne of the Almighty God, my Father (Hebrews 7:25). So when the rulers and principalities and the forces of darkness attack me, He is there to fight on my behalf, for He is a mighty warrior dressed for battle (Jeremiah 20:11).
In Philippians 4:13, Paul tells us that we can do all things in Messiah who strengthens us. This means we can have victory in our struggles and in our tribulations and even in our daily lives because we can walk in faith, the faith that moves mountains, the faith that brings deliverance, the faith that brings victory all because of God’s love for us.
Today, what are you going through? If you think there is no hope, you are mistaken. If you think God does not love you, you are mistaken. If you think the windows of heaven are closed to you, you are mistaken, because Yeshua our intercessor is not on the outside but inside making intercession for you right now as you are reading this. And the best thing of all, He loves you so much that He died for you and nothing is going to separate you from that love. No failure, no sin, no lack of faith, He loves you and nothing will change that.
If you never accepted God’s love do it now. Receive the free gift of God’s love in the sacrifice of Yeshua His Son and have faith, believing in the power that is in His shed blood to save you from your sins.