The Greatest Love Story Ever Told

“for Him Who did not know sin, He did make sin in our behalf, that we may become the righteousness of God in Him.” (2 Corinthians 5:21….Modern Young’s Literal Translation)

“7.but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. 8. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross”. (Philippines 2:7-8….NAS)

The Creator of the universe and of all living beings (John 1:3), because of Divine Love, was willingly nailed to a tree He had created by the creation He had created, after beaten beyond recognition by His creation (Isaiah 52:14; 50:6), so that even His crucifiers would come to experience unimaginable glory and joy along with the ENTIRE creation at the end of the ages….along with Him….when God will be ALL in ALL! (1 Corinthians 15:28….New American Standard)

I cannot think of a Greater Love Story!

Please reference the Categories “All Creation Will Be Saved” and God’s Plan Of The Ages”

Later, in Christ,

Fred

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Failure Part I

Hey, there!

There are 2 prominent types of “failure” illustrated in the Scriptures. And guess what, God brings them both to the most glorious conclusions!   That is why He is God……nothing, nothing, NOTHING exists that He will not and cannot use to bring about the utmost good for ALL. That is why He can allow evil and sin, as well as suffering (please reference the Post on “Suffering”), to exist in the world. Now, to the first….the “apparent failure”.

The best example of the “apparent failure” is the crucifixion of our Lord….it made His ministry look like a total, absolute failure.  OOPS, but wait….God does it again! He actually takes this “apparent failure” and turns it into the GREATEST SUCCESS story ever!  Because of this apparent  “failed” ministry, ALL mankind, yes ALL!, will be saved: “and I, if I may be lifted up from the earth, will draw ALL (emphasis mine) men unto myself.” (Young’s Literal New Testament, New American Standard, and others….John 12:32). (Please refer to the Post on “All Creation Will Be Saved”.)

The next “failure” is a real, bona fide failure, where we screw up big time or little time, even continuously…..real sin!  Not only are we fortunate that God and Jesus prefer mercy to judgment but ANY failures can wind up being  one of our most benefical blessings….if we do not faint and remain faithful. Quite simply, THE FAILURES ARE LESSONS TO SHOW HOW WEAK AND FRAIL WE ARE and, in turn, how much we truly need God and Christ to dominate our lives…..period! Let’s face it, most of us don’t HEARTILY turn to God and Jesus until we desperately need Them….our failures should be that motivation.

Oswald Chambers wrote in his book “My Utmost For His Greatest” (please reference the Post by the same title) that our “darkness” of suffering and failure can be God’s “gift of humiliation” to us because it “brings the softness of heart that will always listen to God”….as it (the “darkness”) will reveal how utterly human (as opposed to Holy) we truly are, and in DESPERATE need of our Father and our Savior.

I remember reading from one of William Law’s books (forgot which one as I have read so many of his writings) in which he very much emphasized that we should never, never, NEVER  give up trying after we fail.  As believers, we are under “grace”, not law (Romans 6:14, 8:2), and God and Christ Jesus will NEVER give up on us….if there is true, heartfelt  repentance and a seeking of forgiveness.

All the best in Him….later.

Fred

Suffering

Hello!

There is so much suffering today and quite a lot of it is readily seen via the multiple newscasts on television. Sometimes, it can be  difficult even for a believer  to justify a God of total Love allowing this to exist, especially where children and ‘the innocent’ are concerned. Individual and unnoticed cases of suffering abound daily, as well.

First of all, God invented ‘tough love’…. if there was a better way for us (believers and non-believers) to learn the lessons God has appointed us to benefit from then He would use it. So, in His wisdom, He has designated it (pain and suffering) the best way to go.

He required His only begotten Son to suffer (pain) beyond human imagination, all for the sake of the good of ALL mankind. His Son has been gloriously rewarded for His sacrifice (pain and suffering). As Paul wrote, the suffering of this present life is NOT WORTHY to be compared with what God has prepared for us (and, eventually, even sinners and non-believers).

Keep in mind, each trial or episode of  suffering is tailor-made for the individual….each person  is specially  ‘equipped’ to handle his or her particular hardship….no one is ever pushed beyond her or his limits (1 Corinthians 10:13…..Rotherham’s Emphasized Bible and Concordant Literal New Testament).

As with Job, God will place LIMITS on what Satan’s actions or any trial can be (Job 1:12).  What might be quite difficult for me may be  easy for you, so we cannot completely and accurately comprehend what another is going through, merely based  on our own life’s experience and limitations.

God , in His mercy and love, even programs our brains to be able to shut down the acceptance of pain at certain times, depending on the situation. And the body is capable of releasing pain killers far more powerful than morphine. At other times, when we can handle it, He allows us to experience quite a bit of real, harsh pain. Each person  is created and programmed uniquely different to cope with her or his sufferings in life.

With the children and the ‘innocent’ suffering as they do, I can again reiterate,  we can rest assured that none will be asked to endure any ‘trial’ more than each is capable of handling (1 Corinthians 10:13…..Rotherham’s Emphasized Bible and Concordant Literal New Testament). And when our hearts break and are torn asunder when we see this, you can bet God’s and Christ Jesus’ hearts ache a zillion times more for what They see the  creation going through….however, it is just something that God has determined they have to go through for their eventual good and glory.

In fact, it is just something that we ALL must experience to enable ALL of us to attain to and appreciate fully the GLORIOUS life for which we ALL are destined, each in our own order. (Please reference the Posts on “All Creation Will Be Saved” and “Misunderstanding About The Salvation of All Creation”)

Regarding the the suffering we saints go through while here on earth, I give you an excerpt from “Abandonment To Divine Providence” which can be found , along with the entire book, at http://www.ccel.org/ccel/decaussade/abandonment.ii_1.ii.iii.v.html (just click the web address with your mouse pointer) :

“This (our present sufferings) is not to be wondered at. What else could be expected? It is natural to this state. God has His plans for souls, and under this disguise He carries them out very successfully. Under the name of “disguise” I include ill-success, corporal infirmities, and spiritual weakness. All succeeds, and turns to good in the hands of God. ”

End of excerpt.

The bottom line is that God can allow limitedindividually prescribed suffering because He can and will turn it into the highest good for EVERYONE  in the end when He  is ALL in ALL! (1 Corinthians 15:22-24,28….Young’s Literal Translation)

As well, remember Romans 8:18:

“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is going to be revealed to us.”  This is true for the ENTIRE creation (Please reference the Post “All Creation Will Be Saved”!.

Going further, in Colossians 1:24 Paul said he was able to REJOICE in his sufferings and in 2 Corinthians 7:4 he writes “….I am filled with all comfort; I am overflowing with joy in all of our suffering.”  The Post on “Supernatural Joy” illustrates that the HOLY joy given by the Holy Spirit can defy circumstances  when we are learning from our sufferings.

When we suffer from life’s experiences it also serves to HUMBLE us, especially in FAILURE. (please reference the Post by this title). If we do not faint and remain faithful, this can be one of our greatest blessings!! Oswald Chambers writes in his book “My Utmost For His Highest” (please reference the Post by the same title) that when our Father and Jesus allow this ‘darkness’ of suffering to affect us the resulting “gift of humiliation” we experience (as a result of it revealing our human frailty and subsequent TOTAL NEED of God and Christ Jesus) “brings softness of the heart that will always listen to God”.

GOD and CHRIST JESUS ALWAYS DO EVERYTHING IN TOTAL, HOLY LOVE….concerning ALL our needed trials and sufferings as believers….and this ‘tough love’ ALWAYS works together for our glorious good (Romans 8:28).

All the best in Him,

Fred