John But to all who have received him--those who believe in his name--he has given the right to become God's children. Rather, he asks: How can we use the challenges, joys, struggles and celebrations of marriage to draw closer to God? But to whom was the Holy Spirit given? Each one's work will become manifest, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done. Let each one take care how he builds upon it. About Us.
How do you know? It is supernatural. It is not finally in our power. It is not the product of mere circumstances. It is not owing to a good family of origin. It is owing to the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit makes it happen.
There is something deeply wrong when we have become so naturalistic and so psychologized that we think a person with a traumatic, abusive background cannot know the love of God experientially. We give the impression that knowing the love of God is really a matter of good upbringing — a healthy family of origin. A loving rather than an abusive father. The authentic experience of feeling loved by God is a work of God, not a work of being well adjusted in solid families. In fact, is it not also likely that many healthy, well adjusted, productive adults from self-assured families mistake their own natural sense of well-being for the love of God, and are therefore worse off spiritually than the struggler from the broken family who, beyond all expectation, has tasted the love of God by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Another way to say it is that this Spirit-worked experience — and it is an experience! There is a knowledge component to this experience and there are real facts behind the knowledge. Notice the connection between verse 5 and verses And then in verses Paul unfolds for us the historical, objective fact that that Christ died for helpless, ungodly sinners. And in verse 8 it is shown to us. Now think about this. Is the love of God shown to us historically in the death of Christ for us to study and think about and know as objective fact?
Or is the love of God poured out in our hearts experientially by the Holy Spirit? And, of course, the answer is that Paul will not let us choose between these.
He will not let us break these things in two. We dare not choose between them or make them antagonistic to each other. The love of God is experienced in the heart. And the love of God is demonstrated in history. There is fact , and there is feeling. There is knowledge in the head and there is affection in the heart.
There is truth and there is Spirit. And the key question is, How are they related? It is not an experience like electricity. It is a mediated experience. It has factual content. It is being filled with the glory of the love of God shown in the God-man Christ Jesus who died because of our sins and rose because of our justification. Why do I say this? The same group of people who received the Holy Spirit also have the love of God poured out into their hearts. But to whom was the Holy Spirit given?
He designed our family model to mirror His.
God wants to bring many children to His glory. Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. God is our Father and wants a relationship with us based upon the family relationship He created. Because we are His children, we are to follow the example set by Christ. We continue to struggle with this daily. God has created a great relationship model for us but too few of us are actually experiencing this beautiful relationship.
If you have had the experience of a loving father and mother who set examples of love and respect for each other and also showed you what it means to love unconditionally, you already have a solid understanding of the type of relationship God wants with you.
However, if you come from a broken home, you may struggle with the loving Father concept. The relationship that God wants to have with us is rooted in love. It tells us that the love God has for us and the extent of that love is so great that He sacrificed His only Son on our behalf. We say these things because we have been led to believe our relationship with Jesus is based on proximity — a sliding scale of near and far based on faithfulness of our spiritual devotion.
But a relationship with Jesus requires more than just being close with Him. Jesus longs to become perfectly one with you. Every square inch, every split second is claimed by God, and counterclaimed by Satan. When we look at the facts on the ground, we have to admit we are not deserving of love.
Amazing, thought about this topic today and i want to share it out in my Home cell FEllowship. God bless you and thanks for sharing.
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God doesn't merely give us arguments for his love, but he gives us a real, God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. It the foundation for how you can be sure that your hope will not be. At the heart of this spiritual battlefield lies our hearts. Will we believe the truth that God loves us, or will we believe the lies the enemy whispers.