Saved By Love
Our God is love, and we love because He first loved us.
*We love, because he first loved us. 1Jn 4:19 ASV
We are saved by the great love our God, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit have for us.
*I love those who love me, And those who seek me diligently will find me. Pro 8:17 NKJV+
The love we have in our hearts for our God. We were created to love Him. We become God’s children when we love our God above all things, and our neighbors as ourselves.
*"The most important one,"
answered Jesus, "is this: 'Hear, O
*But the man who loves God is known by God. 1Co 8:3 NIV+
*But as it is written: "Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him." 1Co 2:9 NKJV+
We will all sin, disobey our God. Yet because our Heavenly Father loves us, He gives us a means through His Son, and a way through the Holy Spirit to have our sins forgiven. When these two free gifts are used together, our sins are forgiven, we become holy again, we become spiritually one with our God.
*for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, Ro 3:23 NKJV+
*The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law; but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1Co 15:56-57 NASB+
*God, who knows the heart, showed that he accepted them by giving the Holy Spirit to them, just as he did to us. Ac 15:8 NIV+
Our Heavenly Father sent His only Son into the world to save us. The Son loved us so much that He came down from Heaven, became man, became Jesus. He gave His physical life, shed His blood on the cross, to redeem us from our sins.
*For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. Jn 3:16 NKJV+
*In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace Eph 1:7 NKJV+
This free gift of grace, Christ’s death on the cross, is the only means by which our sins can be forgiven. His onetime sacrifice on the cross forgives all the sins believers will ever commit.
The way we are saved, have our sins forgiven, is by faith. Our Heavenly Father gives us this saving faith through the Holy Spirit.
*to open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.' Ac 26:18 NKJV+
Our Heavenly Father freely gives the Spirit to all those He calls to be His own. All those who will surrender their human will, and accept the Spirit into our hearts. Our Father spiritually washes away all of our sins, so the Spirit can live in our hearts. Note: Some will receive the Spirit with much emotion, others very quietly. For infants, children, more info, see Baptisms of the Spirit
*not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, Tit 3:5
The Spirit introduces us to Jesus, shows us His grace, gives us the knowledge through the Word to know our great God, to have faith in Him.
*You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ. Ro 8:9 NIV+
And by that faith (way) we are sanctified, kept holy. The Spirit continually forgives our sins, by the atoning blood Jesus shed for us on the cross (means). See Forgiveness
*And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God. 1Co 6:11 NKJV+
A faith which culminates in love, works through love.
*But the goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. 1Ti 1:5 NASB+
*For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything, but faith working through love. Gal 5:6 NASB+
Our faith is measured by the love we have for our God. A love the Spirit continually pours into our hearts.
*If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 1Co 13:2 NASB+
A love for our God which is greater than any other love we will ever have in our lives. We will love our God more than anything in this world.
*Jesus answered and said to him, "If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. Jn 14:23 NKJV+
*"No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth." Lk 16:13 NASB+
We will love our God more than any other person, including our wife and children, even more than ourselves, our own lives.
*Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. Matt 10:39 NIV+
The greatest, the strongest emotion our God will ever create is love. And our relationship to Him will always be defined by love. The incomprehensible love He has for us, and the love we will endeavor to return to Him.
*And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. 1Co 13:13 NIV+
Copyright 2012 by Ron Borkey
+ NIV Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.
+ NASB "Scripture taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE®, Copyright © 1960,1962,1963,1968,1971,1972,1973,1975,1977,1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission."
+ NKJV "Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved."