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Charles Spurgeon – God is the God of Love

This is a little background on the song “God is the God of Love

In writing the Christian song, I was trying to express the fact of God’s love as mentioned in John 3:16 (God so loved the world that He gave His Son) and the verses in 1 John about “God is Love”. I was also trying to show the points that are unique and district about Christianity above all other religions. One point that sets Christianity apart is God is the God of love. God is not after us to punish us. Thats why He sent his Son so that in believing in Him we could have eternal life.

So I came us with the phrase “God is the God of Love”. Yet I wondered if anyone else used this phrase. In doing a search I found it not in songs but in a sermon from Charles Spurgeon.

… we think of what God is. …why art thou at enmity with God? God is the God of love; he is kind to his creatures; … Do you hate God because he loves you?  — Charles Spurgeon

So Spurgeon also used this phrase that I came up with.

So the phrase “God is the God of Love” is a great descriptive set of words to describe this aspect of God.  Now don’t forget God is also just, so be sure you believe in Jesus so you can fully receive and appreciate all God can do for you.  Us sinners can easily come to God through His Son Jesus Christ. God has made a way for us fallen sinful imperfect humans to accept from God Eternal Life. So again do your part to get all God can give you, you just need to believe in Jesus.

 

Christian Song – God is the God of Love

A Jesus love song about the whole Bible. This is a new Christian song called “God is the God of Love”, a short story of the Bible in song.

Enjoy a short devotional music song video on “God is the God of Love”

The main points of the Bible are covered from the creation of the earth, creation of man, man’s fall or sin, God sending His son because of His love. Jesus died on the cross and rose from the dead so that who ever believes in Him could have Eternal Life. God is the God of Love. Words by Drew Haninger, music and singing from an online service.

Copyright 2014 Drew Haninger and AnimatedFaith LLC

The song text is:

In the beginning is the God of love
In the beginning God created the heavens and earth.
God then created man in His image for His purpose and glory.

God is the God of love
Man disobeyed God which brought in sin,
but God who loved the world sent His son, Jesus Christ who is God became man.

God is the God of love
He died on the cross for man’s sins,
and was resurrected from the dead.
Jesus gives eternal life to all those who believe in Him.

God is the God of Love
God is the God of Love
God is the God of Love

Man Lives by the Word of God

In Matthew 4:4 Jesus says “Man does not live by bread only, but by every word that proceeds out of the Mouth of God”  The Bible is important for our spiritual food.  The Bible is necessary for us to grow in the Christian Life. Enjoy a short devotional video on “Man Lives by the Word of God”

What Makes Christianity Unique

What makes Christianity unique from any other religion on the earth.

Number one: God is the God of Love. In every other religion man must work hard and God may punish or get back at you.  Yes God disciplines and there is an unfortunate place called “Hell”, but God loves the World and makes a way for every man to come to God through His son Jesus Christ.  We have John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only- begotten Son, that whosoever believes on him may not perish, but have life eternal

Number two:  Jesus Christ is God.  So Jesus is not just a great prophet or teacher or a good person, He is God.  In John 1:1 we read, “…The Word was God”, and there are many other verses in the New Testament about Jesus being both God and man. Yes, its a mystery, but that’s what the Bible says.

There are also many other points such as:

  • We can pray to God through His son Jesus
  • God is for us
  • The unique requirement in the New Testament is to believe on Jesus

So remember God is the God of Love and Jesus Christ is God.

The Spirit and The Bride saying, “Come”

First and Last Mentions of “Spirit” in Bible

Let’s look at the first mention of the word, “Spirit” in the entire Bible, and then let’s look at the last mention. The first mention of the word, “Spirit” should be in the first book of the Bible, Genesis. Sure enough, in the first chapter of the first book of the Bible, in the second verse, we have the first mention of “spirit” in the Bible.  The first verse of Genesis talks about creation, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” Verse 2 begins with the words, “And the earth was without form and void…” It seems like something was wrong on the earth or it was just ready for creation at that point. Then it says that the Spirit of God brooded or hovered over the face of the waters. Here you have the first mention of the Spirit in the Bible. This is a very unique passage.  Here was God with the Heavens and the earth.  God wanted to do something. The earth needed something.  Bible scholars look at Genesis one in different ways.  Many scholars say that Genesis 1:1ff is talking about the original creation. Others say, “No, the original creation was described in Genesis 1:1, and then what follows in Genesis 1:2ff is a restoration.”  I really don’t want to get into that point right now because Bible scholars who love the Lord and who handle the Bible properly come to two different conclusions about that point.  I don’t believe either viewpoint dishonors the Word of God.  Both viewpoints could be argued.

In Genesis 1:2, you have the Spirit of God coming on the scene. Here, in Genesis 1:2, God is about to do something. God is about to do the original creation or He is about to restore things. What happens first?  Verse 2 says the Spirit of God was hovering or brooding over the situation. In our experience as Christians, many times, when God is about to do something, the Spirit of God will come in and prepare our hearts for what God wants to do.  God was going to do some very dramatic things on earth by creating plant and animal life, as well as man. The Spirit of God comes on the scene.  This is the first mention in the entire Bible of the word, “Spirit”.  This Spirit, here, is referring to the divine Spirit, the Holy Spirit, or he Spirit of God.

The Spirit and The Bride saying, “Come”

Let’s go to the end of the Bible. The last book of the Bible is the book of Revelation. In the last chapter of that book, chapter 22, we have several mentions of the word, “Spirit”. I believe that the last verse that mentions the Spirit of God is verse 17 and it says, “And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.” This is the last mention of the word, “Spirit” in the Bible. Here, actually, it is a call or a cry, or an invitation to come. It is not just the Spirit, but the Spirit and the Bride saying, “Come.”  Come to what? Come to the living waters.  This is the last mention of the term, “Spirit” in the Bible, and we find it in the last chapter of the last book, the book of Revelation.  In Genesis 1:2 we saw that the Spirit of God was brooding over the situation before God created.  We also looked at the last verse that mentions the Spirit in the Bible in the book of Revelation. There the Spirit and Bride say, “Come.”  So we have covered the first and the last.

Worship God in Spirit

Out of everything in the whole universe, our human spirit is the most important because it allow us to worship God who is Spirit.

God wants worship, the best (and only) way is to worship God is with our spirit, because God is Spirit. See John 4:24 where Jesus says “God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth”.  Notice where there is a capital Spirit referring to God, and a lower case spirit related to our human spirit.

So watch this short devotional video on “Worship God in Spirit”

Then in the book of Zechariah, the writer in 12:1 talks about the heavens, the earth and the spirit of man.  Zechariah 12:1  “The burden of the word of the Lord for Israel, saith the Lord, which stretcheth forth the heavens, and layeth the foundation of the earth,
and formeth the spirit of man within him”.

In the whole universe, our human spirit is the most important because it allow us to worship God who is Spirit.  Having a human spirit is like having a radio receiver tuned to the right frequency to connect with and listen to God who on the “Spirit” wavelength.

Worship God in Spirit

Worship God in Spirit

God is the God of Fellowship – Video

God wants fellowship between us and God. He is desperate for communion. It’s like two friends talking over coffee or tea. God wants an intimate relationship between us and God. When something like sin got in the way of this fellowship, God sent His son Jesus Christ to bridge the gap. So we can have a morning devotion with God because of Jesus His son.

Please watch this short devotional video on “God is the God of Fellowship”

The best Bible verse on this subject is: 1 John 1:3 That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.

Intimacy Between God and Man

God loves us. God is love. It is hard to find a religion where God loves man.
God wants an intimate loving relationship between God and man. When man sins, God loves to restore us. He does not give up on us. The Bible is about God and man.

We as sinful man need a mediator between us and a holy sinless God, and that mediator is Jesus Christ.

Please watch this short video on “Intimacy Between God and Man”

John 14:21
He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.

John 3:16  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Dead Sea, Israel

Dead Sea, Israel