Divine Essence by R.B. Thieme, Jr.Feb 7th, 2013 | By admin | Category: Religion
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Before you begin your Bible study, be sure that, as a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, you have named your known sins privately to God (1 John 1:9). You will then be in fellowship with God, under the control of the indwelling Holy Spirit, and ready to learn doctrine from the Word of God.
If you are an unbeliever, the issue is not naming your sins.
The issue is faith in Christ:
“He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.” (John 3:36)
The Characteristics of
Those who appropriate the grace of God in salvation cannot be separated from the love of God (Rom. 8:38, 39). No matter how a believer fails, no matter what he does, God keeps on loving him, for God’s love depends on His character. This means that the Father has a love which is not in any way related to emotion. We are inclined to confuse emotion and mentality - especially when it comes to love. Yet emotion does not exist in any Member of the Godhead, nor is it a part of the essence of God. Emotion is strictly an activity of the human soul that helps us to appreciate what we have in the mentality of the soul. All the functions of life are centered in some facet of the right lobe, and emotion is designed to respond to its various areas - to the frame of reference, to the memory center, to vocabulary and categories and to norms and standards. A correctly functioning emotion mirrors what you have in the mentality of the soul. It is, therefore, difficult for us to realize that God neither needs nor possesses emotion.
We need emotion as a prop for our mentality, and when properly used, it can become a cushion for mental trauma. Emotion under capacity for life and maximum intake of Bible doctrine is a wonderful thing. It stimulates love. But God’s love is totally independent of emotion. Occasionally a verb with an emotional connotation is used in connection with God’s love; but this is simply an anthropopathism - ascribing to God a human characteristic to express a divine attitude. It is not a true characteristic of god’s essence.
God’s love is infinitely superior to any human type of love because it needs NO PROPS. For example, one of the props in human love is response. Very few people have the ability to love someone consistently when there is no positive response to their love. Nothing cools off love like sexual unfaithfulness, antagonism or indifference. These arouse emotional reaction, but not response. Every carnal or apostate believer is unfaithful and antagonistic to God. Yet God keeps right on loving him because every believer possesses PLUS-R which God always loves!
Furthermore, God’s love has NO STRINGS attached to it - the concept of “if you’ll be nice to me, I’ll be nice to you.” His love is so phenomenal that He can love the believer who never does one thing for Him in his entire Christian life just as much as He loves the believer who serves Him faithfully. God’s love is designed so that we as believers can learn to appreciate it and respond to it. But again, the capacity for loving God is not based on emotion, props or strings. It is related to DOCTRINE! People who merely get sentimental over God don’t even know Him! If we ever come to the place where “We love him, because he first loved us” (1 John 4:19), that love must be divorced from all human ability, human props, strings and emotion.
God expressed His grace i the “He…spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?” (Rom. 8:32). Salvation so freely offered should elicit a response on the part of humanity. The believer must come to know Him (Phil. 3:10) through doctrine. You cannot love someone you do ot know. The unbeliever has the responsibility of receiving blessings from God through salvation. Today God is holding back His judgment to give believers the opportunity to believe in His Son. (2 Pet. 3:9).