[Calvary Chapel] 2018-04-12 - How Deep the Father's Love

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John 3:17 For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.

I had a very powerful encounter recently. Someone I know had left a message for me that left me with questions. They had heard the Lord speak to them in their minds. "Please don't run from Me? I want to help you!" She has been told that God would die for her if she were the only person on Earth. While this is historically arguable, there is great truth in this statement. After speaking those words they broke into sobbing tears asking, "How could He love me that much?"

A staggering question indeed.

At no time in history has the population of fallen humanity been reduced to one. Some would argue this makes the statement unprovable. But it is the heart of what is being said that is critical. When Jesus was crucified on the cross at Calvary one of His last statements was, "It is finished!" The price for the sins of humanity had been paid by his perfect blood sacrifice. He was the spotless lamb that was required. Some would say our sin held Him there. Others would say His unconditional love (agape, Greek) held Him there. There is truth in both views. The two components are connected. He came willingly to pay for our sins because God loves us that much.

Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

The question asked is valid! Understanding the depth and power of the love of God is beyond our finite minds. That doesn't make it any less a reality. God's love for humanity is not in question. The fact that not everyone will accept God's call to repent, to turn from their sin and accept God's offer of salvation, is also not in question. Salvation is offered to everyone freely and individually. God's love is unconditional. There is nothing that you can do or say that God can not forgive.

Do you know this love? Do you have questions? If you do reach out to a local church or trusted friend. There's a link at bottom of this devotional "www.peacewithgod.net". There is a "chat" link at the bottom right of that page if you still have questions. There are people there who can help you find answers. You can write one of us if you still have questions after that.

1 Peter 3:18 For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, so that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit;

God loves you. He died to make a way for each one of us to spend eternity with Him. Don't put it off. Nobody is promised tomorrow.

Selah Think about it!

Grace & Peace,

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All verses are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) unless otherwise noted.

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