Holiness, Godliness, Usefulness
06/25/2014, by John Kincaid
Lesson 278: Already Loved
Our heavenly Father has the same regard for us as He does for His Son. We are in Him.
Rom.8:1; Eph.1:3-14,2:18-22; John 1:4, 14:20, 15:4-5, 16:33, 17:21; 2 Cor.5:17,21; 1 John 5:20
We must accept by faith that God’s regard for believers cannot change. He already loves me. Before Jacob did anything, good or bad, God loved him. Rom.9:10-13
God has already glorified me; it just hasn’t happened yet. But He is outside of time.
In the flow of time, my holiness is not yet perfect. But God does not have to wait to see how history turns out. He already knows. In fact, He is sovereign; He is in control of history.
What should be my attitude about obedience, and performing the duties God requires?
Doing my duty will not increase His love; failing will not decrease His love for me.
Working to earn God’s love is pointless. He loves me fully, perfectly; His love can’t change.
While we were God's enemies, Christ died for us. Rom.5:5-11 There is no greater love. John 15:13
1 John 4:9-10 In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us
About This Series
The goal of this series is to become more useful in serving the Lord Jesus Christ, as an instrument in the Redeemer's hand. The theme verses for the series are Ephesians 4:22-24, Philemon 11, 2 Timothy 2:21
- to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds,
- and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.
- Formerly he was useless to you, but now he is indeed useful to you and to me.
- Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work.