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If God Be for Us,

Introduction

Any doubt God loves all people must be challenged by the assurance given by just looking at the Creation. We see the sun for warmth and energy, past and present. We see all the material and life on the Earth for food, clothing, shelter, and for pleasing the senses. All right, the planet has its moods, which can cause people some problems and death, at times. Wind, quakes and volcanoes can do some extensive damage, but living is hazardous to our health, at times. As many writers have noted, it’s not the problems we face, but how we face our problems. Here, God gives us something even more important than the material for living, His Word, His living Word.

God’s Plan

In the beginning, God had a plan for the humans He created in His image: they would become His children replete with salvation and eternal life. God knew that His humans would at first reject His offer of living forever in a body made of immortal and spiritual stuff. So He conceived (logos) in the beginning of having a son who would prepare the way for the wayward human race.

Free from the Slavery of Sin

Once a person decides that he wishes above all else to be saved from the slavery of sin and be free to obey and worship God, he seizes the gift of salvation from God through Jesus. At that point, the believer becomes part of God’s Kingdom ruled by Jesus. His sins forgiven, God would never condemn him, unless he deliberately cast aside his citizenship in the Kingdom of God. That this salvation is available to all proves beyond a doubt how much a loving God He is. God is for us.

Rom. 8:1 ¶ Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
Rom. 8:2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death.

From the beginning, God planned to bless the people He created in His image, in the image of God He created them, even though they sinned against Him and earned the death penalty. As you well know, God finally begot for Himself a Son, whom He had in mind (logos) from the beginning who would die for mankind’s sins, since he had no sins of his own to die for, which would satisfy His justice and His mercy. The humans God created could not or would not keep the law of life, the Ten Commandments because their flesh was weak. But, Jesus condemned sin by his death and resurrection. He destroyed the power of sin. God is for us.

Phil. 2:8 Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
Phil. 2:9 For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name,

Walk as Free People

When a free people realize that their chains of slavery have been removed due to God through Jesus, they can walk according to the Spirit, not the ways of deception and evil emanating from the damned demon. With the power of the Spirit and the will of the believer, it becomes possible to walk in the commandments because God recreates believers into new creatures not bound by the law of sin and death.

God set believers down at the entrance to the narrow road leading to eternal life. He placed all the signs assisting the traveler in their proper places. All, then, the believer has to do is step out in faith, that is, trusting that God loves him and will never leave him or desert him. So, believer, just don’t stand there! Start walking, one foot in front of the other! And, don’t you dare turn aside into the wilderness and go after the delightful deceptions that lead to death! God is for you. Fear not!

Rom. 8:4 so that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.
Gal. 5:16 ¶ But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh.
Rom. 8:5 For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.

Gal. 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
Gal. 5:23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

Laws of Death and Life

What a person continually thinks about eventually becomes action. Therefore, if a person thinks about sinful things, he will eventually sin. Whereas, if a person thinks about the things of life like the commandments, he will eventually do righteous things. A person must learn to control his thoughts in order to do the things which please God, who in turn blesses the righteous. The basic approach to pleasing God is a humble attitude, and an attitude of counting others better than themselves. So, since Jesus has destroyed the law of sin and death, people are free to live according to the Laws of life though the Spirit.

Rom. 8:6 For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace,
Rom. 8:7 because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so,
Rom. 8:8 and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.

Allow the Spirit to Dwell Richly Within

Jesus prayed that the unity between the Father and Son might extend to believers, so that they may experience God’s love and, so the world may know the love Jesus brought into believers’ lives. Paul prayed that the Spirit within would strengthen believers and their love for God and man. He further prayed that the Spirit would propound the love to an extent far beyond what believers might think. Not only that, but also the power at work within will do more than anything a believer could conceive.

God is for us.

Eph. 3:16 that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with might through his Spirit in the inner man,
Eph. 3:17 and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love,
Eph. 3:18 may have power to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth,
Eph. 3:19 and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fulness of God.
Eph. 3:20 ¶ Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think.

Children of God Follow His Son

To reiterate, believers are dead to the power of sin. This concept is constantly being repeated because it is difficult for modern converts to keep that great fact in mind. The tendency to return to the ways of death can be quite attractive unless a person constantly keeps the fact that he is no longer a sinner in mind. The ways of immorality, impurity, evil desires and greed must never again ensnare believers, who must also put aside anger, wrath, malice and abusive speech. Instead believers ought to be renewed by Bible study and righteous actions. If God is for us, we need not be fearful of the ravages of the deceit of sin.


Rom. 8:12 ¶ So then, brethren, we are under obligation, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh—
Rom. 8:13 for if you are living according to the flesh, you must die; but if by the Spirit you are putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live.
Rom. 8:14 For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.

Spirit of Power and Love

Our Father in Heaven entrusted believers with the greatest power in the universe, greater than atomic energy, greater than the energy of a star: His Holy Spirit. This Spirit within keeps the believer in mind of the fact that he is a child of Our Father in Heaven, and an heir of the Kingdom of God. This Spirit invests believers with the power to love, as Our Father in Heaven loves. God is for us.

Rom. 8:15 For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, “Abba! Father!”
Rom. 8:16 The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God,
Rom. 8:17 and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him.

2Tim. 1:7 For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline.
Gal. 4:6 Because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!”

The Kingdom Come

How great and valuable is the Kingdom of God? Paul felt his suffering insignificant compared to being in the Kingdom of God. Jesus said a person who realized the value of the Kingdom would sell all he has to “buy into” the Kingdom. The Kingdom of God is worth every sacrifice and challenge (including dying for it), and is something a believer keeps in mind, the goal of Kingdom of God, as he carries on in his everyday activities.

How important is the Kingdom of God? Even the very creation awaits it anxiously, as a mother waits for her baby to be born. The inner self groans to be freed of the fetter of a mortal body with all its fallibilities, weakness and desires not only to receive an immortal body, but more importantly to be with the Lord and Our Father in Heaven. So as the mortal bodies decline, the true self within grows stronger and more loving — the true self which will enter into eternal life.

Rom. 8:18 ¶ For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us.
Rom. 8:19 For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God.

Rom. 8:20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope
Rom. 8:21 that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God.
Rom. 8:22 For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now.
Rom. 8:23 And not only this, but also we ourselves, having the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our body.

2Cor. 4:16 ¶ Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day.
2Cor. 4:17 For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison,
2Cor. 4:18 while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.

1John 3:2 Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is.

The Future Is Now

All that believers can be, all that believers will be is now, but as yet unseen. The inner person of the heart is unknown to science, but seen by Our Father in Heaven Who invigorates that Spirit. That power at work within is able to do more than anyone could imagine. The spiritual lines of communications from the inner self to Our Father in Heaven remain open 24/7.All that holy in believers is part of the Kingdom of God, and all their hopes are realized now and will be fulfilled at Jesus’ return. If God be for us…

Rom. 8:24 For in hope we have been saved, but hope that is seen is not hope; for who hopes for what he already sees?
Rom. 8:25 But if we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we wait eagerly for it.

Heb. 11:1 ¶ Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
Heb. 11:2 For by it the men of old gained approval.
Heb. 11:3 ¶ By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible.

The believer’s prayers speed to heaven in an instant on several levels: intellectual, emotional and most importantly the spiritual level, spoken in spiritual words and language. The deep-seated spiritual thoughts and feelings cannot be expressed in English or any other human language only in the language of angels and God. Our Father in Heaven has given believers far more than they realize because God is for them, and us!

Rom. 8:26 ¶ In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words;
Rom. 8:27 and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.
Eph. 6:18 ¶ With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit.

If God Be for Us

Starting from the Creation and the formation of the first man, Adam, to what Our Father in Heaven did for mankind through Jesus’ life and death, we see how much He loves each and every person that ever lived on Earth or will ever live. That only a tiny part of the human population over the ages ever returned the love by complete dedication and obedience to Him does not take away what Our Father in Heaven did and is doing for the human race. Even though mankind, with few exceptions, disobeys God due to deceptions surely and misguided self-interest as well, He, knowing in advance the antagonistic reaction people would show toward Him, still did all He could to bring salvation and eternal life to human beings.

Still, there are people who understand the profound good Our Father in Heaven has done and return His love with theirs. Our Father in Heaven knew from the beginning of time that these people, no, His People, would be loyal and faithful to Him forever and receive the first fruits of His largess.

Rom. 8:28 ¶ And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.
Rom. 8:29 For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren;
Rom. 8:30 and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified.
Rom. 8:31 ¶ What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us?

Conclusion

Our Father in Heaven has given mankind everything for life and life more abundantly. Now the question is whether mankind is willing to receive all these blessings by becoming loyal sons and daughters of the greatest Father in the universe, Our Father in Heaven.

Rom. 8:32 He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?
Rom. 8:33 Who will bring a charge against God’s elect? God is the one who justifies;
Rom. 8:34 who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us.
Rom. 8:35 Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
Rom. 8:36 Just as it is written,
“FOR YOUR SAKE WE ARE BEING PUT TO DEATH ALL DAY LONG;
WE WERE CONSIDERED AS SHEEP TO BE SLAUGHTERED.”
Rom. 8:37 But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us.
Rom. 8:38 For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers,
Rom. 8:39 nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

God Bless,

Gil Kovacs

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