God Is for Us

Introduction


In every way, God, who made people in His Image, gave people of Earth all things necessary for life and life more abundantly. Without going into details of the massive amounts of natural resources and huge variety of plants and animals both for food and pleasure, the creation presents the Creator as the One who has mankind’s best interests at heart. Mankind rejects God, but God loves the ones He created in His Image. In spite of people’s active antagonism toward God, He still gives rain in due season. If God so loves the world that hates Him, how much more will He love those who love Him?
 
Called by God
 
Throughout the ages, God called several people to advance His plan of life and life eternal. God created the Earth to be a habitat of life and a place of joy and happiness. However, the vast majority of people made in His Image rejected the ways of life while the few reveled to walk on the path leading to God’s goal for people.
 
One of the most comforting phrases in God’s Word tells us that everything that happens to one of His believers results in great benefits, both physically and spiritually. Of course, the key to obtaining all good things and being used to the way God wants is loving Him, and those who love God prove their love by keeping the Commandments.
 
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.
 
The first Commandment insists that God is the one and only Lord, none other. All the other Commandments stem from the first: no idolatry, no blasphemy, keeping God’s day of rest (the Sabbath), honoring parents, no murder, no adultery, no stealing, no bearing false witness and no coveting what or who belongs to another.
 
Deut. 4:35 “To you it was shown that you might know that the LORD, He is God; there is no other besides Him.
Deut. 4:39 “Know therefore today, and take it to your heart, that the LORD, He is God in heaven above and on the earth below; there is no other.
 
Deut. 6:4-5 “Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD is one “You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.

 
Show Loving Kindness
 
While, obviously, God shows His love, as Jesus noted, to those that hate him by allowing the rain to fall, He gives special consideration to those who love him by demonstrating that love, at least, by keeping the Commandments. Many say that keeping the Commandments is a Jewish thing or that some of the Commandments are outdated, but John 5 reiterates the fact that keeping the Ten Commandments show love for God. 
 
Ex. 20:6 but showing lovingkindness to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.
 
Deut. 5:10 but showing lovingkindness to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.

 
A person may find many ways to keep the Commandments in mind all the time from posting the Commandments in strategic locations to reciting them several times during the day. When people make every effort to keep God's Word, He will bless these adherents by giving them things others, who no longer own these things, made or built and much more. Therefore, it becomes exceedingly important to never find an excuse to walk away from the Commandments.
 
Deut. 6:9-12 “You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. “Then it shall come about when the LORD your God brings you into the land which He swore to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, to give you, great and splendid cities which you did not build, and houses full of all good things which you did not fill, and hewn cisterns which you did not dig, vineyards and olive trees which you did not plant, and you eat and are satisfied, then watch yourself, that you do not forget the LORD who brought you from the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.
 
Deut. 11:13-15 “It shall come about, if you listen obediently to my commandments which I am commanding you today, to love the LORD your God and to serve Him with all your heart and all your soul, that He will give the rain for your land in its season, the early and late rain, that you may gather in your grain and your new wine and your oil. “He will give grass in your fields for your cattle, and you will eat and be satisfied.

 
Those who keep the Commandments move close to God and insure His involvement in their lives in every important way. Nothing is more important than drawing near to God because God is always ready to draw near to people because He is love.
 
Deut. 4:40 “So you shall keep His statutes and His commandments which I am giving you today, that it may go well with you and with your children after you, and that you may live long on the land which the LORD your God is giving you for all time.”
  
God Keeps Covenant
 
To finalize God's contract with people, He makes binding Covenants with people. For example, God signed the contract to maintain life, at least not destroy people by a flood, on the Earth, no matter how people may hate or oppose Him in every way. His binding signature graces the skies in the form of a rainbow seen by billions many times a year. Never has God destroyed the Earth by flood since then. God gave the Rainbow Covenant to all people without condition. Noah's faithfulness and obedience as the first human ruler since the flood allowed God to execute and establish this lasting Covenant.
 
Gen. 9:15 and I will remember My covenant, which is between Me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and never again shall the water become a flood to destroy all flesh.
 
Gen. 17:7 “I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you throughout their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your descendants after you.

 
Later, God made conditional Covenants, which required the signatories to adhere to its precepts, such as Commandment Covenant, in which both parties must adhere to the covenant. Here, God will bless those who love God by keeping the Ten Commandments. Those who refuse to show love to God by keeping the Commandments will not only not receive blessings but will also suffer the consequences of breaking the Law, as the Law of God is incumbent upon all to whom God not only gives life but all that is necessary to promote and extend life.
 
Deut. 7:9 “Know therefore that the LORD your God, He is God, the faithful God, who keeps His covenant and His lovingkindness to a thousandth generation with those who love Him and keep His commandments;

Dan. 9:4 I prayed to the LORD my God and confessed and said, “Alas, O Lord, the great and awesome God, who keeps His covenant and lovingkindness for those who love Him and keep His commandments,
 
 Psa. 25:10 All the paths of the LORD are lovingkindness and truth
         To those who keep His covenant and His testimonies.

 
Covenant of Life
 
A living breathing person takes his life for granted and may follow some natural laws of health and physical laws pertaining to safety, but seldom considers the God who gave him life. Indeed when people who lived before the flood completely disregarded the One who gave them life, except for Noah and his family, God gave humanity a second chance because of Noah's faithfulness to God. The rainbow reminds all mankind that God gave people of Earth a chance to live according to the ways of life and that He would never destroy them by flood again. That Rainbow Covenant initiated the Covenants leading to life, life more abundantly and eternal life. Regardless of man's desire to be slaves of sin, God so loves the world... God, therefore, planned a way to redeem people from their wickedness.
 
Gen. 9:15 and I will remember My covenant, which is between Me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and never again shall the water become a flood to destroy all flesh.
 
Gen. 17:7 “I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you throughout their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your descendants after you.
 
After Noah and Abraham, God, then, intervened in the lives of Israel, previously enslaved so many years in Egypt and spelled out literally the ways of life.
 
Ex. 34:28 So he was there with the LORD forty days and forty nights; he did not eat bread or drink water. And he wrote on the tablets the words of the covenant, the Ten Commandments.

 
First Born
 
From the beginning, in the beginning, God knew who would be His adopted sons. Jesus would be, was and is His first born among His believers.  
 
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;
 
Other first-born were Israel and Ephraim.
 
Ex. 4:22 “Then you shall say to Pharaoh, ‘Thus says the LORD, “Israel is My son, My firstborn.
 
Jer. 31:9 “With weeping they will come,
         And by supplication I will lead them;
         I will make them walk by streams of waters,
         On a straight path in which they will not stumble;
         For I am a father to Israel,
         And Ephraim is My firstborn.”
 
Ex. 13:2 “Sanctify to Me every firstborn, the first offspring of every womb among the sons of Israel, both of man and beast; it belongs to Me.”

 
Jesus, born of Joseph and Mary, lived the life of one made in the image of God, and his sinlessness and sacrifice brought freedom from the penalty of and obligation to sin into the world. God is for us.
 
Heb. 2:17 Therefore, He had to be made like His brethren in all things, so that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.
 
God made Jesus His first born like Israel and Ephraim as said above. The next several verses show that God adopted Jesus by saying, "Today."
 
Acts 13:33 that God has fulfilled this promise to our children in that He raised up Jesus, as it is also written in the second Psalm, ‘YOU ARE MY SON; TODAY I HAVE BEGOTTEN YOU.’
 
Rom. 1:4 who was declared the Son of God with power by the resurrection from the dead, according to the Spirit of holiness, Jesus Christ our Lord,
 
Heb. 1:5 ¶ For to which of the angels did He ever say,
         “YOU ARE MY SON,
         TODAY I HAVE BEGOTTEN YOU”?
And again,
         “I WILL BE A FATHER TO HIM
         AND HE SHALL BE A SON TO ME”?

 
"Again, Jesus and the brethren live up to God's expectation for people: made in His image.
 
Gen. 1:26 ¶ Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
 
Rev. 1:5-6 and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To Him who loves us and released us from our sins by His blood—and He has made us to be a kingdom, priests to His God and Father—to Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.

 
God is for us.
 
2Pet. 1:4 For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust.
 
Renewal
 
Each day we endeavor to grow in the likeness of Our Father by studying God’s Word every day and supplanting our way by His.
 
Col. 3:10 and have put on the new self who is being renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the One who created him—
 
Eph. 4:24 and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.
 
Rom. 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.
 
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.
 
Just reading the Word, unless acted upon it, has only small merit.
 
Eph. 2:10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.
 
Phil. 3:21 who will transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory, by the exertion of the power that He has even to subject all things to Himself.

 
Predestined
 
Predestined is defined:
 
Determine (an outcome or course of events) in advance by divine will or fate : she was certain that fate was with her and everything was predestined | [as adj. ] ( predestined) our predestined end.
 
First God predestined those who He would. Then, at the right time, He called those He predestined. By Jesus' sacrifice paying the penalty for all sin and resurrection, those God predestined and called, He justified. Finally, since the brethren are predestined, called and justified, He gave them glory like Jesus’.
 
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.
 
Psa. 97:10 Hate evil, you who love the LORD,
         Who preserves the souls of His godly ones;
         He delivers them from the hand of the wicked.
 
Psa. 103:17 But the lovingkindness of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him,
         And His righteousness to children’s children,
 
Psa. 145:20 The LORD keeps all who love Him,
         But all the wicked He will destroy.
 
Jer. 32:40 “I will make an everlasting covenant with them that I will not turn away from them, to do them good; and I will put the fear of Me in their hearts so that they will not turn away from Me.
 
Matt. 18:14 “So it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones perish.
 
John 5:24 ¶ “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life.
 
1Cor. 2:7 but we speak God’s wisdom in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God predestined before the ages to our glory;
Eph. 1:5 He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will,
Eph. 1:11 also we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to His purpose who works all things after the counsel of His will,
 
Heb. 9:15 ¶ For this reason He is the mediator of a new covenant, so that, since a death has taken place for the redemption of the transgressions that were committed under the first covenant, those who have been called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance.
 
1Pet. 5:10 After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you.
1John 3:1 ¶ See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God; and such we are. For this reason the world does not know us, because it did not know Him.

 
Conclusion

God Is for Us.
 
God being for us, no one can be against us. After God gave His begotten Son for us, He surely gives us everything because of Jesus. God justified us; therefore He is not against us. Jesus who died for our sins and intervenes in our behalf would not “condemn” us. Even the worst nature and evil people could hurl against us could never stop God’s love proven by all the things He already gave us. God makes us conquerors through His and Jesus’ love for us.
 
Absolute nothing in the created world could thwart God’s love for us, nothing.
 
Rom. 8:31-39 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us? 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? Who will bring a charge against God’s elect? God is the one who justifies; 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. Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 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.” But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 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.
 
Amen.
 
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