Saturday, December 30, 2017

Love and Conditions

“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness! (Matthew 7:21-23)
God is love, and love is only accurately defined in God. Love is not what we think or say it is, but what God says - - and He says His love is conditional, and that condition is Jesus Christ. Those who advance the concept of "unconditional love" are really saying, "It doesn't matter what I do, God will still love me, accept me, and receive me." But Jesus says this about those who believe they can practice sin and still claim to be Christians, "I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!"
If you tell some that God's love has conditions, they may call you narrow, judgmental, and close-minded. But, you see, God is very particular about His children and His Kingdom. The Bible teaches the road to heaven is narrow and difficult, and few find it! That is because God has His conditions. He must have His conditions. If we are going to enter in, we must be His, we must be holy, and we must be faithful. That is the sign that you know Him, and if these things are not true of you, you do not know Him, and you are not known by Him. Jesus is coming back for a church without spot or wrinkle, and the Holy Spirit is preparing her for heaven. If you are His, you are clean, free, and separate from sin and those who practice sin, and those are the conditions Jesus requires. Yes, God has His conditions. His love has never been unconditional, no matter what some preach and sing. Thank God for His very conditional love. Thank God for Jesus.

Let's Pray- Father, those who know You understand and accept Your conditions. Jesus is the only way, the only truth, and the only life. Thank you, in my Savior's sweet name, amen.

6 comments:

  1. AMEN!!!! With a skip and a dance (shout) Amen!!!!

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  2. Amen Pastor! Without God’s condition being met in Jesus, I would be a hopeless, helpless wretch undone with no righteousness of my own. BUT, thank God that we can now walk in His righteousness and that He has made and is making us holy, faithful, and His. Love you!

    Gladly accepting God’s conditions,
    A

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  3. If there were no conditions then why did Jesus have to die? The conditions of God are freedom for the man filled with the Spirit...for if there were no conditions then everybody would make it to heaven and dilute the powerful testimony of Jesus Christ. Thank you for this word Pastor. Love you!

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